1/20/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces released today's airpower summary.
Coalition aircraft flew 50 close-air support missions Jan. 19 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.
Navy F-14 Tomcats and F/A-18 Hornets provided close-air support to coalition troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Al Iskandariyah, Ramadi, Samarra and Tikrit.
In addition, 17 Air Force and Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Also, Air Force and Royal Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a non-traditional ISR role with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.
In Afghanistan, coalition aircraft flew 22 close-air support missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. These missions included support to coalition and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and presence route patrols.
Four Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan.
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. Approximately 170 airlift sorties were flown, more than 230 tons of cargo were delivered and close to 3,500 passengers were transported. This included approximately 6,000 pounds of humanitarian aid air-dropped in Afghanistan.
Coalition C-130 crews from Canada and Australia flew in support of either OIF or OEF.
On Jan 18 Air Force and Royal Air Force tankers flew 36 sorties and off-loaded more than 2.9 million pounds of fuel.