FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The U.S. Marine Corps has identified the four Marines who died when their Osprey aircraft crashed Friday night in a Norwegian town in the Arctic Circle during a NATO exercise.

They are 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; and Cpl. Jacob M. Moore, 24, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky.

Capt. Matthew J. Tomkiewicz

All four were 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.

According to a Marine Expeditionary Force press release, Capt. Matthew J. Tomkiewicz served as an MV-22B Osprey pilot with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, Marine Aircraft Group 26, and 2d Marine Aircraft Wing stationed on Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina.

Captain Tomkiewicz joined the Marine Corps on June 18th, 2015. He was awarded with the National Service Defense Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The MEF say the deceased will be reunited with their families through dignified transfer in the coming days.

Captain Tomkiewicz was a 2012 graduate of Homestead High School. Purdue University confirmed with WANE 15 that he graduated in 2016 from Purdue Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Flight Technology and a minor in Organizational Leadership. According to Facebook, in 2019 he became a 1st Lieutenant and official Naval Aviator.

His wife’s aunt shares on Facebook that he loved four things, his dog, the marines, Purdue, and Lauren, his wife. She says they were so perfectly made for each other.

A friend and fellow Marine shares a post on his Facebook about Captain Tomkiewicz and the type of man he was. He’s referred to as ‘TomCat’ and his friend shares he had more personality than anyone he’s ever met. TomCat was always prepared with a joke or something witty to say. He was good at cornhole and made it physically impossible to be in a bad mood around him. He could quote any line from any movie, and he says his integrity was second to none. He continues to share that the last conversation with him before his departure to Norway, TomCat was asking him about his future and plans and never talked about himself unless asked and wished him the best of luck on his way out the door.

Numerous public officials offered statements recognizing the sacrifice.

Governor Eric J. Holcomb

“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.”

Senator Todd Young

Rep. Jim Banks (IN-3rd)

“Capt. Matthew Tomkiewicz of Fort Wayne was one of four Marines who passed away following an accident during a NATO training exercise in Norway. My office is in contact with the Marine Corps regarding their ongoing investigation and forthcoming reports.
Capt. Tomkiewicz devoted seven years of his life to protecting our country, earning the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, before he paid the ultimate sacrifice last Friday. Northeast Indiana will always remembered his patriotism and his willingness to put his life on the line for others. He represents the best of our state and our nation.
Please join me in praying for the Tomkiewicz family, and please respect the family’s privacy during this incredibly trying time.”

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry

“Cindy and I express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of U.S. Marine Capt. Matthew J. Tomkiewicz. Matthew’s service and bravery to our country will never be forgotten. Please keep his loved ones in your prayers during this difficult time.”

Allen County Commissioners

“Captain Matthew J. Tomkiewicz represented the best values of our Armed Forces and of Allen County – dedication, fearlessness, and excellence.  His tragic passing reminds us of the tremendous sacrifices our soldiers and our military families make in the name of service so that our nation may continue to be a beacon around the world.  May we all honor his service by endeavoring through our lives to represent the values for which he gave his life.  Our thoughts are with Capt. Tomkiewicz’s family and friends.”

Condolences continue being posted on his Facebook page, one reading “Rest in peace my friend.
You were one of the best here and you’re one of the best above.”

Southwest Allen County School district says the family is preparing a statement to share.