Navy dedicates California information warfare center in honor of senior chief killed in Syria suicide bombing

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Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent may be gone, but she won't be forgotten.

On Wednesday, the Navy detachment at the Presidio of Monterey dedicated a stage and several buildings at the service's Information Warfare Training Command in honor of the 35-year-old cryptologic technician was killed while deployed to Syria in January.

The clutch of buildings will now be known as Kent Navy Yard.

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(Presidio of Monterey/Facebook)

"We will never forget that professionals like Senior Chief Kent are why we are who we are," Cmdr. Michael Saleh said during the Wednesday dedication, per local news stations KSBW-8. "We don't need to brag, we don't need to boast, we don't need to gloat. We're just a diverse group of patriots who across this nation swore an oath to defend and protect the ideals of honor, courage and commitment."

Kent was one of four Americans killed in a Jan. 16 suicide bombing in the city of Manbij, Syria. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Farmer, Defense Intelligence Agency officer Scott Wirtz, and Syrian-born interpreter Ghadir Taher were also killed in the attack.

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U.S. service members gather at the Presidio of Monterey on Wednesday, Aug 21., for the dedication of the Kent Navy Yard(Presidio of Monterey/Facebook)

In June, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged Navy officials to name a vessel after Kent, a native of Pine Plains, New York, in honor of Kent's "groundbreaking achievements."

"[Kent] was living proof that women can not only keep up with, but lead this nation's most highly capable service members," Schumer said.