23rd Special Tactics Squadron

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23rd Special Tactics Squadron
USAF Combat Control Team at Toussaint L'Ouverture Airport with C-17.jpg
Country  United States of America
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Special Operations Forces
Role Special Operations
Part of United States Special Operations Command Insignia.svg U.S. Special Operations Command
Shield of the United States Air Force Special Operations Command.svg Air Force Special Operations Command
Garrison/HQ Hurlburt Field, FL
Motto(s) We Who Dare
Engagements War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
23rd Special Tactics Squadron emblem 23rdSTS.jpg

The 23rd Special Tactics Squadron (23rd STS) is one of the Special Tactics units of the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The 23rd STS was previously designated 1723rd Special Tactics prior to 1992.


Then-MSgt Bart Decker from the 23rd STS, on horseback in the Balkh valley, during the initial days of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Members of the unit have participated in Operation Just Cause (1989) Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm (1990–1991) Operation Provide Comfort (1991) Operation Allied Force, Kosovo in 1999 and have been engaged in combat since October 2001 in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Members of the U.S. Air Force's 23rd Special Tactics Squadron took part in Haiti earthquake relief operations by providing air traffic control operations at Haiti's Toussaint Louverture International Airport.[1]

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