Shannon P. Blake ISC (IDX/EXW/SW/AW) served from 2000-2013. His first job was a torpedoman’s mate, but he began cross training to become an IS (Intelligence Specialist) in 2003. Shannon’s career progressed and in 2005, he was hand selected to join Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 (EODMU5) at Naval Base Guam. In 2008, he transferred to DEVGRU where he supported Naval Special Warfare tactics, techniques and procedures. In 2010, he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. In 2012, he reported to Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) as the LCPO (lead CPO) where he worked in MTAC (Multiple Threat Alert Center).
His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with six gold stars.
Shannon was dedicated to the Navy. He loved his country, and he loved his job. He was smart and being an intelligence specialist was perfect the perfect military career for him. He was always in the lead – whether it was mentoring a new IS, or leading his MWR sports team to a win, or taking the EOD guys out for swim. He was always looking for the next challenge. He constantly wanted more knowledge.
As a friend he was loyal and always had your back. He would be there in a minute to protect you or stand up for you. He was also there to have a drink with you and party hard. One of his main mottos was “Work Hard, Play Hard.”
He loved sports, softball, basketball, golf – you name it. He enjoyed deep sea fishing, running, hiking and pretty much anything active. He was very competitive and was always challenging someone. He had big heart.
“Fought side by side with Shannon on USS STETHEM. A great soul, sailor, and human. The universe only takes the best from us. He is onto much bigger and more important things. Things that we cannot even comprehend. He made me a better person and for that I am eternally grateful. Love you brother, please watch over us.” Smitty
“Brother, I hope you found the peace you were looking for. You will be sorely missed, I will never forget the jokes, the shenanigans, and all the good times over the years. Thanks for always being there and for the heartfelt guidance.” Jason