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Jan. 26 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. 26, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. Air Operations in Afghanistan: Asadabad Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces and surveillance of known enemy fighting positions. When an imminent threat to friendly forces was observed, a pre-emptive strike on the enemy position with a precision-guided munition ended the threat to the friendly patrol. Soltani Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch and force protection for friendly forces and conducted a show of force to deter potential enemy action. Later, aircrews observed suspicious personnel and conducted a show of presence to deter enemy action. Both actions were successful and no enemy action was noted in the area. Morghab Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly ground forces when they reported taking enemy fire. After confirming the enemy fighting position along a tree-line, pilots commenced numerous strafing runs to deter and end enemy fire. When friendly forces were ready to withdraw from the area, the aircrew conducted armed overwatch to deter enemy fire and allow friendly forces to leave. The friendly forces returned to base without further incident. Asmar Air Force F-15E aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Aircrews conducted a show of force to deter enemy fire and protect friendly forces. The show of force was successful. Air Operations in Iraq: There was no significant action to report today. Airpower Statistics: Close-Air Support: Sorties flown to support ISAF and Afghan security forces: 54 Sorties flown to support Operation Iraqi Freedom: 12 Surveillance and Reconnaissance: Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 7 Sorties flown in Iraq: 31 Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: NONE Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: 2 (USAF) On January 25: Medical Evacuation: Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk aircrews and pararescue Airmen transported 3 patients Aerial Refueling: Sorties flown: 37 Fuel delivered: nearly 2.2 million pounds Aircraft refueled: 168 Air Mobility: U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 152 Short tons of delivered cargo: 743 Passengers: nearly 2,800 Airdropped cargo: nearly 165,000 pounds