Colin Powell, a great man.

(I was lucky. I met Colin Powell three times. I was doing hot-refuel in the Iraq war one. We (The soldiers) would refuel Apache helicopters while they were moving. Red Cross taking wounded soldiers to a safe place. Colin Powell and Dick Cheney had to leave the Huey Helicopters. The Huey Helicopters could be refueled only if not running. He and Dick Cheney would talk us soldiers. I set-up a cold drink container and I had some snacks for the people waiting. Colin Powell asked us. “You always take care of us, when we are waiting. Do you need anything. “I told him, we need fresh newspapers, mail and books. We rarely get at Camp Zebra. He turned to the pilot. He told her. “Could you ensure the soldiers at Camp Zebra get their newspapers, mail and books.” She smiled and she told him. Easy problem to fix General Powell. He talks to us like men and he was a powerful and strong man. He told us (Soldiers). “Thank you for doing the dangerous job of hot-refuel. I appreciate you.” I asked him, is hot-refuel dangerous? He smiled and he told me. “One spark and you/helicopter are gone.” I didn’t know this. My unit asked for volunteered for the hot-refuel. I volunteered. I saw it done and I wanted to do it. Now I decided to learn more about this job. He smiled at me and he told me. “You will be okay Corporal Castellenas. Just do it right and follow the direction of the pilot.” He and Dick Cheney would shake our hands before and after. He was a hero to us soldiers. Colin Powell left our world. Thank you for showing us. Stand tall, do the right things. Don’t give-up the dreams of freedom. Thank you Colin Powell.)

The family said the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had been fully vaccinated and was receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Medical Center.

“General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19. He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment,” the Powell family said in a statement posted to Facebook.

“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the family added.

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