Colin Powell (official photo)

Local leaders are remembering Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, who died Monday at 84, from COVID-19 complications.

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel John Armbrust got to work closely with Powell his tenure as Joint Chiefs chairman under former President George H.W. Bush. Armbrust remembers Powell’s visit to Kansas State University’s Landon Lecture series in 1989.

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67th District State Representative Mike Dodson worked with Armbrust at the Pentagon during Powell’s tenure. He also worked with Powell while stationed in Bosnia. Dodson describes Powell as someone who was very good with people.

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Dodson says Powell was one of the singular figures in the U.S. military’s history.

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Armbrust says he used to advise Powell during his tenure as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and remembers Powell as a great leader.

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Powell was the first Black US secretary of state under former President George W. Bush.

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