Colin Powell was born April 5, 1937 in Harlem, New York. In college, Powell earned an MBA award. Powell was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. army soon after his college graduation. During his duties, Powell was awarded a purple heart and a bronze star. On one of Powell's missions his plane crashed, and he was injured, along with a few of his comrades. Powell escaped the burning plane, but he went back to save his comrades, and shortly after, he was awarded with a soldier's medal. A few years later, Colin Powell retired from the U.S army. In 1987, he became National Security Adviser. In 1989, Powell George H.W Bush appointed Colin as Chairman of the Joint of chief of Staffs. In 1995, Powell published "My American Journey", a best selling autobiography about his life. In 2000, George Bush appointed Colin as secretary of State. Collin was the first person to be appointed for this position.
Colin Powell is known as a leader, soldier, and hero. Powell is considered a leader, because he was the first African American to serve as secretary of state, and has lead many other African Americans to join this position. Since Powell was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S Army, he is was a soldier. The hero characteristic of Colin Powell came from the fact that he saved his comrades from a burning helicopter on one of his missions.