Chief Petty Officer Second Class Alena Mondelli
Sailor Profile / July 29, 2014
Chief Naval Communicator, Sea Training (Pacific)
As the Chief Naval Communicator at Sea Training (Pacific), I work directly with ship Naval Communications concerning the operation of all visual, audio and information technology communications systems within their realm of responsibility. My job is very rewarding. There is great personal satisfaction in knowing that my involvement and overall mentorship has contributed to the betterment of a ship’s crew. Sea Training (Pacific) is a team of highly trained, professional sailors who assist in preparing the Pacific fleet for operational readiness through training and mentorship.
Along with my husband and three step-sons, I live in Victoria. The majority of the past 22 years has been in Victoria, with other postings to Aldergrove, B.C., Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., and Ottawa. While in the navy I have served in all classes of ships except submarines and maritime coastal defence vessels. I have worked at a naval radio station, taught at the basic recruit school and at my trades school, and worked within frequency management at National Defence Headquarters. As well, I have obtained a Master’s Degree in Leadership at Royal Roads University.
I joined the navy in 1991. I really had no idea just what I was getting into. I did know that joining the army was something I had considered when I was about seven years old. My grandfather, who had been a Dutch infantryman in Indonesia during the late 1940s, would make me march around the living room while he listened to old bag pipe records. It was a fun idea when I was seven, but something that I had forgotten until I was 18. After graduating high school, I did not have a vision for myself. A friend suggested the recruiting centre. Two months later I was sworn into the Canadian Armed Forces and on my way to becoming a sailor.
A career in the Royal Canadian Navy is as satisfying and rewarding as one makes it. There are plenty of opportunities to travel and experience new cultures, achieve a higher education, advance both personally and professionally, and develop in an organization that strongly values the women and men who serve within it. Twenty-two years later, I have accomplished many “firsts” with each rank I achieve, and I’m sure there will be a few more in the coming years.