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.
Best Friends AWC Sam Davis, AW2 Greg Nash, AW1 Dave Croxton,
Best Moment Lots of nice easy duty while "stashed" temporarily in this unit.
Chain of Command LT Nick Ross an ex HS-15 pilot was the HS-1 AW Division Officer.
Other Memories I had been the beneficiary of a "good deal" cooked up my HS-15's XO CDR Bob Hanke. Hanke contacted LT Nick Ross at HS-1, and said he wanted to give me a "good deal", to stay home from the Med cruise, due to my wifes troubled pregnancy history. Ross agreed to use me "TAD" as a "Non-Instructor Aircrewman". All under the table.
When I checked into HS-1, the PNC looked at my orders suspiciously. He said "Where the fuck did you come from?". I said "HS-15 Chief".....His reply," These fuckin fleet squadrons CANT DUMP THIER TRASH ON ME"! I tried to keep a straight face. He called LT Ross on the phone saying, "Hay Mr Ross, you want another FUCKIN AW I got here for ya? Goddamn HS-15 dumping it's trash on me here"......Now Im really trying to bite my lip to keep from laughing. He hangs up with LT Ross and yells, "AWRIGHT GO ON, GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE, and go join the OTHER FUCKIN AW's topside! GOD DAMN FLEET SQUADRONS want me to babysit thier fuckin people, SONSABITCHES". It was all I could do to not laugh out loud hysterically.
I got to the AW office and was welcomed by old HS-15 shipmates, including LT Ross. He winked and said, "The Chief doesn't need to know our dirty little secrets now does he Mottern?". I replied "Absolutly not Sir!" It was the start of a nice three month break, flying occasionally on pilot trainers, and lots of early liberty out the gate. I didn't know how good I had it!