F-15Es, working with a B-1B bomber, used 500-pound and 2,000-pound joint direct attack munitions to take out enemy combatants, including an outpost, in Nagalam, Afghanistan on June 8, Air Forces Central said in a June 9 release. Also in Afghanistan on that day, an F-15E dropped a 500-pound laser-guided bomb on enemy combatants in Musa-Qala, and a second Strike Eagle destroyed enemy rocket teams in Orgun-E with a 500-pound JDAM and a 2,000-pound JDAM. In all, coalition aircraft flew 58 close air support missions June 8 in Afghanistan and 22 in Iraq, AFCENT said.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.