Major Thomas R. Syers, Retired, passed away July 30, 2020. He was born in Chicago, Illinois to the late James Syers and his mother, Sue Bish. He is survived by his loving family including his wife of over 16 years, Michelle; his beloved twins, Gavin R. Syers and Gabrielle A. Syers; son, Matthew and daughters, Tiffany, Ashley and Aine. Also surviving is his precious granddaughter, Kylee; his uncle, Tom Syers; step-brother, Paul Syers and step-sister, Elizabeth Syers.
Tom was a two time Bronze Star recipient, as well as having earned the Combat Action Badge. He was an Airborne Qualified Jumpmaster in addition to having graduated from the challenging Pathfinder and Air Assault School courses as well. He was a true patriot who served his country extensively and in various roles. His service to the nation began with an enlistment in the United States Navy from 1985-1991. He served primarily as an electronics technician for satellite communications repair and completed a deployment in Guam. Tom then entered the ROTC while in college at the University of Buffalo, graduating in 1996 and subsequently commissioned as a 2LT in the transportation Corps. He then served as a Transportation and Logistics officer overseas in Germany. He returned to the United States in 1999 where he elected to attend the Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning, Ga. And graduated in May of 2000. Tom attended and graduated from the Combined Arms Staff and Services School at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. And then was assigned to Ft. Bragg, NC. Where he began working as a Logistics Officer assigned to 7th Special Forces Group. Deploying numerous times in support of operations, he spent 10 years working in Colombia, Iraq and Afghanistan. It was in Ft. Bragg, NC, Tommy married Michelle Torres.
Tom was a member of Radiant Church, playing in the band during services, enjoyed sailing, hiking and the outdoors. He played rugby in college and went on to play for the United States Team in Germany. He loved God, his country and his family.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 12 from 2-3 pm at Loyless Funeral Home 5310 Land O’Lakes Blvd. Land O’Lakes, FL 34639 with services and military honors being rendered at 3 pm. He will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery at a later date.
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