By age 19, Dansville native Stacy Allen had flown the backseat of one of the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft, piloted a nuclear submarine at sea, served aboard a guided missile cruiser and participated in amphibious exercises involving hundreds of soldiers and millions of dollars in military equipment.

Over the next three years, while earning magna cum laude academic honors, recognition as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar, nine varsity letters in collegiate track and cross country, serving as a top officer in Naval ROTC and a multitude of other distinctions at the University of Rochester, Allen also completed mountain warfare training in the Sierra Nevada of California and both Officer Candidate School and The Basic School aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.

Joining the fleet as a 2nd Lieutenant in late 2007, in March 2009 Allen was part of the command element for the 440 war fighters of the 371st Marine Wing Support Squadron tasked to develop Camp Leatherneck, the first Marine Corps military installation in southern Afghanistan.

The magnitude of their achievement is portrayed in an award-winning documentary by the National Geographic Society.

As the first Marine unit into the Helmand Province, Lt. Allen and her complement secured the area for the military operations that continue there today.

Barely 18 months later, then 1st Lieutenant Allen began her current service as Executive Officer of the Navy and Marine Corp Appellate Leave Activity at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., and on Nov. 1, 2010, was frocked to the rank of captain, a process that recognizes achievements and responsibility beyond one’s current rank by conferring the title, insignia and privileges of higher rank on a service member not yet otherwise eligible to hold that position.

This unique distinction is granted only under special circumstances, and Dansville can proudly claim this soldier as one of its own.