Designation of Lieutenant General Colin L. Powell as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
November 5, 1987
The President today announced the designation of Lt. Gen. Colin L. Powell as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. He will succeed Frank C. Carlucci
General Powell has been Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs since January 1987. Prior to this he was Commanding General, V Corps, Frankfurt, Federal Republic of Germany, 1986 - 1987. From 1983 to 1986, he served as senior military assistant to Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger. From 1982 to 1983, he was Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army Combined Arms Combat Development Activity at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He was Assistant Division Commander for Operations and Training, 4th Infantry Division (Mech) at Fort Carson, CO, 1981 - 1982. From January through May of 1981, he served as senior military assistant to then Deputy Secretary of Defense Frank C. Carlucci.
General Powell graduated from the City College of New York (B.S., 1958) and George Washington University (M.B.A., 1971). His many military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Soldiers Medal, Bronze Star, the Air Medal, and a Purple Heart. General Powell was born April 5, 1937, in New York, NY. He is married and has three children.