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.
Other Memories 1. The first morning after arrival, my Company had been marched to the chow hall in the dark. While standing in line I heard a familiar voice but could not locate who it came from, as everyone looked the same in close cropped heads. "Guys from Kenmore suck cock" and "Guys from Kenmore are homos", the voice said. I knew it had to be someone I knew. After a while I caught glimpse of a familiar face (minus of course the long gone hair). It was a Kenmore West High School buddy named Don Wojnar. We said a few brief hellos and soon Don had to leave. I next saw him about eight weeks later as he was leaving Glakes. He was about three weeks ahead of me. Don retired as an OSC. Additional note: I learned on 10 Jan of 2012 that Don had passed away suddenly on 30 October 2007. I am now the "administrator" of his NTWS profile. Rest in Peace my friend and Shpmate. You were a great guy! 2. Our CC AO1 Nimmons would not let us shower or shave for the first two days. We looked sloppy in the untailored uniforms, and smelled worse. When our properly tailored uniforms arrived, Nimmons announced, "A new day has dawned. Time to look like sailors. Time to shower and shave all that shit off your faces". One guy named Oney, was of apparent limited mental capacity, and took Nimmons words litterally. Oney that night, shaved off his eyebrows. The next morning, Nimmons saw Oney and screamed, "Oney, what the fuck happened to your fuckin eyebrows?" Oneys' response was classic, "Well you told us to shave all that shit off our faces". Nimmons replied slowly, "Oney you paid your fuckin recruiter to join the fuckin Navy didn't you?". We were all biting hard on our lips to keep from laughing hysterically. Needless to say, Oney was discharged the next day.