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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David Castillo, a retired lieutenant colonel who spent 31 years in the Army, works for Clorox in Aberdeen. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace leaders honor hometown National Guard soldier," 9 July 2018 In August 1990, Shelton, then a young lieutenant colonel, took command of the 2nd Space Operations Squadron in Colorado. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018 Stock is a former Army lieutenant colonel who helped create MAVNI. David Begnaud, CBS News, "Immigrant recruit abruptly discharged from Army without explanation," 10 July 2018 Several candidates, including Fitzgerald who was a lieutenant colonel in the Army, said Congress needs exercise more oversight over decisions to deploy the armed forces. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "GOP candidates in Kansas congressional race give similar sales pitches in Leavenworth," 27 June 2018 Their commander, US Air Force lieutenant colonel Peter Norsky, is in his mid-thirties. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018 Larkin started as a private during World War II and retired as a lieutenant colonel. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "GOP state lawmaker, 90, a WWII vet, likely casts his final Senate votes," 22 June 2018 That process had allowed units to go on operations that were approved by lower-ranking officers; a lieutenant colonel needed only to be notified about the mission. Thomas Gibbons-neff And Eric Schmitt,, "US commandos in Africa told to avoid direct combat," 9 May 2018 Within three years, his ability to play tennis and also speak Russian became essential when Yuri Rastvorov, a KGB lieutenant colonel and avid tennis player, defected to the United States. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "In memoriam through June 1: ‘Pong’ game creator, political prankster who got Nixon," 1 June 2018

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1598, in the meaning defined above

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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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