The U.S. military has identified the Navy SEAL who was killed on March 28 during a parachute training exercise at the U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Testing and Training Facility in southern Arizona.
Special Warfare Operator Chief Brett D. Shadle, 30, was practicing routine “free-fall” training, with another Navy SEAL, when the accident occurred about 12:30 p.m., CBS 5 reports. Both SEALs were taken to the University of Arizona Medical Center for treatment. Shadle did not survive his injuries, while the other SEAL — whose name was not disclosed — was reported in stable condition.
On Saturday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ordered flags to fly at half-staff to pay tribute to the fallen SEAL. She asked Arizona residents to pray for Shadle’s family and friends, as well as the other Navy SEAL who was injured in the tragic incident.
A former Navy SEAL, who worked with Shadle for years, fondly remembers the late warrior as “one of the best.” He noted that Shadle’s “reputation was that of a great operator, a true friend and a nice guy.”
“[Shadle] should be remembered as a hero, a father, a friend and an American,” Shadle’s former SEAL colleague told ABC News. “He sacrificed everything for his country.”
Shadle was a member of SEAL Team 6, the elite unit who became famous following the May 2011 raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan that led to the demise of Al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden.