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Colin Powell honored by SC State University ROTC

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - Former Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell told cadets at an elite South Carolina military program that having a sense of discipline and duty to country is what will give their lives a sense of purpose.

The retired four-star Army general spoke Friday after he was made an honorary member of South Carolina State's Reserve Officer Training Corps, one of the largest producers of African-American officers for the U.S. Army.

Powell said his entry into ROTC at City College of New York put him on a path toward a military career that changed his life.

Powell was the first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs, which is the highest military position in the Department of Defense and is the chief military adviser to the president.

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