Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman and former US secretary Colin Powell died due to Covid this Monday – his family revealed in an interview.
As per his family’s statement, “He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment”. They also said, “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather, and a great American.”
Powell served the country as a deputy national security adviser and later as National security adviser under the presidentship of George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George Bush.
He last worked as a chairperson of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he served as the president’s military advisor and senior ranking member of the United States.
He made his name in the African-American community as the first person ever who secured the secretary position in the US.
He was at the top position during the end of the Soviet Union, the military downsizing after the Cold war, the Panama invasion in 1989, the Gulf War in 1991, the Bosnia crisis, and the engagement in Somalia from 1992 to 1993.
After the Gulf War, Powell got retirement from the army and was urged by his supporters and followers to join the country politics as they found him the only candidate with adequate moral responsibility and the ability to unite the country.
From the period of 1994 – 2000, Powell was involved in various personal and humanitarian efforts after he got retired.
In 1994, Powell, along with the former Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga. and ex-president Jimmy Carter started the peacekeeping journey in Haiti, which concluded with an end to military rule and the establishment of government in the country.
In 1995, late Powell wrote and published his autobiography with the title “My American Journey,” in which he shared his life experiences from military to personal matters.
From 1997 to 2000, Powell served as a chairperson for a nonprofit organization called, America’s Promise which worked on empowering the young generation.
Powell has served under Republican and Democratic administrations. Throughout his time in military services, he never let anyone know about his political leanings. However, in 1995, Powell made an official when he was officially registered as a Republican.
Powell’s entire adulthood was spent in military services. His death left his 48 years old wife Alma Powell and son Michael all alone.