23RD FLYING TRAINING SQUADRON
Lt. Col. Stephen R. Moyes
Training Tomorrows Warriors
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 Nakhon 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”.
1 Apr 1994 to Present – 58th Operations Group
15 Jan 1994 to Present -Fort Rucker, AL
1994 to Present – UH-1H Huey
Jan 1994 to Present – Helicopter training with US Army and C-12 training for DoD
To contact the 23rd FTS, call DSN: 558-3018, Commercial (334) 255-1207, or e-mail.