first sergeant


Definition of first sergeant

1 : a noncommissioned officer serving as the chief assistant to the commander of a military unit (such as a company or squadron)
2 : the rank of a first sergeant specifically : a rank in the army above a sergeant first class and below a sergeant major and in the marine corps above a gunnery sergeant and below a master gunnery sergeant

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Recent Examples on the Web Time had been good to Reimer, every new year, every new decade providing distance from a loaded rifle and a uniform bearing the stripes of a first sergeant. Debbie Cenziper, Washington Post, "The Mystery of the Trawniki Nazis," 23 Jan. 2020 Driver’s first sergeant told him that he was too injured for the deployment. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Adam Driver, the Original Man," 21 Oct. 2019 McCallister was the first sergeant Martin worked with, and as a rookie officer, Martin absorbed how masterfully his mentor communicated with the public. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Susquehanna Township Police Lt. Robert 'Bo' McCallister persevered despite decades of pain after being shot," 20 Sep. 2019 During his 30 years in the Corps — 20 on active duty, 10 in the reserves — Farritor rose from the rank of private to first sergeant. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "At 100, WWII and Korean War veteran honored for his place in Marine Corps history," 11 July 2019 The unnamed officer who filmed the ceremony was removed from his job as unit first sergeant and received a reprimand, Haston wrote. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "She used a dinosaur puppet to re-enlist. Military leaders are appalled | Charlotte Observer," 19 Apr. 2018 Over the previous year, as a first sergeant at Anchorage's Fort Richardson Army base, Alkire had helped expand a force of paratroopers from 600 to 3,600 and ready them for deployment. Author: Charles Wohlforth | Opinion, Anchorage Daily News, "How a mountaintop in Alaska helped close the book on an atrocity in Iraq," 25 Feb. 2018 Liappes was the first female sergeant in Hartford history and, therefore, the first woman to achieve the rank of first sergeant. Vinny Vella, Courant Community, "Hartford Police: Awards Overdue For 2 Long-Retired Officers," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of first sergeant

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“First sergeant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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1 : a noncommissioned officer serving as the chief assistant to a military commander
2 : a noncommissioned officer ranking above a sergeant first class in the army or above a gunnery sergeant in the marine corps

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