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Feb. 21 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 Feb. 21 according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. Air Operations in Afghanistan: Close-Air Support Asmar Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots provided armed overwatch and area reconnaissance for a dismounted patrol and convoy. The pilots received orders to destroy two enemy fighting positions in an adjacent area. The pilots destroyed the positions with precision-guided munitions. Asadabad Air Force F-16C pilots provided armed overwatch to friendly forces and received orders to deny a fighting position to enemy forces. The pilots received coordinates and released precision-guided munitions, destroying the enemy fighting position while eliminating a threat to friendly forces. Air Force F-16C pilots provided armed overwatch for dismounted patrols. The pilots conducted a show of force to prevent hostile activity in the vicinity of patrols. The show of force was considered successful. No enemy action occurred. Oruzgan An Air Force B-1B Lancer aircrew provided armed overwatch of a friendly forces extraction operation, an enemy fighting position for suspicious activity and the site of a recent IED explosion. They also conducted a show of presence to reassure friendly forces airpower was in the area. Moqor Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Pilots conducted a show of presence to reassure ground troops that airpower was overhead. Airlift Action Helmand Province An Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew flew a combat-supply mission in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, airdropping approximately 28,000 pounds of supplies to friendly forces. Badghis Province An Air Force C-130 aircrew flew a combat-resupply mission in Badghis Province, Afghanistan, airdropping approximately 20,000 pounds of supplies to friendly forces. Helmand Province An Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircrew flew a combat-resupply mission in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, airdropping approximately 60,000 pounds of supplies to friendly forces. Farah Province An Air Force C-130 aircrew flew a combat-resupply mission in Farah Province, Afghanistan, airdropping approximately 30,000 pounds of supplies to friendly forces. Afghanistan An Air Force C-130 aircrew distributed informational leaflets via airdrop to locations across Afghanistan. Nimroz Province An Air Force C-130 aircrew flew a combat-resupply mission in Nimroz Province, Afghanistan, airdropping combat-sustainment supplies to friendly forces. The aircrew dropped approximately 30,000 pounds of supplies. 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: 63 Sorties flown to support Operation Iraqi Freedom: 18 Surveillance and Reconnaissance: Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 21 Sorties flown in Iraq: 34 On Feb. 20: Medical Evacuation: Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk aircrews and pararescue Airmen transported 9 patients Aerial Refueling: Sorties flown: 40 Fuel delivered: approximately 2.3 million pounds Aircraft refueled: 190 Air Mobility: Air Force airlift sorties: 178 Short tons of delivered cargo: 1,021 Passengers: nearly 3,800