COVID-19 complications have yet again snatched another personality from this globe. Colin Powell, a former US Secretary born in Harlem to Jamaican immigrants, has passed away due to COVID-19 complications. He was 84 years old.
Sources revealed that Powell turned out to be the first Black secretary of state who was fully vaccinated. His family in a statement thanked all the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, grandfather, and a great American,” the statement read.
The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was an American war hero who became the US secretary of state under the Bush administration. While announcing Powell’s appointment in 2000, then US President George W. Bush hailed him for his ‘towering integrity’ and his ‘sense of duty and honour’ as a soldier.
Powell in his career was a decorated soldier who started as a second lieutenant, a rank earned as a Reserve Officer Training Corps student at City College of New York. Powell served in Vietnam, West Germany, and South Korea before being put in charge of the 1990 Gulf War as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. In the allied effort to help Saudi Arabia and Kuwait defend against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, he had developed the so-called Powell Doctrine.