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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  1975-1976, (AW) Aviation Warfare A School

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Last Updated: Feb 6, 2013
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Ron Mason and Don Eddy who were in CO 276 with me at GLAKES. Both were students at other A schools

Jim Burgess, an AE A School student, who was from my hometown neighborhood. Jim had graduated Kenmore West High school one year before me.

My roomate Paul Placker was an AE School student. Paul was a nice kid, but he was 5 foot nothing and weighed 98 pounds, and could not hold his liquor too well. He once ended up passed out on the base XO's doorstep. Paul introduced me to some good music, some guys from Texas you may have heard of, ZZ Top, and a young man named Bruce Springsteen.

Other roomates Laddy Cone and a 'Randy", cant recall his last name. Both real characters. Older "retread" guys that took a liking to a youngster like me. We had some fun times, pizza and beer parties, card games, nights on the town. Young and stupid I was. ( :->)

Steve Denoya was a classmate, he later went on to be the AW Detaler.

Best Moment


Worst Moment
Dropping two tests, and the resulting one week setbacks.

Chain of Command
Instructors I recall, AW1 Wayne Simpson, AW1 Grant Morrison, AW1 Tom Adkins, AW1 Mike Gallups.


Other Memories
This was a very lonely, isolated, and very miserable place for me. The difficulties I had in A-school did not help.

My Photos For This Duty Station
Bruce 437 at Memphis
29 Members Also There at Same Time
(AW) Aviation Warfare A School

Masden, Don, CWO4, (1971-2001) Petty Officer Second Class
Garber, Daniel, PO3, (1994-1998) Airman
Haack, Bob, SCPO, (1975-1996) Airman
Kindred, Tim, PO1, (1976-1984) Airman
McAlister, Gary, CPO, (1974-1994) Airman
Muench, Stephen, SCPO, (1975-2000) Airman
Nelson, Don, LCDR, (1975-1998) Airman
Rogers-Jones, Stephen, SCPO, (1973-1995) Airman
Willcox, Jesse, PO1, (1967-1993) Airman
Dye, Bob, MCPO, (1975-2005) Airman Apprentice
Garrett, Joe, PO1, (1974-1994) Airman Apprentice
Hough, David, SCPO, (1975-1997) Airman Apprentice
Townsend, Jim, CPO, (1975-1995) Airman Apprentice
Brogdon, Rob, CPO, (1975-1995) Airman Recruit
Smith, Gary, CPO, (1972-1993) AE AE-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Morley-Mower, Anthony, CPO, (1975-1999) AW AW-7821 Petty Officer Third Class
Fisher, Chris, CPO, (1976-1994) AW AW-7821 Airman
Hayes, Thomas, PO1, (1976-1997) AW AW-0000 Airman
Kimmey, Russ, CPO, (1975-1994) AW AW-0000 Airman
McIntyre, Don, PO1, (1975-1995) AW AW-0000 Airman
Rainwater, William, SCPO, (1974-2000) AW AW-0000 Airman
Read, Don, CPO, (1973-1996) AW AW-0000 Airman
Elston, Vincent, SCPO, (1969-1993) AW AW-0000 Airman Apprentice
Ladwig, Joe, CPO, (1976-2000) AW AW-7821 Airman Apprentice
Lalor, Patrick, LTJG, (1975-1994) AW AW-0000 Airman Apprentice
Thomas, Thomas, PO1, (1974-1994) AW Airman Apprentice
Tiburski, Kent, CPO, (1975-1995) AW AW-0000 Airman Apprentice
VanEffen, John, PO1, (1976-1996) AW AW-7851 Airman Apprentice
Smith, Cameron, SCPO, (1975-2003) AW AW-7821 Airman Recruit

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