Colin L. Powell

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Colin L. Powell (General, retired) resigned November 15, 2004, as Secretary of the U.S. Department of State. Powell had served in that capacity throughout the first administration of George W. Bush.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary of State Powell "was the chairman of America's Promise: The Alliance for Youth, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of young people."[1]

"Secretary Powell was a professional soldier for 35 years, during which time he held myriad command and staff positions and rose to the rank of 4-star General. His last assignment, from October 1, 1989 to September 30, 1993, was as the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the Department of Defense. During this time, he oversaw 28 crises, including Operation Desert Storm in the victorious 1991 US-Iraq War. Secretary Powell is a graduate of the City College of New York. He received his MBA from George Washington University."[2] Powell's memoirs published in 2003: My American Journey.

During his time in Vietnam, Powell played a peripheral role in the army's coverup of the My Lai Massacre. [3]

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  1. Board, Council on Foreign Relations, accessed March 20, 2011.
  2. Advisory Council, Children's Health Fund, accessed December 13, 2010.
  3. Leadership, Initiative for Global Development, accessed December 11, 2007.
  4. About, World Justice Project, accessed April 27, 2008.
  5. Strategic Advisors, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, accessed December 2, 2011.

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