Remembrance Remembering Chief Petty Officer Shannon M. Kent


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Rest in Peace shipmate. Rest in Peace!

Thanks so much for posting Andy...

Chief Petty Officer Shannon M. Kent was on here Fifth combat tour.

Cmdr. Joseph Harrison, commanding officer of CWA 66, said Kent "was a rockstar, an outstanding chief petty officer, and leader to many in the Navy Information Warfare Community."

She enlisted in the Navy on Dec. 11, 2003 and graduated in February 2004 from boot camp at Recruit Training Command in Illinois, according to the Navy.

Kent's military assignments include Navy Information Operations Command in Georgia, Navy Special Warfare Support Activity 2 in Virginia, Personnel Resource Development Office in Washington D.C., Navy Information Operations Command in Maryland and Cryptologic Warfare Group 6 in Maryland, according to the Navy.

Kent was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon and Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon, according to the Navy.

Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician Denise Vola, CWA 66 command senior enlisted leader, said in a statement that Kent's drive, determination and tenacity were infectious.

"Although she has left us way too soon, she will not be forgotten, and her legacy will live on with us," Vola said.


Chief Petty Officer Shannon M. Kent ...she went by her maiden name "Smith".

By CLAUDIA GRISALES | Stars and Stripes | Published: February 4, 2019
WASHINGTON — A group of key congressional members are demanding top military officials explain how they will update a series of medical rules and a failed waiver process that led to the deployment of a Navy linguist killed in Syria.

Navy Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, 35, a mother of two, was killed last month by a suicide bomber at a restaurant in the Syrian city of Manbij. She was on her fifth combat tour.

Last fall, Kent was to attend a clinical psychology doctoral program in lieu of the deployment. But the Navy reversed the move because she previously had cancer and rejected her waiver applications; instead, she received orders to deploy to Syria.

She was killed less than two months later.

“It is difficult to understand why the department would require a long, drawn-out waiver process when she was cancer-free and in remission,” the lawmakers who represent Kent’s home states of New York and Maryland asked acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Navy Secretary Richard Spencer in a letter. “If CPO Kent was fit to deploy to a war zone, we believe she was fit to serve her country as a clinical psychologist.”

The letter dated Friday was signed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and House Reps. Walter Jones, R-N.C., Anthony Brown, D-Md., and Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.

"Release Date: 2/8/2019 3:00:00 PM
From the Office of the Navy Chief of Information
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- On Feb. 8, the Navy announced that a chief petty officer killed in action last month will be posthumously advanced to senior chief petty officer.

Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive), Shannon Kent, 35, of Pine Plains, N.Y., died Jan. 16 in Manbij, Syria when she and three other Americans were killed by a suicide bomber.

The Navy approved a request for Kent’s posthumous advancement effective the day of her death."

When a active duty member dies on active duty they are prompted to the next rank or rate.

Their survivors receive a one time tax free payment of $100,000 USD.

And $4000,000 Serviceman Group Life insurance payment...all service members are required to carry this insurance.

In addition the servicemembers surviving spouse or dependents continue to receive all pay and benefits entitled to active duty members until the what would have been 20 years of service. At that time the service member is retired and the retired pay is given to his/her surviving spouse or dependents.

No amount of money can replace a lost loved one. No amount.

WASHINGTON (Feb. 8, 2019) A graphic created by the U.S. Navy to illustrate the posthumous promotion of Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent to senior chief petty officer. Kent, 35, from upstate New York, died Jan. 16, 2019 in Manbij, Syria while supporting Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Navy graphic/Released)
What a shame ....

Rest in Peace Shannon M. Kent and the other three ( whose identities are not made public I assume ? ) who were killed in the blast.
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The others included British SAS Sergeant Matt Tonroe and US SF Sergeant Jonathan J Dunbar.

Sgt Tonroe's inquest ruled that the blast was not an IED but rather it was the "accidental detonation of explosives carried by coalition forces" - in other words a breaching charge carried by one of the team.

This is a matter of public record.

RIP to all
I take it back - you're quite right Gaz. I'm mixing the two incidents up. Old age.
^^ I'm not sure this is the same incident, Royal? CPO Kent was killed in January 2019 whilst Sergeants Tonroe and Dunbar were killed in March 2018.

There's an article about CPO Kent here -

I imagine the pictures of the turnout at her funeral are an idea of how highly regarded she was.

Possibly’s Marty’s best article yet.

And probably the best anecdotal insight into TF Orange published yet.

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