New Base Chief arrives at CFB Halifax, outgoing Chief makes history for second time

New Base Chief Halifax

On June 7, Chief Petty Officer First Class (CPO1) Alena Mondelli (right) relinquished her appointment as Base Chief Petty Officer to CPO1 Troy Beazley during a Change of Appointment ceremony at Juno Tower 3 Mess at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax. Base Commander Captain (Navy) Sean Williams presided over the ceremony. Photo: Trident Newspaper.

Joanie Veitch 
Trident Staff

Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax welcomed the 24th Base Chief at a Chief Change of Appointment ceremony on June 7.

Outgoing Base Chief, Chief Petty Officer First Class (CPO1) Alena Mondelli said CPO1 Troy Beazley will be working with ‘an amazing team of professionals’.

“They know the base inside and out, they know where to find information, and are wizards of organization and administration,” CPO1 Mondelli said of the Base Administration personnel. “They look after each other and lift each other up, which means they will also lift you up.”

CPO1 Beazley comes to CFB Halifax after recently serving as the Naval Strategic Readiness CPO1 and Royal Canadian Navy Succession Manager. He is also a former Coxswain of HMCS Charlottetown.

CPO1 Mondelli made history for the second time in less than a year when she became the first woman Base Chief to be appointed Formation Chief for Maritime Forces Atlantic at a ceremony the day before.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we are not a ‘new Navy’ every time a significant event challenges our old beliefs and way of being,” she said. “We’re evolving. Let’s be the change we want to see.”

Thanking CPO1 Mondelli for her service as Base Chief, Captain (Navy) Sean Williams, Base Commander of CFB Halifax, praised her ability to empower the people she works with.

“Alena gives people a voice and the opportunity to make a difference. She empowers people to be the best version of themselves, and that, in my view, is how we’re going to make a difference in this organization,” he said.

The ceremony appointing CPO1 Beazley was held outdoors at Juno Tower in Halifax, with music provided by the Jazz Ensemble of the Stadacona Band. The ceremony also featured a smudging ceremony offered by Honorary Captain (Navy) Debbie Eisan from the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, along with songs performed by Garrett Gloade of Millbrook First Nation, a Mi’kmaq community near Truro.

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