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.

 Remembrance Profiles -  23 Sailors Remembered
  • Bridges, Michael, PO2, (1973-1995)
  • Fuller, Robert, RADM, (1945-1982)
  • Mize, John, PO1, (1943-1945)
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  1977-1978, AW-7872, USS America (CV-66)

AW-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator

From Month/Year
February / 1977

To Month/Year
September / 1978

USS America (CV-66) Unit Page

Petty Officer Second Class

AW-7872-SH3H Multi-Sensor Operator

NS Norfolk VA

 USS America (CV-66) Details

USS America (CV-66)
November - Uniform - Sierra - Alpha
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "COURAGE"

Displacement 60,300 Tons, Dimensions, 1047' 6" (oa) x 129' 4" x 37' (Max)
Armament 4 Terrier-SAM, 100 Aircraft.
Armor, Unknown.
Machinery, 280,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 34 Knots, Crew 4154-4580.

Operational and Building Data

Laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp. 1 January 1961. Name assigned 16 January 1962. Launched 1 February 1964 and commissioned 23 January 1965.

Reclassified as a Multi-purpose Aircraft Carrier (CV-66) on 30 June 1975.

Fate: Decommissioned and stricken on 9 August 1996. Sunk in the Atlantic Ocean, off the Virginia coast, on 14 May 2005, after 25 days of tests consisting of underwater and surface simulated attacks on the ship. These tests were intended to provide valuable data on survivability for the next generation of aircraft carriers.

According to the December 4, 2006 issue of "Navy Times," ex-America was in one piece and sitting on its keel, some 476 miles east of Charleston, SC, and about 400 miles west of Bermuda, and 16,860 feet (5,139 meters) below the surface. This information was obtained by the USS America Carrier Veterans Association on October 30, through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Surface Vessels


Parent Unit
Kitty Hawk-class

Aircraft Carrier

Created/Owned By
MM Summers, Nicole (minnie mouse), MMFN 105

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Same list from HS-15

Best Moment
Going aboard for the first time in Feb 77. Crossing the equator in Jume 77 on the way to Brazil. Seeing the MED.


Worst Moment
Having to leave the ship from Palma Spain when my newborn daughter was ill.

Chain of Command
Captain R.B "By" Fuller was CO when I was aboard. He was a POW from 67-73. He's a great American!


Other Memories
Crossing the equator, what a ceremony! Watching the seas on a calm day or a starry night, very peacefull. Seeing groups of dolphins and whales jumping in the bow wake.

One particular flight during "Solid Shield 77", turned into an 8 hour flight, they were about to report us lost. We had refuled at MCAS New River. We kept getting sent to various ships for pax transfers. Those ships never updated our tasking to America, putting us "overdue".

My Photos For This Duty Station
USS America Anchored at Brindisi Italy 10- 24-77
USS America At Sunset, Naples Italy, January 1978
October 9, 1977 at NS Rota, Spain
CVA-66 USS America in The Mid 60's
294 Members Also There at Same Time
USS America (CV-66)

Hayes, Thomas, PO1, (1976-1997) AW AW-7872 Petty Officer Third Class
LEWIS, GARY, PO2, (1976-1998) AW AW-7846 Petty Officer Second Class
Mccann, Charles, CWO2, (1974-1994) AW AW-7825 Petty Officer Third Class
Howell, Frank, (1974-1977) 00 00-0000 [Other Service Rank]
Linder, James Benjamin, RADM, (1943-1979) OFF 131X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Smith, Carol, VADM, (1952-1983) OFF 131X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Fuller, Robert, RADM, (1945-1982) OFF 131X Captain
Culwell, Joe, CDR, (1968-1988) OFF 132X Lieutenant Commander
Gorman, Michael, LCDR, (1968-1992) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Nerheim, Steven, CAPT, (1968-2005) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Bertrand, Shelton, LCDR, (1966-1989) OFF 000X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Parron, Jim, CWO4, (1966-1991) OFF 618X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Reeve, Kirk, CAPT, (1976-2007) OFF 111X Ensign
Ballentine, John, PO3, (1973-1979) DS DS-1665 Other Service Rank
Duncan, Gilbert, MCPO, (1956-1983) SM SM-0000 Master Chief Petty Officer
Mohr, Michael, MCPO, (1961-1984) SH SH-3131 Master Chief Petty Officer
Senior, Charles, MCPO, (1962-1983) AK AK-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Storm, Henry, LCDR, (1963-2006) AB ABF-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Bauldry, Joseph, CPO, (1963-1978) DS DS-1615 Chief Petty Officer
Boyd, James, SCPO, (1970-1996) AK AK-8012 Chief Petty Officer
Ewert, Pete, CPO, (1965-1986) AC AC-6902 Chief Petty Officer
McGrew, David, CPO, (1959-1979) AME 8345 Chief Petty Officer
Meehan, John, CPO, (1975-1992) HM HM-8425 Chief Petty Officer
Muller, Kenneth, CPO, (1956-1986) AW AW-7881 Chief Petty Officer
Parnell, Michael, CPO, (1965-1978) EW 1761 Chief Petty Officer
Senior, Ernest, MCPO, (1968-1998) BT BT-4503 Chief Petty Officer
Simmons, Jesse, CPO, (1961-1981) NC NC-9589 Chief Petty Officer
Bollinger, William, PO1, (1975-1982) DS DS-1654 Petty Officer First Class
Garza, Jim, PO1, (1975-1980) RM RM-2342 Petty Officer First Class
Goff, Garry, LCDR, (1968-1996) ADJ ADJ-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Greenwood, Thomas, MCPO, (1970-1993) HM HM-8506 Petty Officer First Class
Howell, Richard, CPO, (1972-1992) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Kellogg, Rick, PO1, (1968-1978) MM MM-4505 Petty Officer First Class
Killough, Joe, CPO, (1968-1988) AD AD-6421 Petty Officer First Class
Kipphorn, Steven, CPO, (1968-1980) FT FT-1165 Petty Officer First Class
Mulee, Guy, SCPO, (1972-1994) AMS AM-7222 Petty Officer First Class
Neylon, Rick, MCPO, (1965-1990) CTT CT-9141 Petty Officer First Class
Quinn, Richard, PO1, (1965-1985) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Ries, David, CPO, (1960-1990) MA MA-2002 Petty Officer First Class
Romei, Christopher, MCPO, (1975-1998) MM MM-4283 Petty Officer First Class
Roska, Robert, PO1, (1975-1996) CTO CTO-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Stout, Douglas, PO1, (1972-1978) DS DS-1654 Petty Officer First Class
Stuckey, Phillip, PO1, (1972-1981) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Ward, William, PO1, (1969-1979) ET ET-1522 Petty Officer First Class
Wilson, Alexander, MCPO, (1967-1991) AB ABF-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Anderson, Steven, PO2, (1978-1982) AB ABF-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Arnold, Gary, PO2, (1971-1979) SH SH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Baca, Mark, PO1, (1966-1988) AZ AZ-6313 Petty Officer Second Class
Baucom, Jack, PO2, (1976-1984) AS AS-7612 Petty Officer Second Class
Beech, Jeffrey, PO2, (1976-1981) IC IC-4747 Petty Officer Second Class
Berrios, Luis, PO2, (1975-1979) AO 8286 Petty Officer Second Class
Carroll, Michael, LT, (1969-1994) RM RM-2312 Petty Officer Second Class
Carter, Stephen, CPO, (1975-1998) AC AC-6902 Petty Officer Second Class
CHAPMAN, RICHARD, PO2, (1976-1981) QM QM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Clark, Willis, CPO, (1972-1992) MM MM-4283 Petty Officer Second Class
Cohen, Robert, PO2, (1967-1984) PH PH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Davidson, Eugene, PO2, (1970-1980) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
DeLorenze, Roy, PO2, (1975-1979) IC IC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Doe, Paul, CDR, (1977-2013) DS DS-1623 Petty Officer Second Class

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