Colin Powell

charleene, 12 August 2008, No comments
Categories: Civil Rights

 Colin Powell

General Colin Powell (1937 – ) was the Secretary of State for the U.S. government from 2001 – 2005. He was named chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1989, making him the highest-ranking African American officer in U.S. history. After serving two tours in Vietnam in the 1960’s, he worked with the deputy secretary of defense. In 1983, he became the senior military assistant to the secretary of defense. After President Reagan named him his assistant for national security affairs in 1987, he played a major role in the 1991 Gulf War. He was also involved with the restructuring of the U.S. military following the Cold War. Powell retired on January 26, 2005. Known for his professionalism and absolute preparation, Powell has played a significant role in government affairs. Even in his retirement, he continues to work toward making our country a better place. 

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