News: Wolf Creek Dam project officer promoted to captain
Story by Leon Roberts
JAMESTOWN, Ky. – The commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District promoted a first lieutenant assigned to the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project today during a ceremony at the resident engineer office.
Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, Nashville District commander, led the ceremony and put new rank insignia on the shoulder boards of Capt. Allen Stansbury, a project officer at Wolf Creek Dam. DeLapp also administered the oath of office to the new captain.
“He’s a great asset to the Army and a great asset to this organization in the Corps. We were really fortunate to get Allen in our organization,” DeLapp said during opening remarks. “The Army has looked at Allen and said, ‘he obviously has all the skills needed, and we have a need for his skills,' so they see he has a bright future to be able to do that.”
Stansbury’s wife, Nancy, helped the commander with putting the new rank insignia on her husband’s uniform, while his son, Ben, 10, and daughters Taylor, 9, and Kendall, 5, stood by his side. In addition, the new captain’s parents, Chuck and Celia Stansbury from Chesapeake, Va., attended.
The captain remarked immediately after his promotion and thanked his wife, kids and parents for their love and support, and he recognized the district leadership and the team at Wolf Creek Dam for their patience and backing.
“It is nice to pin the new rank on. But I think the thing I’m most excited about is I’m no longer the Army’s oldest lieutenant,” Stansbury said. “It’s fantastic. It’s a great promotion and it’s a great ceremony. I appreciate everyone for coming.”
Stansbury arrived in the Lake Cumberland area in November 2011 to work on the project to install a concrete barrier wall deep into bedrock underneath the foundation of the dam’s embankment. But he has also been heavily involved with increasing awareness about the project with local communities and organizations, and acts as liaison between the Corps field staff and the Nashville District Headquarters.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1992 as a private in the infantry. He served in numerous engineering assignments over the years before earning a direct commission in the U.S. Army Reserve in April 2009. Since his commissioning, he has served as a platoon leader with the 733rd Engineer Company and additional assignments with the Corps’ Kansas City and Nashville districts.
The captain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in forest service management from the University of Tennessee and a master’s of business administration degree in project management from Columbia Southern University. He also holds the project management professional credential.