Flags at half-staff today to honor fallen service members

One of 15 Marines killed when their aircraft crashed last week in the worst aviation accident for the branch in in western Mississippi.

WATERFORD, NY (WRGB) -- Governor Cuomo has directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half staff Monday to honor the 16 service members who were killed in a plane crash in Mississippi last week.

One of those marines, Major Caine Goyette, was from Waterford. He was also an RPI grad.

Major Goyette was a decorated career Marine, the 41-year-old major deployed four times, twice to Afghanistan.

Based in Newburgh, he flew KC-130s around the world.

Speaking with Master Sgt. Sara Pastorello out of Newburgh, she told CBS 6 there is no word yet on when Maj. Goyette's remains will be returned.

She said as of Sunday night all remains are all still at Dover Air force base.

Nine of the 16 killed were based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh.

Sergeant Pastorello says she anticipates the remains will be flown there, where a ramp ceremony will be held.

A ramp ceremony is a memorial service for a fallen soldier held at the airport.

She says it’s likely Maj. Goyette will then be sent home by road, with full escort.

Click here for previous coverage on Maj. Goyette.

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