Fort Drum Remembers Two Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan in April
From the Watertown Daily Times
By GORDON BLOCK
FORT DRUM -- The lives of two fallen 10th Mountain Division soldiers were remembered by division leadership, fellow soldiers and their families at a ceremony on post Thursday.
Capt. Aaron R. Blanchard and 1st Lt. Robert J. Hess, both of the 2nd Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, were killed April 23 by enemy missile fire. The two had been in Afghanistan for less than a week when they were killed.
Speaking at the post's Memorial Park, Lt. Col. Enrique Ortiz Jr., rear provisional commander for the aviation brigade, said the two were dedicated soldiers who served their country without asking for anything in return.