flag officer


Definition of flag officer

: any of the officers in the navy or coast guard above captain — compare general officer

Examples of flag officer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of those, there are just 71 who are general or flag officers, wearing one to four stars, including only two who have attained the top four-star rank. Robert Burns, Anchorage Daily News, "Floyd death pushes military to face ‘own demons’ on race," 5 June 2020 The man reportedly flagged officers down when a passenger in his car was showing signs of overdosing. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Man says neighbor ‘walked into his foot’ while he tried to social distance: Brunswick Hills Township Police Blotter," 31 May 2020 However, Latinos make up only 8% of the officer corps and 2% of general/flag officers, according to a 2019 report by the Congressional Research Service. USA Today, "Latinos are fastest growing population in US military, but higher ranks remain out of reach," 24 May 2020 Inside its walls, flag officers observe a reverence and decorum for the wrenching decisions that have been made there. Carol D. Leonnig, Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "‘You’re a bunch of dopes and babies’: Inside Trump’s stunning tirade against generals," 17 Jan. 2020 To Roberts’ astonishment, the flag officer himself, Admiral Sir Max Horton, picked up. Simon Parkin, Time, "A Nazi U-Boat Tactic Stumped Allied Forces — Until a Retired British Naval Officer Designed a Game to Reveal How It Worked," 29 Jan. 2020 Then, on Thursday, as Chris Megerian wrote, the White House dragged a Coast Guard flag officer into the fracas, issuing a statement from Rear Adm. Peter Brown, the White House homeland security and counter-terrorism advisor. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Trump and the hurricane: A lesson in three acts," 6 Sep. 2019 Venezuela’s 1,000 or so flag officers operate in silos and are spied on by minders. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Cuba Out of Venezuela," 24 Jan. 2019 But the Trump administration would create a whole new separate command for space apart from STRATCOMM, led by a 4-star flag officer. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Trump administration wants Space Force running by 2020," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of flag officer

1665, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flag officer

from such officers being entitled to display a flag with one or more stars indicating rank

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8 Jun 2020

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“Flag officer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flag%20officer. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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