UMHB sophomore Allie Dalle has a clear vision of what she wants to do with her life. Dalle, who is a criminal justice major from Lake Travis, wants to fly Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the United States Army.
Dalle has known that she wanted to join the military since she was around eight years old. In order to prepare for life in the Army, she is a part of UMHB’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. This will allow her to join the Army as a Second Lieutenant after graduation.
She has had a great experience with UMHB’s ROTC program. She originally planned to join a larger military program in college, such as Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets. However, after finding out about UMHB’s ROTC program, she realized that she was supposed to be a Crusader.
“I love it,” she said in reference to the school’s ROTC program. “It’s more of a personal experience rather than being thrown out into a big group of random people. I get to be closer with all the cadets in the program.”
While earning her degree at UMHB, Dalle is fulfilling another lifelong passion—softball.
“I’ve been playing softball since I was about four or five years old,” she said. “I’ve always loved it, and [I’ve] wanted to play college ball since I was probably 10.”
Here at UMHB, Dalle has served as a utility player, playing a variety of positions on the team. She has played at first and third base, as well as centerfield.
“Wherever they need a spot to be filled, I’ll play,” she said.
Her impressive statistics for this season include a .405 batting average and a .957 fielding percentage. Softball Head Coach Larry Hennig is proud of everything Dalle has accomplished.
“Allie has been a huge catalyst for our program this year. We have asked her to play several positions and she always performs well. She is one of our hardest workers at practice, and she has made herself into one of the top hitters in our conference.”
According to Hennig, Dalle is a valuable member of the team not just for her softball skills, but also for her personal characteristics.
“She is highly respected and loved by everyone that she comes in contact [with]. She has all of her priorities in the right place. We are so fortunate to have her in our program.”
Balancing ROTC, softball and college classes can be difficult. Dalle begins her weekdays with early morning ROTC workouts. Afterwards, she heads to class, and when her classes are over for the day, she goes to softball practice. After practice, she makes time for homework before starting the cycle all over again the next day. Despite her busy schedule, Dalle loves having the opportunity to pursue her goals at UMHB.
“It does get really hard sometimes, but it’s definitely worth it,” she said.
Senior Cadet Chris Hirsch thinks so.
“Dalle is an extraordinary member of our program who displays selfless leadership on a daily basis,” Hirsch said. “I can confidently say that she is and will continue to be an excellent role model worthy of praise and recognition. She is the future of the ROTC program and the Army.”