Lyone “Tito” Velez-Segarra was born on November 12th, 1992, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Noel Velez and Laura Segarra. After his graduation from High School in 2011, Tito entered the United States Military Academy as a member of the Preparatory Academy, as part of the West Point Class of 2016. During his time at West Point, Tito was a member of Company E4, before being reassigned to Company G1 after his Plebe (Freshman) year. Tito was a passionate member of the Salsa Club and enjoyed sharing his love for music and Puerto Rican culture with his peers. During his Plebe year, Tito was also a member of the Boxing team, where he met some of his dearest friends. Later, as a Firstie (Senior), Tito earned a spot on the club bowling team, where he went on to compete at the national level at the Las Vegas National Championship.
Tito was commissioned into the United States Army in 2016 as a Second Lieutenant of the Signal Corps and was assigned to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bliss, Texas, as a Battalion S6. Later, Tito was reassigned to the 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion as a Signal Platoon Leader. During his time at Fort Bliss, Tito completed two tours to Europe, including Romania, Poland, and Hungary, as part of Saber Guardian ‘17 and Saber Strike ‘18 multi-National exercises. Later, he elected to transfer into the Information Systems Engineer functional area and accepted an assignment at Fort Gordon, as the Mission Management Lead at the Cyber Tactical Operations Center, Joint Forces Headquarters - Cyber.
Tito never wanted to be seen as sentimental, but under his professional veneer, he was a caring man and a dear friend to many.
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