US Airpower Summary; Nov. 11 2008: F-15Es Deter Anti-Afghan Forces
Dispatches from the Front:
SOUTHWEST ASIA, Nov. 11, 2008 -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Nov. 10, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
In Afghanistan, Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles dropped guided bomb unit-38s onto anti-Afghan forces who were attacking coalition forces that were conducting operations in a village near Nangalam. The missions were confirmed a success by an on-scene joint terminal attack controller.
In the vicinity of Qalat and near Musa Qaleh, Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets conducted shows of force to deter enemy activities. A JTAC reported the mission successful.
Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs performed shows of force to deter enemy activities and provide armed aerial overwatch for coalition ground forces who were moving through a village in the vicinity of Bagram. The missions were declared a success by the JTACs.
In the vicinity of Gardez, Moqur and near Qarah Bagh, A-10s conducted shows of force to deter enemy activities. The JTACs reported the missions successful.
An F-15E conducted a show of force and provided armed aerial overwatch for coalition convoy vehicles hit by IED's in the vicinity of Monari. A JTAC confirmed the mission successful.
Near Shurakian and in the vicinity of Garmser, coalition aircraft performed shows of force to deter enemy activities. The JTACs declared the missions successful.
An F-15E performed a show of force and provided armed aerial overwatch for coalition ground forces conducting IED search operations in the vicinity of Ghazni. A JTAC confirmed the mission successful.
In total, 66 close-air-support missions were flown as part of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.
Thirteen Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, four Navy and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
In Iraq, coalition aircraft flew 49 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions integrated and synchronized with coalition ground forces, protected key infrastructure, provided overwatch for reconstruction activities and helped to deter and disrupt hostile activities.
Twenty-seven Air Force, Navy and coalition ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. Additionally, three Air Force and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift, helping to sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.
Approximately 150 airlift sorties were flown, more than 480 tons of cargo delivered and nearly 4,000 passengers were transported. This included approximately 7,000 pounds of troop resupply airdropped in Afghanistan.
Coalition C-130 crews flew as part of operations in Afghanistan or Iraq.
On Nov. 9, Air Force and coalition tanker crews flew 51 sorties and off-loaded approximately 3.4 million pounds of fuel to 261 receiving aircraft.
(Report from a U.S. Air Force news release.)
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