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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  1979-1981, AW-7851, VP-8 Fighting Tigers

AW-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator

From Month/Year
December / 1979

To Month/Year
October / 1981

VP-8 Fighting Tigers Unit Page

Petty Officer First Class

AW-7851-P3B Non-Acoustic Operator

NAS Brunswick ME

 VP-8 Fighting Tigers Details

VP-8 Fighting Tigers

Air Units - Fixed Wing


Parent Unit
Fixed Wing

Air Squadron

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Last Updated: Oct 19, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
From VP-8: Named after Mao Tse Tungs' widow and her accused criminal pals, on my crew we were known as "The Gang Of Four", Ken Ford, Dave Mackey, and Greg Liefester. Was also friends with the Smalt Brothers, Mike Ellet and Steve Hardick who was from my home town.

From the base: YNC(SS) Mike Wunder and His wife Margaret. These were class folks who helped my family in a time of emergency. They are still some of my dearest friends to this day!

Best Moment
Getting home from the 80/81 Winter deployment from NAS Rota Spain-NAF Lajes Azores PT.


Worst Moment
Emergency leave from Rota when my son was ill. I cancelled my voluntary extention in the squadron at that point.

Being forced by the AW Detailer to go to recruiting duty. I loved Brunswick and wanted to stay there on shore duty. The detailer would have none of that!

Chain of Command
First CO was Cdr Tom Hall later RADM
CNAVRES. ( When i first checked into the squadron i was sent with my crew to a WST session. I overheard CDR Hall asking unit PAO Lt Don Kerrigan "Hows's the new unit patch coming Don?". i piped up that 'I like the old one better". Kerrigan kicked me in the leg. turns out the new unit patch was CDR Halls idea. Despite this faux paux, I still got along with CDR Hall just fine during my time on his crew.)

I was assigned XO/CO Cdr Thompsons Crew (CAC- 2 later CAC-1).


Other Memories
Some good work hunting RUSSCOMM subs in the Med with CAC-1. Enjoyed flying from NAF Lajes. The best times there were relaxing at the Portuguese Sargeants Club, eating the house special roast beef sandwiches and drinking cold Hienekens.

Really enjoyed side trips with CAC-1 to Naples, Souda Bay Crete, NAS Keflavik Iceland, and NAS Sigonella Sicily. We were able to stay in some better hotels, and enjoy a break from the barracks at Rota.

On one flight to get a laugh, my crew Ordie Greg Liefester, stripped completely buck naked, then put on his his flightboots and LPA. He then methodically walked the length of the plane asking everyone, "Hay! how ya doing? Whats going on?" Priceless!

I try not to think about VP-8 very often. I dont have alot of good memories from that period and my personal contacts with anyone from that time frame are very limited. Nuff said.

My Photos For This Duty Station
On The Job At Sensor Station 3, March 1981
Promotion Portrait  June 1981 Brunswick Maine
Coaching an NAS Brunswick Little League Team
Chasing Commie Subs- Eastern  Med March 81
76 Members Also There at Same Time
VP-8 Fighting Tigers

Frattasio, Marc, PO1, (1979-2000) AW AW-7851 Petty Officer Second Class
Meunier, Darrell, CPO, (1980-2002) AW AW-7861 Petty Officer Second Class
Caesar, Rick, CPO, (1979-2005) AW AW-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Tessmer, Dan, CPO, (1977-2002) AW AW-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Maurer, Tom, CDR, (1960-1987) OFF 132X Commander
Cooke, Terrence, LCDR, (1974-1994) OFF 132X Lieutenant
Gallardo, Jr., Albert, CAPT, (1977-2005) OFF 132X Lieutenant
Saenz, Ernest, LCDR, (1975-1994) AP AP-0000 Lieutenant Junior Grade
Metzger, Edward, MCPO, (1955-1980) AT AVCM-8300 Master Chief Petty Officer
Novaria, David, MCPO, (1965-1988) AT AVCM-8300 Master Chief Petty Officer
Allen, Frank E., SCPO, (1961-1988) NC NC-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Bays Sr, James, SCPO, (1964-1984) AE AE-6665 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Davis, Herbert, MCPO, (1973-1995) AT AT-6586 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Caruthers, Danny E., SCPO, (1960-1985) AT 9521 Chief Petty Officer
Croxton, David, SCPO, (1973-1996) AW AW-7821 Chief Petty Officer
Goss, Peter, CPO, (1962-1985) AW AW-7821 Chief Petty Officer
McClave, Jim, CWO2, (1968-1989) AT AT-6586 Chief Petty Officer
McSwain, Jerry, MCPO, (1969-1995) 00 AMH-8251 Chief Petty Officer
Miller, Jeff, CPO, (1979-2001) AE AE-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Pierce, Gregory, SCPO, (1965-1985) 00 8263 Chief Petty Officer
Aldoupolis, Joseph, LCDR, (1972-1999) AD AD-8819 Petty Officer First Class
Boos, Jeffery, PO1, (1975-1987) AD AD-8319 Petty Officer First Class
Edmonds, Joseph, SCPO, (1976-1997) AT AT-6534 Petty Officer First Class
Fahey, Michael, PO1, (1974-1986) 00 8271 Petty Officer First Class
Garrity, Tom, PO1, (1979-1988) AX AX-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Lester, Albert, SCPO, (1971-1995) 00 8263 Petty Officer First Class
Mashke, Ken, SCPO, (1980-2002) AW AW-7821 Petty Officer First Class
Mellos, Nicholas, MCPO, (1973-2004) 00 AMH-8251 Petty Officer First Class
Williams, Larry, CPO, (1968-1988) AZ AZ-6313 Petty Officer First Class
Barber, David, SCPO, (1972-1994) AT AT-8265 Petty Officer Second Class
Bohanna, Jim, PO2, (1976-1990) AS AS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Bruton, David, PO1, (1978-1985) AM AM-8319 Petty Officer Second Class
Cassidy, John, CPO, (1972-1992) 00 8319 Petty Officer Second Class
Collier, Michael, PO1, (1977-1996) AO AO-8271 Petty Officer Second Class
Deschenes, Ronnie, PO2, (1980-1984) AB ABH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Grinnell, Ed, PO2, (1976-1986) AT AT-8265 Petty Officer Second Class
Hagan, Gary, PO2, (1977-1981) AW AW-7821 Petty Officer Second Class
Hamilton, Carroll, PO2, (1977-1997) AD AD-6418 Petty Officer Second Class
Hardick, Steve, CPO, (1977-2003) AK AK-8012 Petty Officer Second Class
Harrison, Marty, CPO, (1972-1994) OFF 000X Petty Officer Second Class
Hollister, Fred, CPO, (1977-1993) AO AO-8319 Petty Officer Second Class
Jackson, Tod, PO1, (1978-1998) AZ AZ-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Kowalczyk, Richard, CPO, (1979-2003) AW AW-7821 Petty Officer Second Class
Leitch, Rick, PO2, (1977-1981) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Mcquilling, Mark, PO2, (1975-1984) AW AW-7821 Petty Officer Second Class
Muench, Stephen, SCPO, (1975-2000) AW AW-7821 Petty Officer Second Class
Muise, Ivan, PO1, (1977-2000) AME AME-8319 Petty Officer Second Class
Printz, Mark, PO1, (1978-1998) AW AW-7821 Petty Officer Second Class
Richardson, Forrest, PO2, (1974-1980) AT AT-8265 Petty Officer Second Class
Smalt, Rod, PO1, (1977-1995) AW AW-7821 Petty Officer Second Class
Svoboda, William, CPO, (1978-2003) 00 8271 Petty Officer Second Class
Velde, Steve, PO2, (1977-1981) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Bugler, Robert J., PO1, (1975-1995) AT AT-6611 Petty Officer Third Class
Gibson, Robert, PO3, (1977-1982) AW AW-7821 Petty Officer Third Class
Hand, Charlie, PO3, (1979-1982) AD AD-8319 Petty Officer Third Class
Pucciariello, Joe, CPO, (1978-2003) AB ABH-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Perry, Tom, MCPO, (1965-1985) Command Master Chief Petty Officer
Williams, Allan, FORCM, (1966-1998) AM Senior Chief Petty Officer
Fritz, Paul, SCPO, (1969-1990) Chief Petty Officer

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