lieutenant colonel


Definition of lieutenant colonel

: a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps ranking above a major and below a colonel

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Recent Examples on the Web The lieutenant colonel and senior crime investigator resigned in disgust Aug. 15 over the police violence against peaceful citizens protesting a presidential election earlier this month widely seen as stolen by Lukashenko. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, "In tense Belarus, strongman Lukashenko turns back toward Moscow for help," 22 Aug. 2020 Anderson, 49, is a retired state correctional officer and a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard who served in Afghanistan, is an underdog against Courtney, who has represented the district since 2007. Zach Murdock,, "Justin Anderson wins recount in Connecticut’s 2nd District Republican primary over Thomas Gilmer, former candidate arrested on domestic violence charges," 18 Aug. 2020 During World War I, Winston Churchill took a break from the heady world of politics by spending several months stationed in France as a lieutenant colonel for the British Army. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "See Winston Churchill’s Little-Known Art," 3 Feb. 2020 The number of officers from major to lieutenant colonel in the years 2006-16 was about 6 percent. Sig Christenson,, "San Antonio native becomes the first African American to lead the Air Force," 6 Aug. 2020 Vindman, an Iraq war veteran and Purple Heart recipient, will retire at the lower rank of lieutenant colonel, according to the Army, after a hold-up on his assignment as colonel that some viewed as retaliation for his impeachment testimony. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump's TikTok ban, Hurricane Isaias, NHL's return: 5 things to know this weekend," 1 Aug. 2020 During 20 years of active Army duty, Zurmuehlen was stationed in places including Iraq, Korea, Fort Hood, Fort Rucker and Redstone Arsenal, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Matt Wake |, al, "This new French bakery/cafe in Huntsville looks amazing," 30 July 2020 Duckworth later retired from the Illinois Army National Guard as a lieutenant colonel and went on to serve as the assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Obama administration. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs serving in Iraq, hits back after Tucker Carlson suggests she hates America," 7 July 2020 Greenfield's popularity with women is the driving force behind her slim, three percentage point advantage on Ernst, a former state senator and Iowa Army National Guard lieutenant colonel, Saturday's poll found. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Trouble looms for Republican incumbent in Iowa Senate race: Poll," 14 June 2020

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First Known Use of lieutenant colonel

1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Lieutenant colonel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lieutenant colonel

: a military officer who has a rank just below a colonel

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