Navy officials have identified the SEAL who died Thursday in a free-fall training accident as 31 year old Special Warfare Operator Chief Brett D. Shadle of Elizabethville, PA. Shadle and another SEAL collided midair while conducting routine night free-fall training. The other SEAL, an E6, first class petty officer, is in stable condition at a Tucson hospital.
Shadle enlisted in the Navy is July 2000 and started his SEAL career in 2002 when he was assigned to his first SEAL team after completing BUD/s in Coronado, CA. Shadle has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and is highly decorated, earning numerous service medals including multiple Bronze Star Medals with Valor.
Military officials continue to investigate the accident.