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Family: Navy Officer Killed in Syria Wasn't Meant to Be There

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By    |   Thursday, 31 January 2019 05:09 PM

The family of the Navy officer killed in Syria in a suicide bomb attack last month says she was not supposed to be overseas, Stars and Stripes reports.

Shannon Mary Kent, 35, was disqualified from attending Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last year because of a previous bout with thyroid cancer. She had planned on attending a clinical psychology doctorate program but after being denied was deployed to Syria.

There, the 15-year veteran was killed with three other Americans in an attack claimed by ISIS.

"It is pretty unbelievable she was considered physically fit to be deployable and . . . for a special operation in Syria, but not for a classroom to be a psychologist," said her husband, Joe Kent.

Shannon Kent last April wrote a letter to Sen. John McCain, at the time the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and pleaded with him to change the obscure rule. McCain died in August and Shannon Kent never received a response.

The Navy is reviewing the regulation but has not made a final decision, per the report.

Shannon Kent left behind her husband and two children.

Cmdr. Joseph Harrison, the unit's commanding officer, said in a statement that Kent "was a rock star, an outstanding Chief Petty Officer, and leader to many in the Navy Information Warfare Community."

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