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Colin Powell (April 5, 1937-October 18, 2021)

Colin Powell was a retired 4-star general and the first African-American Secretary of State, serving in that position from 2001 to 2005. He also served as National Security Advisor from 1987 to 1989, in addition to being the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993. After retiring from public service, he wrote books and engaged in public speaking. General Powell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal.

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