Mottern, Carl, AW1

Aviation Warfare Systems Operator
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Current Service Status
USNR Retired
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
AW-7851-P3B Non-Acoustic Operator
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Warfare Systems Operator
Primary Unit
1989-1994, AW-7851, VP-93 Executioners
Previously Held NEC
AW-0000-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator
AW-7815-Helicopter Search and Rescue Swimmer
AW-7872-SH3H Multi-Sensor Operator
AW-9585-Navy Recruiter Canvasser
AW-7861-P3C Non-Acoustic Operator
AW-7821-P3B/C Acoustic Sensor Operator
Service Years
1975 - 1996
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Voice Edition
AW-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

Recruiting Command of Excellence Recruiter US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge

P-3 1,000 HRS Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Naval Rescue Swimmer Captain Arnold J. Isbell Award

P-3 2,500 HRS Sikorsky 1000 Hours Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran

SERE Blue Water Navy Maritime Warfare Excellence Award

 Military Association Memberships
VP-93 AssociationUSS America Carrier Veterans AssociationNavy Together We ServedUnited States Navy Memorial
  1995, VP-93 Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1997, USS America Carrier Veterans Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, Navy Together We Served [Verified]
  2011, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
RETIRED FROM USCBP on 29 April, 2017, after 20 Years and 2 Days with US CUSTOMS/ USCBP. I DONT MISS IT! With my time at the VA, and the ative Navy years I bought back I retired with 36 years of credited Civil service.

I am now now a certified Baseball and Softball Umpire, graduating on 4-18-2017. I'm a Member of the Western New York Umpires Association. 

Still married since 1976 to wife number one, and we're living in the Buffalo suburb of Kenmore, New York.  We have three grown children, and three grandkids.

I worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Buffalo from 93-97. I was hired by the US Customs Service, at the Port of Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York as an Inspector in 1997. The agency merged into the new Department Of  Homeland Security, as the Bureau of Customs & Border Protection (C&BP) in 2004. My last assignment was at our Buffalo International Airport office, located at the Prior Aviation Services (FBO) facility.  In September of 2011 I completed a two week course at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia for "Honor Guard" Training.  I was proud to  be part of the local CBP Honor Guard Team, available for funerals, parades and Color Guard presentaions. I always looked forward to those proud assignments.

I'm the current President of the Buffalo Postcard Club. My collection of US Navy ship,military aircraft and baseball park postcards is huge. Im also an avid baseball fan, following the Cleveland Indians and my hometown Buffalo Bisons.

I am a longtime Outdoor Sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing.  I am an active member of the 3F Club ( Fin, Feather, Fur Conservastion Society) in Lewiston, New York.  The  group is dedicated to all phases of outdoor preservation, conservation and safe & ethical hunting and fishing activity. 

I've been an avid Photographer since I was a kid, with a special interest in taking photos of historic sights and natural scenic  beauty,  airshows, baseball games and wildlife.  Rarely do my photos include people, unless they are part of the "action" in a particular event or scene.
Other Comments:
I was an ice hockey official for the local USA Hockey chapter from 1984 to 1998.  I really enjoyed reffing, and it helped me stay in great shape for many years. The socializing with fellow officials after games, Refs Softball team, and group events were also fun. The new job with US Customs, and some long term nagging injuries finally forced me to give up reffing.  Sometimes I really miss it.

And in October of 2007 I finally followed up on  my one of my lifelong ambitions by earning my NAUI certification as a SCUBA diver. It's something I've always wanted to do, and should have done many years ago. Now I'm trying to make up for lost time with as many dives as I can get in.   Hoping to add another "skydive" or two to my list of accomplisments as well. Don't ever give up on your dreams, and dont stop having fun!

I lost a pal in my Dad on 4-27-2012 at 0800.  Cpl Frank Mottern USAAF (1943-1946) peacefully feathered his engines and "went west' He is loved and missed. He was given an nice sendoff with the Honor Guard from Niagara Falls Air Force Base, rendering "Military Honors'. 

I have built an AF-TWS profile for him and became a "Family Member" at that side as well.  Please look in on my Dads profile, if you are able as a "guest".  its a work in progress as I try to dig up long buried info on Dads USAAF service.

I have recently assumed the "Administrator" role for the USS COD Unit Page here at NTWS.  I have a long associoation history of visiting this decorated sub at Cleveland, Ohio.  I hope to be able to update an decorate the page with photos. Please visit the CODS page as well as the other profiles Ive built for some special buddies and some Major League Baseball players.

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  • Fuller, Robert, RADM, (1945-1982)
  • Mize, John, PO1, (1943-1945)
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  1976-1979, AW-7872, NAS Jacksonville FL

AW-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator

From Month/Year
March / 1976

To Month/Year
December / 1979

NAS Jacksonville FL Unit Page

Petty Officer Second Class

AW-7872-SH3H Multi-Sensor Operator

NAS Jacksonville

 NAS Jacksonville FL Details

NAS Jacksonville FL

Garrison - Base Station


Parent Unit
Naval Air Stations


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Last Updated: Jun 14, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Tom Hayes and the rest of the HS-15 gang. Mike Ellet at VP-30

Best Moment
First SAR jumps in the St Johns River
Graduation from SAR School
Awarding of my Aircrewmans Wings
Promotion to AW2
The homecomings with HS-15.
Graduation from VP-30


Worst Moment
Failing SAR school on my first try. In hindsight I was a lousy swimmer and struggled the whole time.

Chain of Command
Many with HS-1, HS-15 and VP-30


Other Memories
A late night arrival from A school in March 76.

My son Mike was born at Navy Jax Hospital on 9-4-79 in the middle of Hurricane David.

Pleasant nights at Woolfson Park watching Jacksonville Suns baseball games.

My Photos For This Unit
NAS Jax Seawall hangers During WW2
194 Members Also There at Same Time
NAS Jacksonville FL

Byington, Melville, CAPT, (1950-1981) OFF 131X Captain
Culbertson, Morris (aka Mike), CDR, (1948-1977) OFF 310X Commander
Logan, Royal, CAPT, (1953-1991) OFF 132X Commander
Fanelli, Daniel, LCDR, (1974-2000) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Hall, Russ, LCDR, (1975-1997) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Smith, Thomas N., LCDR, (1962-1982) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Miller, Robert, LCDR, (1968-1990) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Corovessis, Charles, LTJG, (1973-1976) OFF 000X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Doucette, Sheryl, LTJG, (1978-1981) OFF 110X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Estabrook, Joseph, CAPT, (1977-2004) OFF 410X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Rutherford, Gerald, MCPO, (1956-1982) AZ AZ-0000 Master Chief Petty Officer
Haney, Stephanie, SCPO, (1975-2006) AG AG-7412 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Simon, Horace, CNOCM, (1960-1991) 00 9515 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Vickers, Joe, SCPO, (1969-1989) AT AT-6586 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Beier, Verdell, CWO4, (1962-1988) TM TM-0747 Chief Petty Officer
Delfel, Earl, SCPO, (1962-1989) AD AD-8800 Chief Petty Officer
Funderburk, Ricky, CPO, (1971-1994) AO AO-8271 Chief Petty Officer
HOFFMAN, EVAN, CPO, (1960-1976) CS CS-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Maki, Theodore, CPO, (1962-1982) AD AD-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Murphy, Edward, CPO, (1962-1983) AO AO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Strout, Steven, CPO, (1963-1986) AB AB-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Waldroup, Jerry, CPO, (1958-1980) AD ADR-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Winter, Robert, SCPO, (1960-1981) AD ADR-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Astalos, Mark, PO1, (1977-1983) AW AW-7821 Petty Officer First Class
Cassidy, John, CPO, (1972-1992) AM AM-7225 Petty Officer First Class
Conner, Roger, PO1, (1968-1990) AE AE-8251 Petty Officer First Class
Elder, Lorin, CPO, (1963-1983) TM TM-0746 Petty Officer First Class
Helms, Charles, CPO, (1969-1991) ABH ABH-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hughley, Eugene, PO1, (1972-1992) AD AD-6423 Petty Officer First Class
Lovelace, Willis, PO1, (1962-1989) LN LN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Lumsden, Scott, PO1, (1971-1980) AT ATR-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Matteson, David, CPO, (1966-1991) ABE ABE-0000 Petty Officer First Class
McGurer, Frank, PO1, (1963-1984) AE AE-7105 Petty Officer First Class
Mills, Jimmie, PO1, (1969-1978) PN PN-2526 Petty Officer First Class
Montelongo, Harley, CPO, (1970-1991) AZ AZ-6313 Petty Officer First Class
Potter, Richard, PO1, (1968-1989) MA MA-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Spivey, Owen, PO1, (1964-1987) AE AE-7144 Petty Officer First Class
St John, Caleb, PO1, (1974-1995) AT 9521 Petty Officer First Class
Stein, Bruce, CPO, (1970-1990) ET ET-1420 Petty Officer First Class
Swinamer, Robert, MCPO, (1971-2001) AD ADR-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Wirick, Edward, SCPO, (1963-1995) ET ET-1588 Petty Officer First Class
Albers, Rich, PO2, (1973-1976) AC AC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Ancelet Sr., Clifton, MCPO, (1970-2005) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Anderson, Steve, PO1, (1975-1995) AM AMH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Austin, Needham, LCDR, (1977-2008) AD AD-8215 Petty Officer Second Class
Berry, Joseph, PO1, (1975-2000) AE AE-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Blenner, Edward, CPO, (1972-1988) SK LS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Bradshaw, Ronald, PO2, (1967-1982) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Bridges, Michael, PO2, (1973-1995) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Corbin, Andy, PO2, (1972-1978) AW AW-7881 Petty Officer Second Class
Costa, Dennis, MCPO, (1973-2000) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Coston, Garry, CPO, (1974-1994) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Curry, John, CPO, (1971-1991) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Dyess, Joseph, MCPO, (1972-1995) AE AE-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Ellerby, Bill, SCPO, (1972-1998) AD AD-8215 Petty Officer Second Class
Elliott, Lynn, CPO, (1973-1994) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Foley, Tom, MCPO, (1968-1991) AZ AZ-6313 Petty Officer Second Class
Fortenberry, Richard, PO2, (1975-1980) AMH AMH-8319 Petty Officer Second Class
Guerrero, Alex, CPO, (1972-1996) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Second Class

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