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Board honors memory of Navy Seal Charles Humphrey Keating IV


December 7, 2016 – PHOENIX – Today, on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors recognized a more recent loss of life in defense of our nation. United States Navy SEAL Charles Humphrey Keating IV died on May 3 at age 31. He was killed during combat operations in Iraq in support of the war against ISIS.

“This young man was the best of the best. He was dedicated, part of an elite, special-operations force. He set his goals sky high, and then he achieved them,” said Supervisor Andy Kunasek, District 3.

In memory of Keating’s ultimate sacrifice, the Board of Supervisors supports naming the highest peak in the Estrella Mountain Regional Park in recognition of Keating’s service to country.

Keating was raised in Maricopa County, where he was a star track athlete at Arcadia High School. He continued running as part of his college track team before enlisting in February 2007.

“In addition to being a decorated combat veteran, he was an excellent athlete. It seems a fitting honor that people enjoying the outdoors like Charlie did, perhaps running, can look up and see a peak named in his memory,” said Supervisor Steve Gallardo, District 5.

The Parks and Recreation Department will assist with submitting an application to name the mountain peak to the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names and the United States Board on Geographic Names.

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