Colin L Powell

General Colin L. Powell is one of the most well-known characters in American politics. Both President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton appointed Powell as the twelfth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was a key architect of Desert Storm, the spectacular Allied victory in the Gulf War, which began in January 1991 and lasted 43 days. General Powell was born in New York City in 1937 and raised in the South Bronx by his parents, who were Jamaican immigrants. He grew up in the New York City public school system and graduated from City College of New York in 1958 with a commission as an army second lieutenant.

General Powell was stationed in Germany and a number of positions in the United States early in his career, and he served two tours in Vietnam, in 1962-1963 and 1968-1969. From 1973 to 1974, he served as a battalion commander in Korea, and afterwards led the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and the V Corps in Read More chevron_right