In Memoriam: Colin Powell

General Colin Powell with General Schwarzkopf in 1991

Samantha Nguyen

Former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, Colin Powell, has died at the age of 84. He was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and was treated for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that weakens the body’s ability to fight infections. NBC reports that Powell was fully vaccinated against Covid, but still tested positive for Covid a week ago.

Powell served in the military during the Vietnam War and the Iraq War and he was America’s first Black national security advisor under President Ronald Reagan and Secretary of State, under President George W. Bush. President Biden praised Powell as a man who “embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat. He was committed to our nation’s strength and security above all.”

Following 35 years of military service, Powell retired from the U.S. Army as a four-star general in 1993.