Medal of Honor recipient honored at White House, Pentagon; USASMDC/ARSTRAT Command Sergeant Major pr
By Ms. Deborah Erhart (SMDC/ARSTRAT)September 23, 2009
The nation's highest medal of valor, the Medal of Honor, was recently awarded to an Army Soldier. If you missed this story, read about it here: http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/monti/index.html
Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor at ceremonies at the White House on September 17 and Pentagon on September 18. Monti was the first Army Soldier to receive the Medal of Honor for Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sgt. 1st Class Monti, 30, was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, when he was killed in Gowardesh, Afghanistan, in a battle with enemy forces using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. He displayed immeasurable courage and uncommon valor when he sacrificed his own life in an effort to save his comrade.
Command Sergeant Major Ralph Borja, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, was present at the Medal of Honor ceremonies and shares a common bond with Monti; they both proudly served in the 10th Mountain Division. Borja was the Brigade CSM with 2nd "COMMANDO" Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York.