Captain Aaron R. Blanchard, thirty-two of Selah, Washington, died on April 23, in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, from wounds sustained.
Blacnchard served two tours in Iraq, with the United States Marine Corps, and was on his first tour of Afghanistan, with the Army.
He was assigned to the 2nd Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, New York.
Among his completed courses were: Marine Combat Training, Aviation Machinist Mate Courses, Apache Aviator Qualification Course; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course; Aviation Officer Basic Course, USMC ROTC, and Army ROTC.
His awards include: Purple Heart, Bronze Star, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Combat Action Badge, Army Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Navy Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, four Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, and two Rifle Expert Badges.