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Friday, February 08, 2019

Given who she really was, the military had little choice in how it described Shannon Kent. They said only that she was a "cryptologic technician," which anyone might assume meant that her most breakneck work was behind a desk. In reality, she spent much of her professional life wearing body armor and toting an M4 rifle, a Sig Sauer pistol strapped to her thigh, on operations with Navy SEALs and other elite forces -- until a suicide bombing took her life last month in northeastern Syria. She was, in all but name, part of the military's top-tier Special Operations forces. Officially a chief petty officer in the Navy, she actually worked closely with the nation's most secretive intelligence outfit, the National Security Agency, to target leaders of the Islamic State.

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Chief Kent spoke a half-dozen Arabic dialects and four other languages. She was one of the first women to complete the rigorous course required for other troops to accompany Navy SEALs on raids. She could run a 3:30 marathon, do a dozen full-arm-hang pull-ups and march for miles with a 50-pound rucksack.
She did this while raising two boys, now ages 3 and 18 months, and, for a time, battling cancer.

Fair winds and following seas, Chief. Your legacy will be remembered in the community and beyond.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-02-08 05:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

An inspiration.

Reminds me of all of the media correspondents who go out to serve us without the weapons or backup.

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-02-08 05:07 PM | Reply

"Her job was to go out and blend her knowledge of cryptology and sigint and humint to help the task force find the right guys to paint the `X' on for a strike or a raid,"

Oh I get it.

A wedding planner.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-08 08:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

No Boots on the ground!

~ Obama

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-02-09 12:47 AM | Reply

No Brains in my head!

- THE Mattress

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2019-02-09 01:09 AM | Reply

Yay warriors, they provide such value to society!
Personally, I prefer defenders.

#6 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-02-09 10:12 AM | Reply

Incredible woman. RIP

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-02-09 10:44 AM | Reply

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