Crawford, TX - President-elect George W. Bush today
named former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell
as his Secretary of State. General Powell, who oversaw the United States
military during Operation Desert Storm, has prior Cabinet experience
having served as National Security Advisor under President Reagan.
"General Powell is tremendously respected both here in the United States
and around the globe," said President-elect George W. Bush. "His
leadership and experience will be great assets at the State Department and
he will be an integral part of my Administration."
General Powell is a decorated veteran of the United States Army. He served
two tours of duty in Vietnam and earned a Defense Distinguished Service
Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart. During the Carter
Administration, he served as executive assistant in both the Energy and
Defense Departments. Prior to serving as President Reagan's National
Security Adviser, General Powell served as senior military
assistant to Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger. He retired from the U.S.
Army in 1993.
In 1997, General Powell helped found America's Promise, an organization
dedicated to building the character and competence of the nation's youth.
He currently serves as chairman of the organization, as well as serving as
a member of the Board of Trustees of Howard University, and of the Board
of Directors of United Negro College Fund.
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