gunnery sergeant


: a noncommissioned officer in the marine corps ranking above a staff sergeant and below a master sergeant or first sergeant

Examples of gunnery sergeant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McDonald was an active-duty gunnery sergeant stationed with the Marine Corps Logistic Operations Group in Twentynine Palms, according to the district attorney’s office. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2024 In 2020, former Marine gunnery sergeant Jesse Nieto, 76, died of a heart attack without ever seeing the trial of the man who was accused of masterminding the bombing that killed his son, Petty Officer Second Class Marc Ian Nieto, 24. Carol Rosenberg,, 15 Aug. 2023 The gunnery sergeant stayed behind after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, committing himself to saving the U.S.-allied Afghans and their families who missed the airlift. Sara Netzley,, 21 Mar. 2023 The caller was an Afghan who served as an interpreter with his unit a decade ago, the retired Marine, who held the rank of gunnery sergeant at the time, told NBC News. NBC News, 24 Aug. 2021 Belgian Malinois is named Gunny after a Parma Heights family that donated money in honor of their father, who was a gunnery sergeant in the military. John Benson, cleveland, 8 Aug. 2022 The indestructible Clint Eastwood, who boasts of the longest career of any major Hollywood star in history, hit it big in 1964 but by 1986 was playing a cantankerous old gunnery sergeant in Heartbreak Ridge and ... Kyle Smith, National Review, 1 June 2022 Bazzi later served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1999 to 2016, rising in rank to gunnery sergeant. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 31 Oct. 2021 Kai Binh was a gunnery sergeant in the South Vietnamese Marine Corps who for years fought alongside Americans. New York Times, 7 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gunnery sergeant was circa 1961

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“Gunnery sergeant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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gunnery sergeant

: a noncommissioned officer in the marines with a rank just below that of master sergeant
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