Navy SEAL Killed in Iraq to Be Promoted Posthumously

  • U.S. Navy file photo of Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
    U.S. Navy file photo of Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
  • In this 2002 photo, Charlie Keating IV, 16, poses for a photo in Phoenix for a Discovery channel series he took part in. He was identified as the 31-year-old Navy SEAL killed in Iraq on May 3, 2016. (Sherrie Buzby/The Arizona Republic via AP)
    In this 2002 photo, Charlie Keating IV, 16, poses for a photo in Phoenix for a Discovery channel series he took part in. He was identified as the 31-year-old Navy SEAL killed in Iraq on May 3, 2016. (Sherrie Buzby/The Arizona Republic via AP)

WASHINGTON — The Navy says it is promoting the SEAL who was shot and killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq on May 3 to the rank of chief petty officer.

The announcement of the posthumous promotion for special warfare operator Charles Keating IV comes two days before his funeral in Coronado, California.

Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Navy spokesman, says Keating had been eligible to go before a promotion board this year. Christensen said that based on his evaluations and assignments there was good reason to believe he would have been promoted.

While the promotion will not affect pay or benefits, Keating will be able to be buried wearing his new rank.

Keating is the third U.S. service member to be killed in Iraq since U.S. forces returned there in 2014.

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