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Originally published Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:07 AM

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Army pilot from Washington killed in Afghanistan

The mother of a Fort Drum Army helicopter pilot who grew up in Washington says he was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan.

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YAKIMA, Wash. —

The mother of a Fort Drum Army helicopter pilot who grew up in Washington says he was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan.

Laura Schactler of Selah (SEE'-luh) told the Yakima Herald-Republic ( http://bit.ly/181g4pf) that 32-year-old Aaron Blanchard and another soldier were killed at a forward operating base by missile fire. He had been in Afghanistan about a week before he was killed.

The deaths have not been officially announced by the Defense Department.

Blanchard leaves a wife and two young children in New York state and his parents and brothers in Washington.

A 1999 graduate of Selah High School, Blanchard served two combat tours in Iraq as a Marine before becoming an Army pilot to fly an Apache Longbow. He was based at Fort Drum in New York in 2011.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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