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USAF 23rd Wing Flying Tigers Patch

 
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23rd WING (ACC)

 

Lineage. Established as 23 Fighter Wing on 10 Aug 1948. Activated on 16 Aug 1948. Inactivated on 24 Sep 1949. Redesignated 23 Fighter-Interceptor Wing on 19 Dec 1950. Activated on 12 Jan 1951. Inactivated on 6 Feb 1952. Redesignated 23 Tactical Fighter Wing, and activated, on 28 Jan 1964. Organized on 8 Feb 1964. Redesignated 23 Fighter Wing on 1 Oct 1991. Inactivated on 1 Jun 1992. Redesignated 23 Wing, and activated, on 1 Jun 1992. Redesignated: 23 Fighter Group on 1 Apr 1997; 23 Wing on 1 Oct 2006.

 

Assignments. Twentieth Air Force, 16 Aug 1948; Caribbean Air Command, 25 Apr-24 Sep 1949. Eastern Air Defense Force, 12 Jan 1951-6 Feb 1952. Tactical Air Command, 28 Jan 1964; Twelfth Air Force, 8 Feb 1964; 835 Air Division, 1 Jul 1964; Twelfth Air Force, 30 Jun 1971; Ninth Air Force, 1 Jul 1972-1 Jun 1992. Ninth Air Force, 1 Jun 1992; 347 Wing, 1 Apr 1997; 4 Fighter Wing, 27 Jun 2000; 347 Rescue Wing, 18 Aug 2006; Ninth Air Force, 1 Oct 2006-.

 

Components. Group. 23 Fighter (later, 23 Fighter-Interceptor; 23 Operations; 23 Fighter): 16 Aug 1948-24 Sep 1949; 12 Jan 1951-6 Feb 1952; 1 Jun 1992-1 Apr 1997; 1 Oct 2006-. 347 Rescue: 1 Oct 2006-. 563 Rescue: 1 Oct 2006-. Squadrons. 6 Special Operations Training: 1 Jan-15 Sep 1974. 74 Tactical Fighter (later, 74 Fighter): 1 Jul 1972-15 Feb 1992 (detached 2 Jul-28 Dec 1973; 29 Aug 1990-20 Apr 1991); 1 Apr 1997-1 Oct 2006. 75 Tactical Fighter (later, 75 Fighter) 1 Jul 1972-2 Dec 1991; 1 Apr-1 Jun 1992; 1 Apr 1997-1 Oct 2006. 76 Tactical Fighter (later, 76 Fighter): 1 Oct 1972-29 May 1992 (detached 27 Aug 1990-c. Apr 1991). 132 Fighter-Interceptor: attached 21 Jul 1951-6 Feb 1952. 134 Fighter-Interceptor: attached 1 Apr 1951-6 Feb 1952. 333 Tactical Fighter: 15 Oct 1970-22 Mar 1971. 357 Tactical Fighter: attached c. 8 Nov 1965-28 Jan 1966; assigned 15-22 Mar 1971. 419 Tactical Fighter Training: 15 Oct 1969-1 Oct 1971. 421 Tactical Fighter: 8 Dec 1957-16 Apr 1959. 560 Tactical Fighter: 8 Feb 1964-25 Sep 1968. 561 Tactical Fighter: 8 Feb 1964-1 Jul 1972 (detached 6 Mar-10 Jul 1965 and 9 Apr-30 Jun 1972). 562 Tactical Fighter: 8 Feb 1964-1 Jul 1972 (detached 13 Aug-6 Dec 1965). 563 Tactical Fighter: 8 Feb 1964-1 Jul 1972 (detached 8 Apr-15 Aug 1965). 4519 Combat Crew Training: 1 Aug 1967-16 Oct 1969.

 

Stations. Northwest Guam AFB, Guam, 16 Aug 1948-3 Apr 1949; Howard AFB, CZ, 25 Apr-24 Sep 1949. Presque Isle AFB, ME, 12 Jan 1951-6 Feb 1952. McConnell AFB, KS, 8 Feb 1964; England AFB, LA, 1 Jul 1972-1 Jun 1992. Pope AFB, NC, 1 Jun 1992; Moody AFB, GA, 1 Oct 2006-. Aircraft. F-47, 1948-1949; RF-80, 1949. F-86, 1951-1952; F-51, 1951-1952; F-80, 1951-1952. F-105, 1964-1972; AT-33, 1966-1969; T-39, 1966-1972; A-7, 1972-1981; A-37, 1974; A-10, 1980-1992. A/OA-10 1992-; C-130, 1992-1997; F-16, 1993-1996; HH-60. 2006-; HC-130, 2006-.

 

Operations. Air defense of Guam, 1948-1949, and of the Canal Zone, 1949. Air defense of the northeastern United States, 1951-1952. Conducted basic training for about 500 Air Force recruits, 1951. Replaced 388 Tactical Fighter Wing in Feb 1964. Maintained proficiency in tactical fighter operations, frequently deploying whole units or segments thereof to support contingency and combat operations in overseas areas, 1964-1965. Conducted F-105 replacement training, Jan 1966-Nov 1970, and training for ANG units, Nov 1970-Apr 1971. Maintained proficiency in tactical fighter operations, 1970-1972. Replaced 4403 Tactical Fighter Wing at England AFB, LA, in Jul 1972 and switched to A-7 aircraft operations. Also controlled an A-37B special operations training squadron in 1974. Converted to the A-10 Thunderbolt in 1980. Trained in close air support, joint anti-armor operations and battlefield air interdiction. Deployed elements in support of operations in Grenada, Oct-Nov 1983. Deployed two squadrons (74 and 76) to Southwest Asia, Aug 1990-Apr 1991, where they performed close air support and joint anti-armor operations. On 1 Jun 1992, the wing inactivated at England AFB and activated at Pope AFB, SC. As a composite wing continued A-10 Thunderbolt training while adding an OA-10 reconnaissance mission and a C-130 airlift mission. Took part in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia in 1992 and 1993. In 1997, when the wing was redesignated a group, it gave up its C-130 squadrons but kept A/OA-10s. One of its squadrons flew F-16s from 1993 to 1996, when it also converted to A-10s. Beginning in 2006, supported worldwide search and rescue missions utilizing HH-60 and HC-130 aircraft; operated and maintained the largest A-10 fighter group in the USAF; provided global war on terrorism (GWOT) force.

 

Service Streamers. None.

 

Campaign Streamers. Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait.

 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. Grenada, 1983.

 

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device: 17 Jan-24 Feb 1991. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jun 1970-15 Jun 1971; 1 Jul 1980-30 Jun 1981; 1 Jul 1981-30 Jun 1983; 1 Apr 1989-31 Mar 1991; 31 May 1995-31 Mar 1997; 1 Jun 1997-31 May 1999; 1 Jun 2000-31 May 2002; 1 Jun 2002-31 May 2003.

 

Bestowed Honors. Authorized to display honors earned by the 23 Operations Group prior to 16 Aug 1948. Service Streamers. None. Campaign Streamers. World War II: India-Burma; China Defensive; Western Pacific; China Offensive. Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation; Hunan Province, China, 17-25 Jun 1944.

 

Emblem. Approved on 24 Jan 1957.

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