CENTAF releases airpower summary|
7/25/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released the airpower summary for July 25.
In Afghanistan July 24, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs provided close-air support for coalition troops in contact with enemy forces near Asadabad. The aircraft expended cannon rounds against enemy troop positions, ending the engagement.
Air Force A-10s provided close-air support for coalition troops in contact with enemy forces near Gereshk. The A-10s expended guided bomb unit-12s on an enemy troop position, ending the engagement.
Royal Air Force GR-7s provided close-air support for coalition troops in contact with enemy forces near Kandahar. The aircraft expended rockets on an enemy troop location, ending the engagement.
Air Force A-10s also provided close-air support to coalition troops in contact with enemy forces near Orgun-E, and A-10s and Royal Air Force GR-7s provided close-air support to coalition troops in contact with enemy forces near Musah Qal'eh.
Additionally, nine Air Force, French Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan.
In total, coalition aircraft flew 32 close-air support missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. These missions included support to coalition and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols.
In Iraq, Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Baghdad and Ramadi.
Additionally, 17 Air Force, Navy and Royal Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Air Force fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.
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.
On July 23, an Air Force rescue and medical crew on a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter flew one medical evacuation mission in support of OEF. The crew evacuated one Afghan National Army patient with injuries requiring urgent care.
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 approximately 160 airlift sorties, delivered almost 415 tons of cargo and transported 2,900 passengers. This included more than 12,000 pounds of troop re-supply airdropped in eastern Afghanistan.
In addition, a theater C-17 flew one mission July 24, transporting more than 78,000 pounds of equipment and supplies in support of the U.S. Central Command's mission in the assisted departure of American citizens from Lebanon.
Coalition C-130 crews from Canada flew in support of either OIF or OEF.
On July 23, Air Force, French Air Force and Royal Air Force tankers flew 35 sorties and off-loaded almost 2.2 million pounds of fuel.