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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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 Some of the sailors in their interviews, however, indicated Booker had been angry with his commanding officer and entire chain of command aboard the Pinckney due to a previous disciplinary matter, according to the complaint. Kristina Davis,, "Sailor charged with possessing explosives stolen from San Diego Navy ship," 24 Apr. 2018 In August, the Navy announced that the Fitzgerald’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "USS Fitzgerald officer pleads guilty in collision that killed 7 sailors," 8 May 2018 The report goes even further, identifying commanding officers of the 53rd Brigade, including the brigade commander himself and the commander of the battalion likely responsible for the attack. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Report Claims Russian Army Shot Down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17," 26 Feb. 2016 The chief of the boat and commanding officer are the most powerful people on a submarine, Saenz says. Brenna Bailey, azcentral, "Trust, brotherhood and pink underwear: USS Phoenix submarine vets reflect on life at sea," 27 June 2018 Featuring 255 letters, pulled from Mandela’s 10,052 days in prison, the book covers politics and campaigns for his release, and mundane, humanizing requests (a note to his commanding officer requesting a new screw for his spectacles, for example). Chloe Schama, Vogue, "6 New(ish) Books You Still Have Time to Order Before Father's Day," 8 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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