Powell becomes Honorary Member of the Registry !
Powell, former Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
and U.S.Secretary of State, added a prestigious presence
to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by piloting the Corvette
Pace Car in the 89th Running of the Indianapolis 500 race.
our great privilege to announce that Gen. Powell recently
accepted our invitation to join the Chevrolet Corvette Pace
Car Registry as an Honorary Member. Gen. Powell is also a
Corvette enthusiast and Lifetime Member of the National Corvette
Museum . We hope that he may be able to join us at an upcoming
Pace Car function at the Museum.
Powells illustrious career is summarized below:
Powell was born in New York City on April 5, 1937. The son
of Jamaican immigrants, Luther and Maud Powell, he was raised
in the South Bronx . Powell was educated in the New York City
public schools, and at City College of New York (CCNY). He
participated in ROTC at CCNY and received a commission as
an Army second lieutenant upon graduation. He subsequently
received a Master of Business Administration degree from George
served two tours of duty in Vietnam , and as a battalion commander
in Korea . He later commanded the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne
Division (Air Assault) and V Corps, United States Army in
Europe, and was Commander in Chief of Forces Command, headquartered
at Fort McPherson , Georgia . General Powell was the 12th
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1, 1989
until September 30, 1993, serving under both President George
H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.
Powell has been the recipient of numerous U.S. military decorations,
including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze
Star Medal, and the Purple Heart. His civilian awards include
the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold
Medal, and an honorary knighthood (Knight Commander of the
Bath ) from the Queen of England. He retired from the U.S.
Army in 1993.
1997 and 2001, retired General Powell served as founding chairman
of America's Promise, an organization challenging Americans
to make children and youth a national priority.
2001, General Powell was selected by President George W. Bush
to serve as his Secretary of State. He was the first African-American
to hold this high office in the United States Government.
Powell stepped down from the position after President Bush's
reelection to a second term. His four year tenure as Secretary
of State was marked by disagreements with other Administration
officials over policy. Regardless of these disagreements,
Secretary Powell remained a loyal servant of the Bush Administration
and an eloquent spokesman for the Administration in international
left his position as Secretary of State with the admiration
and respect of people around the world. The following quotation
from a February 20, 2004 address at Princeton University provides
an excellent example of Colin Powell's statesmanship:
"We must build a better future even as we deal with
the security challenges before us. That is how we'll overcome
those challenges, because it's not enough to fight against
a negative, like terrorism. We must focus on what inspires
us, on what brings the good people of the world together.
We've got to fight for the positive for liberty, for
freedom, for democracy."
leaving government service, Secretary Powell has assumed a
number of private-sector positions. In July, 2005, he became
a strategic limited partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield
& Byers, a silicon valley venture capital firm. He has
become a more active participant at The Colin Powell Center
for Policy Studies, established in his honor by his alma mater,
the City College of New York in 1997. In May, 2006, Powell
will succeed Henry Kissinger to become the 8th Chairman of
the Eisenhower Fellowship Program.
Powell is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Howard
University, and of the Board of Directors of the United Negro
College Fund. He serves on the Board of Governors of The Boys
& Girls Clubs of America and is a member of the Advisory
Board of the Children's Health Fund.
is married to the former Alma Vivian Johnson of Birmingham
, Alabama . The Powell family includes son Michael and daughters
Linda and Annemarie; daughter-in-law Jane, and grandsons Jeffrey