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
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  • Fuller, Robert, RADM, (1945-1982)
  • Mize, John, PO1, (1943-1945)
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  1982-1985, AW-9585, Navy Recruiting District Buffalo, NY, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)

AW-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator

From Month/Year
January / 1982

To Month/Year
May / 1985

Navy Recruiting District Buffalo, NY Unit Page

Petty Officer First Class

AW-9585-Navy Recruiter Canvasser

NRD Buffalo NY

New York
 Navy Recruiting District Buffalo, NY, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC) Details

Navy Recruiting District  Buffalo, NY, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)

Garrison - Recruiting Command


Parent Unit
Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)


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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2019
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
AQ2 Ed Coll, EN1 Ernie Fred, NCC Bruce Pallas, AW1 Gordon Stufflebeam, PN3 Mary Jo Green-Stufflebeam, NCC Larry Ream, ATC Sam Eades.

Played softball on the local all military team with Bruce, Gordon and Larry.

On Jan 7th of 85, I was Ernies' "best man" in his wedding.

Hunted deer with Larry and Sam.

Best Moment

Being an extra as a Sailor for the movie "Best Friends" filmed in Buffalo in Feb 82. I was selected from a set of photos of recruiters sent in to the films casting director by the NRD. I was used as an extra in scenes filmed at Buffalos old Central Rail Terminal. I showed up in the final cut of the movie for about a full three seconds, if you know where to look for me. I am visible best, leaving the train platform via a tunnell, as stars Barnard Hughes and Jessica Tandy exit the same tunnell, to greet Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn. In the film, Burt and Goldie have just arrived in Buffalo by AMTRACK on thier honeymoon.

Playing firstbase for an all Armed Forces member, fastpitch softball team sponsored by Joe Ryan, an ex USN SEAL LT, and owner of Ryans Pub. We won our division in 83, and finished second in a big tourney in Buffalos Houghton Park.

Also enjoyed doing Navy Color Guard details at Buffalo Bisons basball games.


Worst Moment
Plenty, no end to them. This was miserable, rotten duty!

Chain of Command
Assholes, all of them!

Best Quote by my Zone Supervisor: "They named this town Buffalo correctly, cause all these people here know how to do is eat and shit".


Other Memories
In March of 82 we had an exceptionally warm Spring. We had unusual temperatures in the 60's and 70's. The NRD CO issued a uniform of the day policy stating we'd shift to whites on 3-17. The results were predictable, as a late Spring snowstorm hit the Buffalo area the morning of the 17th. I recall standing at the bus stop in my whites with a pea coat on in blinding snow. Needless to say we were back in blues the next day, untill May 1st.

This was without question the worst duty in the Navy, and NRD Buffalo among the worst of NRD's. I saw good sailors ( Myself included)mentally beaten up by an idiotic chain of command. There was no real reward for success, and plenty of undeserved grief for failure. I have nothing good to say about it, and I was even a very successfull recruiter.

My Photos For This Unit
Color Guard at Buffalo Bisons Baseball Game April,1982
CPO Robert W. A. Feller USNR
Me and Bob Feller
Mini Reunion Of WW2 Era Shipmates
23 Members Also There at Same Time
Navy Recruiting District Buffalo, NY

Coletti, Andrew, CDR, (1974-2005) NC NC-9585 Chief Petty Officer
Fratto, Carmen, CPO, (1971-1995) YN YN-9585 Chief Petty Officer
Gowan, Edward, CPO, (1965-1986) NC NC-9585 Chief Petty Officer
Mannoia, Chris, CPO, (1983-1997) QM QM-9508 Chief Petty Officer
Mcleod, Sam, SCPO, (1966-1987) EM EM-9585 Chief Petty Officer
Norton, Gregory, MCPO, (1968-1991) PN PN-2612 Chief Petty Officer
Beaty, Randy, PO1, (1979-2003) AD AD-9585 Petty Officer First Class
Christian, Linda, PO1, (1971-1998) RM RM-9585 Petty Officer First Class
Daluisio, Ralph, PO1, (1976-1996) EN EN-9585 Petty Officer First Class
Fodor, Gary, CPO, (1975-1995) RM RM-9585 Petty Officer First Class
Mast, Ken, SCPO, (1978-2000) NC NC-9586 Petty Officer First Class
McCarthy, Patrick, CPO, (1967-2001) QM QM-9585 Petty Officer First Class
RIos, Robert, PO1, (1976-1996) AZ AZ-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Serven, Jeff, LCDR, (1979-Present) NC NC-9586 Petty Officer First Class
Tucker, Russell, SCPO, (1974-1997) AX AX-9585 Petty Officer First Class
Denny, Chris, PO1, (1980-1989) FC FC-9585 Petty Officer Second Class
LaRoy, Richard, SCPO, (1972-1992) RM RM-9585 Petty Officer Second Class
Nigro, Frank, PO1, (1979-1986) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Boesch, Mark, SCPO, (1974-1994) Petty Officer First Class
Carmen, Wayne, CWO4, (1978-2007) Petty Officer First Class
Rillera, Orlando, SCPO, (1975-2001) Petty Officer First Class
Congleton, Richard, CPO, (1979-2004) PN Petty Officer Second Class
Geryak, Peter, LCDR, (1979-2009) Petty Officer Second Class

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