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Flags to fly half-staff to honor fallen army captain

Posted at 4:30 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 10:35:02-05

Governor Cuomo has directed flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff Tuesday to honor the army captain who died in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Captain Andrew Byers, 30, from Clarence died from wounds he suffered while engaging enemy forces in Kunduz Afghanistan.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend sincere condolences to Captain Byers' fellow soldiers, friends and family," said Governor Cuomo. "We are saddened by this loss and join his loved ones in honoring Captain Byers' bravery and service to our nation."

Byers was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Fort Carson Colorado.

Governor Cuomo has asked that all flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Captain Byers, as well as in tribute to New York service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.