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23d Fighter Group
Operational Support Squadron (OSS)
23d Aircraft Maintenance Support Squadron (AMXS)
23d Maintenance Squadron (MXS)
Maj. JD Trimble, 23 AMXS - Capt. Jan Stilwell, 23 OSS
Lt. Seanna Less, 23 MXS - T/Sgt. Jeff Hyder, 23 FG
Sixty-one years after the beginning of the 23d Fighter Group, the Flying Tigers continue to uphold their superior reputation. The 23d Fighter Group directs the flying and maintenance operations for the USAF's largest A/OA-10 unit, consisting of two combat-ready A/OA-10 squadrons, an operational support squadron and two maintenance squadrons. The group ensures overall combat training and readiness for over 100 pilots and 800 maintenance and support personnel.
One year following Operation ALLIED FORCE, the 23d Fighter Group went back to supporting Operation SOUTHERN WATCH enforcing the southern no-fly zone. The A-10s flew a variety of missions, including close air support, combat search and rescue and joint maritime operations.
On June 27, 2000 the 23d Fighter Group was once again reassigned from the
347th Fighter Wing at Moody AFB in Georgia to the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson, AFB, North Carolina. The Flying Tigers are currently under
the leadership of Brigadier General (S) Eric J. Rosborg, Commander of the 4th
Fighter Wing, and Colonel Vincent P. Wisniewski, Commander of the 23d Fighter Group.
In March of 2002 the United States called upon the Flying Tigers to help fight the war on terrorism in Operation ANACONDA in Afghanistan. The 23d Fighter Group launched from Al Jaber, AB, Kuwait and landed in a classified location after flying a 14-hour Combat Mission. On March 25th the 23d Fighter Group became the first fixed-wing aircraft stationed in Afghanistan. For nearly six months, the 23d Fighter Group personnel operated simultaneously in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. During this time the 23d Fighter Group flew 2,148 combat missions over Afghanistan and Iraq.
On April 15, 2002, one of the 75th Fighter Squadron A-10s passed the 9,000-hour flying mark making it the most traveled fighter aircraft in USAF
The 23d Fighter Group will continue to carry on the tradition of the first and foremost Flying Tiger,
Lieutenant General Claire Lee Chennault, who passed away on July 7, 1958 at the age of 67. The
Flying Tiger legend lives on as a beacon of pride to those committed to peace, and as a threat to
those who would unsheathe the terrible sword of aggression.
The 23d Aircraft
Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) was established on 1 October 2002 under the
command of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Melvin as the USAF returned to a
"back to basics" compliance-oriented maintenance philosophy
that supports the Combat Wing Organization. The 23d AMXS was
created from the maintenance elements of the 74th and 75th
Fighter Squadrons (FS), which recently operated out of Kuwait and
Afghanistan during "War on Terrorism’. The 74 FS and 75 FS
maintenance elements became aircraft maintenance units (AMU)s under the
The 23 AMXS is charged with the
maintenance, generation, deployment and employment of 48 assigned
A/OA-10 aircraft to any location worldwide. The unit is organized with
two AMUs, the 74th AMU and the 75 AMU. Each AMU is manned
with aircraft general mechanics, avionics mechanics, engine mechanics,
and weapons load personnel. Each AMU is manned and equipped to meet all
on equipment maintenance actions for the A/OA-10 aircraft.
The men and women of the 23
AMXS continues the legacy of the 23rd Organizational
Maintenance Squadron (28 June 1964 – 1 November 1966, 1 July 1972 –
7 June 1977), the 23d Aircraft Generation Squadron (7 June
1977 – 1 June 1992) and all Flying Tiger Maintainers of the past. They
are willing to accept any sacrifice to keep the aircraft flying and to
take the fight to the enemy.
The 23d Operations Support
Squadron traces its roots back to the original 23d Fighter Group who
inherited the mission of the American Volunteer Group (AVG) "Flying
Tigers" in July 1942. Constituted as the 23d Depot Repair Squadron
on 5 January 1942, the unit supported Flying Tiger operations throughout
the China-Burma-India theater of operations. The 23d Depot Repair
Squadron was inactivated on 5 November 1945, two months after the United
States victory over Japan.
On 1 June 1992, the 23d Depot
Repair Squadron was reconstituted and redesignated the 23d Operations
Support Squadron as part of the 23d Wing at Pope Air Force Base, North
Carolina. On 1 April 1997, the 23d Wing was deactivated and the 23 OSS
once again became part of the 23d Fighter Group. The Group remained at
Pope Air Force base and was aligned under the 347th Wing at
Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. On 20 June 2000, the 23d Fighter Group
realigned under the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air
Force Base, North Carolina.
Members of the 23d Operations
Support Squadron have deployed around the world, participating in
Operations PROVIDE RELIEF, UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, VIGILANT WARRIOR, NORTHERN
WATCH, SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and most recently
Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Today, 23 OSS personnel provide unmatched
intelligence, weapons and tactics, life support, training and scheduling
support to the 23d Fighter Group’s A-10 attack aircraft.
The 23d Operations Support
Squadron "Eye of the Tiger" patch you see today also traces
its history back to the original AVG "Flying Tigers." Blue and
yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary
theater of Air Force operations. Yellow represents the sun and the
excellence required of Air Force personnel. The tiger reaching over the
horizon of the globe signifies the global reach of the Flying Tigers and
reflects the significant support the unit provides. The aggressive
action of the tiger reflects the squadron’s constant state of military
preparedness. The aircraft denotes the support to the multiple types of
aircraft throughout the squadron’s history.