Retired Gen. Colin Powell visited the Fort Belvoir Exchange Dec. 20 to sign copies of his newest memoir, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership.
Powell served as the 65th U.S. Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005, National Security Advisor from 1987 to 1989, commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command in 1989 and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993. He was the first African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.
Community members and visitors from around the National Capital Region filled most of the Exchange’s mall area, all carrying stacks of Powell’s book, waiting for the chance to meet Powell and get his signature.
Deidra Stubbs, Army spouse, drove to the event from Maryland and purchased seven of the books to have signed for friends and Family members as Christmas gifts.
“I have always wanted to meet him. I’m very proud and excited for him,” she said.
The Exchange hosts book signing events as a service to the military community here, said Tonja Norris, Fort Belvoir Exchange sales and merchandise manager for hardlines.
“It’s for our community – to support them. It’s just a nice gesture,” she said.
For more information on the Fort Belvoir Exchange, visit www.shopmyexchange.com/ExchangeLocations/FtBelvoirStore.htm.