American contractor, Captain Billy Ross Blankenship, from Oklahoma, died in Afghanistan on 18th April 2012. 43-year-old Blankenship was working in Kabul as a contractor for Intelligence Software Solutions Inc. His cause of death is under investigation.
He joined the US Air Force Reserve while at High School and enlisted with the Army in 1989, during which time he served in Iraq. After four years of active duty, Blankenship served in the Oklahoma National Guard and was commissioned in 2001. He was mobilized for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003 and served until 2010.