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Retired Gen. Colin Powell To Address Fort Campbell Graduates

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Retired Gen. Colin Powell will address
the 2008 graduating class of Fort Campbell High School this May in
a videotaped commencement speech.

The former Secretary of State once served as commander of the
2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, based at the post on
the Tennessee-Kentucky border. Powell was chairman of the post's
schools, which all three of his children attended.

Since 2006, Fort Campbell-area schools have broadcast
graduations online for deployed family members. Almost 19,000
soldiers from Fort Campbell are currently serving in Iraq or
Afghanistan.

Principal David Witte said students wanted the general to
attend, but he couldn't fit it in his schedule. So Powell taped his
speech Wednesday for the May 16 ceremony, according to his
assistant Peggy Cifrino.


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