VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The Navy identified the Virginia Beach based SEAL Saturday morning who was killed in a training accident in Arizona.
According to press release from the Navy, Special Warfare Chief Brett D, Shadle, 31, of Elizabethville, Pa. was killed while participating in parachute training Thursday afternoon at the Pinal Air Park in Marana, Ariz. near Tuscon.
The Associated Press reported Friday that Shadle and another locally based SEAL collided mid-air during free-fall training.
Both were taken to the University of Arizona Medical Center, where Shadle died.
The Department of Defense said Shadle was an E-8 senior chief. He was also a member of SEAL Team 6, an elite group of service members credited with killing Osama bin Laden in 2011.
The other SEAL is an E-6 petty officer first class. The extent of his injuries are unknown, but is said to be in stable condition, according to officials.
Naval Special Warfare would not comment on which teams the two were assigned to, but did confirm they were both based in Virginia Beach.
Marana is home to the Special Operation Command's parachute training and testing facility.
The Mayor of Chief Shadle's hometown, Elizabethville, Pennsylvania spoke highly about the Navy Seal. Mayor Timothy Matter told WAVY.com Elizabethville is heartbroken over Shadle's death. Mayor Matter describes Shadle as a hard-working, dedicated man who always wanted to serve. He knew Shadle as a child, and says Shadle always dreamt of being a Navy Seal, because his brother was in the Navy.
"A wonderful person died doing what he wanted to do, and give back to the people he loved which is you, I, and the entire country including his family, and his two young children that will never know him as an individual but as from the legacy he left," Mayor Matter said.
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