Selah Grad Killed In Action

<p>Capt. Blanchard</p>

Capt. Blanchard

A local Selah High School graduate is killed in action this week while deployed in Afghanistan.

Captain Aaron Blanchard was stationed at a forward operating base when it was struck by missile fire Tuesday, killing him and one other soldier.

Blanchard, who was born and raised in Selah,  served two tours with the Marines in Iraq before coming back to the states to finish school at Central Washington University.

Blanchard leaves behind a wife and two children -- he was 32 years old.