Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli will participate in a ceremony inducting Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., EDT, Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at the Pentagon auditorium (6th corridor, basement level).
Monti will be awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously at a White House ceremony scheduled for Sept. 17. His parents will be present for the unveiling of the Hall of Heroes plaque on Friday, Sept. 18.
Monti is recognized for actions above and beyond the call of duty during combat that cost him his life on June 21, 2006, in Afghanistan. He is the sixth service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor during the Global War on Terror, the second to receive it for actions in Afghanistan.
Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the Metro entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call Dequetta "Dee" Tyree of Army Public Affairs at (703) 697-8719 for escort into the building.