I came across this article as I was doing some background work for The ISIS Gambit. Obviously, I didn’t know of CPO Shannon Kent when I wrote The Gambit, but I knew of her unit, the Mohawks, and used this for the inspiration for one of the characters in both books. As the article on her relates, Kent was larger than life, incredibly talented in her profession and as an “operator” (though, as her husband CWO-3 Joe Kent related, she was a woman in SOF before women were in SOF), yet very down to earth; a wife and mother of two little children who was extremely talented at her profession and knew the risks. Where we find such people, I do not know, but I am grateful they are out there. Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, thank you for your service!