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 

US Navy Retired 20 Recruiter Recruiting Command of Excellence

 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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  1977-1979, AW-0000, COMNAVAIRLANT/Commander Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6)

AW-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator

From Month/Year
February / 1977

To Month/Year
June / 1979

Commander Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6) Unit Page

Petty Officer Second Class

AW-0000-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator


 COMNAVAIRLANT/Commander Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6) Details

COMNAVAIRLANT/Commander Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6)

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Created/Owned By
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Last Updated: May 11, 2011
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Same as HS-15 list

Chain of Command
First CAG was CDR Ron Ball, he was replaced by CDR George White.


Other Memories
HS-15 part of CVW-6, deployed aboard USS AMERICA and INDEPENDENCE.

My Photos For This Duty Station
No Available Photos
89 Members Also There at Same Time
Commander Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6)

Reid, Charles, PO2, (1974-1980) AW AW-7831 Petty Officer Second Class
Allen, Richard, VADM, (1959-1996) OFF 132X Commander
Muller, Kenneth, CPO, (1956-1986) AW AW-7881 Chief Petty Officer
Gay, Robert, PO2, (1974-1979) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Gruninger, Lou, PO2, (1976-1980) AZ AZ-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Prescott, Thomas, AR, (1978-1984) AZ AZ-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Bullis, James, CPO, (1959-1979) Chief Petty Officer
Fink, James, CPO, (1965-1991) Petty Officer First Class
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Wing Twelve (CAEWW-12)

Curry, James, CMC, (1956-1980) CMC 9580 Command Master Chief Petty Officer

McLane, Michael, CDR, (1954-1980) OFF 112X Commander
Bowman, Robert, CWO3, (1959-1987) RM RM-2318 Chief Petty Officer
Albers, Alfred, MCPO, (1970-1995) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Horton, Edward, CWO4, (1961-1991) Chief Warrant Officer 3
Bonilla, Richard, PO1, (1970-1993) Petty Officer Second Class
Ely, David, CPO, (1978-2003) MS Petty Officer Third Class

Schaller, Martin, LCDR, (1963-1983) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Schimek, Joseph, CPO, (1972-1999) RM RM-2312 Petty Officer Second Class

Rooke, Harold, LCDR, (1963-1988) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Ammons, Moses, SCPO, (1970-1990) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
McEvoy, Neil, CPO, (1971-1995) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Piccus, David, LT, (1971-1993) RM RM-2319 Petty Officer First Class

Smith, Carol, VADM, (1952-1983) OFF 131X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Orr, Charles, CWO3, (1962-1986) YN YN-2526 Chief Petty Officer
Hanson, John, SCPO, (1978-1998) QM QM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Commander Airborne Early Warning Wing Atlantic (COMFITAEWWINGLANT)

Williams, Douglas, CDR, (1960-1991) OFF 132X Lieutenant
Commander Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1)

Mora, Jonathan, LT, (1973-1977) OFF 132X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Vaughn, Mark, PO1, (1978-2000) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Wicker, Robert, MCPO, (1976-2001) Petty Officer Third Class
Commander Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17)

Anderson, Thomas Patrick, LCDR, (1964-1978) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Kettl, Jonathan, MCPO, (1976-1998) Petty Officer Second Class
Commander Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3)

Duffy, Mark, LCDR, (1951-1982) OFF 638X Lieutenant
Schultz, Robert, PO2, (1978-1985) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Shea, Bill, PO2, (1968-1978) Petty Officer Second Class
Shea, Bill, PO2, (1968-1978) Petty Officer Second Class
Commander Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

Sigmon, Bill, PO2, (1973-1977) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Commander Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8)

Fetterman, John H., VADM, (1955-1992) OFF 131X Captain
Corby, Joseph, PO2, (1975-1979) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Commander Carrier Air Wing Reserve 20 (CVWR-20)

Flores, Pablo, CDR, (1961-1994) OFF 633X Lieutenant
Kunkle, Steve, RDML, (1973-2003) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Commander Fighter Wing 1 (CFW-1)

O'Grady, John, MCPO, (1958-1989) AD AFCM-8300 Master Chief Petty Officer
Main, Rubye, CPO, (1979-2005) Seaman
Commander Fleet Air Keflavik

Clark, Doug, LCDR, (1970-2000) AW AW-7825 Chief Petty Officer
Sibel, William, CPO, (1968-1993) AW AW-7825 Petty Officer First Class
Dorey, Bob, PO2, (1977-1981) AS AS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Anderson, Wayne, CPO, (1968-1992) AW Petty Officer Second Class
Yoder, Roger, PO1, (1978-1999) YN Petty Officer Second Class
Commander Helicopter Sea Control Wing ONE (COMHSCWING 1)

OAKES, CHARLES, CAPT, (1962-1992) OFF 131X Commander
Pohl, Matthew, CDR, (1956-1994) OFF 638X Lieutenant
Morris, Henry, CPO, (1961-1979) AZ AZ-6313 Chief Petty Officer
Shannon, O'Connor, PO1, (1967-1987) AE AE-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Crawford, Mark, LCDR, (1971-1993) Lieutenant
Commander Tactical Wings Atlantic (COMTACWINGSLANT)

Yannacci, Harold, CPO, (1970-1991) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Preston, James, SCPO, (1977-2001) Petty Officer Third Class

Barnicle, Paul, CDR, (1948-1978) OFF 000X Commander
Holmes, Frank, CAPT, (1963-1991) OFF 144X Commander
Allen, Duke, LCDR, (1958-1983) OFF 642X Lieutenant Commander
Hancock, Thomas W., CAPT, (1966-1996) OFF 152X Lieutenant Commander
Hegele, Thomas, CDR, (1962-1985) OFF 165X Lieutenant Commander
Hodgkins, Henry, LCDR, (1965-1991) OFF 310X Lieutenant

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