Reagan Library Closure

We're sorry. Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum will be closed to the public beginning March 14th until further notice. This includes docents, volunteers and interns. We will continue to respond to written reference requests at Please check our website, or  for updates on our operating hours and status.

All public events at the Reagan Library facilities are cancelled until further notice. This includes in-person public programs, tours, school group visits, public meetings, external conferences, and facility rentals. Where possible, we will conduct public events and outreach activities online and through virtual meetings. For online education information, please see our educational resources.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requestors

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.  Read more on how NARA is addressing COVID-19 (coronavirus)

RESEARCHERS: Please see a "Letter to Researchers" from the Archivist of the United States for a further update.



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.