Coalition aircraft flew 54 close air support missions in Afghanistan on June 14, with A-10s and F-15Es leading the way, Air Forces Central announced June 15. Among the kinetic strikes on that day, F-15Es used 500-pound and 2,000-pound joint direct attack munitions and 500-pound laser-guided bombs to take out anti-Afghan government forces in the vicinities of Lwara, Nangalam, Orgun-E, and Qal-E-Naw. And A-10s dropped 500-pound LGBs against enemy forces in Garmser and near Uruzgan. AFCENT said on-the-scene joint terminal attack controllers confirmed the success of each mission. On June 14, there were 53 CAS missions flown in Iraq.
Adm. Christopher Grady, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs and head of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, is pushing a “portfolio” approach to requirements and wants his position to have “more teeth” so he can enforce it.