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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  1994-1996, AW-7861, NAS JRB Willow Grove

AW-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator

From Month/Year
March / 1994

To Month/Year
March / 1996

NAS JRB Willow Grove Unit Page

Petty Officer First Class

AW-7861-P3C Non-Acoustic Operator

NAS JRB Willow Grove

 NAS JRB Willow Grove Details

NAS JRB Willow Grove

Garrison - Base Station


Parent Unit
Naval Air Stations


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Last Updated: Dec 3, 2011
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
The "Michigan Militia", those of us that had transfered from VP-93 to VP-64.

Best Moment
Great retirement ceremony presided over by CDR G. Don Steel of VP-64.


Worst Moment
Being threatend with a court marshall over a bill for $158.00 for our crews hotel in Jax, by an over zealous LCDR. ASSHOLE! My crew and I were of course cleared, but I'd had enough. I put in my papers and retired.

Chain of Command
Cdr Don Steel XO-CO
Cdr Roger Bentlage XO, both former VP-93 officers and two of the best!


Other Memories
Watching Phillies baseball games at "The Vet" and Flyers hockey at the Sprectrum. Lees' cheese steak hoagies, "to die for/a heart attack on long soft roll".

In the Spring of 1998 my son played in a hockey tournament at Willow Grove PA. Between games on a Saturday drill weekend I stopped by the base to see what was up. In tow I had a younger brother of one of my sons teamates, Timmy Hunter. Timmy was about 8 or 9 at the time. When we arrived at VP-64 I showed Timmy the aircraft. I also found many pre retirement pals, including the CO, CDR Roger Bentlage. Timmy was quite impressed with the skippers dress blue uniform. When we got back to the hotel. Timmy told his Mom and Dad, '"When Mr Mottern says he know's people, HE REALLY KNOWS PEOPLE!"... ( :->)

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141 Members Also There at Same Time
NAS JRB Willow Grove

Drinkhouse, Joseph, CDR, (1968-2008) OFF 163X Commander
Edmunds, Robert, CDR, (1982-2003) OFF 310X Commander
Lillis, James, CDR, (1975-2003) OFF 132X Commander
James, Erin, LT, (1978-1998) OFF 639X Lieutenant
Klug, Mary Jane, LCDR, (1980-2004) OFF 639X Lieutenant
Myers, Bob, LT, (1972-1995) OFF 152X Lieutenant
Wieber, Ken, LT, (1993-1999) OFF 000X Lieutenant
Marin, Herminio Marin and S, SCPO, (1971-1999) AD AD-6423 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Gibbs, Cameron, MCPO, (1980-2006) AE AE-7137 Chief Petty Officer
Goodhue, James, SCPO, (1971-2002) SK SK-2820 Chief Petty Officer
Kippenhan, Jim, CPO, (1981-2001) AB ABF-7022 Chief Petty Officer
Kravitz, Ron, CPO, (1960-1996) AE AE-8251 Chief Petty Officer
Millon, Michele, CPO, (1976-1999) HM HM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Parks, Mark, CPO, (1973-2003) PH PH-8192 Chief Petty Officer
Snyder, Thomas, CPO, (1973-1997) YN YN-2516 Chief Petty Officer
Snyder, Thomas, CPO, (1973-1997) YN YN-2515 Chief Petty Officer
Barrett, Michell, PO1, (1991-2002) AC AC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Borrows, Paul, PO1, (1966-1995) AB ABE-9585 Petty Officer First Class
Boyer, Randy, PO1, (1974-1997) AT AT-9502 Petty Officer First Class
Bryan, Stephen, CPO, (1986-Present) 00 9595 Petty Officer First Class
Cawrse, Dawn, PO1, (1990-1999) AC AC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Costello, Dan, PO1, (1976-2007) MS MS-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Crawley, Chris, PO1, (1990-2010) AT AT-6529 Petty Officer First Class
Denton, Chris, CPO, (1985-2005) AME AME-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Denton, Chris, CPO, (1985-2005) NC NC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
DeRosa, Daniel, PO1, (1982-2002) AT AT-8310 Petty Officer First Class
Dorsey, Robert, CPO, (1983-2006) ET ET-1579 Petty Officer First Class
FORREST, BRADLEY, PO1, (1983-2003) AS AS-7603 Petty Officer First Class
Haitsch, James, PO1, (1987-2009) MWD MWD-0003 Petty Officer First Class
Krier, Richard, CPO, (1991-2007) AS AS-7609 Petty Officer First Class
Matson, Chris, PO1, (1985-2005) MA MA-9545 Petty Officer First Class
Morrow, Vincent, PO1, (1977-1997) AO AO-6811 Petty Officer First Class
Reid, Robert, SCPO, (1989-Present) MA MA-9545 Petty Officer First Class
Reid, Robert, CPO, (1989-2007) MA MA-9545 Petty Officer First Class
Seiter, Scott, SCPO, (1980-Present) MA MA-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Walsh, Michael, PO1, (1971-1997) AT AT-9502 Petty Officer First Class
Weems, Jennifer, PO1, (1989-2007) AC AC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Williams, Lonnie, PO1, (1986-2006) AZ AZ-6313 Petty Officer First Class
Arrington, Michael, SCPO, (1989-2015) CE CE-5644 Petty Officer Second Class
Bennett, Sally, PO1, (1987-2007) AE AE-7137 Petty Officer Second Class
Berman, Dana, CPO, (1987-2010) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Buell, Lori, PO2, (1990-1999) 00 8201 Petty Officer Second Class
Burd, Brooke, SCPO, (1989-2007) 00 9502 Petty Officer Second Class
Carignan, Ronald, PO2, (1978-1998) AS AS-7607 Petty Officer Second Class
Cash, Vernon, CPO, (1989-Present) ET ET-1579 Petty Officer Second Class
Coleman, Jack, PO1, (1993-2007) AC AC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Cook, Joe, PO2, (1988-1995) AT AT-6717 Petty Officer Second Class
Cosby, Kendra, PO2, (1991-2000) AS AS-7606 Petty Officer Second Class
Craddock, Steven, CPO, (1989-2009) MA MA-9545 Petty Officer Second Class
Cruise, Chuck, PO1, (1986-2006) HM HM-8406 Petty Officer Second Class
Derr, Keith, SCPO, (1987-2007) HM HM-8482 Petty Officer Second Class
Hurd, Leslie, CPO, (1995-Present) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Kasulaitis, Elizabeth, PO1, (1991-2008) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Maas, Eric, PO1, (1986-2006) MS MS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Maimone, Russ, PO1, (1988-2008) AS AS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
O'Hara, Colleen, PO2, (1995-2000) AC AC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Rubio, Christopher, PO1, (1990-Present) 00 9595 Petty Officer Second Class
Salmon, Christopher, PO2, (1990-1997) AC AC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Smith, Trevor, PO1, (1993-2013) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class

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