FT WAYNE, Ind.The Pentagon confirmed on Sunday that Matthew J. Tomkewich, a 28-year-old Marine, had been killed in an accident while fighting in Norway’s Arctic Circle on Friday night.
Tomkiwich, who has been a Marine since 2015, was assigned to the Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, in the Marine Medium Tiltrotter Squadron 261, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2D Marine Aircraft Wing, the Department of Defense said.
Tomkiewicz was an MV-22B Osprey pilot who won the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the C Service Deployment Ribbon.
The Marines were killed when the Osprey craft crashed. The cause of the accident is still being investigated.
“Janet and I extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Captain Matthew Tomkewich, especially in the difficult times ahead. We call on the families of all Huskies to be surrounded by all the love and boundless gratitude that Captain Tomkewich has given to our state and nation, “said Governor Eric Holcomb, following the news of Captain’s death on Sunday.
We mourn the loss of four Marines who were tragically killed during a training exercise in Norway, including Captain Matthew Tomkiwich of Fort Wayne. We will never forget their sacrifice and service and I extend my deepest condolences to their loved ones. https://t.co/0fkBXqGvMy
– Senator Todd Young (enSenToddYoung) March 21, 2022
Sen. Todd Young also expressed grief.
“We mourn the loss of four Marines who were tragically killed during a training exercise in Norway, including Captain Matthew Tomkiwich of Fort Wayne. We will never forget their sacrifice and service and I extend my deepest condolences to their loved ones, “he said on Twitter.
The other three Marines who died were Captain Ross A. Reynolds, 26, Leominster, Mass. Gunari Sergeant James W. Speedy, 30, Cambridge, Ohio; And Cpl. Jacob M. Moore, 24, Catlettsburg, Ky.
Marines have been evacuated from the wreckage and their bodies are being flown back to the United States.
Indiana Marines killed in NATO drill in Post Arctic Circle on 93.1FM WIBC.