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.

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  • Fuller, Robert, RADM, (1945-1982)
  • Mize, John, PO1, (1943-1945)
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  1976-1976, AW-0000, HS-1

AW-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator

From Month/Year
March / 1976

To Month/Year
November / 1976

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AW-0000-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator

HS-1 NAS Jacksonville

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Air Units - Rotary Wing


Parent Unit
Rotary Wing

Air Squadron

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Last Updated: Dec 12, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Mike Kurtz, Jeff Winters, Steve Baugh, Paul Worthy, Charlie Russell, "BIG Bob" Stroemenger

Best Moment
Graduation from SAR School on my second try. I was a real poor swimmer the first class. I did better the second time thru.

Having my new wife pin on my AC Wings.


Worst Moment
Failing SAR School on my first attempt. I made it to the end and failed the final practical. A review board allowed me a second chance at the school, which was a success. On the positive side this was a confidence booster and I excelled the second chance thru!

Chain of Command
LT Dick Barnum SAR Training Officer. LCDR John Curtin OPs Officer,

CDR Fries as CO
CDR Roger McPherson CO.


Other Memories
I enjoyed the practice SAR jumps in the St Johns River. I enjoyed my first crew flying experience. I didn't know how much fun I was having.

I later did a TAD stink in HS-1 from June to August 79.

My Photos For This Duty Station
HS-1 Barracks
HS-1 Graduating Class of SH-3 Aircrewmen, 5 Nov 1976
Receiving Naval Aircrewmans Wings 11-5-76
HS-1 SH-3D, Callsign
29 Members Also There at Same Time

Curtis Jr, Samuel, CPO, (1955-1978) AW AW-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Burton, Jim, CDR, (1975-1995) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Smith, Gary, CDR, (1974-1994) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Christy, Scott, SCPO, (1975-1997) AM AM-8377 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Bausch, Deborah, PO1, (1971-1978) YN CYN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Tetle, Leon, MCPO, (1969-1999) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Kinyon Sr., Robert, PO2, (1970-1978) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Kinyon Sr., Robert, PO2, (1970-1978) AMS AMS-8215 Petty Officer Second Class
Nunley, Randy, SCPO, (1974-1994) AMH AMH-8215 Petty Officer Second Class
Shepherd, Mike, SCPO, (1972-1993) AD AD-8377 Petty Officer Second Class
Williams, Gregory, PO2, (1974-1979) AT AT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Wilson, Roy, PO1, (1974-1980) AT AT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Heglin, Kevin, PO3, (1976-1981) AMH AMH-8319 Petty Officer Third Class
Irving, Robert, PO3, (1972-1976) AE AE-8215 Petty Officer Third Class
Libke, Ken, PO3, (1975-1977) 00 00-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Macygin, Michael, PO1, (1975-1995) AD AD-8207 Petty Officer Third Class
Stephens, Bob, PO2, (1972-1980) AT AT-0000 Airman
Maravelias, James, PO3, (1976-1980) 00 00-0000 Airman Apprentice
Wilcox, Denny, CDR, (1974-1996) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Coleman, James M., PO1, (1958-1984) Petty Officer First Class
Colletti, Jim, CPO, (1961-1989) Petty Officer First Class
Cline, Larry, LCDR, (1969-1996) Petty Officer Second Class
Edwards, Doug, MCPO, (1969-1995) Petty Officer Second Class
Jarvis, Richard, CPO, (1974-1997) Petty Officer Second Class
Miller, Walter, SCPO, (1973-1994) Petty Officer Third Class
Bond, Dale, PO1, (1975-1995) Airman
Justice, Jerry, CPO, (1974-1994) Airman
London, Glenn, CPO, (1976-2007) Airman
Ziroli, Richard, AA, (1975-1978) Airman Apprentice
Parker, Franklin, PO1, (1975-1995) Airman

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