He was also commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Bear Kat Battalion Commissioning Ceremony. He has been selected for active duty service with a branch assignment to military intelligence and branch detail to infantry. He will serve his first duty assignment at Fort Bliss.
Blanton is the son of Lisa Blanton and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Salvador Andrade, all of Beeville. He is a 2006 graduate of A.C. Jones High School.