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Jan. 11 airpower summary

Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly VersionSend to a FriendSend to a FriendCoalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Jan. 11, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. Air Operations in Afghanistan: Chahar Bagh Air Force MQ-9A Reaper operators provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. When friendly forces reported taking enemy fire, the operators received coordinates for the enemy position and released a precision-guided munition against the enemy target, which eliminated the threat. All enemy fire ceased. Tirgari Pilots flying Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons provided armed overwatch and force protection for a convoy and medevac mission. The convoy requested route surveillance of a historical hotspot for improvised explosive devices prior to the convoy's arrival. Suspicious personnel were noted beneath a bridge and in close proximity. Later, pilots conducted shows of force to deter enemy fire on a medevac mission. The shows of force were effective at stopping enemy fire during the medevac extraction mission. Shkin Air Force pilots flying F-16Cs provided armed overwatch for a friendly forces convoy. When the convoy reported taking enemy fire, pilots received coordinates for the enemy position and released several precision-guided munitions against the enemy target, which eliminated the threat. The enemy fire ceased. Shurakian Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots provided armed overwatch and surveillance for friendly forces. When the pilots observed enemy forces firing on the friendly position, they made a request to counter attack. Pilots fired a rocket to mark the enemy position and then commenced a strafing run of cannon fire against the enemy position, which terminated all activity at the enemy site. Surkhabad Coalition aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Suspicious personnel and activity were observed at an enemy compound and the aircraft was tasked with conducting shows of force to deter enemy activity in the area. The shows of force were deemed successful as the suspicious personnel left the area without any contact with friendly forces. Air operations in Iraq: There was no significant action to report today. Airpower statistics: Air mobility: U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 147 Short tons of delivered cargo: 562 Passengers: nearly 4,600 Airdropped cargo: nearly 75,000 pounds Close-air support: Sorties flown to support ISAF and Afghan security forces: 79 Sorties flown to support Operation Iraqi Freedom: 18 Surveillance and reconnaissance: Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 29 Sorties flown in Iraq: 26 Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: None Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: two Air Force Medical evacuation: On Jan. 10, Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk aircrews and pararescue Airmen transported five patients Aerial refueling: Sorties flown: 47 Fuel delivered: nearly 3.3 million pounds Aircraft refueled: 246