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Powell was fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, his family said. But he faced several ailments, including Parkinson’s disease. Powell’s longtime aide, Peggy Cifrino, said Monday that he was also treated over the past few years for multiple myeloma.
Interior secretary’s mother, a Navy veteran and longtime civil servant, dies
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland testified during her confirmation hearing earlier this year that her mother, Mary Toya, served in the Navy, worked at the Bureau of Indian Education and raised four children as a military wife. Haaland's father, who is also deceased, was a career Marine who served in Vietnam and received the Silver Star.

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Bill Emerson, banjoist who founded Navy’s country-bluegrass ensemble, dies at 83
In 1973, Bill Emerson was recruited by the Navy to organize the Country Current. With a lineup that included drums and electric instruments such as pedal steel guitar, it was the first military band devoted to country and bluegrass music. Emerson's hitch lasted 20 years, and he retired with the rank of master chief petty officer.

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