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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  • Fuller, Robert, RADM, (1945-1982)
  • Mize, John, PO1, (1943-1945)
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  1978-1979, AW-7872, USS Independence (CV-62)

AW-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator

From Month/Year
October / 1978

To Month/Year
June / 1979

USS Independence (CV-62) Unit Page

Petty Officer Second Class

AW-7872-SH3H Multi-Sensor Operator

NS Norfolk VA

 USS Independence (CV-62) Details

USS Independence (CV-62)

(later CV-62)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - November - Quebec - November
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "GUN TRAIN"

Displacement 56,000 Tons, Dimensions, 1046' 6" (oa) x 129' 1" x 37' (Max)
Armament 8 x 5"/54, 100 Aircraft.
Armor, Unknown.
Machinery, 280,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 34 Knots, Crew 3800 - 4280.

Operational and Building Data

Built by New York Navy. Laid down 1 July 1955, launched 6 June 1958, commissioned 10 Jan 1959. Redesignated as a multimission carrier (CV 62) 28 February 1973. after being modified to operate ASW aircraft. SLEP at Philadelphia Navy Yard 4/1985 to mid-1988.

Replaced Midwayas forward-deployed carrier in Japan, 1991. Island was extensively enlarged during SLEP and other modernizations. Replaced by Kitty Hawk in July 1998 and decommissioned to reserve on 30 September 1998. Struck from the Navy list on 8 March 2004.

Status:Stricken, to be disposed of (Maintenance Category X).

Berth:NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office, Bremerton, WA.

Planned disposition:In April 2004 Navy officials identified ex-Independence as one of 24 decommissioned ships available to be sunk as artificial reefs. As of February 2008, however, she was scheduled to be dismantled in the next five years.

Surface Vessels


Parent Unit

Aircraft Carrier

Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Feb 16, 2016
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Same as HS-15 list.

Best Moment
Getting to spend a week off the ship while acting as a guest helicopter crewman for the Canadian DDH HMCS ATHABASKAN (DDH-282). These guys knew how to go to sea! I was sorry I had to go back to INDY.


Worst Moment
Burning my hand on an exposed hot water pipe, OUCH!!

Chain of Command
Captain Thomas Watson was CO when I was aboard.


Other Memories
We had a real GQ for a serious fire while in GITMO. I was never really "at home" on INDY. I had four different racks in six months. I finally settled in and was welcomed in the squadrons First Class berthing. Not enough racks in the regular coop. They called me a "lifer" anyway, it was no issue.

I took a few days leave when we pulled into Fort Lauderdale FL in mid March 79. I stayed with some realatives. I saw several Spring Training baseball games at the Rangers and Yankees complexes. This was living for a baseball fan like me!

I took the realatives out to the ship to view the Marines do the "Sunset Parade", very impressive! Seeing my elderly realatives, the Beachguard Officer let me take them in the more comfortable Officers launch. Once on the hanger deck I got the old folks seated then took a spot behind the guests. We started smelling smoke. Much to my chagrin, it was my guests who decided to light up while watching the parade. They were highly offended that most of the ship was off limits for a smoke.

I was able to see a near flyby by a RUSSCOMM TU-95 Bear, escorted by F-4's from Indy! I also spent a day underway aboard USS Tattnall DDG-19, training the ships deck crew in proper helicopter transfer Ops.

My Photos For This Unit
Indy, Ranger, Connie and Kitty Hawk at Bremerton
USS Independence with CVW-6 and HS-15,  1979
CV-62 USS Independence
322 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Independence (CV-62)

Hayes, Thomas, PO1, (1976-1997) AW AW-7872 Petty Officer Second Class
Rossi, Louis, CPO, (1977-1999) AW AW-7825 Petty Officer Second Class
Jenkins, Alan, CDR, (1959-1980) OFF 110X Commander
Stewart, William, CDR, (1965-1987) OFF 152X Commander
Mason, Miles, LCDR, (1977-1979) OFF 000X Lieutenant Commander
James, Dempsey, CDR, (1957-1989) OFF 636X Lieutenant
LaChance, Dennis, LT, (1958-1979) BT BT-4524 Lieutenant
Wingert, Neil, CDR, (1968-1999) OFF 132X Lieutenant
Titi, Richard, CAPT, (1975-2001) OFF 111X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Willis, Monty, CAPT, (1975-2002) OFF 132X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Greene, Richard, ENS, (1978-1982) OFF 120X Ensign
Kauderer, Todd (Howard), CAPT, (1976-2006) OFF 111X Ensign
Sroka, Ed, CAPT, (1975-2003) OFF 163X Ensign
Jones, Kenneth (Ken), CWO4, (1961-1991) OFF 719X Chief Warrant Officer 2
Fields, David, MCPO, (1977-2005) AC AC-6902 Master Chief Petty Officer
Simpson, Jack, CMC, (1961-1991) RM RM-2312 Master Chief Petty Officer
BASHORE, CHARLIE, CMC, (1955-1986) CMC 9580 Command Master Chief Petty Officer
Drake, Frank, CMC, (1962-1990) AK AK-8012 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Jackson, Charles, SCPO, (1957-1980) AT AT-6663 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Stevens, Alfred, LT, (1965-1989) EM EM-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Callahan, Ed, LCDR, (1966-1994) IS IS-3901 Chief Petty Officer
Granados, Armando, CPO, (1972-1996) AT AT-6612 Chief Petty Officer
Hamner, Daniel, SCPO, (1961-1983) AE AE-8332 Chief Petty Officer
Hilton, David, CPO, (1961-1981) DP DP-2730 Chief Petty Officer
Logan, Lanny, CPO, (1960-1978) ETN ETR-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Loomer, Ken, SCPO, (1960-1987) RM RM-2318 Chief Petty Officer
McCurdy, Henry, CPO, (1963-1983) HT HT-0000 Chief Petty Officer
McCurdy, Henry, CPO, (1963-1983) HT HT-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Peterman, Robert, MCPO, (1965-1992) AO AO-6802 Chief Petty Officer
Phillips, Ronald, MCPO, (1961-1990) RM RM-2318 Chief Petty Officer
Sims, John, CMC, (1968-1988) AX AX-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Strange, Michael, MCPO, (1971-1994) AO AO-8286 Chief Petty Officer
Westfall, Dennis, SCPO, (1970-1993) DP DP-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Bean, Michael, CPO, (1972-1992) AC AC-6902 Petty Officer First Class
Blackburn, Steve, PO1, (1971-1981) AWF AWF-8241 Petty Officer First Class
Brooks, Robert, PO1, (1959-1978) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer First Class
Bueling, Michael, PO1, (1978-1994) CTI CTI-9206 Petty Officer First Class
Clark, John, PO1, (1978-1990) HT HT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Cody, William, SCPO, (1962-1990) RM RM-2318 Petty Officer First Class
Cook, Hal, SCPO, (1967-1991) OT OT-0612 Petty Officer First Class
Doyen, Fred, PO1, (1971-1979) AT ATR-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Doyen, Fred, PO1, (1971-1979) AT ATR-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Fifer, Jerry, CPO, (1973-1993) CT CT-9185 Petty Officer First Class
Gussman, Richard, CPO, (1973-1996) AM AM-7225 Petty Officer First Class
Harris, Billy Joe (Bill), PO1, (1958-1981) AD ADJ-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Imhauser, Daniel, SCPO, (1973-1996) DP DP-2702 Petty Officer First Class
Melton, Wendell, CPO, (1968-1992) DP DP-2777 Petty Officer First Class
O'Neal, Gary, PO1, (1971-1979) OS OS-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Sanders, Ken, PO1, (1978-1998) AWO AWO-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Thompson, William, PO1, (1969-1982) MM MM-4295 Petty Officer First Class
Tracy, Clarence, PO1, (1975-1987) EN EN-4366 Petty Officer First Class
Williams, Robert, PO1, (1969-1989) AS AS-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Adams, David, PO2, (1978-1988) IC IC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Adams, Steve, PO2, (1975-1979) AB ABF-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Agrait, Jorge A, PO2, (1973-1978) ABH ABH-7011 Petty Officer Second Class
Allan, David, PO2, (1976-1980) AC AC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Allen, George, PO2, (1977-1981) BT BT-4502 Petty Officer Second Class
Andujar, Edgar, PO1, (1977-2001) OS OS-0318 Petty Officer Second Class
Asbell, Mike, PO2, (1978-1998) AB ABF-7022 Petty Officer Second Class

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