Three New Yorkers Killed in Afghanistan

Three New Yorkers Killed in Afghanistan

Bad news to report from America's longest war: Three New York soldiers were killed in Afghanistan last week.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed that flags be flown at half-staff on Wednesday to commemorate the fallen soldiers, who were killed by an improvised explosive device in Paktiya Province, Afghanistan, on November 3.

The three soldiers -- 27-year-old Specialist Brett E. Gornewicz from Alden, 22-year-old Specialist Ryan P. Jayne from Campbell, and 29-year-old Staff Sergeant Dain T. Venne, from Port Henry -- died from injuries sustained when the Humvee in which they were riding was struck by an IED.

The governor's office says the three soldiers were assigned to the 444th Engineer Company, which is headquartered in Oswego. The unit is an element of the 178th Engineer Battalion of the 412th Theater Engineer Command.

"Along with all New Yorkers, I mourn the deaths of Specialist Gornewicz, Specialist Jayne and Staff Sergeant Venne," Cuomo says. "These young men were all volunteers who lived and worked in our communities and gave their lives for our great country. We extend our condolences to their friends, their families, and their fellow soldiers."

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