Jan. 14 airpower summary
By SOF Editor on Fri, 01/15/2010 - 11:46am
Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Jan. 14, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
Air Operations in Afghanistan:
An Air Force MQ-9A Reaper operator provided armed overwatch and reconnaissance for friendly ground forces. The pilot observed suspicious activity in the vicinity of friendly forces and requested confirmation of position coordinates. Ground forces confirmed the coordinates and identified the person as an enemy spotter. After receiving permission to eliminate the threat to friendly forces, the operators engaged using a missile. The target was successfully eliminated.
Navy F/A-18C Hornet pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly ground forces. The pilots conducted a show of force over a known enemy firing point to deter any potential enemy action. The show of force was deemed successful as no enemy action was noted.
An Air Force B-1B Lancer provided armed overwatch for a friendly forces dismounted patrol. The patrol was withdrawing from the area when it discerned a threat of an enemy attack. The B-1B aircrew conducted a show of force to allow the patrol to successfully withdraw from the area. The show of force was considered successful when the patrol exited the area without receiving any enemy fire.
Coalition aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The pilots conducted a show of force. The show of force was considered a success.
Pilots flying Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. People in Asmar had received threats of an imminent attack and the pilots conducted a show of force to reassure the local populace they were overhead for support. The show of force was declared successful as no attack occurred.
Air Force F-16 pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces after a convoy had been hit with an improvised explosive device. When unidentified personnel were observed in the vicinity of the stalled convoy, a show of force was conducted to deter any possible enemy action. The show of force was declared successful as no attack occurred.
Air Force pilots flying F-16s provided armed overwatch for friendly forces at a downed Predator site. When ground forces reported suspicious personnel in the vicinity of the crash site, a show of force, utilizing flares, was conducted to deter any potential conflict with friendly forces. The show of force was successful in deterring any action as suspicious personnel left the area.
Air Operations in Iraq:
Air Force pilots flying F-16 aircraft provided armed overwatch, reconnaissance and surveillance over the city. Shows of force were conducted to deter and prevent vehicle-born improvised explosive device attacks. The shows of force were successful in deterring enemy action in the area.
Sorties flown to support ISAF and Afghan security forces: 74
Sorties flown to support Operation Iraqi freedom: 20
Surveillance and Reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 30
Sorties flown in Iraq: 26
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: 2 (NAVY)
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: 2 (USAF)
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 141
Short tons of delivered cargo: 707
Passengers: nearly 3,200
Airdropped cargo: nearly 100,000 pounds
On Jan. 13 Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk aircrews and pararescue Airmen transported 7 patients
Sorties flown: 44
Fuel delivered: nearly 2.8 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 197