Hometown post office to be named after first woman to die in combat in Syria

Kaylah Jackson
November 25, 2019 - 9:53 am
Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent

(Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)

A post office in the hometown of the first woman to die in combat in Syria is one step closer to being renamed in her honor as the bill awaits the president’s signature.

A native of upstate New York, Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent was a cryptologic technician and Arabic linguist in the U.S. Navy. She was one of the first women to deploy alongside Special Operations 18 Forces.

Kent and three other Americans were killed in January 2019, in a suicide bombing in Manbij, Syria. She was on her fifth deployment. Shortly after her death, Kent became the third woman to have her name added to the National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic Memorial.

In April, Rep. Antonio Delgado, R-NY, alongside Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, introduced a bill to rename the Pines Planes Post Office in New York, the “Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon M. Kent Post Office” in her honor.

“The courage and devotion to our nation shown by SCPO Kent should be an inspiration to us all. I urge the President to sign this bill into law as soon as possible to honor the life and legacy of SCPO Kent in this permanent way,” Delgado said.

The bill received bipartisan support from Reps. Joseph Morelle, D-NY; Kathleen Rice, D-NY; and Anthony Brindisi, D-NY.

The legislation passed in the House on October 16 and passed in the Senate last week. It now heads to the president’s desk for signature.

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