"Colin Luther Powell" is an American statesman and a retired four-star General (United States)/general in the United States Army. He was the List of Secretaries of State of the United States#List of Secretaries of State/65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President of the United States/U.S. President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, the List of African-American firsts#21st century/first African American to serve in that position. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (United States)/National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander of the United States Army Forces Command/U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Persian Gulf War. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was the first of two consecutive African American office-holders to hold the key administration position of United States Secretary of State/U.S. Secretary of State.

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