commanding officer


Definition of commanding officer

: an officer in command especially : an officer in the armed forces in command of an organization or installation

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Examples of commanding officer in a Sentence

He reported the incident to his commanding officer. reported directly to the fort's commanding officer
Recent Examples on the Web Phillip Lundberg of the USS Montgomery both lost their posts in an unusual move by Navy leadership to remove both the commanding officer and executive officer. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 1 Jan. 2022 The aide attended the symposium with her boss, Rear Adm. Jack Snyder, the past president of the Tailhook Association and now the commanding officer at Patuxent River’s Naval Air Test Center. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2021 James Meyer, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Hawaii. Alex Horton And Karoun Demirjian, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Dec. 2021 Two of the officers died on Monday, and a third succumbed to his injuries early Tuesday, according to Manzoor Ahmed, commanding officer of the battalion. Swati Gupta And Mukhtar Ahmad, CNN, 14 Dec. 2021 Tim Kinsella, commanding officer of NAS Pensacola, said the move was bittersweet. al, 2 Sep. 2021 Another 36 officials, including the commanding officer of the ship — were also found to bear some responsibility in the training and oversight shortcomings investigators found. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Nov. 2021 His commanding officer berated and teased him, publicly called him the BUD/S dud — the perpetual reminder of his leaving Basic Underwater Demolition training in SEAL school. Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2021 The commander of the Navy's Seventh Fleet relieved the commanding officer of the submarine, Cmdr. Luis Martinez, ABC News, 4 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of commanding officer

1720, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of commanding officer was in 1720

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6 Jan 2022

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“Commanding officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of commanding officer

: an officer who is in charge of a group of people in the military or of a military camp or base


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