|Birth: ||Mar. 17, 1982|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 2013|
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Navy SEAL has died and another was injured when they collided in midair during parachute training in southern Arizona, authorities said.
The names of the two SEALs, both from an East Coast Naval Special Warfare Unit, weren't immediately released and military officials said the accident was under investigation.
•Navy identifies SEAL killed in training
WHTM 27 in Harrisburg reported that the SEAL who died was a 31-year-old who graduated from Upper Dauphin Area High School, but the report did not identify the SEAL.
The Department of Defense said an E-8 senior chief was taken to University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, where he was pronounced dead. The other SEAL — a E-6 petty officer first class — was in stable condition at the same hospital, military officials said Friday.
U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Kenneth McGraw said the SEALs were practicing "routine military free-fall training" when the accident occurred Thursday afternoon. Authorities said they collided in midair and landed in separate areas.
The command has a parachute testing and training facility at the Pinal Airpark in Marana, according to McGraw, who added that training programs are operated there year-round.
The area is in rugged desert terrain northeast of Tucson.
Navy Seal and 2000 Upper Dauphin Area High School graduate Brett Shadle served in some of the most deadly parts of the world.
So it is understandably difficult for his family, friends and all who knew him in his tight-knit former hometown of Elizabethville to digest the news that he died in a training accident Thursday in Arizona.
Upper Dauphin community mourns loss of...
The military has confirmed that Special Warfare Operator Chief, 31-year-old Brett Shadle of Elizabethville in Upper Dauphin County, has died in a training accident.
Shadle was a 2000 graduate of Upper Dauphin High School.
Neighbors of Shadle's family tell News 8 that Brett was nothing but a nice guy and that they feel bad for what the family is going through.
He was assigned to a naval special warfare based unit on the East Coast.
Shadle died Thursday during a training exercise in Arizona.
Military officials say he and another SEAL were practicing a "routine military free-fall training" when they collided in mid-air and landed in separate areas.
A family member tells News 8 that Shadle was married and had two children.
The other SEAL is still in the hospital and listed in stable condition
Family History; Brett was a direct descendant of Capt. Philip Christian Enders and was my 5th cousin, twice removed. He was born in Harrisburg on March 17, 1982 and died Mar. 28, 2013. His middle name was David.
Furnished by Russ Ottens
Note: Interred May 3, 2013
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 60, Site 10391
Maintained by: wings214
Originally Created by: Bill Corl
Record added: Mar 30, 2013
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