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 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 The Pentagon report establishes a new command structure led by a four-star flag officer and a single civilian position to oversee the command. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Here Comes the Space Force: Mike Pence Outlines Steps To Create 6th Branch of the Military," 9 Aug. 2018 The exercise, unprecedented in scope in recent city history, is designed to help prosecutors flag officers with credibility issues early in a case and possibly prevent their testimony, District Attorney Larry Krasner said in an interview last week. Mark Fazlollah, Philly.com, "Philly DA Larry Krasner seeking to develop comprehensive list of tainted cops," 4 June 2018 There’s some question here whether [Jackson’s] flag officer nomination will move forward given his VA nomination. Washington Post, "Ronny Jackson, Trump’s pick for Veterans Affairs, may pass up $1 million to join the Cabinet," 8 Apr. 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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“Flag officer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flag%20officer. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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