Tech. Sgt. Alan Mann works to make a difference

Tech. Sgt. Alan Mann

Tech. Sgt. Alan Mann

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren Main
15th Wing Public Affairs

Some would say that Tech. Sgt. Alan Mann was destined to be in the Air Force. He was born in Agana, Guam and moved around every few years with his family, following his father – a career Airman.

“I always had a feeling that I would be in the Air Force,” said Mann, a laboratory technician with the 15th Medical Group. “My dad was a career Airman, and I have been around it all my life. I grew up w a t c h i n g war movies and having an appreciation for the military, especially the Air Force.”

Mann has seen his share of bases and the world throughout his time as an “Air Force brat” and his own 17 years that he has spent enlisted in the Air Force.

As a laboratory technician, Mann oversees medical laboratory operations and provides care to approximately 13,000 beneficiaries. He administers an average of 5,200 lab tests and typically sees nearly 4,000 outpatient visits every month.

“My favorite part about my job is knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life,” he said. “I help diagnose infections in children and adults and see that they get treated. I’m the unknown voice behind the scenes that gives doctors and nurses results so that they can provide patient care.”

Mann admitted that he has considered other careers in the Air Force, but currently, his only career goal is to become a first sergeant.

“Tech. Sgt. Mann always displays professionalism and a get-it-done attitude,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Heser, therapeutics flight commander. “He always upholds the strictest of standards; made evident by his team receiving accreditation from the College of American Pathologists during a recent accreditation inspection with zero discrepancies.”

Mann is humble and quick to give credit to the rest of his team.

“I’m proud to be recognized, but I want to represent everyone I work with,” said Mann. “I work with a great team in the medical laboratory.”

When Mann isn’t on duty and ensuring the health of the Air Force family, he enjoys golfing and being out in the Hawaiian sun.

“Hawaii has been my favorite duty station by far,” said Mann. “I love being able to enjoy the great weather year ’round.”

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