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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  1976-1976, AW-7815, SERE School

AW-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator

From Month/Year
June / 1976

To Month/Year
June / 1976

SERE School Unit Page


AW-7815-Helicopter Search and Rescue Swimmer

NAS Brunswick

 SERE School Details

SERE School

Garrison - Training Command


Parent Unit
Special Warfare Schools

Formal School

Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2017
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
I went with the guys from my HS-1 SAR Class, Mike Kurtz, Steve Baugh, and Jeff Winters and some HS-1 student pilots.

Best Moment
First was the end formation in the POW phase, when the US Flag unfurled from the "goon tower", and the Star Spangled Banner began to play. There was not a dry eye in the crowd.

Second, after the long bus ride to return to the base, the galley was kept open for our class. We were filthy dirty but they let us eat untill we could get no more in. Sliced roast beef never tasted so good.


Worst Moment
After "capture" I was on the bottom of the heap as they stacked us like chordwood, and transported us over rough roads in a "deuce and a half". On top of me was a huge HS-1 student pilot Ens. Dane Pranke, who had played football at the Academy. I was winded when we got to the camp compound, couldnt breath under the weight of all those guys laying on top of me.

Chain of Command
CDR Walter Coffman, OINC,


Other Memories
It was mid June, still cold in upper Maine. The water in the springs was like melting snow. We had to get into "the peoples pond" and do jumping jacks and pushups ect while the "goons" in uniforms similar to RUSSCOMMS taunted us. We all started to go into hypothermia before we left the pond.

One of the "goon" interogators held me against a wall and "shotgunned" me with a long stemmed pipe that contained the worlds foulest tobacco. I swear he was smoking shredded burlap or old socks infected with foot fungus. Aggghhhhhhhhh. .

After that great meal at the galley, I peeled those POW cloths off, then stood in a hot shower for I dont know how long. The clothing felt like it was full of dark beach sand, and smelled like that foul tobbacco smoke.

During a break from our class debrief, a USAF F-111 made a stop at Brunswick. This was the only time I ever saw one of these impressive aircraft flying.

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29 Members Also There at Same Time
SERE School

Tiburski, Kent, CPO, (1975-1995) AW AW-0000 Airman
Sena, Michael, CDR, (1966-1998) OFF 163X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Jarosz, Marty, LCDR, (1969-1993) OFF 131X Ensign
Roland, Richard, LCDR, (1974-1988) OFF 131X Ensign
Crowley, Stanley G, FORCM, (1951-1990) 00 9505 Senior Chief Petty Officer
TRUTTON, FRANK, SCPO, (1952-1976) PR PR-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Philips, Thomas H., SCPO, (1961-1991) 00 9505 Petty Officer First Class
Whatley, Ronnie, CWO3, (1963-1985) AW AW-7821 Petty Officer First Class
Caton, David, MCPO, (1972-1995) 00 8258 Petty Officer Second Class
Garcia, Paul, LT, (1972-1993) BM BM-0164 Petty Officer Second Class
Hannon, Michael, CPO, (1974-1999) CT CT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Karo, Norman, CPO, (1968-1988) AMH AMH-8215 Petty Officer Second Class
Lawson, Robert, PO2, (1972-1979) ABH ABH-9502 Petty Officer Second Class
Weston, Larry H., CPO, (1972-1992) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Collins, Gerald, PO3, (1970-2019) CM CM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Gregory, Steve, PO1, (1972-1987) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Kauffman, Mitchell, CPO, (1976-1994) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Kelly, Tom, FN, (1975-1977) FN FN-0000 Fireman
Burch, Mike, PO2, (1972-1980) ADJ ADJ-0000 Airman
Luera, Benjamin, PO2, (1975-1979) AD AD-8215 Airman Apprentice
Byrd, Mike, MCPO, (1969-1993) Petty Officer First Class
Smith, Gary, CPO, (1972-1993) AW Petty Officer Second Class
Clark, Marlon, SCPO, (1972-1996) Petty Officer Third Class
Dillon, Kenneth, PO1, (1974-1984) AT Petty Officer Third Class
Reid, Charles, PO2, (1974-1980) Petty Officer Third Class
Weber, Bill, (1973-1993) Petty Officer Third Class
Knight, Steve, PO2, (1981-1985) Airman
Elliott, Richard, PO1, (1975-1994) Airman Recruit
Durden, Patrick, CWO3, (1972-1993) Petty Officer Second Class

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