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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: November 1, 2021 03:43 PM
From: Representative Stephen Kinsey and Rep. Greg Rothman
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Honoring Colin Powell
Colin Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants, was born and raised in the South Bronx, New York. Powell enrolled in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps during his education at the City College of New York. After graduation in 1958, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War.
Powell was a four-star military general who, in 1987, became the first Black national security adviser. During the presidency of George H.W. Bush, Powell became the youngest and first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 2001, he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the country’s secretary of state.
The most notable military actions that Powell was involved in include the Panama operation in 1989-1990, the Persian Gulf War in 1991, and the U.S. humanitarian intervention in Somalia in 1992-1993. Powell was a distinguished public servant who served as one of the nation’s top soldiers and diplomats. During his career, he earned the following:
  • Congressional Gold Medal
  • Bronze Star
  • Two Purple Hearts
  • Presidential Citizens Medal
  • Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal
  • Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal
  • Two Presidential Medals of Freedom
Powell was a trailblazer who devoted decades of his life to protecting our country, freedom, and independence. Unfortunately, Powell passed away on October 18, 2021, due to complications from COVID-19. He will be remembered for decades to come for his remarkable contributions and resilience. Please join us in honoring the life of Colin Powell.

Introduced as HR162