September 29th, 2006 10:07 EST
CENTAF releases airpower summary
U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Sept. 29.
In Afghanistan Sept. 28, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, provided close-air support for coalition troops in contact with Taliban extremists near Enjar Ghar. The A-10s made passes and expended cannon rounds. A-10s also provided close-air support for Coalition troops in contact with Taliban extremists near Shinkay.
The following close air support requests supported NATO forces operating as the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, in Afghanistan.
Royal Air Force Harrier GR-7s provided close-air support to ISAF troops in contact with enemy forces near Sangin. The GR-7s expended rockets and an Enhanced Paveway II munition.
Navy F/A-18Fs provided close-air support for ISAF troops in contact with Taliban extremists near Kajaki `Ulya.
In total, coalition aircraft flew 43 close-air support missions in support of OEF or ISAF. These missions included support to coalition, Afghan and ISAF troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols.
Additionally, 13 Air Force, Navy and RAF 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 Kirkuk, Baghdad and Tall Afar.
Navy F/A-18Cs provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Baghdad and Balad, and RAF Tornado GR-4s provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Al Taji and Baghdad.
In total, coalition aircraft flew 40 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, Army and RAF ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq.
On Sept. 27, Air Force rescue and medical crews on HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters flew one medical evacuation missions in support of OEF. One local national patient with injuries requiring urgent care was evacuated as a result of these missions.
Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. They flew 150 airlift sorties, delivered 550 tons of cargo and transported 3,440 passengers. This included more than 12,000 pounds of troop resupply airdropped in eastern Afghanistan.
Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada, Japan and South Korea flew in support of OIF or OEF.
On Sept. 27, U.S., RAF, Singaporean and French air force tankers flew 35 sorties and off-loaded almost 2.2 million pounds of fuel.