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    Airpower Summary for March 14

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    United States Air Forces Central     

    U.S. Central Command Air Forces Public Affairs

    SOUTHWEST ASIA — In Afghanistan, a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer dropped Guided Bomb Unit-38s and GBU-31s on enemy buildings and fire positions near Sangin. A Joint Terminal Attack Controller confirmed direct hits for all weapons. Also near Sangin, the B1-B crew observed the area where a coalition forces vehicle was hit with an improvised explosive device.

    U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles provided a show of force over a truck traveling near a compound being searched by coalition forces near the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. The F-15s also provided overhead monitoring for coalition forces destroying a drug lab and storming a compound.

    U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets dropped GBU-38s on a compound containing enemy mortars. A JTAC confirmed weapons destroyed the building. The F/A-18s then conducted aerial reconnaissance for suspected enemy firing positions.

    One of two other F/A-18s dropped a GBU-12 on an enemy firing position near Sangin. A JTAC confirmed the position was destroyed. The F/A-18s then conducted aerial reconnaissance for several suspected enemy firing positions.

    Also near Sangin, one of two other F/A-18s dropped a GBU-12 on an enemy vehicle. A JTAC confirmed a direct hit on the vehicle. The F/A-18s also conducted aerial reconnaissance for mortar firing positions.

    Other F/A-18s dropped a GBU-38 on a building containing an enemy insurgent near Qurya. An F/A-18 pilot had noticed the insurgent running from a rocket propelled grenade attack site near Qurya. A JTAC confirmed the building to be destroyed.

    Royal Air Force GR-7 Harriers dropped Enhanced Paveway II laser-guided bombs on an enemy firing position and a building used as an additional firing position near Now Zad. A JTAC confirmed the strikes to be direct hits.

    In total, 31 close air support missions were flown in support of the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

    Ten U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. U.S. Navy fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.

    In Iraq, U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons conducted counter IED mission near Baqubah. The F-16 pilots observed three individuals picking up items and throwing them into the center of a road and digging in the center of the road. The F-16s notified the JTAC of the suspicious activity.

    U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs provided armed reconnaissance for a possible trigger-man after an IED strike was reported on coalition forces near Baqubah. The A-10 crews searched for suspicious individuals on rooftops and in the area. Rocket propelled grenades were reported coming from a building near coalition forces. The A-10s provided cover while coalition forces dismounted and cleared the buildings.

    Also near Baqubah, other A-10s provide reconnaissance for a coalition convoy. The A-10 s pilots observed a sedan and two individuals on the side of the road. The pilots reported individuals picking up or possibly putting objects in the weeds.

    Near Al Muqdadiyah, F-16s provided overwatch for a Bradley Fighting Vehicle hit by an IED and a convoy that was receiving small arms fire. The F-16s were immediately reassigned to search for signs of IEDs along the route of the target area and to watch over coalition ground forces.

    Royal Air Force GR-4 Tornados provided overwatch for a coalition convoy near Baqubah. An improvised explosive device struck a coalition vehicle. The GR-4s conducted three shows of force in support of coalition forces' reaction to the attack. The show of force was reported successful and may have prevented further attacks.

    The GR-4s then reported an explosion at the front of a civilian building. They conducted a show of force from at low-altitude and provided overwatch of the area until a JTAC advised they were no longer under fire.

    In total, coalition aircraft flew 48 close air support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions provided support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

    Additionally, 13 U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and Royal Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq.

    U.S. Air Force C-130s and C-17s provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. About 145 airlift sorties were flown; more than 480 tons of cargo was delivered, and approximately 2,885 passengers were transported.

    Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada, Iraq and Japan flew in support of OIF or OEF.

    On March 13, U.S. Air Force, Royal Air Force and French Air Force crews flew 40 sorties and off-loaded more than 2.9 million pounds of fuel which is the equivalent of more than 72 full Air Force Logistics Readiness Fuel Trucks.



    Date Taken: 03.15.2007
    Date Posted: 03.15.2007 16:00
    Story ID: 9460

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