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PUBLIC LAW 102-33 —APR. 23, 1991 105 STAT. 177 Public Law 102-33 K 102d Congress An Act To authorize the President to award a gold medal on behalf of the Congress to ^ 23 1991 General Colin L. Powell, and to provide for the production of bronze duplicates of P•> such medal for sale to the public. ^' •' Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. FINDINGS. 31 USC 5111 The Congress finds that: (1) General Colin L. Powell, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the principal military adviser to the President, the National Security Council, and the Secretary of Defense has displayed an extraordinary degree of leadership, competence and professionalism fulfilling his statutory responsibilities throughout Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. (2) The leadership, competence and professionalism of General Powell and his subordinates, officers and noncommissioned officers, have instilled great confidence and pride in the Armed Forces of the United States which contributed significantly to the successful prosecution of the Persian Gulf War. (3) General Powell and his subordinates brilliantly planned and coordinated at the national level the highly rapid and successful mobilization and deployment of more than one-half million men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States to the Persian Gulf region. (4) General Powell's leadership and foresight were directly responsible for insuring that sufficient military forces and logistics were committed to the foregoing operations in a timely manner to bring about a swift and decisive military victory with casualties and loss of life at levels so low as to be unprecedented in the annals of military operations by any nation. (5) The superb coordination among allied forces and the unique and exceptional command arrangements which produced the highly effective chain of command within the allied coalition is directly attributed to the military competence, and extraordinary leadership of General Powell. (6) As the principal military advisor to the President of the United States, the National Security Council, and the Secretary of Defense, General Powell's clear and farsighted assessments, judgments and recommendations were invaluable and instrumental in the timely and decisive military actions directed by the President which resulted in Iraqi compliance with all United Nations resolutions related to the Iraqi invasion and occupation of Kuwait. SEC. 2. CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL. 31 USC 5111 (a) PRESENTATION AUTHORIZED. —The President is authorized to present, on behalf of the Congress, to General Colin L. Powell a gold medal of appropriate design in recognition of his exemplary