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Book Report on Colin Powells My American JourneyRetired General Colin Powell is the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff He spent a career in the United States Army lasting 35 years He retired at the rank of four star general He started his military education and career at the City College of New York in 1954 He was the son of Luther and Arie Powell of New York born on the 5th of April 1937 His parents were meager people and he lived in a rented apartment until the age of 4 when he moved to the South Bronx where he finished his lower education and received his high school diploma Upon graduating high school he applied to two universities New York University NYU and the City College of New York CCNY He was accepted to both of the colleges but due to a price difference NYU was 750 and CCNY was 10 a Year he enrolled in CCNY He was commissioned out of the CCNY ROTC program 4 years later and entered the army in June of 1958 After the officers basic course and various other military courses he received his first duty station as a platoon leader in the 3rd Armor Division in West Germany From here began what came to be a most illustrious military career consisting of a command track from platoon level to the commander of FORSCOM with numerous White House positions He retired from his last command the Armys highest-ranking Military Officer the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff He was also asked by many of his supporters to run for the office of President which he declinedThe book contained information on Colin Powell that proved more interesting as the page number increased Some of the events of his life were more interesting than other parts How his Army career started as a ROTC cadet and not an academy student was surprising to find out General
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