Fort Wayne Marine killed overseas during NATO military exercises
The U.S. Marine Corps has identified the four Marines who were killed in a plane crash during a NATO exercise unrelated to the crisis in Ukraine.
The Marines died when their Osprey aircraft crashed Friday night in a Norwegian town.
The men were all assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing stationed on Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina.
They have been identified as:
— Capt. Matthew J. Tomkiewicz, 27, of Fort Wayne, Indiana
— Capt. Ross A. Reynolds, 27, of Leominster, Massachusetts
— Gunnery Sgt. James W. Speedy, 30, of Cambridge, Ohio
— Cpl. Jacob M. Moore, 24, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky
Governor Eric Holcomb released the following statement Sunday on the death of Captain Matthew Tomkiewicz of Fort Wayne:
“Janet and I send our sincere condolences to Captain Matthew Tomkiewicz's family and friends, especially in the tough days ahead. We ask all Hoosiers to surround the family with love and never-ending appreciation for all Captain Tomkiewicz gave to our state and nation.”
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, but Norwegian police reported bad weather in the area.