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In Remembrance of Colin Powell

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America lost a great man this week. Colin Powell, the first African American to become both the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the secretary of state, passed away at the age of 84.

A man of character by all accounts and a leader in every sense of the word, Powell was born of immigrant parents in Harlem, New York. After his commission in the Army, Powell was selected for one of the world’s most challenging team leadership courses and what he described as the ultimate physical and mental testArmy Ranger training at Fort Benning, Goergia.

The first of his two tours in Vietnam followed not long after. For the better part of a year, he served as the lone U.S. advisor to a battalion within the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. In that role, he was directly involved with that unit’s every firefight, ambush, and counter-insurgency operation. Colin Powell was a warrior.

As a staff officer, his second tour in Vietnam should have been far less hazardous, but as fate would have it,........

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