His further academic achievements include a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University.
Powell was a professional soldier for 35 years, during which time he held many command and staff positions and rose to the rank of 4-star General.
As a lieutenant colonel serving in South Korea, Powell was very close to General Henry "Gunfighter" Emerson.
Powell said he regarded Emerson as one of the most caring officers he ever met.
In addition, he pursued a career as a public speaker, addressing audiences across the country and abroad. Several schools and other institutions have been named in his honor and he holds honorary degrees from universities and colleges across the country.
Prior to his appointment as Secretary of State, Powell was the chairman of America's Promise – The Alliance for Youth, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of young people. Senate, he was sworn in as the 65th Secretary of State on January 20, 2001. Powell is married to the former Alma Vivian Johnson of Birmingham, Alabama.And I not only liked it, but I was pretty good at it.That's what you really have to look for in life, something that you like, and something that you think you're pretty good at.And if you can put those two things together, then you're on the right track, and just drive on.Cadet Powell joined the Pershing Rifles, the ROTC fraternal organization and drill team begun by General John Pershing.In his autobiography, Powell said he is haunted by the nightmare of the Vietnam War and felt that the leadership was very ineffective.Captain Powell served a tour in Vietnam as a South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) advisor from 1962 to 1963.He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under U. Powell was born in New York City in 1937 and was raised in the South Bronx.His parents, Luther and Maud Powell, immigrated to the United States from Jamaica.Emerson insisted his troops train at night to fight a possible North Korean attack, and made them repeatedly watch the television film Brian's Song to promote racial harmony.Powell always professed that what set Emerson apart was his great love of his soldiers and concern for their welfare.