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The Scout - 10/9/02

THE SCOUT – 10/9/2002


By Sgt. Jessica Inigo, Fort Huachuca Scout


There's a star in our midst - and he's a regular renaissance man.

He's part struggling actor, part movie star, part patriotic citizen, and part warrior - and he has ruthless aggression toward it all.

Currently attending the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, the seemingly average Army lieutenant, 1st Lt. Monroe Mann, is anything but ordinary.

Mann recently debuted in the box office hit movie, Swim Fan, as Jake Donnelly. He played the ex-boyfriend of star, Erika Christensen. Though he was only on the big screen three separate times in the movie, it got him his first movie credit.

But the actor doesn't let his dreams of stardom come between him and his country.

Mann has been in the Army since 1999 as an all-source intelligence analyst for the New York National Guard and said he has never been more proud of his decision to serve his country.

Mann said he knew his calling for the Army when he seen the movie, Saving Private Ryan. " I just knew something was missing," he said.

"I wanted to serve my country without sacrificing my acting ambitions. The National Guard popped up, and though it may have deterred my acting career by missing auditions and movie roles, overall it was the best decision I've made in my life," Mann said. His father was also an intelligence analyst, during World War II.

Mann said his most poignant moment in the military came when he was activated Sept. 11, 2001, to ground zero.

"The two years of training I received through the Army was well worth the privilege and honor I felt assisting during this crisis. That one experience alone made it all worth it," Mann said, who initially helped to pull debris and rubble in the search efforts.

"One fireman was found alive. It was a tremendous moment. It was as if we scored a touch down. Everyone was cheering and tears came to my eye. I couldn't believe someone was actually found in that heap. It was amazing."

Soon thereafter Mann was transferred to a family support center. He assisted family members who were looking for their missing relatives.

"I had to console these people and tell them it would be OK. I had to answer their questions. It was really hard because I pretty much knew the facts, but they wanted to believe so much that they would find their loved ones. It was amazing to see how much hope these people had. I didn't want to be the one who destroyed their hope," Mann said.

Now, as much as he doesn't want to be deployed, he said he would take the orders in stride. "I'd just pick up where I left off," Mann said. "I'm thrilled to be in the Army, especially right now."

Prior to joining the Army, Mann took advantage of an opportunity to study abroad and received a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics and French from Franklin University in Lugano,