COP Keating, and a storyboard about the 03 Oct 09 Battle of Kamdesh.
COP Keating (named after Lt Benjamin D Keating, killed 26 Nov 2006), manned by 60 US Soldiers of Bravo Troop, 3-61, 4th ID, was attacked by 300 insurgents at around 6am, and 48 minutes into the battle they were streaming into the COP, and began burning down the COPs buildings.
Bravo Troop set up a hasty defensive perimeter, centered around two buildings that weren’t on fire. Teams were sent out to clear the rest of the COP. The western portion of the base and the entry control point were finally secure, and served as the final defensive position of Bravo Troop. Two USAF F-15E fighter bombers circled overhead, led by Captain Mike Polidor, for almost eight hours, helping coordinate airstrikes by 19 other aircraft. 12-hours after the first shots were fired, COP Keating was eventually secure.
Between 150 and 200 insurgents were killing during the battle, and 8 American soldiers lost their lives during the engagement (Justin T. Gallegos of Tucson, Ariz.; Christopher Griffin of Kincheloe, Mich.; Kevin C. Thomson of Reno, Nev.; Michael P. Scusa of Villas, N.J.; Vernon W. Martin of Savannah, Ga.; Stephan L. Mace of Lovettsville, Va.; Joshua J. Kirk of South Portland, Maine; and Joshua M. Hardt of Applegate, Calif.). 27 other Americans were wounded.
Sgt Ty Carter and SSgt Clinton Romesha were awarded Medals of Honor for their actions at COP Keating.
On 06 Oct 09, B-1 Bombers bombed COP Keating to prohibit insurgents from gathering munitions after 3-61’s hasty evacuation of the COP.