CUNY City College of New york officially reinstated their Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program last week.

After 41 years of absence, City College will serve as the university’s headquarters for the new University-wide ROTC program, while collaborating with York College in Queens who have launched their program in January and Medgar Evers in Brooklyn that is expected to start theirs this Fall.

City College Alumnus and former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, attended the signing ceremony last Tuesday along with University administrators and Army officials. At the event, outgoing CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein thanked his administration that have helped to restart the program. He recalled when the program was ended in 1971 as a result of the Vietnam War which sparked the controversial debate of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibited lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel from serving in the US Armed forces. President Obama repealed the policy in 2010.

Powell also expressed his gratitude to CUNY Administrators for considering to reinstate the program that he was once a part of.

“Military service is honorable. I am honored that my alma mater have made another step to reintroduced the program that will create great leaders that we need,” said Powell.

In the midst of the celebration, Powell said he hoped his former City College ROTC cadet friends, who died during the Vietnam War, were in attendance at the ceremony just like him.

In early May, CUNY has renamed City College of New York division of social sciences as The Colin L. powell School for Civil and Global Leadership. The school will housed Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology and the Sociology departments.

Powell was Born in South Bronx to Jamaican immigrants, and is the U.S first Black Secretary of State.