KIA October 14, 2007
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Died from wounds sustained when an IED detonated near his unit while they were on patrol during combat operations in Arab Jabour, Iraq.
Justin graduated from Krum High School in May 1997 and enlisted in the Army that June. In 2002, he earned the legendary Green Beret. He also had undergone extensive advanced military tactics, paratroop, emergency medical, Ranger, Special Forces and non-commissioned officer training.
He earned two Army Commendation medals, three Army Achievement medals, three Good Conduct medals, a National Defense Service medal, an Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, campaign medals in Afghanistan and Iraq, a Global War on Terrorism medal, and numerous badges and ribbons.
He served as an instructor at the U.S. Army Ranger Training Battalion in Georgia and also as a squad leader and observer/controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA.
He deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom in July as a member of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force. This was his second deployment in the military and his first in Iraq.
SFC Justin Monschke was 28 years old from Krum, Texas
Original portrait was presented to Justin’s mother and 3 children on July 4, 2009 during the Independence Day events at Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX.