Lt. Col. Wilem Wong has served 32 years in the U.S. Army Reserves as a combat medic, nurse and civil affairs officer. He deployed to Iraq as an Army Captain working with a Civil Affairs brigade staff officer with the XVIII Airborne Corps in Baghdad, Iraq. Wong was later deployed as an Army Major, leading a Human Terrain Team alongside U.S. Marines RCT-1 and RCT-5 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan during the time when Osama bin Laden was killed.
Recently, Wong retired from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) with 21 years of creditable city and state service while assigned to the Health and Wellness Section coordinating and facilitating mental health training for over 11,000 members of service and military veterans.
Wong has been an American Legion member for over 20 years, and is the current executive committeeman at Lt. B.R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291 in New York City. His post provided critical support to first responders on 9/11, and Wong has championed his post's participation in Operation Gratitude, an initiative to present 30,000 New York Police Department officers and 911 dispatchers with care packages by the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Episode 91109: Tango Alpha Lima remembers 9/11 with U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. and retired NYPD Officer Wilem Wong
August 26th, 2021 | Season 911 | 27 mins 49 secs
911, afghanistan, american legion, army reserve, berlin wall, chinatown, cold war, commentary, community, community service, fdny, iraq, kimlau, mental health, military, non-profit, nyc, nypd, osama bin laden, post-9/11, topical, veteran, veterans service, wellness
Bonus Tango Alpha Lima podcast episodes from The American Legion in honor of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. Learn more at www.legion.org/tangoalphalima.