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23RD FLYING TRAINING SQUADRON

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Commander:
Lt. Col. William F. Denehan
23 FTS/CC


Mission Statement
Training Tomorrows Warriors

Unit History
Lineage: Constituted as the 76th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 20 Nov 1940 and activated on 15 Jan 1941. It was re-designated as the 23d Antisubmarine Squadron (Heavy) on 3 Mar 1943 and disbanded on 6 Feb 1944. Reconstituted as the 23d Troop Carrier Squadron on 11 Nov 1944, the unit transported cargo and personnel throughout the European Theater of Operation until its inactivation on 7 Sep 1946. The Air Force revived the unit on 9 Jul 1956 as the 23d Helicopter Squadron at Stewart AFB, Tennessee where they served at Phalsbourg France, RAF Wethersfield UK, and Wheelus AB Libya until their inactivation on 8 Jan 1958.

The Vietnam War saw the unit's reconstitution as the 23d Tactical Air Support Squadron operating from Hakhon Phanom Royal Thailand Air Force Base (RTAFB), Thailand, from 15 April 1966 to 22 Sep 1975. They inactivated on 22 Sep 1975 only to be reactivated on 30 Nov 1975 at Bergstrom AFB, Texas to train forward air controllers. They then moved to Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona on 1 Jul 1980 until their deactivation on 1 Nov 1991. Finally, on 15 Jan 1994, the Air Force reactivated the unit with its current name at Fort Rucker, Alabama to train future helicopter pilots in the UH-1H "Huey".

Assignments:
15 Jan 1941 42d Bombardment Group
12 Feb 1943 41st Bombardment Group
9 Mar 1943 26th Antisubmarine Wing
15 Oct 1943 I Bomber Command
1 Dec 1944 to 7 Sep 1946 349th Troop Carrier Group
1 Nov 1956 to 8 Jan 1958 322 Air Division
15 Apr 1966 to 7 Dec 1966 505th Tactical Control Group
8 Dec 1966 504th Tactical Air Support Group
30 Jun to 22 Sep 1975 Thirteenth Air Force
30 Nov 1975 to 1 Nov 1991 602d Tactical Air Control Group
1 Apr 1994 to Present 58th Operations Group

Stations:
15 Jan 1941 Salt Lake City, UT
4 Jun 1941 Gowen Field, ID
20 Jun 1942 McChord AFB, WA
8 Mar 1943 and 24 Dec 1943 Drew Field, FL
5 Aug 1943 Edinburgh Field, Trinidad
6 Feb 1944 Clovis Army Air Field, NM
21 Nov 1944 Pope Field, NC
7 to 15 Mar 1945 Baer Field, IN
3 Apr 1945 Barkstone Heath, England
18 Apr to 13 Jul 1945 Roye Army Airfield, France
19 Sep 1945 to 7 Sep 1946 and 30 Nov 1975 Bergstrom Field, TX
9 Jul to 12 Oct 1956 Sewart AFB, TN
1 Nov 1956 to 8 Jan 1958 Phalsbourg AB, France
15 Apr 1966 Udorn RTAFB, Thailand
15 Jul 1966 to 22 Sep 1975 Hakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand
1 Jul 1980 to 1 Nov 1991 Davis Monthan AFB, AZ
15 Jan 1994 to Present Fort Rucker, AL

Aircraft Flown:
1941 B-18 Bolo
1941 to 1942 B-26 Marauder
1942 to 1943 A-29 Hudson
1943 B-25 Mitchell
1944 to 1945 C-47 Skytrain
1944 to 1946 C-46 Commando
1956 to 1957 H-21 Shawnee
1966 to 1968 O-1 Bird Dog
1967 to 1971 O-2 Super Skymaster
1971 to 1980 OV-10 Bronco
1981 to 1991 OA-37 Dragonfly
1994 to Present UH-1H Huey

Operational Missions:
Dec 1941 to Dec 1943 Coastal antisubmarine patrols
1944 to 1945 Personnel and cargo transport in Europe
1956 to 1958 Conducted helicopter missions in Europe
Apr 1966 to Jan 1973 Reconnaissance and forward air control over Southeast Asia
Apr to May 1975 Tactical Air Control for Phnom Penh, Cambodia evacuation and SS Mayaguez incident
Nov 1975 to Oct 1991 Forward air controller training
Jan 1994 to Present Helicopter training with US Army and C-12 training for DoD

Unit Awards
Service Streamers:
World War II:
European, Africa, and Middle Eastern Theater

Campaign Streamers:
World War II: Antisubmarine, American Theater
Vietnam: Vietnam Air; Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; Tet 1969 Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Commando Hunt V; Command Hunt VI; Commando Hunt VII; Vietnam Ceasefire

Decorations:
Presidential Unit Citations (Southeast Asia)
15 to 30 Apr 1966
1 Aug 1968 to 31 Aug 1969
1 Nov 1968 to 1 May 1969
1 Jan to 31 Dec 1970
30 Jan to 31 Dec 1971
1 Apr 1972 to 22 Feb 1973

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
1 Jul 1978 to 30 Jun 1979
1 May 1984 to 30 Apr 1986
15 Jan 1994 to 30 Jun 1994
1 Jul 1994 to 31 Dec 1995
1 Jul 1996 to 30 Jun 1998
1 Jul 1998 to 30 Jun 2000
1 Jul 2001 to 30 Jun 2002
1 Jul 2002 to 30 Jun 2003
1 Jul 2004 to 30 Jun 2005
1 Jul 2006 to 30 Jun 2007
1 Jul 2007 to 30 Jun 2008

Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crosses with Palm
15 Apr 1966 to 28 Jan 1973
8 Feb to 31 Mar 1971
1 Apr 1971 to 9 Mar 1972


To contact the 23rd FTS, call DSN: 558-3018, Commercial (334) 255-1207, or e-mail.




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