What Makes a Hero
SFC Monti enlisted in the U.S. Army March 1993, and attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Sill, OK, earning his Military Occupational Specialty of 13F (Forward Observer). He is a graduate of Joint Firepower Controller Course, basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Warrior Leader Course, Airborne and Air Assault.
SFC Monti was assigned as a Forward Observer in headquarters and headquarters troop, 3rd squadron, 71st Cavalry, 10th Mountain Division (light infantry). He was deployed to Afghanistan with Task Force Spartan in Feb. 2006. He was an outstanding leader who constantly motivated his soldiers and ensured that his unit was always ready to fight and win.
His career culminated with Task Force Spartan while conducting combat operations in the mountains near Gowardesh, Afghanistan. His recon team occupied a surveillance position when they were attacked by a large enemy force on the afternoon of June 21, 2006. SFC Monti was killed in action by enemy fire in the subsequent engagement.
Jared received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courageous acts on that day. Three times he attempted to reach one of “his soldiers” to pull him to safety. On the third attempt he was hit by a RPG.
“I’m told that Jared was a very humble guy; that he would have been uncomfortable with all this attention; that he’d say he was just doing his job; and that he’d want to share this moment with others who were there that day. And so, as Jared would have wanted, we also pay tribute to those who fell alongside him: Staff Sergeant Patrick Lybert. Private First Class Brian Bradbury. Staff Sergeant Heathe Craig.” – President Barack Obama
His awards also include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal (2), Korean Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2), Kosovo Campaign Medal (2), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
SFC Monti was a graduate of Bridgewater-Raynham High School, Class of 1994. He was in the Iron Man Triathalon, competed in various competitions in the Army and was the N.E. Weightlifting Champion at age 17. Jared loved fishing, hunting, camping, sports and enjoyed spending time with his cousins and his niece, Carys.