general officer


Definition of general officer

: any of the officers in the army, air force, or marine corps above colonel — compare company officer, field officer, flag officer

Examples of general officer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the indelible image of the end of the War in Afghanistan is the lone soldier – and again, a general officer – boarding the last plane out. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Maryland could then request a review of the decision by a general officer assigned to the bureau, said Air Force Maj. USA Today, 14 Apr. 2021 Richardson is married to another general officer, Lt. Gen. Jim Richardson, the deputy commanding general of Army Futures Command. Matt Seyler, ABC News, 8 Mar. 2021 There are folks who are expressing very serious concern about a general officer so soon assuming the civilian leadership. CBS News, 9 Dec. 2020 The executive order also requires a general officer appointed by the National Guard Bureau and approved by Evers to oversee implementation of the changes by Sept. 1, 2020, and report monthly to Evers regarding that progress. Katelyn Ferral, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Dec. 2019 Long-standing tradition says that, to protect the principle of civilian control over the military, general officers should not resign in protest against lawful orders given by the president. Noah Feldman, Twin Cities, 29 Nov. 2019 After Assembly members voiced concern that data did not back up the assertion that the trails were a center of crime or danger, the administration changed the wording to make them general officers, giving the police department more discretion. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Nov. 2019 The congratulatory peck has gone by the wayside, as dozens of women have since become general officers. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of general officer

1681, in the meaning defined above

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18 Sep 2021

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“General officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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