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. SFC Monti was killed in action by enemy fire in the subsequent engagement.
His awards 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.