Motto: "Kiai o ka lewa" Guardians of the Upper Realms
The23rd Bomb Squadronis a United States Air Forceunit, assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing. It is stationed at Minot Air Force BaseNorth Dakota. The mission of the squadronis to fly theBoeing B-52H Stratofortressstrategic bomber. The squadron stands ready to deploy and fly its B-52Hs to enforce national security policy by being ready to deliver overwhelming nuclear or conventional firepower to destroy targets, worldwide, at any time.
The squadron is one of the oldest in the United States Air Force, dating to 16 June 1917, when it was organized atKelly Field, Texas. It deployed to England as part of theAmerican Expeditionary Forces, being engaged as an aircraft repair squadron duringWorld War I. The squadron saw combat duringWorld War II, and became part of theStrategic Air Command(SAC) during theCold War.
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