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Navy SEAL accident Ariz.: Member of SEAL Team 6 killed

Navy SEAL accident Ariz.: Brett Shadle, a special warfare operator chief with the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 died Thursday when he and another SEAL collided in midair during a parachute training exercise. 

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The US Army Golden Knights parachute in before a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Colorado Rockies, in St. Louis in July 2012. On Thursday a member of the Navy's SEAL Team 6 died during a parachuting training exercise.

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Brett D. Shadle always had wanted to be a member of the Navy's most elite special forces unit. A year after enlisting, he made it happen and went on to become a highly decorated member of the Navy's famed SEAL Team 6.

US military officials confirmed Saturday that Shadle, a 31-year-old special warfare operator chief, died Thursday when he and another SEAL collided in midair during a parachute training exercise over the rugged desert of southern Arizona.

Shadle was taken to University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, where he was pronounced dead. The other SEAL — an unidentified E-6 petty officer first class — remained in stable condition Saturday at the Tucson hospital.

 
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