New York sailor among four Americans killed in Syrian attack

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A Navy cryptologist from Duchess County was among the four Americans killed in Wednesday’s suicide bombing in Syria.

Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent, 35, is the first woman killed in combat in Syria since the campaign against the Islamic State terrorist group began in 2014.

Kent enlisted in the Navy in 2003 and was awarded two Joint Commendation Medals along with 10 other awards and decorations.

She leaves behind two children.

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ordered flags on state buildings to be lowered to half mast to honor Kent, who grew up in Pine Plains, New York.

“The family of New York mourns the loss of Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, a courageous sailor who was killed in Syria earlier this week,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Chief Petty Officer Kent stepped up to serve her country and dedicated herself to a life of service

Also killed in the attack in Manbij were Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida; and Scott A. Wirtz, a military contractor from St. Louis, Missouri.

The name of the fourth victim has not yet been released.

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