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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Synonyms for commanding officer


captain, commandant, commander

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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

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The ship’s commanding officer and tactical action officer face charges of negligent dereliction of duty. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Secret Probe Into USS Fitzgerald Disaster Revealed a Ship in Appalling Shape," 14 Jan. 2019 Back in Washington, Navy brass demanded a courts-martial to investigate why Pueblo’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Lucas Tomlinson, Fox News, "USS Pueblo spy ship crew tell Trump to bring vessel home from North Korea," 22 Sep. 2018 Jack Goncalves was promoted from master sergeant and will be stationed in Bridgeport as commanding officer. Ruth Bruno,, "Nine Troopers Promoted At State Police Ceremony," 26 May 2018 At least, that’s what his commanding officer, who’s charged him with unruly conduct, implies to Jack. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Reveals Zoe’s Heartbreaking Trauma," 14 Nov. 2018 Pete Riehm, a retired commanding officer of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Mobile, ran as a tea-party insurgent in Alabama’s First Congressional District in 2012. Quin Hillyer, WSJ, "A Black Republican in the Heart of Dixie," 17 Aug. 2018 Holley's commanding officer selected Holley's friend, Lt. CBS News, "Did a missing Army nurse fall prey to a serial killer targeting military women?," 26 June 2018 Sharing the podium with the ship’s commanding officer, Capt., "May 25, 1969: USS San Diego commissioned," 25 May 2018 Pei seems to be a lone wolf in the early chapters of the book but falls into line when his maverick behavior is criticized by his commanding officer. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "A Modern-Day Chinese Hit Comes to America," 2 June 2018

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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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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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