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.

 Remembrance Profiles -  23 Sailors Remembered
  • Bridges, Michael, PO2, (1973-1995)
  • Fuller, Robert, RADM, (1945-1982)
  • Mize, John, PO1, (1943-1945)
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  1976-1979, AW-7872, HS-15 Red Lions

AW-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator

From Month/Year
November / 1976

To Month/Year
June / 1979

HS-15 Red Lions Unit Page

Petty Officer Second Class

AW-7872-SH3H Multi-Sensor Operator

HS-15 NAS Jacksonville

 HS-15 Red Lions Details

HS-15 Red Lions

Air Units - Rotary Wing


Parent Unit
Rotary Wing

Air Squadron

Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: 6 days ago
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Tom Hayes, Joe Brill, Greg Nash, Barry Sarchett, Larry Bryant, Donnie Lepper, Sam Davis, Charlie Russell, Ken Muller. All good guys! Still in contact with most of these guys.

Best Moment
It became a real adventure for me. Going to sea the first time on USS America. Seeing the MED, crossing the equator. Also qualifiing as a "First Crewman".


Worst Moment
1. Having to fly home from Palma, Mallorca SP, when my newborn daughter was ill.

2. A near mid-air collison with a P-3 Orion from NAS Pax River MD. Our two bird flight had launched from AMERICA to MEDEVAC a shipmate to NRMC Portsmouth. After we dropped the casualty, we refueled at NAS Oceana for the trip back to the ship. About five miles from the ship the pilots of both helos had to take sudden evasive action as the P-3 came out of a low cloud bank. It was as close a call as I ever had in 14 years of flight time. The incident made "Grampaw Pettibones" column in Navair News.

Chain of Command
Some good ones! AWC Ken Muller and AWC Larry Bryant as AW shop Chiefs. LT Mike Murray (Later CO of HS-5) and LT Joe Sheehan as Div officers. LCDR Pete Blackwood and LCDR Dave Hallenbeck as Safety Officers. The OPs Officer LCDR George Wilson was later the CO of HS-9. CO's were CDRs Dale Brown, Giles Thompson, and Andrew Grannuzzo (Later RADM) as COs. My last XO was CDR Bob Hanke = THE BEST!


Other Memories
Fond memories of my first sea unit! Oh to be young again and live it all over. I'd appreciate it more.

HS-15 won the Captain Arnold J.Isbelle Trophy in 1977 for ASW Excellence.

My Photos For This Duty Station
Red Lions Over The Newport News bridge
Red Lion 006
Red Lion 006 Off Oceanview
Onboard USS America June 1977
42 Members Also There at Same Time
HS-15 Red Lions

Croxton, David, SCPO, (1973-1996) AW AW-7872 Petty Officer Second Class
Hayes, Thomas, PO1, (1976-1997) AW AW-7872 Petty Officer Second Class
Walker, Terry, MCPO, (1975-2003) AW AW-7872 Petty Officer Second Class
Kircher, Hardy, CAPT, (1973-2003) OFF 131X Ensign
Steyne, John, MCPO, (1958-1980) OFF 734X Chief Warrant Officer 2
Drake, Frank, CMC, (1962-1990) AK AK-8012 Senior Chief Petty Officer
King, Gary Mason, SCPO, (1962-1986) AE AE-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Muller, Kenneth, CPO, (1956-1986) AW AW-7881 Chief Petty Officer
Myers, Chester, CPO, (1960-1980) AE AE-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Bennett, Edward, PO2, (1972-1976) AMH AMH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Bridges, Michael, PO2, (1973-1995) AM AMS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Edwards, Darrell, PO2, (1974-1980) AW AW-8215 Petty Officer Second Class
Judycki, Stephen, PO2, (1976-1980) AM AMH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Larson, Richard, PO2, (1978-1984) PR PR-7356 Petty Officer Second Class
Mansfield, Norman, PO2, (1974-1979) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Meyer, Terry, PO2, (1965-1978) AT AT-8275 Petty Officer Second Class
Purcell, Timothy, PO2, (1975-1981) AX AX-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Sarchet, Barry, PO1, (1975-1981) AE AE-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Simpson, Jerome, PO1, (1977-1987) AK AK-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Williams, Larry, CPO, (1968-1988) AZ AZ-6313 Petty Officer Second Class
Cockerham, Gary, PO3, (1975-1979) AX AX-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Filion, Thomas, MCPO, (1973-1996) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Gillispie, Mark, PO1, (1973-1994) AO 8286 Petty Officer Third Class
Jones, Lynn, PO3, (1973-1977) AMH AMH-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Kaganac, David, PO3, (1977-1981) AO AO-8377 Petty Officer Third Class
Kiep, Richard, PO2, (1978-1986) AMS AMS-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Schafer, Robert, PO3, (1976-1980) AM AMH-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Pasco, Bill, SN, (1975-1981) PN PN-0000 Seaman
Anderson, Walter, CPO, (1975-1994) AZ AZ-0000 Airman
Nasco, Ralph, AN, (1975-1979) AW AW-0000 Airman
Wilcox, Denny, CDR, (1974-1996) Lieutenant
Feiner, Mark, PO2, (1973-1977) ADJ Petty Officer Second Class
Fink, William, PO2, (1972-1978) Petty Officer Second Class
OBrien, Daniel, PO2, (1975-1979) Petty Officer Second Class
Pruitt, James, PO1, (1972-1992) Petty Officer Second Class
Fernandez, Bob, PO3, (1975-1979) AMH Petty Officer Third Class
Ford, Jay, SCPO, (1977-2003) Petty Officer Third Class
London, Glenn, CPO, (1976-2007) Petty Officer Third Class
London, Glenn, CPO, (1976-2008) Petty Officer Third Class
Stoeffler, Jim, PO3, (1976-1980) AE Petty Officer Third Class
Hall, Kim, AN, (1976-1978) Airman
Martin, Donald, CPO, (1972-1992) Airman

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