airman basic

noun

: an enlisted person of the lowest rank in the air force

Examples of airman basic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kelley received a bad conduct discharge, confinement for 12 months, and was demoted to E-1, or airman basic. Hannah Rabinowitz, CNN, 5 Apr. 2023 Zier could have received a year in jail as well as six months’ forfeiture of pay and allowances, three months’ hard labor and reduction in rank to airman basic. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Mar. 2022 Critics decry the outcome as light punishment because Zier could have received a year in jail as well as six months’ forfeiture of pay and allowances, three months’ hard labor and reduction in rank to airman basic. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Jan. 2022 Reimers already faced a general court-martial in March, in which he was found guilty and sentenced to 84 months of confinement, a six-grade demotion to airman basic and a dishonorable discharge, the Air Force Times reported. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 15 July 2021 McKennie joined the Air Force in 1989 as an airman basic and served six years on active duty. Mike Cason | McAson@al.com, al, 3 June 2021 Those and other changes, large and small, are rippling to those in the lowest rank, airman basic. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, 9 Apr. 2020 The airman received the letter of reprimand as well as a demotion in rank to airman basic, the Air Force’s lowest enlisted rank. Anchorage Daily News, 1 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of airman basic was in 1952

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“Airman basic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/airman%20basic. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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airman basic

noun
: an enlisted person of the lowest rank in the air force
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