Colin Powell

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  • Colin Powell Born

    Colin Powell Born
    Colin Luther Powell was born in Harlem, New York. His parents were Luther Powell and Maud McKoy- Powell. Both had immigrated from Jamaica.
  • BS in Geology

    BS in Geology
    City College of New York where he joined the ROTC and became Commander of the Pershing Rifles and then Cadet Colonial
  • 2nd Lieutenant

    2nd Lieutenant
    Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army and went to basic training at Fort Benning, GA
  • Marriage to Alma Vivian Johnson

    Marriage to Alma Vivian Johnson
  • Son Michael is born

    Son Michael is born
    Michael Kevin Powell: Born in 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama. Colin first saw Michael when the baby was 8 months old.
  • Daughter Linda is born

    Daughter Linda is born
    Linda Margaret Powell: Born in 1965 in Birmingham, Alabama. Actress
  • Promoted to Major

    Promoted to Major
  • Promoted to Lieutenant Colonial

    Promoted to Lieutenant Colonial
  • Daughter Annmarie is born

    Daughter Annmarie is born
    Annemarie Powell: Born in 1970. Television producer
  • MBA Degree

    MBA Degree
    George Washington University
  • Commander 1st Battalion 32nd Infantry S Korea

    Commander 1st Battalion 32nd Infantry S Korea
  • Promoted to Full Colonial

    Promoted to Full Colonial
  • Graduates from National War College

    Graduates from National War College
  • Promoted to Brigadier General

    Promoted to Brigadier General
  • Assistant Division Commander for Operations & Training 4th Infantry Divisions

    Assistant Division Commander for Operations & Training 4th Infantry Divisions
  • Promoted to Lieutenant General

    Promoted to Lieutenant General
  • Oversees Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm

    Oversees Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm
  • Powell Retires from the Military as a 4 Star General

    Powell Retires from the Military as a 4 Star General
    retires with full honors and political experience which makes both parties declare that Powell should run for Presidency in 1996. He declines
  • Named Honorary Knight Commander Most Honorable Order of the Bath

    Named Honorary Knight Commander Most Honorable Order of the Bath
    by Queen Elizabeth II
  • 2nd Award of Presidential Medal of Freedom

    2nd Award of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Negotiates with military leaderss of Haiti

    Negotiates with military leaderss of Haiti
    joined former President Jimmy Carter to Haiti which resulted in the end of military rule and peaceful return to elected government in that country
  • Published "My American Journey"

    Published "My American Journey"
    with Joseph E. Persico. Best seller
  • Starts America's Promise Alliance

    Starts America's Promise Alliance
    to promote volunteerism and improving the lives of children
  • The Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies

    The Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies
    Now the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service is established at the City College of New York
  • Gives the Keynote Address at the Republican National Convention

    Gives the Keynote Address at the Republican National Convention
    in Support of George W. Bush
  • Powell is Sworn in as Secretary of State of USA

    Powell is Sworn in as Secretary of State of USA
  • Terrorist Attack On the US

    Terrorist Attack On the US
    Powell's term is dominated by the threat against the US and the how to handle Iraq's threat of weapons of mass destruction. Powell felt it necessary to take swift military action against al-Qaeda and demanded immediate cooperation from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the U.S. search for those involved in the attacks.
  • Leadership Secrets of Colin Powel

    Leadership Secrets of Colin Powel
    by Oren Harari
  • Powell at United Nations Security Council speaks about Iraq

    Powell at United Nations Security Council speaks about Iraq
    Powell presents the US case against Iraq under UN Resolution 1441 regarding weapons of mass destruction
  • Surgery for Prostrate Cancer

    Surgery for Prostrate Cancer
    Diagnosed in late summer 2003, he has surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. I put this on the timeline since it is obvious that not even this could stop him from leadership
  • Powell's letter of Resignation is accepted by President Bush

    Powell's letter of Resignation is accepted by President Bush
    The White House announced that the President had accepted Powell's resignation and that he would remain in office until his successor is confirmed
  • Powell 4 day tour of devasted countries from the tsunami

    Powell 4 day tour of devasted countries from the tsunami
    Powell with Florida Govenor Jeb Bush arrived in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Resignation Effective with Confirmation of Condoleezza Rice

    Resignation Effective with Confirmation of Condoleezza Rice
  • Powell joins venture capital firm as a "Strategic Limited Partner"

    Powell joins venture capital firm as a "Strategic Limited Partner"
    The firm of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers
  • Colin Powell Chair for National Security, Leadership[, Character and Ethics

    Colin Powell Chair for National Security, Leadership[, Character and Ethics
    Established by the National War College Foundation
  • Begins to speak out against Bush Administration'd decidion to go to war against Iraq

    Begins to speak out against Bush Administration'd decidion to go to war against Iraq
    He felt strongly about the decisions they made to increase troop strength and the structure of the prisons in Guantanamo Bay
  • Honorary co-chairs of President Obama's inauguration

    Honorary co-chairs of President Obama's inauguration
    After endorsing him during his 2008 election
  • Powell reverses his stance on gays and lesbians in military

    Powell reverses his stance on gays and lesbians in military
    His Opposition fueled the original "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy of the 1990's
  • Published 2nd Memoir "It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership"

    Published 2nd Memoir "It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership"
    with Tony Koltz
  • Powell recieves an Honorary Doctorate from NDU

    Powell recieves an Honorary Doctorate from NDU
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    Powell grew up in Bronx, New York

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    Military Service in US Army

    General
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    Platoon Leader of 48th Infantry in W Germany

    After 3 years he completed his obligation to the ROTC and decided to make the Army his career
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    1st Tour of Duty in Vietnam

    Powell was wounded by a Vietcong booby trap, in his first tour of duty, Powell received purple heart and a bronze star
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    2nd Tour of Duty in Vietnam

    Powell was injured in a helicopter crash. He rescue his comrades from the burning helicopter, and was awarded the Soldier’s Medal
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    White House Fellow

    As a White House Fellow he worked for the Deputy Director Frank Carlucci of the Office of Management and Budget under Director Casper Weinberger
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    Commander of the 2nd Brigade

    101st Airborne Division
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    Executive Assistant to Secretary of Energy

    Charles Duncan Jr
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    Senior Military Assistant to Defense Secretary of Defense

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    Asisstant Division Commander of the 4th Infantry

    4th Infantry Division in Ft Carson, Colorodo
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    Senior Military Assistant to Defense Secretary

    Casper Weinberger
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    Assigned to US Fifths Corps

    in Frankfurt, Germany
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    National Security Advisor

    to President Ronald Reagan
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    Commander-in-Chief of the Forces Command

    at Ft McPherson, Georgia
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    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    Youngest man and first African-American to hold that position
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    Proclaimed Retirement Years

    Most sought after public speaker.
    On the Board of Directors for AOL, Gulfstream Aerospace, and Howard University. Also, Chairman of Non Profit America's Promise Foundation.
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    Serves as the 65th Secretary of State of the USA

    The 1st African-American to hold that position