Twenty-Third Air Force
|Twenty-Third Air Force|
18th Flight Test Squadron testing a V-22 Osprey for AFSOC
|Active||1 Jan 2008—4 April 2013|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Part of||Air Force Special Operations Command|
|Garrison/HQ||Hurlburt Field, Florida|
|Emblem of Twenty-Third Air Force|
Twenty-Third Air Force (23 AF) was 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.
- 623d Air and Space Operations Center (AOC)
- 23d Weather Squadron
- 11th Intelligence Squadron
- 18th Flight Test Squadron
- 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. Its lineage is listed below:
- Established as Twenty-Third Air Force on 10 February 1983
- Activated on 1 March 1983
- Redesignated Air Force Special Operations Command, with the status of a major command, on 22 May 1990
- Air Force Special Operations Command, 1 January 2008 – 4 April 2013
- Hurlburt Field, Florida, 1 January 2008 – 4 April 2013
- 623d Air and Space Operations Center (AOC): 1 Jan 2008 - 4 Apr 2013
- 23d Weather Squadron: 3 Jul 2009 - 4 Apr 2013
- 11th Intelligence Squadron: unknown - 4 Apr 2013
- 18th Flight Test Squadron: 1 Jan 2008 - 4 Apr 2013
On 1 January 2008, Twenty-Third Air Force stood up as Air Force Special Operations Command's first Numbered Air Force.
- Littel, Donald D. Chronology of the Twenty-third Air Force, 1983–1990. Hurlburt Field, Florida: Twenty-third Air Force Head Office, 1990.