1st Lt. Michael Blanchard has returned to the United States after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Blanchard is an infantry officer assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for two years. He is the son of Don Blanchard of Yakima and Laura Schactler of Selah. A 2006 graduate of Selah High School, he received a bachelor’s degree in 2010 from the University of Montana, Missoula.