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A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron low observable aircraft structural maintenance student paints an aircraft component at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. Painting aircraft is important to prevent corrosion of the metal. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron low observable aircraft structural maintenance student paints an aircraft component at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. Painting aircraft is important to prevent corrosion of the metal. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron low observable aircraft structural maintenance student paints aircraft components at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. Corrosion prevention is an important aspect of maintaining an aircraft's structural integrity. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron low observable aircraft structural maintenance student paints aircraft components at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. Corrosion prevention is an important aspect of maintaining an aircraft's structural integrity. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron low observable aircraft structural maintenance student mixes paint for an aircraft component as an instructor provides feedback at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. Low observable ASM Airmen sustain the condition of stealth aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron low observable aircraft structural maintenance student mixes paint for an aircraft component as an instructor provides feedback at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. Low observable ASM Airmen sustain the condition of stealth aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

Aircraft parts dry after being painted by low observable aircraft structural maintenance students at Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. Low observable ASM Airmen repair the structure of stealth aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

Aircraft parts dry after being painted by low observable aircraft structural maintenance students at Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. Low observable ASM Airmen repair the structure of stealth aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron aircraft structural maintenance student practices rivet repairs at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. ASM Airmen complete a variety of repairs to metal aircraft structures. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron aircraft structural maintenance student practices rivet repairs at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. ASM Airmen complete a variety of repairs to metal aircraft structures. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron aircraft structural maintenance student selects rivets to use in a repair at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. ASM Airmen learn a variety of techniques to repair aircraft structures. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron aircraft structural maintenance student selects rivets to use in a repair at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. ASM Airmen learn a variety of techniques to repair aircraft structures. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

Aircraft structural maintenance students learn repair techniques in a classroom at Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. ASM students take a 17-week course to prepare them to repair aircraft at their duty assignments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

Aircraft structural maintenance students learn repair techniques in a classroom at Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. ASM students take a 17-week course to prepare them to repair aircraft at their duty assignments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron nondestructive inspection student coats aircraft parts in liquid which detects corrosion at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. NDI Airmen also learn metal composition to understand how parts wear. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron nondestructive inspection student coats aircraft parts in liquid which detects corrosion at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. NDI Airmen also learn metal composition to understand how parts wear. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron nondestructive inspection student examines an aircraft part under black light at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. NDI Airmen learn additional techniques for finding cracks which include conducting ultrasounds on aircraft parts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron nondestructive inspection student examines an aircraft part under black light at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. NDI Airmen learn additional techniques for finding cracks which include conducting ultrasounds on aircraft parts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron aircraft structural maintenance instructor examines a student's rivet work at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. Instructors teach U.S. Airmen, as well as international students primarily from the Middle East, in trades which ensure aircraft are air-worthy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)
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A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron aircraft structural maintenance instructor examines a student's rivet work at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. Instructors teach U.S. Airmen, as well as international students primarily from the Middle East, in trades which ensure aircraft are air-worthy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron nondestructive inspection instructor displays an aircraft part with uncovered corrosion under a black light at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013.  NDI Airmen learn to detect flaws, cracks and other damage to aircraft components to ensure structural integrity. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)
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A Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron nondestructive inspection instructor displays an aircraft part with uncovered corrosion under a black light at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013. NDI Airmen learn to detect flaws, cracks and other damage to aircraft components to ensure structural integrity. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Vickers)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Whether it's keeping the "deck" clean or using the "head," Airmen at Detachment 1, 359th Training Squadron, "aboard" Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., know their sister service's lingo.

The detachment teaches initial-entry and retraining Airmen in aircraft structural maintenance, low observable aircraft structural maintenance or nondestructive inspection careers.

"I explain ASM as the body shop of the Air Force," said Master Sgt. Jason Parvin, 359th TRS, Det. 1 ASM instructor supervisor. "We take care of the paint and the structure to ensure the aircraft is air-worthy."

Low observable aircraft structural maintenance performs similar tasks for stealth aircraft. NDI Airmen learn to use techniques to test the structural integrity of aircraft and their components.

"Our job is important because we ensure the aircraft is structurally sound and safe," said Airman Joshua Mayo, 359th TRS, Det. 1 ASM student.

The instructors teaching methods allow students to practice everything from corrosion detection methods to painting aircraft components.

"For the most part, this is a hands-on course," said Staff Sgt. Shaun Delaware, 359th TRS, Det. 1 ASM instructor. "Most lectures are 30 minutes to an hour long. Then, we show them how to do it and they get to work performing the task."

In addition to U.S. Airmen, the schoolhouse trains international students.

"It can be challenging at times with the language barrier," Parvin said. "However, there's respect and a good working relationship with the students."

For Airmen who return to the schoolhouse, instructor duty can make for a rewarding special duty assignment.

"It's a different point of view standing on the podium side," Parvin said. "It's a good feeling just to give back to the career field."

Maintenance shops across the Air Force appreciate the instructors' contributions.

"I know I'm doing a good job when I get praise from shop chiefs out in the field," Delaware said. "Also, knowing the students I taught work on multimillion dollar aircraft and receive honors like below-the-zone [promotion] shows they're the great Airmen we strive for here."

While the detachment's students experience elements of a sister service's culture, the instructors believe this contributes to their understanding of the military's collaborative nature.

"With the way operations are going now, toward more of a joint environment, it's good for them to get that working relationship now," Parvin said.

Though Navy aircraft adorn the hallway of the detachment's building, and the Marine woodland and Navy blue camouflage uniforms dominate the campus, the Air Force instructors at NAS Pensacola produce more than 1,000 maintenance Airmen yearly.

"These Airmen are some of the last true craftsmen in the Air Force," Parvin said.