The name of Shannon Kent, a sailor killed in Syria in January, will be added to the National Cryptological Memorial – the third woman and first Navy linguist enshrined among military and civilian code-makers and code-breakers killed in the line of duty, Stars and Stripes reported.
The military news outlet reported the late senior chief petty officer's name will be unveiled as the 177th entry on the black granite memorial Feb. 28 near the National Security Agency's headquarters complex at Fort Meade, Maryland.
Kent's death, less than two months into her fifth combat deployment, has highlighted the role of women like her supporting elite outfits on hushed front line missions against insurgents and terrorists, Stars and Stripes reported.
The 35-year-old mother of two and cancer survivor, who spoke seven languages and was considered a "badass" by many of her peers, spent much of her career working alongside special operations troops, the outlet reported.
A native of Pine Plains, New York, whose state police officer father and firefighter uncle had responded to the World Trade Center attack in New York City, Kent was motivated to join the Navy in late 2003 in part by the 9/11 attacks. She had studied Arabic at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, graduating in 2005.
Kent was the first female U.S. service member killed in Syria since U.S. forces began fighting there against ISIS in late 2014. She is to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, the outlet reported.