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
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  • Fuller, Robert, RADM, (1945-1982)
  • Mize, John, PO1, (1943-1945)
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  1975, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 276
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Boot Camp Photo Recruit Training (RTC Great Lakes, IL) 1975, 276
Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)

Company, Class or Division

Start Date 
Sep, 1975

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Last Updated:Feb 1, 2019
Personal Memories

Best Friends
Rod Biekarck of Warren PA, Ron Mason of Salamanca NY.

Best Moment
The feeling of accomplishment. Graduating and getting the hell outta there. Seeing Chicago with my family on grad weekend!


Worst Moment
Sent to "Happy Hour" by my CC based on something that was not a barracks/bunk inspection gig. He felt "It should have been", so I went, on a hot, steamy, miserable humid night. I thought I was going to die of dehydration.

AO1 Levon "Mince" Nimmons, a former PACFLT Boxing Champ.


Other Memories
It was 90+ degress when I arrived on 9-7-75, snowing and cold when I left on 11-11-75. The SS Edmund Fitgerald sank during my Graduation weekend. On the way home, waiting for my plane at Ohare, I used the opportunity to get a shoeshine from a "pro". I was out of bootcamp, and had a wallet full of cash. I really felt like a somebody!

1. The first morning after arrival, my Company had been marched to the chow hall in the dark. While standing in line I heard a familiar voice but could not locate who it came from, as everyone looked the same in close cropped heads. "Guys from Kenmore suck cock" and "Guys from Kenmore are homos", the voice said. I knew it had to be someone I knew. After a while I caught glimpse of a familiar face (minus of course the long gone hair). It was a Kenmore West High School buddy named Don Wojnar. We said a few brief hellos and soon Don had to leave. I next saw him about eight weeks later as he was leaving Glakes. He was about three weeks ahead of me. Don retired as an OSC. Additional note: I learned on 10 Jan of 2012 that Don had passed away suddenly on 30 October 2007. I am now the "administrator" of his NTWS profile. Rest in Peace my friend and Shpmate. You were a great guy! 2. Our CC AO1 Nimmons would not let us shower or shave for the first two days. We looked sloppy in the untailored uniforms, and smelled worse. When our properly tailored uniforms arrived, Nimmons announced, "A new day has dawned. Time to look like sailors. Time to shower and shave all that shit off your faces". One guy named Oney, was of apparent limited mental capacity, and took Nimmons words litterally. Oney that night, shaved off his eyebrows. The next morning, Nimmons saw Oney and screamed, "Oney, what the fuck happened to your fuckin eyebrows?" Oneys' response was classic, "Well you told us to shave all that shit off our faces". Nimmons replied slowly, "Oney you paid your fuckin recruiter to join the fuckin Navy didn't you?". We were all biting hard on our lips to keep from laughing hysterically. Needless to say, Oney was discharged the next day.

My Photos From This Recruit Training
Company 75-276

  227 Also There at This Training:
Name Co Ptn Start Date
Lovelady, Jeff, MCPO, (1975-2002) 276 Sep, 1975
Murphy, Ken, PO3, (1975-1979) 276 Aug, 1975
Murphy, Ken, PO3, (1975-1979) 276 Aug, 1975
Anderson, Steve, PO1, (1975-1995) 252 Sep, 1975
Baker, Kevin, CPO, (1975-1999) 268 Sep, 1975
Beach, Robert, PO3, (1975-1979) 274 Sep, 1975
Berscak, Ron, PO3, (1975-1979) 265 Sep, 1975
Bishop, Brian, S1c, (1975-1979) 308 Sep, 1975
Bradley, Michael, PO3, (1975-1979) 277 Sep, 1975
Burke, Donald, PO3, (1975-1979) 289 Sep, 1975
Burrow, John, PO3, (1975-1979) 293 Sep, 1975
Burrowes, Alfred, CPO, (1975-1998) 274 Sep, 1975
Caissie, Dave, PO3, (1975-1979) 286 Sep, 1975
Coleman, Todd, PO2, (1975-1981) 936 Sep, 1975
Damon, Darrel, LT, (1975-1985) 940 Sep, 1975
Datko, Joe, PO1, (1975-1993) 269 Sep, 1975
Disney, Dennis, MCPO, (1975-2005) 292 Sep, 1975
Disney, Dennis, MCPO, (1975-2005) 292 Sep, 1975
Downey, Timothy, PO2, (1974-1996) 937 Sep, 1975
Duncan, David, PO2, (1975-1984) 268 Sep, 1975
Elliott, Thomas, CPO, (1975-1990) 935 Sep, 1975
Ellis, James, PO2, (1975-1990) 311 Sep, 1975
Elston, David, PO3, (1975-1979) 292 Sep, 1975
Epstein, Marc, PO2, (1975-1985) 272 Sep, 1975
Files, Jeffery, PO3, (1975-1992) 282 Sep, 1975
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