lieutenant general


Definition of lieutenant general

: a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps who ranks above a major general and whose insignia is three stars

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Recent Examples on the Web The lieutenant general urged Americans to trust and take the vaccine. CBS News, "U.S. official leading COVID-19 vaccine distribution says "no shortcuts" are being taken on safety," 28 Oct. 2020 Retired Marine lieutenant general and owner of Williams Consulting, LLC based in Huntsville. Mike Cason |, al, "Panel to recommend what to do with Alabama’s old prisons," 22 Sep. 2020 Lee’s father was a lieutenant general in the Kuomintang, the nationalist Chinese army, and his family spent the next eight years in southern China. Timothy Mclaughlin, Wired, "Hong Kong Is a Troubling Case Study in the Death of Democracy," 17 Sep. 2020 One of his advisers at China’s National University of Defense Technology is a lieutenant general and a leading figure in the PLA’s supercomputer program, according to an FBI affidavit filed with his criminal complaint. Kate O’keeffe And Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "FBI Sweep of China Researchers Leads to Cat-and-Mouse Tactics," 7 Sep. 2020 Not a single Black Marine has made it to the top four-star rank; six African-Americans reached lieutenant general (three stars); under 20 have received one or two stars, The New York Times reported. USA Today, "Where are the Black officers? US Army shows diversity in its ranks but few promotions to the top," 1 Sep. 2020 An Air Force officer who rose to lieutenant general, Mr. Scowcroft served as Henry Kissinger’s deputy national security adviser in President Richard M. Nixon’s White House and as national security adviser to President Gerald R. Ford. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Regrets? Even Brent Scowcroft Had a Few," 12 Aug. 2020 His appointment by Ford in 1975 came as Scowcroft retired from the Air Force with the rank of lieutenant general. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Ford, Bush presidential adviser Brent Scowcroft dies at 95," 7 Aug. 2020 His appointment by Ford in 1975 came as Scowcroft retired from the Air Force with the rank of lieutenant general. Douglass K. Daniel, Arkansas Online, "Former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft dies at 95," 7 Aug. 2020

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1589, in the meaning defined above

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“Lieutenant general.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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

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