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Today Colin L Powell is the Secretary of State He stands as the right hand to our nations president George W Bush helping him find the right answers to the problems he faces with potential war enemies He holds the most powerful office position ever held by an African American in the United States His prestigious and essential position in office was achieved not only from his years and knowledge in political administration positions but most importantly for his military achievements Colin Powell a four star general the highest rank in the Army branch has endured a long journey of military life His history in the military has made him a hero and a role model for those who serve in all military branches and to civilians who admire his triumphs Colin L Powell was born on April 5 1937 in Harlem New York His parents both immigrants from Jamaica taught Colin the importance of education and personal achievements With that in mind Colin Powell graduated from high school in 1954 He went on to college at city college of New York to study geology It was there during his studies of geology that Colin L Powell began his military journey An old distinguished building had somehow got his eyes on his way to school it was a drill hall for the Reserve Officers Training Corps ROTC He enrolled in the program a short time after he discovered it For the next four years it became Colins focus of life He became a cadet in the ROTC and learned the discipline structure and the camaraderie that the military enforces There he was awarded commander of perishing rifles He graduated at the top of the ROTC class in 1955 making rank of Cadet Colonel it was the highest rank in the corps As a distinguished military graduate Colin was offered to go on active duty for three years rather
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