Twenty-Third Air Force (23 AF) is a Numbered Air Force that was assigned to United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). It was stationed at Hurlburt Field, Florida. It was activated on 1 January 2008 and inactivated on 4 April 2013.
The mission of 23 AF was to provide highly trained special operations command and control (C2), intelligence, and reachback support forces to deployed air commanders for execution of assigned missions.
Mission tasks include:
- Monitor, implement, guide, and report global air operations activity to senior AFSOC/23AF leadership.
- Provide trained special operations C2, intelligence, and reachback support elements to theater special operations commanders.
- Execute C2 for air, space and cyberspace operations supporting USSOCOM.
23 AF provided a special operations liaison element to regional air operations centers and a forward command and control team to be the air component to a joint special operations task force commander.
- Established as Twenty-Third Air Force on 1 January 2008
- Activated on 1 January 2008
- Inactivated on 4 April 2013
Note: this 23 AF is not to be confused with the first 23 AF. It's lineage is listed below:
- Established as Twenty-Third Air Force on 10 February 1983
- Activated on 1 March 1983
On 1 January 2008, Twenty-Third Air Force stood up as Air Force Special Operations Command's first Numbered Air Force.
This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
- Littel, Donald D. Chronology of the Twenty-third Air Force, 1983–1990. Hurlburt Field, Florida: Twenty-third Air Force Head Office, 1990.