ALBANY, N.Y. - Monday, flags on all state buildings in New York will be flown at half staff.
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the order to honor the four New York National Guard members who were killed when a helicopter they were flying crashed in Iraq on Thursday.
The four guard members were stationed at a base in Westhampton Beach.
The Department of Defense says there was no evidence of enemy action involved in the crash, although the incident is still under investigation.
Members of the New York National Guard killed in the crash were:
- Capt. Christopher Zanetis, from Long Island City
- Capt. Andreas O'Keeffe, from Center Moriches
- Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso, from Commack
- Staff Sgt. Dashan Briggs, from Port Jefferson
The 106th Rescue Wing specializes in air, land and sea rescue of pilots and other military personnel.
The 106th Rescue Wing personnel were operating in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the American led coalition operation to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the friends and family of these courageous New York National Guard members," said Cuomo. "We join their loved ones and fellow service members in honoring the sacrifice they have made, so that others may live free in New York and across the entire nation."
"Our National Guard family mourns the loss of the seven combat search and rescue Airmen in the HH-60 crash, including four members from the 106th Rescue Wing," said Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York. "This loss reminds us of the tremendous risks we take in serving our nation every day. We honor their service, their professionalism, and their sacrifice as we mourn their loss."
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