WATERFORD, N.Y. >> A Waterford man was among the more than a dozen Marines killed Monday after a military plane crash in Mississippi.
Marine Maj. Caine Goyette was among the 15 Marines and one Navy sailor killed when their KC-130 aircraft went down. The tanker was carring a special operations unit for training in Arizona.
“I was deeply saddened to learn that one of our Capital Region’s best, 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,” U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko said in a statement. “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.”
According to Tonko’s office, Goyette served as a KC-130 aircraft commander with VMGR 452, which falls under the Marine Aircraft Group 49 in the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, part of Marine Corps Forces Reserve.
Goyette joined the Marine Corps on Dec. 5, 1994, and was promoted to major on Nov. 1, 2012. He deployed to Afghanistan twice as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, in September 2005 and in June 2014 as OEF was winding down.
He also deployed to U.S. Africa Command as part of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 2012 from December 2011 to April 2012 and also from June to July 2012.
Goyette was an active duty Marine and had earned many awards, including three…
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