Wednesday, July 15, 2009

US Airpower Summary, July 15, 2009: F-15Es Hit Enemy Positions

An F-15E Strike Eagle deploys flares during a mission over Afghanistan. The F-15E provides close-air support and armed overwatch in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon.)

Dispatches from the Front:

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 15, 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations July 14, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

In Asmar, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs conducted shows of force to deter enemy aggression on friendly forces. The A-10s released flares resulting in an immediate cessation of small arms fire.

Near Ghazni, coalition aircraft conducted shows of force to prevent an enemy attack on a civilian convoy. Additionally, overwatch was provided on friendly and insurgent locations to prevent any exchanges of aggression.

In the vicinity of Asadabad, A-10s were called in numerous times in support of friendly ground forces. The aircraft made repeated strafing runs on the enemy position and released several guided bomb unit-38s and ultimately succeeded in deterring enemy small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenade attacks.

A-10 aircraft were providing armed overwatch when a friendly convoy came under indirect small-arms fire near Orgun-E. The attack ended when the aircraft flew a show of force over the area and expended numerous flares.

Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles at Asadabad dropped several GBU-31 and GBU-38s on enemy positions resulting in immediately stopping small arms fire on friendly forces.

A-10s were again providing armed overwatch when a friendly ground unit came under automatic weapons fire near Asadabad. The attack ended when the aircraft flew a show of force over the area, then made several strafing runs and dropped several general purpose 500-pound bombs on enemy positions.

Joint terminal attack controllers assigned to coalition units verified the success of these missions.

In total, 75 close-air-support missions were flown in support of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

Twenty-four Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, two coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

In Iraq, coalition aircraft flew 15 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-four Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, two Air Force 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 128 airlift sorties were flown, 923 tons of cargo were delivered and about 3,153 passengers were transported.

Coalition C-130 crews flew as part of operations in Afghanistan or Iraq.

On July 13, Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and "Guardian Angel" teams transported 12 patients to coalition field hospitals from locations in Afghanistan. Pararescue team members aboard located, rescued and began treatment to stabilize patients in the battlefield. The HH-60G transported these patients to field hospitals in less time than it takes for a civilian patient to reach emergency care by ambulance in most major cities.

Air Force tanker crews flew 47 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.4 million pounds of fuel to 166 receiving aircraft.

(Report from a U.S. Air Force news release.)

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