ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The U.S. Marines released the names of 16 military members who were killed earlier this week in a plane crash in Mississippi.
Major Caine Goyette was a commander on board the aircraft that crashed earlier this week.
He grew up in the Capital Region, graduating from Waterford-Halfmoon High School in 1994.
Major Goyette entered the marines shortly after graduating high school in December of 1994. He rose to his rank of major in 2012 and had been deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom in September of 2005.
Major Goyette was highly decorated receiving many award and honors throughout his service.
He was on the military plane that crashed earlier this week in Mississippi along with 14 other Marines and a member of the Navy.
All those aboard died in the crash. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
List of crew members killed in military plane crash in Mississippi.
Nine of those aboard, including Major Goyette, were based out of the Stewart National Guard Airbase in Newburgh, New York.
The cause of the crash still under investigation but officials say it appears something went wrong while the transporter plane was at cruise altitude heading from Cherry Point, North Carolina to El Centro, California.
Congressman Paul Tonko weighed in on the loss of Major Goyette, saying in a release:
“My thoughts and prayers, and those of countless neighbors, friends and loved ones whom Caine served in life, are with his family at this difficult time. His service and sacrifice for our nation will endure as a testament to America’s highest ideals.”
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has ordered all county buildings to lower flags to half-staff in honor of Major Goyette.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Dean of Students Travis Apgar released this statement:
“Caine Michael Goyette was a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, matriculating in January 1999, and graduating May 1, 2002, with a Bachelor of Science dual degree in electrical engineering and computer systems engineering.
On behalf of the Rensselaer community we extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to Caine’s family for their loss. We are ever grateful to his service, his courage, and ultimate sacrifice.”
Rep. Tonko released this statement:
“I am deeply saddened to learn that one of our Capital Region’s bravest and most selfless citizens, Maj. Caine M. Goyette, was among the U.S. service members whose lives were lost in the KC-130T Hercules crash in Mississippi earlier this week. My thoughts and prayers, and those of countless neighbors, friends and loved ones whom Caine served in life, are with his family at this difficult time. His service and sacrifice for our nation will endure as a testament to America’s highest ideals. We are extremely saddened by this tragic loss.”
Waterford Town Supervisor John Lawler released this statement:
“A loss such as this serves as a reminder to all the men and women who are risking their lives in service to our country. It is especially sobering when the loss touches so close to home.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released this statement:
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the 15 Marines and the Navy sailor who tragically died in a military plane crash earlier this week in Mississippi. These service members, many of whom were based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base, answered the call to serve this nation and defend its ideals. I share in the pain and the heartbreak caused by the deaths of these brave service members and urge everyone to keep them and their loved ones in your prayers during this difficult and trying time.”