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23d Information Operations Squadron
F-5E Lightning 1944.jpg
F-5E Lightning of World War II. The squadron flew the F-5 variants.
Active 1942–1945; 1986–1996; 2000–2011
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Information Operations
Nickname(s) "Fightin' Knights"
Motto(s) “Out Front, Moving Forward”
Engagements Mediterranean Theater of Operations
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
French Croix de Guerre with gilt star
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
23d Information Operations Squadron emblem 23d Information Operations Squadron.PNG

The United States Air Force's 23d Information Operations Squadron (23 IOS) is an information operations unit located at Lackland AFB, Texas.

Mission[edit | edit source]

The mission of the 23 IOS is to deliver proven full spectrum information operations tactics to the warfighter.[Clarification needed] [1]

History[edit | edit source]

The squadron was first activated as the 23d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron in 1942. It served in combat in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, where it earned a Distinguished Unit Citation and a French Croix de Guerre for combat operations.

The 6947th Electronic Security Squadron was activated in 1986 as an electronic intelligence squadron. In 1993, the two squadrons were consolidated as the 23d Intelligence Squadron. The squadron was inactivated in 2011 and its resources and personnel transferred to the 318th Operations Support Squadron.

Lineage[edit | edit source]

23d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Constituted as the 23d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 14 July 1942
Activated on 2 September 1942
Redesignated 23d Photographic Squadron (Light) on 6 February 1943
Redesignated 23d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 13 November 1943
Inactivated on 12 September 1945[2]
  • Consolidated with the 6947th Electronic Security Squadron on 1 October 1993 as the 23d Intelligence Squadron
23d Information Operations Squadron
  • Designated as the 6947th Electronic Security Squadron and activated on 1 July 1986
  • Consolidated with the 23d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 October 1993 as the 23d Intelligence Squadron
Redesignated 23d Information Operations Squadron on 1 August 2000
Inactivated on 7 December 2011-

Assignments[edit | edit source]

  • 5th Photographic Group (later 5th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group, 5th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, 5th Photographic Group): 2 September 1942 (attached to 3d Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group (later 3d Photographic Group), c. 15 July - 8 September 1943, 9 February - 9 March 1944, after 23 August 1944)
  • 3d Photographic Group (later 3d Reconnaissance Group): 15 November 1944 – 12 September 1945[2]
  • 6940th Electronic Security Wing: 1 Jul 1986
  • Continental Electronic Security Division: 1 Apr 1987
  • 694th Electronic Security Wing: 15 Jul 1988
  • Continental Electronic Security Division: 1 Jan 1991
  • 693d Intelligence Wing: 1 Oct 1991
  • 67th Intelligence Wing: 1 Oct 1993 – 30 Jun 1996
  • Air Force Information Warfare Center (later Air Force Information Operations Center, 688th Information Operations Wing):1 Aug 2000 – 7 December 2011

Stations[edit | edit source]

Decorations[edit | edit source]

Aircraft[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 23 IOS factsheet, n.d.[Clarification needed]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 123-124
  3. Station number in Johnson

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

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