The 23d Flying Training Squadron is the U.S. Air Force’s primary source of helicopter pilots and career enlisted aviators for special operations, combat search and rescue, missile support, and distinguished visitor airlift missions. It conducts undergraduate helicopter training, UHT. The 23rd also develops and coordinates flying syllabi, academic lessons, and operating instructions for UHT.

 

Leadership
CC, 23d Flying Training Squadron

Commander, 23d Flying Training Squadron

Lt Col Daniel Coughlin

Lt Col Coughlin is the Commander of the 23d Flying Training Squadron, Fort Novosel, Alabama. He is responsible for all training and flying operations for the Air Force’s only undergraduate helicopter training unit. The squadron executes the 58th Special Operations Wing’s largest flying hour program, totaling over 10,000
flight hours, while operating 28 TH-1Hs and producing more than 160 undergraduate pilots and special mission aviators per year... READ MORE

DO, 23d Flying Training Squadron

Director of Operations, 23d Flying Training Squadron

Lt Col Cindy M. Tope

 Lt Col Tope is the Operations Officer for the 23d Flying Training Squadron (23 FTS), Fort Novosel, Alabama. She is responsible for all training and flying operations for the Air Force’s only rotary wing undergraduate pilot training unit. The 23 FTS executes the 58th Special Operations Wing’s largest flying hour program, totaling 10,063 flight hours, operates 28 TH-1H helicopters, and produces more than 100 undergraduate pilots and special mission aviators per year... READ MORE

SEL, 23d Flying Training Squadron

Senior Enlisted Leader, 23d Flying Training Squadron

MSgt Eric C, McElroy

MSgt McElroy is the 23d Flying Training Squadron Senior Enlisted Leader at Fort Novosel, AL. He is responsible for advising the Commander at the United States Air Forces only helicopter UPT training unit, graduating 176 aviators annually. Additionally, MSgt McElroy is an Evaluator Special Missions Aviator with almost 1900 flight hours in the UH-1N. MSgt McElroy plays an integral role in ensuring the professional growth, morale, and.... READ MORE