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FLANG Det 2 is making its mark

Senior Master Sgt. Shawn Martell, maintenance superintendent with the Florida Air National Guard Detachment 2, and Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Adams, a CV-22 Osprey crew chief with the FLANG Detachment 2, inspects a CV-22 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 24, 2017. The FLANG Det 2 employs officers and enlisted personnel in maintenance and aircrew positions to aid the 8th Special Operations Squadron and the 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Parkinson)

Senior Master Sgt. Shawn Martell, maintenance superintendent with the Florida Air National Guard Detachment 2, and Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Adams, a CV-22 Osprey crew chief with the FLANG Detachment 2, inspects a CV-22 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 24, 2017. The FLANG Det 2 employs officers and enlisted personnel in maintenance and aircrew positions to aid the 8th Special Operations Squadron and the 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Parkinson)

Staff Sgt. John Curtis, an electrical environmental specialist with the Florida Air National Guard Detachment 2, inspects a CV-22 Osprey at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 24, 2017. The FLANG Det 2 employs officers and enlisted personnel in maintenance and aircrew positions to aid the 8th Special Operations Squadron and the 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Parkinson)

Staff Sgt. John Curtis, an electrical environmental specialist with the Florida Air National Guard Detachment 2, inspects a CV-22 Osprey at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 24, 2017. The FLANG Det 2 employs officers and enlisted personnel in maintenance and aircrew positions to aid the 8th Special Operations Squadron and the 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Parkinson)

Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Adams, a CV-22 Osprey crew chief with the Florida Air National Guard Detachment 2, inspects a CV-22 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 24, 2017. The FLANG Det 2 supports the 1st Special Operations Wing’s CV-22 mission by supporting in maintenance and aircrew roles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Parkinson)

Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Adams, a CV-22 Osprey crew chief with the Florida Air National Guard Detachment 2, inspects a CV-22 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 24, 2017. The FLANG Det 2 supports the 1st Special Operations Wing’s CV-22 mission by supporting in maintenance and aircrew roles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Parkinson)

HURLBURT FIELFD, Fla. -- Florida Air National Guard Detachment 2 has been at Hurlburt since December 2015 and are only a few Airmen away from fulfilling all of their full-time positions.

The FLANG Det 2 employs officers and enlisted personnel in maintenance and aircrew positions to aid the 8th Special Operations Squadron and the 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to create a foundation and to form continuity within the CV-22 Osprey Community.

“We’re currently hiring those who have experience in the CV-22 community,” said Senior Master Sgt. Shawn Martell, maintenance superintendent with the FLANG Det 2. “Bringing in people who have that experience helps keep consistency and saves the Air Force money on retraining.”

Det 2 members are a foundation for the CV-22 units here. Since they don’t permanent change of station, they create a continuity and consistency of experience, said Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Adams, a CV-22 crew chief with the FLANG Det 2.

When transitioning from active duty to guard, the military status changes, but the mission does not.

“The mission statement is the same, but the mindset, and how we accomplish the mission, is what makes us stand out from our active duty counterparts,” Adams said. “In the guard we have more control over our career.”

With the unit still in its infant stages, those transitioning from active duty to guard should have experience on the CV-22 in order to apply. Those members who are considering leaving active duty can contact Master Sgt. Joel Johnson at (850) 881-3465.