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Fond farewell for retiring DCO

Community News

By: Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016



Major Pelechaty-Earl to take on position of NPF Human Resources Manager.

After more than 26 years dedicated to the Canadian Armed Forces, 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Personnel Services (4 CDSB Pers Svs) Deputy Commanding Officer Major Krista Pelechaty-Earl has retired.

The All Ranks Service Club was filled with well-wishers on June 24, and it wasn’t uncommon for speeches to be interrupted with a hearty embrace, nor was it strange to see a tear shed as people recalled working alongside Maj Pelechaty-Earl.

“If there is one reason I think why they are all here is the respect you show your subordinates and your leaders, and I think that is why we are all here to see you off,” said Garrison Petawawa Deputy Commander Lieutenant Colonel Scott Campbell.

Major Pelechaty-Earl admitted she was overwhelmed by the turnout.

“There are so many wonderful people that I’ve spent time with and worked with throughout my career and it is so amazing to see them,” she said.

During her years of service, the DCO worked in Petawawa, Gagetown and Kingston, and deployed to Bosnia twice. The daughter of a Manitoba pig farmer, such an illustrious career would have never been in the cards if not for her mother Rita Mahon. At her urging, she enrolled in the Forces on June 16, 1990 at the young age of 17, and has not looked back. Major Pelechaty-Earl attended the Royal Military College of Canada where she earned a Bachelor of Arts, and transferred to the Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, BC for a degree in Applied Military Psychology. Since then, she has held numerous leadership positions, mostly in the Logistics Branch. She has also been a strong volleyball player with the International Military Sports Council (CISM).

Having retired from the CAF, Major Pelechaty-Earl will now take on the job of Non-Public Funds Human Resource Manager in Petawawa with the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services. She was originally “broken up” about the decision to leave the Forces, but the opportunity and the timing were just too great to pass up, she said.

“It was a no brainer that she would do this,” said 4 CDSB Petawawa Pers Svs Commander Lieutenant Colonel Steve Nolan in his toast. “But she was conflicted because of her loyalty to not only the organization, but to the people in the organization.”

Over the years, she has made strong ties and built deep friendships. She has had a huge impact on all those around her, both professionally and emotionally.

Lieutenant Colonel Adrianna Noonan, her best friend and ‘partner in crime’, had many stories to share, most of which she refused to talk about as she feared retribution during her own future retirement party. She focused instead on anecdotes that made everybody laugh, recounting some of their adventures in the field.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Krista,” said LCol Noonan. “She is a special kind of person. There aren’t a lot of people like her... You have been a rock.”

She was given the honour of presenting her friend with a Logistics Certificate highlighting her work in supply, human resources, and finance departments, as well as the same flag that flew when Maj Pelechaty-Earl first arrived in Petawawa.

“Your support has been beyond what any reasonable person would expect from an officer,” added LCol Noonan.

Not to be outdone by the official speakers, Maj Pelechaty-Earl’s son Cooper Earl took to the stage after requesting his turn at the microphone.

“I love her so much,” said the youngster. “She’s helped me with so much homework, I mean literally almost every night. So I just wanted to say that she is the best mom you could ever ask for. All you people are very lucky to know her and work with her.”