Stephanie Eckland was a Human female who served in Earthforce during the Earth Alliance Civil War, commanding the Omega-class destroyer EAS Furies with the rank of Captain, During the Battle of Proxima III in 2261, Captain Eckland chose not to participate in the battle, the Furies being declared non-combatant as a result. After the battle, Captain Eckland elected to remain at Proxima III to defend the planet against potential retaliation from EA President Morgan Clark.
During the Battle of Proxima III, she refused orders from Fleet Command Captain Trevor Hall of the EAS Heracles to turn and engage the White Star fleet. To determine her status, John Sheridan approached the Furies, informing her that if she did not make any attempt to fire or target his vessel, he would treat them as non-hostiles. She complied, and was declared a non-combatant.
After the battle, Captain Eckland decided to keep the Furies at Proxima III to defend the planet in the event Clark's forces would try and retake it.
At some point, however, the Furies was seized by the loyalists. Captain Eckland's fate is unknown.
The name of her ship, the Furies, caused confusion in the German dub of the series. "Furies" was misunderstood as the plural of the Earth Alliance fighters, the Starfuries, therefore it came to the impression that Captain Eckland has somewhat like the command over all Starfuries in the blockade.