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GENERAL COLIN POWELL TO ADDRESS L.A. WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL, MARCH 23

GENERAL COLIN POWELL TO ADDRESS L.A. WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL, MARCH 23
 General Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will address a breakfast of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
 DATE: Monday, March 23
 TIME: 7:30 a.m. Speech
 Camera crew check-in by 7:15
 PLACE: The Biltmore
 506 S. Grand Avenue
 BACKGROUND:
 Powell has been described as one of the foremost military leaders of the last half-century. He is often compared to such premier soldiers and strategists as Dwight D. Eisenhower and George C. Marshall. Respect for his abilities has extended far beyond military circles. Though Powell has self-avowedly remained non-political, he has been promoted by others to be a potential candidate for national office.
 Powell's recent success in commanding Operation Desert Storm has brought him immense popular support, as well as respect from both Congress and the Bush administration. In addition, under Powell's leadership the Joint Chiefs of Staff has become renown as a leading military strategy think tank.
 A decisive decision-making style and skill at building personal relationships are said to have built Powell's undisputed authority among the joint chiefs. Though Powell himself makes the final decisions, he allows and promotes dissent in the planning process. The relationships he forged over the years with President Bush, Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney and National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft have provided Powell with enviable access and input in coordinating all aspects of policy.
 Powell's career represents a series of firsts. He is the first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and only the fourth black in the nation's history to reach four-star rank. Fifty-four years old at the time of his appointment, Powell was also the youngest officer ever ?be named chairman.
 The son of Jamaican immigrants, Powell grew up in the South Bronx. His parents insisted that he go to college, and, at the City College of New York, Powell found a place for himself in ROTC. Four months after his marriage in 1962, Powell was ordered to Vietnam, where he earned a Soldier's Medal for Valor and a Purple Heart. He graduated second in his class at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, and subsequently won the prestigious White House fellowship, a turning point in his career which would lead to higher command posts and positions in the office of the secretary of defense and eventually, the chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs.
 Described as plain-spoken, and equally at home in the Pentagon or in a conference in the White House, Powell has become a symbol of a renewed American military. The Council welcomes his insight into America's strategic and military future in an downsizing era.
 The Los Angeles World Affairs Council is one of the nation's leading forums for the discussion of world affairs. More than 40 major figures in foreign policy, business, economics, religion, science and culture address the Council each year. The nonprofit, nonpartisan Council is supported entirely by membership contributions from its 9,000 members.
 CONTACT: Frances Brohan of L.A. World Affairs Council, 213-628-2333.
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