Twenty-Third Air Force

Twenty-Third Air Force

18th Flight Test Squadron testing a V-22 Osprey for AFSOC
Active January 1, 2008 – April 4, 2013
Country  United States
Branch   United States Air Force
Role Special Operations
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 Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). It was stationed at Hurlburt Field, Florida and activated on 1 January 2008. It was inactivated on 4 April 2013.[1]


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:

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.




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:

Activated on 1 March 1983 at Hurlburt Field, Florida





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 the Air Force Historical Research Agency website


  1. "23rd AF deactivates". Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  2. Factsheets : 23 Weather Squadron (AFSOC). Retrieved on 2013-07-21.


  • Littel, Donald D. Chronology of the Twenty-third Air Force, 1983–1990. Hurlburt Field, Florida: Twenty-third Air Force Head Office, 1990.
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