PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered flags to fly at half-staff in honor of a Navy SEAL who was killed during a parachute training exercise in southern Arizona.
Brewer issued a statement Saturday. She says the death of 31-year-old Special Warfare Operator Chief Brett D. Shadle illustrates the risks service members face at home and abroad, whether in combat or training.
She asked Arizona residents to pray for Shadle’s family, friends and the other Navy SEAL who was injured in Thursday’s accident.
Military official say Shadle and the other SEAL were practicing free-fall training when they collided in midair over the desert near Tucson. The other SEAL is in stable condition at a Tucson hospital.
Officials say the accident is under investigation.
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