COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Two Ohio leaders have commented on the recent passing of former U.S. Secretary of State, General Colin Powell.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued the following statement Monday, October 18.

Today our country has lost one of its most accomplished citizens, General Colin L. Powell.  

A son of Jamaican immigrants, General Powell served his country in the U.S. Army beginning in ROTC and rose through the ranks to become a four-star general and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Colin Powell also served our nation as the first African-American Secretary of State, traveling the world as America’s top diplomat.

Colin Powell cared about helping America’s young people and was the chairman of America’s promise, a non-profit organization to help young people build character.

Fran and I extend our sympathy to Secretary Powell’s wife, Alma, and the entire Powell family.

DeWine ordered flags of the United States and the State of Ohio to be flown at half-staff Monday in honor of Powell until sunset on October 22, 2021. 

Congressman Mike Turner also released a statement Monday.

Former Secretary of State Powell was a true public servant, and I had the honor of working with him during his time serving in the George W. Bush Administration. As the first African American Secretary of State, he served our nation admirably and his legacy will not be forgotten.

Colin Powell died on Monday, October 18 from complications due to his COVID-19 diagnosis. Powell was the first African American to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and later as the U.S. secretary of state.