brigadier general


Definition of brigadier general

: a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps who ranks above a colonel and whose insignia is one star

Examples of brigadier general in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the secession of his native Louisiana, Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard resigned from the U.S. military and became the first brigadier general of the Confederate Army. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The time has come’: Which US bases may lose their Confederate namesakes?," 18 June 2020 Ross, president at Texas A&M from 1891-1898, was a brigadier general in the Confederate Army and has faced claims of mistreatment of Blacks and indigenous people in Texas. Aria Gerson, USA TODAY, "Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond wants controversial statue removed: 'Let's not forget Sully'," 17 June 2020 Wheeler went on to lead troops on behalf of the U.S. in the Spanish American War and the Philippine-American War, where he was named a brigadier general. Leada Gore |, al, "Nancy Pelosi wants Alabama statue, 10 other Confederate images removed from U.S. Capitol," 11 June 2020 Two years later, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for distinguished gallantry in action at Rio Grande de la Pampanga and was appointed brigadier general in 1901. Paula Allen,, "San Antonio Fort Sam’s Maj. Gen. Frederick Funston was perhaps the post’s most famous commander after Pershing," 4 Apr. 2020 And the group has noted that after getting out of the Confederate army, Castleman was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson and went on to serve as a brigadier general in the U.S. Army. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Group fighting Castleman statue removal wants civil rights memorial at library," 25 Feb. 2020 Colonel Moses was initially slated to be promoted to brigadier general after leaving his current assignment in Afghanistan. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "Lawmakers Delay Promotion of Officer Involved in Deadly Niger Ambush," 14 Mar. 2020 In 1954, US Air Force Colonel Benjamin O. Davis Jr. was promoted to brigadier general, the first black officer to achieve that rank in the USAF., "In 1858, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was born in New York City.," 27 Oct. 2019 Former president Andrew Jackson insisted the rescue had been carried out by John Mason, brigadier general of the District of Columbia militia and son of George Mason. Nadine Daher, Smithsonian Magazine, "Smithsonian Curators Help Rescue the Truth From These Popular Myths," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of brigadier general

1690, in the meaning defined above

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“Brigadier general.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of brigadier general

: an officer in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps who is ranked above a colonel also : the rank of a brigadier general

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brig·​a·​dier general | \ ˌbri-gə-ˈdir- \

Kids Definition of brigadier general

: a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps ranking above a colonel

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