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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CENTAF releases airpower summaries for Feb. 1

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have
released the airpower summary for Feb. 1.

In Afghanistan Jan. 31, F-15 Eagles and a B-1B Lancer provided close-air support
for International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, troops in contact with
enemy forces near Forward Operating Base Carlson. An F-15 successfully expended
a guided bomb unit-12 on Taliban fighters fleeing a rocket attack position.

An Air Force B-1B provided close-air support to ISAF troops in contact with
enemy forces near Musa Qal'eh. The B-1B successfully expended GBU-31s on enemy
an cave complex, compounds and a bunker position.

Air Force F-15s provided close-air support to ISAF troops in contact with enemy
forces near Jalalabau and Loy Bagh.

In total, 26 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan
troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

Additionally, 11 Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in
Afghanistan.

In Iraq, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons provided close-air support to troops in
contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Baghdad. An F-16 expended GBU-12s,
successfully destroying an anti-Iraqi forces vehicle.

Air Force F-16s also provided close-air support to troops in contact with
anti-Iraqi forces near Hit.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 41 close-air-support missions for Operation
Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops,
infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and
disrupt terrorist activities.

Additionally, 13 Air Force, Navy and Royal Australian Air Force ISR aircraft
flew missions in support of operations in Iraq.

Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided
intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout
Afghanistan , Iraq and the Horn of Africa. They flew more than 150 airlift
sorties, delivered more than 615 tons of cargo and transported approximately
2,990 passengers.

"The RC-135 (a reconnaisance version of the KC-135 Stratotanker) doesn't carry
bombs or fly at mach speeds. However, its aircrews can eavesdrop on the enemy.
This allows for other U.S. and coalition aircraft to stop the enemy in its
tracks," said Capt. Todd Williams, the 763rd ERS tactical coordinator deployed
from the 38th Reconnaissance Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. "We're
getting a lot accomplished and helping with the fight."

Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada and Japan successfully flew in
support of OIF or OEF.

On Jan. 30, Air Force, RAF and French tankers flew 28 sorties and off-loaded
more than 2 million pounds of fuel.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CENTAF releases airpower summaries for Jan. 30, 31

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have
released the airpower summary for Jan. 30 and 31.

In Afghanistan Jan. 30, F-15 Eagles provided close-air support to International
Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, troops in contact with enemy forces near
Nurestan.

Air Force B-1 Lancers and Royal Air Force GR-7 Harriers provided close-air
support for ISAF troops in contact with enemy forces near Musa Qal'eh. The B-1s
expended GBU-38 bombs successfully within parameters of three potential enemy
buildings. The GR-7s expended rockets and enhanced Paveway II munitions on enemy
positions successfully suppressing enemy fire.

In total, 26 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan
troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

Additionally, nine Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or
ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan.

In Iraq , Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons and an MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial
vehicle provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces
near Samarra. The Predator aircraft successfully expended a Hellfire missile on
enemy forces.

Air Force F-16s and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs also provided close-air support to
troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Baghdad.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 44 close-air-support missions for Operation
Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops,
infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and
disrupt terrorist activities.

Additionally, 16 Air Force, Navy, RAF and Royal Australian Air Force ISR
aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq.

Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globmaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy
airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan , Iraq and
the Horn of Africa. They flew more than 145 airlift sorties, delivered more than
570 tons of cargo; and transported more than 3,090 passengers. This included
about 13,800 pounds of troop supplies airdropped in eastern Afghanistan.

Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada and South Korea flew in support of
OIF or Operation Enduring Freedom.

On Jan. 29, Air Force, RAF and French air force tankers flew 25 sorties and
off-loaded almost 1.6 million pounds of fuel.

In Afghanistan Jan. 29, Air Force F-15s provided close-air support for ISAF
troops in contact with enemy forces near Wama.

F-15s and a B-1 provided close-air support to ISAF troops in contact with enemy
forces near Qalat.

In total, 29 close-air support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan
troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

Additionally, six Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations
in Afghanistan.

Platforms like the Predator provide persistence over targets and increased
reliability of intelligence providing real-time definition of targets and the
surrounding area. CENTAF officials said a better battlefield sight picture
improves its ability to avoid noncombatants and prevent collateral damage.

In Iraq, F-16s provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi
forces near Al Rassaq. The F-16s expended GBU-12 bombs on enemy positions.

F-16s, A-10s and RAF GR-4 Tornados provided close-air support to troops in
contact with militant forces near Najaf.

F-16s and A-10s provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi
forces near Baghdad.

F-16s provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces
near Ad Duluiyah.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 38 close-air-support missions for OIF. These
missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection,
reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist
activities.

Additionally, 12 Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions in support of
operations in Iraq. An Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a nontraditional
ISR role with electro-optical and infrared sensors.

Air Force C-130s and C-17s provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping
sustain operations throughout Afghanistan , Iraq and the Horn of Africa. They
flew more than 135 airlift sorties, delivered more than 275 tons of cargo and
transported approximately 2,880 passengers.

Coalition C-130 crews from Australia and Canada flew in support of OIF or OEF.

On Jan. 28, Air Force and RAF tankers flew 31 sorties and off-loaded almost 1.9
million pounds of fuel.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CENTAF releases airpower summary for Jan. 29

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have
released the airpower summary for Jan. 29.

In Afghanistan Jan. 28, Air Force B-1B Lancers provided close-air support for
International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, troops in contact with enemy
forces near forward operating bases Carlson and Tillman.

In total, 21 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan
troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

Additionally, seven Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or
ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan .

In Iraq , Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and Royal Air
Force GR-4 Tornados provided close-air support to troops in contact with
anti-Iraqi forces near Najaf. The F-16s expended guided bomb unit-12s, a GBU-38,
strafes and cannon rounds on enemy positions. The A-10s expended GBU-12s,
rockets and cannon rounds.

"USCENTAF and the combined air component commander forces will continue to
provide support to the Iraqi government in their efforts to build a new Iraq .
We are committed to helping the Iraqi people establish a safe and secure
country," said Lt. Gen. Gary North, CENTAF commander.

Air Force F-16s also provided close-air support to troops in contact with
anti-Iraqi forces near Mosul and Baghdad .

Air Force A-10s provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi
forces near Samarra and Baghdad .

RAF GR-4s provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces
near Yusufyiah.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 46 close-air-support missions for Operation
Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops,
infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and
disrupt terrorist activities.

Additionally, 17 Air Force, Navy and RAF ISR aircraft flew missions in support
of operations in Iraq . An Air Force fighter performed in a non-traditional ISR
role with electro-optical and infrared sensors.

United States Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and C-17Globemaster IIIs
provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations
throughout Afghanistan , Iraq and the Horn of Africa. Nearly 160 airlift sorties
were flown; about 280 tons of cargo was delivered, and about 3,445 passengers
were transported. This included more than 22,300 pounds of troop re-supply
air-dropped in eastern Afghanistan .

Coalition C-130 crews from Australia and Canada flew in support of OIF or OEF.

On Jan. 27, Air Force, RAF and French tankers flew 27 sorties and off-loaded
almost 1.8 million pounds of fuel.
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SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have
released the airpower summary for Feb. 12.

In Afghanistan Feb. 11, Navy F/A-18 Hornets provided close-air support for
International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, troops receiving small arms
and rocket fire from enemy forces near Tarin Kowt. No further engagement from
the enemy was reported after the F/A-18s arrived.

In total, 35 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan
troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

Additionally, nine Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan.
Navy fighter aircraft performed in nontraditional ISR roles with their
electro-optical and infrared sensors. Airborne and space-based ISR assets play a
key role in identifying enemy operating areas and analyzing trends of enemy
activity.

In Iraq, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons provided close-air support to troops
receiving small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire from enemy forces near
Baghdad. No further engagement from the enemy was reported after the F-16s
arrived.

Air Force F-16s performed a counter improvised explosive device mission near
Samarra at the request of joint terminal attack controllers. The F-16s reported
possible IED placement activity in several locations.

Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs provided close-air support for a scout team that
received small arms fire near Balad. The A-10s observed the team apprehending
the individuals responsible for the small arms fire and provided reconnaissance
until the team returned to their forward-operating base.

Air Force F-16s and RAF GR-4 Tornadoes provided close-air support to troops in
contact with anti-Iraqi forces in the vicinity of Basrah. The F-16s watched over
a high-value target operation and a raid in progress. The operation and raid
concluded with nothing significant to report. The GR-4s watched over troops
receiving small arms fire while searching buildings near Basrah. The troops were
directed by a GR-4 pilot to move to the safe side of a building to prevent any
injuries or casualties.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 45 close-air-support missions for Operation
Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops,
infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and
disrupt terrorist activities.

Additionally, nine Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions in support of
operations in Iraq. An Air Force fighter performed in a nontraditional ISR role
with electro-optical and infrared sensors.

Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided
intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout
Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. More than 120 airlift sorties were
flown; more than 520 tons of cargo was delivered, and more than 2,300 passengers
were transported.

Coalition C-130 crews from Australia and Canada flew in support of OIF or OEF.

On Feb. 10, Air Force and RAF tankers flew 24 sorties and off-loaded almost 1.6
million pounds of fuel.
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March 21 airpower: Rivet Joint provides eye in the sky

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have
released the airpower summary for March 21.

In Afghanistan, an Air Force B-1B Lancer provided a show of force over a police
station that was surrounded and taking enemy fire near Jalalabad. A joint
terminal attack controller on-scene reported that the insurgents broke contact
after the show of force.

Another B-1B released multiple flares to provide a show of force for a coalition
convoy traveling through a known ambush point near Worzhanah Kalay. No attacks
were reported after the show of force.

Another Air Force B-1B dropped guided bomb unit-31s and GBU-38s on enemy
buildings near Sangin. The B-1B also dropped a GBU-38 on a tree line from where
coalition forces were receiving fire. A JTAC confirmed the B-1B`s weapons were
all direct hits.

Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets conducted aerial reconnaissance for IED emplacement on
road or other suspicious activity near Delaram. The F/A-18s also were assigned
to provide overwatch for coalition forces in contact with the enemy in the same
area.

In total, 47 close-air-support missions were flown in support of the
international security assistance force and Afghan troops, reconstruction
activities and route patrols.
Nine Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in
Afghanistan. U.S. Navy fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles
with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.

In Iraq, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons dropped GBU-12s and GBU-38s on enemy
buildings near Baghdad.

Other Air Force F-16s provided overwatch for coalition forces as they set up an
ambush site near Salman Pak. The F-16 pilots reported seeing 10 individuals
running from one house to another and gave the coordinates to a JTAC.

Near Al Basrah, F-16s provided overwatch for a ceremony transferring control of
Basra over to Iraqi forces in a courthouse. The F-16s then provided overwatch
for a coalition convoy leaving the courthouse. No attacks were reported.

Near Baghdad, Navy F/A-18s conducted aerial reconnaissance for possible IED
activity and observed an area used as an enemy position in the past.

Navy FA/18s conducted counter-enemy force overwatch and located a hotspot near
Baghdad. The FA/18s also provided counter-improvised explosive device
reconnaissance.

More F/A-18s conducted air reconnaissance of suspected small-arms fire origin. A
JTAC requested a show of force and it was confirmed the F/A-18 show of force was
successful. The F/A-18s were then assigned overwatch of four coalition Humvees
conducting a search of suspected IED emplacement.

Near, Ad Diwaniyah, Navy F/A-18s conducted a reconnaissance on possible enemy
fire origin points and reported three to four personnel and two vehicles. The
F/A-18s also observed personnel and vehicles near an enemy mortar point of
origin. The F/A-18s conducted a show of force, dispensing flares. The JTAC
confirmed the show of force was successful.

Near Baghdad, Air Force F-16s provided anti-sniper overwatch. They also
conducted counter-IED missions and were directed to provide overwatch of
coalition forces in the area.

RAF GR-4 Tornado pilots reported individuals digging a large hole in the middle
of a road near Balad.

Other GR-4 pilots identified and reported a line of disturbed earth across a
road near Baqubah.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 64 close-air-support missions for Operation
Iraqi Freedom. These missions provided support to coalition troops,
infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and
disrupt terrorist activities.

Additionally, 15 Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions in support of
operations in Iraq. An Air Force aircraft performed in a non-traditional ISR
role with electro-optical and infrared sensors.

Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided
intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout
Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. More than 240 airlift sorties were
flown; over 475 tons of cargo were delivered, and approximately 3,267 passengers
were transported.

Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, South Korea and Japan flew in support of
OIF or OEF.

On March 18, Air Force, RAF and French tankers flew 43 sorties and off-loaded
more than 3.0 million pounds of fuel which is the equivalent of more than 75
full Air Force fuel trucks.
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March 10-16: The week in airpower

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- In Afghanistan this week 289 close air support
missions were flown in support of the International Security Assistance Force
and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

A total of 61 Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan.
Air Force and Navy fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles with
their electro-optical and infrared sensors.

In Iraq this week, Coalition aircraft flew 325 close air support missions for
Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions provided support to coalition troops,
infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and
disrupt terrorist activities.

Additionally, 98 Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions in support of
operations in Iraq. Air Force and Navy fighter aircraft performed in
non-traditional ISR roles with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.

Air Force C-130s and C-17s provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping
sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. About
993 airlift sorties were flown, which is 30 percent more flights then the
average number of flights each day out of Los Angeles International Airport.

More than 2,497 tons of cargo were delivered, which is the equivalent of the
total legal weight limit of 62 18-wheeler freight trucks.

Approximately 20,676 passengers were transported which is the equivalent of more
then 44 Boeing 747s Airliners each with full seating capacity.

Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada, Iraq, Japan and South Korea flew
in support of OIF or OEF.

For the week, Air Force, Royal Air Force and French Air Force flew 186 sorties
and off-loaded more than 17.1 million pounds of fuel which is the equivalent of
more than 427 full Air Force Logistics Readiness fuel trucks.
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