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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He reported the incident to his commanding officer. reported directly to the fort's commanding officer
Recent Examples on the Web Shannon Paulson, the commanding officer for the Wilshire area since February, said the department held meetings with Karas and Young, jointly and separately, to address criminal activity patterns that emerged when the rink reopened in 2017. Kailyn Brown, Los Angeles Times, "Nipsey Hussle helped to save this L.A. skating rink. Now its future is uncertain," 6 Jan. 2021 Brett Crozier, the ship’s commanding officer, put the situation in more dire terms. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2020 a year of travails, tragedy for San Diego military community," 30 Dec. 2020 The commanding officer who also helped craft the de-escalation training agreed. Eric Umansky, ProPublica, "It Wasn’t the First Time the NYPD Killed Someone in Crisis. For Kawaski Trawick, It Only Took 112 Seconds.," 4 Dec. 2020 Mark Vlaun, commanding officer of Sector Jacksonville. CBS News, "Missing boater found clinging to capsized vessel 86 miles off Florida," 30 Nov. 2020 The city is also committed to implementing other reforms to its police department, including that a commanding officer review and approve all search warrants. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Louisville agrees to historic $12M settlement with family of Breonna Taylor," 15 Sep. 2020 Chris Wolff, the ship’s commanding officer, also spoke at a press conference about commissioning plans on Thursday. al, "No date yet, but major ceremonies planned for USS Mobile," 10 Dec. 2020 Mark Vlaun, commanding officer of Sector Jacksonville. CBS News, "Missing boater found clinging to capsized vessel 86 miles off Florida," 30 Nov. 2020 The commanding officer of Naval Hospital Guam Capt. Matthias Gafni,, "Exclusive: Capt. Brett Crozier explains why he sent email warning of Roosevelt coronavirus outbreak," 18 Sep. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2021

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“Commanding officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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: 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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