Honoring General Colin Powell

VFWNY - 10/18/2021

Albany, New York (October 18, 2021)- Retired Four-Star U.S. Army General Colin L. Powell passed away due to complications of cancer and COVID-19 this morning at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  He was 84 years old.


General Colin Powell leaves behind a legacy of strong accomplishments.  As a lifetime member of the VFW, General Powell was a reliable Four-Star General who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State from during President George W Bush's first term.  General Powell also served as the 16th United States National Security Advisor from 1987-1989.


General Powell moved up through the ranks during his years of service between 1958-1993.  His unit was within the 3rd Armored Division and the 23rd Infantry Division.  He served in different Commands such as Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, United States Army Forces Command, V Corps, and the 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division. General Powell is honored for his service in the Vietnam War, Invasion of Panama, and the Gulf War.

 General Powell was served numerous US and Foreign military awards and decorations including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (twice), the Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Secretary's Distinguished Service award.

 General Powell left behind 13 Rules of Leadership that continues to guide people. 

1.    It ain't as bad as you think! It will look better in the morning.

2.    Get mad then get over it.

3.    Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.

4.    It can be done.

5.    Be careful what you choose. You may get it.

6.    Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.

7.    You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours.

8.    Check small things.

9.    Share credit.

10.Remain Calm. Be Kind.

11.Have a vision. Be demanding.

12.Don't take counsel of your fears or naysaysers

13.Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Colin Powell



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