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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 275-13
April 26, 2013

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 

            They died April 23, in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy indirect fire.  The soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. 

            Killed were: 

            Capt. Aaron R. Blanchard, 32, of Selah, Wash., and 

            1st Lt. Robert J. Hess, 26, of Fairfax, Va. 

            For more information please contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at 315-772-8286 or 315-523-4546.

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