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Twenty-Third Air Force
18th Flight Test Squadron - V-22 Osprey.jpg
18th Flight Test Squadron testing a V-22 Osprey for AFSOC
Active 1 Jan 2008—4 April 2013
Country  United States
Branch Flag of the United States Air Force.png  United States Air Force
Role Special Operations
Part of Shield of the United States Air Force Special Operations Command.svg  Air Force Special Operations Command
Garrison/HQ Hurlburt Field, Florida
Emblem of Twenty-Third Air Force Twenty-Third Air Force - Emblem.png

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.[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:

  • 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 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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