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.

 Remembrance Profiles -  23 Sailors Remembered
  • Bridges, Michael, PO2, (1973-1995)
  • Fuller, Robert, RADM, (1945-1982)
  • Mize, John, PO1, (1943-1945)
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  1985-1994, AW-7851, NAF Detroit

AW-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator

From Month/Year
May / 1985

To Month/Year
March / 1994

NAF Detroit Unit Page

Petty Officer First Class

AW-7851-P3B Non-Acoustic Operator

NAF Detroit

 NAF Detroit Details

NAF Detroit

Garrison - Base Station


Parent Unit
Naval Air Facilities


Created/Owned By
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Last Updated: Jan 25, 2016
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
The VP-93 list

Best Moment
Many, many great times at this base with a great squadron, the VP-93 Executioners. Cold beers and good conversation with pals at "the Molehole". This club was built in the old concrete SAC Ready Bunker. It was not glamorous but it had its charm. It was a comfortable place where folks of all ranks gathered for good camraderie. GOOD TIMES!


Worst Moment
Decomissioning of VP-93

Other Memories
Its great to have THE last VP-93 P3B orion on permanent loan to the Selfridge Air Museum located on the base. Our squadron and NAF may be gone, but the aircrft survives as the center pice of ourVP-93 Alumni Association. The aircarfts interior has been restored to near new condition and is open for public tours.

My Photos For This Duty Station
VP-93 P-3B on display at Selfridge Air Museum, Mt Clemens MI
80 Members Also There at Same Time
NAF Detroit

Pierce, Charles, CPO, (1988-2009) AW AW-0000 Airman
Wilson, Richard, CDR, (1962-1985) OFF 131X Commander
Storm, Henry, LCDR, (1963-2006) OFF 631X Lieutenant Commander
Larry, Joseph, CDR, (1982-2011) OFF 510X Lieutenant
Davis, Mark, MCPO, (1971-2007) MA MA-2002 Chief Petty Officer
French, Roger, SCPO, (1970-1992) PR PR-9502 Chief Petty Officer
Leffingwell, Jonathan, SCPO, (1977-1995) ABF ABF-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Linton, Alfred, CPO, (1983-2007) HM HM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Pittman, Rodney, CPO, (1964-2003) AS AS-7609 Chief Petty Officer
Campobasso, David, MCPO, (1979-2000) AS AS-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Coggins, C layton, CPO AK AK-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Killmar, Steven, PO1, (1977-1999) AME AME-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Linton, Alfred, CPO, (1983-2007) 00 8406 Petty Officer First Class
Nikola, Matt, SCPO, (1981-2001) IS IS-9502 Petty Officer First Class
Pritchard, Jim, CPO, (1973-1997) PR PR-7356 Petty Officer First Class
ROSE, ROBERT, CMC, (1986-Present) YN CYN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Stalnaker, Lacy W., PO1, (1964-1993) AS AS-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Van Vranken, Scott, PO1, (1974-1995) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Watters, Eric, SCPO, (1986-2007) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Barnes, Randy, PO2, (1987-1993) PR PR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Brown, Phillip, PO1, (1982-1998) AD AD-6418 Petty Officer Second Class
Brzustewicz, Edward, PO2, (1975-1998) AT AT-6673 Petty Officer Second Class
Douglass, Mark, PO2, (1965-1999) AZ AZ-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Fetterly, Paul, PO2, (1980-2003) RM RM-2321 Petty Officer Second Class
Gatica, Pedro, PO2, (1989-1994) AT ATR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Gonzalez, Carey, PO2, (1990-2003) AK AK-8012 Petty Officer Second Class
Labudde, Kevin, PO2, (1983-1999) MS MS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Logsdon, John, PO1, (1987-2007) AM AM-7212 Petty Officer Second Class
Palmateer, Jim, PO2, (1985-1992) AB ABF-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Schreiner, Ralf, SCPO, (1986-2012) AS AS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Anderson, Daniel, PO3, (1989-1993) AO AO-6803 Petty Officer Third Class
Baker, Samuel, CPO, (1980-2001) HM HM-8406-07 Petty Officer Third Class
Fulks, Steve, PO2, (1985-1997) AO AO-6803 Petty Officer Third Class
Hanes, Stacie, PO3, (1990-1994) AT AT-8326 Petty Officer Third Class
Nelson, Vincent, PO3, (1986-1995) AK AK-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Thomas, Mark, CMC, (1986-2016) EO EO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Hallam, Melissa, PO2, (1989-1994) PN PN-2526 Seaman Recruit
Conrad, Dennis, MCPO, (1970-2000) AFC Command Master Chief Petty Officer
Bortner, Wayne, SCPO, (1963-1996) AE Senior Chief Petty Officer
Bynum, Major, SCPO, (1986-2008) Petty Officer First Class
Colon, Roy, PO1, (1975-1993) Petty Officer First Class
Engelmann, Darren, PO1, (1983-2003) Petty Officer First Class
Golden, Roy, SCPO, (1983-2003) Petty Officer First Class
McMahon, Victor, CPO, (1984-2004) Petty Officer First Class
Abair, David, CPO, (1988-2010) Petty Officer Second Class
Dwyer, Thomas, SCPO, (1987-Present) Petty Officer Second Class
Gravgaard, Timothy, SCPO, (1980-2009) Petty Officer Second Class
Miller, Pete, CPO, (1990-2007) Petty Officer Second Class
Ramey, James, CPO, (1976-1999) Petty Officer Second Class
Seymour, Jack, CPO, (1982-2006) Petty Officer Second Class
Smithson, Joseph, PO2, (1987-1992) AMH Petty Officer Second Class
Vario, Michael, CPO, (1980-2000) Petty Officer Second Class
Wampler, Michael, CPO, (1984-2008) Petty Officer Second Class
Brown, Ronald, PO1, (1982-2002) Petty Officer Third Class
Budlong, Tammy, PO1, (1978-1995) Petty Officer Third Class
Maury, Donald, CPO, (1985-2010) Seaman
Slater, Timothy, PO1, (1986-2007) Seaman
Revels, Rich, CPO, (1992-2008) Hospitalman
De Sousa, Henrique, PO1, (1985-2005) Airman

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