commanding officer

noun

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

Synonyms

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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An autopsy to confirm the identity of the two bodies is being scheduled in Winnipeg, according to Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy, commanding officer of the RCMP’s Manitoba branch. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Bodies found in manhunt believed to be of Canadian teens suspected in killing spree," 7 Aug. 2019 The Union-Tribune reached out to four members of the squadron for comment on this story, including its commanding officer at the time. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Squadron leaders warned of dangerous helicopter ‘hot seat’ hours before sailor fatally injured, report finds," 5 Aug. 2019 Paul Whitescarver, who most recently served as commanding officer of the submarine base in Groton, has been hired as a senior executive consultant to right the ship at the authority, so to speak. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Capitol Week in Review: Himes vs. Mueller; Hartford Democrats back Bronin," 26 July 2019 My commanding officer called me in and tell me … that Larry was having an affair with my wife. CBS News, "NCIS probe of U.S. Marine's attempted murder in Kuwait reveals a conspiracy of secrets and lies," 5 June 2019 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 The 5-inch guns had hairline cracks which, Hagerty said, his commanding officer considered too time-consuming to repair. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "50 years later, Harvard graduates look back on year of tumult and tragedy," 19 May 2018 But the female command officer who filed the initial complaint, Lt. James Pilcher, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati FOP president Hils, CPD lieutenant reprimanded for 'urban ghetto' incident," 10 May 2018 In 1976, my dad was appointed commanding officer at a base in a town called Nea Makri, on the eastern coast. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Marcia Gay Harden Lost a Bet With Her Mother and Won an Oscar," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of commanding officer

1720, in the meaning defined above

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commanding officer

noun

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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