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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And also like the very real Stanislav Petrov, a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Air Defense Force who chose to ignore warnings about incoming American ICBMs and disobeyed a direct order to launch retaliatory nuclear strikes in 1983. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "What 'Hunter Killer' Gets Right About Submarine Warfare," 7 Nov. 2018 McClain, an Army lieutenant colonel and helicopter pilot, was chosen to be an astronaut by NASA in 2013. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Spokane astronaut reaches space station aboard Russian craft," 3 Dec. 2018 The retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps is now gunning to break up the all-male Congressional delegation in Kentucky with her run for congress from the state’s 6th district. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 Saudi officials also said the group included a forensic expert and lieutenant colonel at the Saudi Ministry of Interior, Salah al-Tubaigy. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Photos Link Suspect in Alleged Killing of Journalist to Saudi Government," 21 Oct. 2018 View Photos William Clem, 92, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who worked as a contracts manager for General Electric Information Services in Rockville, Md., from 1979 until the early 1990s, died April 23 at a hospital in Redwood City, Calif. Marc Lewis, Washington Post, "Community deaths," 13 June 2018 Robert Laychak, 86, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served in a combat artillery unit during the Vietnam War and also in overseas postings in Germany and Iran, died Jan. 24 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 21 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of lieutenant colonel

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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