F-16Cs dropped 500-pound joint direct attack munitions and a 500-pound laser-guided bomb to destroy an enemy building with underground bunkers in Tall Afar, Iraq on June 9, according to Air Forces Central. In a June 10 release, the command said these activities were part of the 26 close air support missions flown by coalition aircraft in Iraq on that day. Over in Afghanistan on June 9 there were 53 CAS missions flown, AFCENT said. This included a B-1B bomber hitting improvised explosive device and ambush teams in the vicinity of Bermel with 500-pound and 2,000-pound JDAMs and A-10s taking out enemy combatants in a building in Asadabad with 500-pound LGBs and 500-pound general-purpose bombs.
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.