The Navy Mile is sponsored annually by the National Capital Council of the Navy League and celebrates the U.S. Navy’s birthday while raising funds for our charitable partners (U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, Navy Safe Harbor Foundation and and the C4 Foundation).
In 2020, The Navy Mile will dedicate race heats to individuals who lost their lives in the line of duty whom we desire to recognize for their courage and service to our nation.
The Navy Mile will also dedicate the age 70+ heat in honor of Dixon Hemphill (USN, Ret.), WW II veteran and longtime Navy Mile participant.
This year, we proudly dedicate the Sea Cadet heat to Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer First Class Patrick D. Feeks; the Wounded Warrior/Paralympic heat to Commander William C. McCool; and the active duty/reserve heat to Special Warfare Operator Chief Charles Humphrey Keating, IV and Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent.
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer First Class Patrick D. Feeks
Petty Officer Feeks was very passionate and active in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets and participated in the program from 1997-2002. He was also noted to be a standout cross country runner and swimmer. After enlisting in 2006, Feeks received his Navy SEAL Trident in May, 2008. Petty Officer Feeks was killed in action when his helicopter was shot down during operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan on August 16, 2012.
Register for The Navy Mile to participate in this event and to support the US Naval Sea Cadets. It’s more than a mile, it’s a tribute.
Special Warfare Operator Chief Charles Humphrey Keating, IV
Before joining the Navy in 2008, Keating spent two years at Indiana University where he excelled as a member of the cross-country team and as a miler on the Hoosier track and field team. He lost his life in Iraq in 2016 while leading his quick reaction force (QRF) team as they successfully held the line against an overwhelming ISIS attack element. His sacrifice saved countless others. He was advanced to Chief Petty Officer following his death and his personal decorations include the Navy Cross, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star Medal with valor.
You can learn more about CPO Keating here: C4Foundation
We appreciate CPO Keating’s selflessness and are proud to honor him by dedicating the active duty/reserve heat in his honor. Register today to join us and show your support.
Commander William C. McCool
Commander McCool excelled as a distance runner at the U.S. Naval Academy before graduating in 1983. He eventually became a NASA astronaut and piloted the Space Shuttle Columbia mission which tragically disintegrated during re-entry into the atmosphere. McCool was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
We appreciate Commander McCool’s courage and devotion to our nation and science and are proud to dedicate the Wounded Warrior heat in his honor.
Register here to race with us and honor the sacrifice.
SCPO Shannon Kent
An honors student and standout athlete in high school, SCPO Kent enlisted in the Navy in 2003. Her multi-language talents coupled with her athletic abilities led her to assignments assisting Special Operations Forces (SOF) intelligence operatives, and her ground-breaking efforts led to initiatives that broadened female participation in SOF activities. While on assignment in Syria, she and three of her team members were tragically killed on January 16, 2019, by an ISIS suicide bomber.
Register here to run the 2020 Navy Mile and honor SCPO Shannon Kent with us.