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Taking Jared's flight

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on November 11, 2010 1:46 PM

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Gold Star Mother Janet Monti gives the thumbs-up before taking flight in an F-15E Strike Eagle. Her son, Jared, always wanted to be a pilot, but joined the Army instead. So Wednesday, more than four years after his heroic death in Afghanistan, his mother was given a chance to live her son's dream.

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Janet Monti holds up a picture of Jared inside the 333rd Fighter Squadron lounge Tuesday evening. The following day the mother took flight in honor of her son.

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News-Argus/MICHAEL K. DAKOTA Army Staff Sgt. Jared Monti's likeness is displayed on a coin that was presented to 4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Patrick Doherty by Monti's mother, Janet Monti. Monti was killed in Afghanistan while attempting to save a wounded soldier.

As one of his young soldiers lay defenseless on a mountain path, Army Staff Sgt. Jared Monti dropped his radio and stepped in front of the enemy forces pinning down his unit -- exposing himself to a barrage of small...

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