Scott Monroe was born on July 8, 1963 in Belleville, Illinois to Paul and Sandra Monroe, the third oldest of seven children. He attended public schools and graduated from Belleville Township High School West in 1981. While growing up close to Scott Air Force Base, he had many friends and military neighbors where he worked odd jobs, earning not only money, but a lot of knowledge and guidance that would lead to his future. One friend in particular, Major Alan Crosby who was stationed at the nearby base and was a member of the Security Forces, and the Commander of the Military Working Dog Squadron. Often times Scott would be invited to travel along to the base when Major Crosby had short notice work to be done. On one occasion he took him to tour the Aircraft Maintenance facility where he met a mechanic who was working on a jet engine. This would be the beginning of a dream of Scotts desire to work on aircraft.
Soon after graduating high school Scott visited the local military recruiting center. After many discussions with the recruiters of all branches of the military he chose to enlist into the United States Air Force with a guaranteed job as a Jet Engine Mechanic. On October 13, 1981 Scott left his hometown for basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from basic training he attended Jet Engine technical school at Chanute Air Force base in Rantoul, Illinois. Immediately after graduating from technical school as an honor graduate in January 1982, Scott received orders to his first duty station at Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, Maine. It was then that he met his first wife and they had 3 children, Scott II, April and Kevin. He was stationed at Loring AFB until May of 1987 and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, he then received orders for a one year remote tour to Keflavik, Iceland. In June of 1988 Scott returned to the states and was stationed at Blytheville AFB in the state of Arkansas. While working and raising children he would concentrate on his college courses, and earned his Associates degree in Aerospace Propulsion Technology, from the Community College of the Air Force. After attaining the rank of Technical Sergeant during the summer of 1990, he received notification to be reassigned to Dyess AFB, Texas. It was during these assignments that Scott would deploy on numerous missions throughout the world in support of military operations. In the fall of 1983 he deployed in support of the invasion of Grenada, Operation Urgent Fury. During the 1990s he deployed to several locations in the Middle East, most notably Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
It was in the fall of 1994 when the U.S. Air Force would decide to draw down the size of its force. After being contacted to either, retrain and change career fields, or accept and early out from service, Scott decided to transfer from active duty service to the Maine Air National Guard as a Traditional Guardsman working one weekend a month. This would ensure he could maintain his career as a Jet Engine Mechanic. After his acceptance by the Maine ANG, he returned back to Maine with his three children and started a new life in Aroostook County, Woodland, Maine. He was quickly hired by McCain Foods in Easton, Maine as a machine operator in the packaging and palletizing section. He would work his way through many departments taking advantage of the opportunity to learn the many aspects of the food processing operation, and then settled into the Maintenance department, maintaining the machines and equipment.
As he worked his way through the different positions in McCain Foods he was also participating in the duties as a Jet Engine Mechanic in the Maine ANG. He would attend training sessions every month in Bangor, and would often deploy on short notice throughout the world. His previous experience and knowledge in the jet engine maintenance led to his promotion to Master Sergeant. In the spring of 1998 he left McCain foods to become a full time federal employee at the Bangor ANG Base. After relocating to Bangor, it was then that he met his soon to be wife, Monika. They married in the summer of 2001, and their family together would quickly grow to five children; Thomas, Marcus and Scotts three children. Scott would continue his career in the Maine ANG and in May of 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant and become the Superintendent of the Maine ANG Propulsion Section, managing over 26 Airman who maintained 60 jet engines at the base.
While working and residing in the Bangor area Scott met many new friends. One in particular was Roger Leeman, a retired Air Force World War II Veteran who would often ask him to join the Elks. He finally decided to join the Bangor Elks and was initiated in the spring of 2000. He quickly became involved in the lodge Veterans Program participating in the many activities for several years. Soon he became more involved and became chairman of the ENF committee, and the Veterans committee. It wasn’t long before he was a very active member in the lodge and became a member of the House Committee for 5 years working his way to Chairman. He was selected as the Bangor Lodge, Elk of the Year in 2006. Also in 2006 he became the Esteemed Lecturing Knight, and continued through the chairs to become Exalted Ruler in 2010. He was selected as the Maine Elks Association, Northern District Exalted Ruler of the year, for the 2010 year.
After his time going through the chairs in his lodge, he became interested in the positions of District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler (DD). He assisted the Northern District DD’s performing the duties as Auditor, Secretary and Esquire before becoming District Deputy during the 2014-2015 year. Also while performing his duties as DD he became active in the functions of the Maine Elks Association, being appointed as Sergeant at Arms in 2015. He would again become DD during the 2015-2016 year. He then returned back to the activities in his lodge and was elected to a second term of Exalted Ruler in 2017. It wasn’t long after that when Scott would be elected as 2nd Vice President of the Maine Elks Association. He was chosen as the Maine Elks Association Officer of the Year in 2021. Working his way through the Vice President positions in the Association he become The Maine Elks State President in 2021.