On the morning of May 3, 2016, Charlie’s quick reaction force (QRF) team received reports that over 300 ISIS enemy fighters, reinforced by armored and explosive-laden vehicles, were advancing on the host nation defense forces and surrounding civilian population. If not for the actions of Charlie’s team, this attack would have been catastrophic. Responding without hesitation, Charlie’s team valiantly held the advancing enemy at bay for more than four hours, enabling a successful Peshmerga partner force to counter attack. On May 3, 2016, Charles Keating fought fearlessly and made the ultimate sacrifice defending his brothers. He will never be forgotten. Keating posthumously advanced to Chief Petty Officer and his personal awards include the Navy Cross, Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal with valor, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Operation Inherent Resolve Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Rifle Expert, and Pistol Expert.
Charlie died in action the true courageous warrior that he was: with a loaded gun in his hands and boots on his feet.