Rest in peace, Curtis Manning
Curtis Manning, director of field operations for the government’s Counter Terrorism Unit, died on Monday, Jan. 15, shortly before 10 a.m. He was threatening the life of ex-terrorist Hamri Al-Assad against the orders of CTU agent Jack Bauer, who shot and killed Manning to prevent harm to Assad.
Manning was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and a former member of Boston’s SWAT unit; he occupied various positions at CTU, from field agent to acting director. Manning served with distinction in many field operations, frequently fighting side by side with Bauer against terrorists, and sustained numerous injuries, including being shot by Habib Marwan, leader of the Turkish Crimson Jihad. Less than two years ago, Manning relieved temporary CTU head Lynn McGill of his position under Article 112, which states that an agent may remove a superior official who’s gone a little nuts. CTU chief Bill Buchanan termed Manning’s death ”a tragedy.” ”No one was more of an honest, straight-arrow warrior than Curtis. It would be a shame if the one moment his emotions overcame him tarnished anyone’s memory of him.” He has no known survivors.