WASHINGTON, D.C. (11/12/12) – Lionel Long is a soft-spoken guy. You wouldn’t know by talking with him that he served 21 years in the U.S. Army, piloting Black Hawk helicopters over Iraq, Korea, Germany, and the Balkans as a chief warrant officer. He doesn’t claim stories of glory in battle or close calls in the air. He says he simply served and survived. When he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2004, he took a similar approach, attending to his duties for treatment, staying strong, and surviving.In 2010, he became a participant with the Wounded Warrior Project and in 2011 joined with FBI Jacksonville through a partnership with the project. Although he still reports to the Army, he works day-to-day as a detailee with one of the Jacksonville Field Office’s resident agencies.
“I try to be a catch all,” Long said in describing his duties with the Bureau.
Supervisory Senior Resident Agent James Stewart confirmed Long’s willingness to help and professionalism at the office, commenting, “We are pleased he chose the FBI as his Wounded Warrior employer. As a supervisor, I find his attentiveness to the job outstanding.”
Long said the position allows him to see a wider picture of the operations of a field office and makes him feel “like part of the FBI.”
“The work has been exceptionally interesting and rewarding,” he said, “The greatest advantage has been working with the great people. The caliber of the individuals I work with daily is remarkable.”
Acting Special Agent in Charge Nestor Duarte says the feeling is mutual regarding Long’s contribution to the Bureau.
“This is truly a win-win situation for the FBI and the Wounded Warrior Project,” he said. “We are proud of our warriors and recognize the pool of talent residing in our wounded comrades. Lionel has become a part of our family and we are honored to work with him.”
Information provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
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