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23rd AF deactivates

Posted 4/4/2013   Updated 4/5/2013 Email story   Print story


Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs

4/4/2013 - HURLBURT FIELD, Fla.  -- The Air Force Special Operations Command recently deactivated the 23rd Air Force during a flag furling ceremony here.

As AFSOC's only numbered Air Force, the 23rd provided highly-trained special operations forces to deployed air commanders since it was established on Jan. 1, 2008.

Maj. Gen. George Williams and Brig. Gen. Timothy Leahy, former 23rd AF commanders, conducted the deactivation ceremony.

"We realized it would be more efficient to reunite the staff under AFSOC," Leahy said.

After the ceremony, the 623rd Air Operations Center assumed the 23rd AF's mission and was renamed the AFSOC Operations Center.

"Our patch is the only thing that has changed during this reorganization process, and that's not really important," Leahy said. "Our people and our mission are what really matter, and that hasn't changed one bit."

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