master sergeant


Definition of master sergeant

: a noncommissioned officer ranking in the army above a sergeant first class and below a staff sergeant major, in the air force above a technical sergeant and below a senior master sergeant, and in the marine corps above a gunnery sergeant and below a master gunnery sergeant

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Recent Examples on the Web Mario Dolfi, 100, an Air Force master sergeant who retired in 1965 after 26 years of military service, died July 28 at a veterans hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 1 Oct. 2020 Frazier Glenn Miller, a former Army master sergeant who served two tours in Vietnam, created the White Patriot Party in the 1980s. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, "Veterans Fortify the Ranks of Militias Aligned With Trump’s Views," 11 Sep. 2020 One master sergeant had his bank account emptied of more than $40,000 in a series of transfers in less than 10 days. Guillermo Contreras,, "Man to plead guilty in San Antonio in multimillion-dollar theft perpetrated on veterans," 2 Dec. 2019 His father, John Paul O’Neill, was a master sergeant in the Army Air Forces. New York Times, "Paul O’Neill, Treasury Secretary Who Clashed With Bush, Dies at 84," 18 Apr. 2020 Peter Grammer, who retired from the Army as a master sergeant, recalled when his father, Oscar Grammer, a chief warrant officer, was stationed in Mannheim in the early 1950s. Alexis Clark, New York Times, "When Jim Crow Reigned Amid the Rubble of Nazi Germany," 19 Feb. 2020 Almost 40 have signed up already, said Ginny Narsete, the founder of Operation HerStory and a retired master sergeant in the Air Force. USA TODAY, "Pachyderm vacation rental, Cookie Monster overdoses, stolen baby Jesus statue found: News from around our 50 states," 28 Feb. 2020 He was promoted to be the Special Warfare Training Group's chief airborne instructor in 2016, and more recently to master sergeant. Francisco Guzman And Brian Ries, CNN, "A decorated soldier who served eight tours overseas died in a free-fall training exercise in Arizona, Army says," 16 Jan. 2020 As a retired Illinois State Police master sergeant, Johnson had investigated hundreds of death cases and found this one to be unusual for two key reasons. Elyssa Cherney,, "A questionable crash, conflicting autopsies and now a stabbing: Why police are reexamining the death of an eye doctor’s wife now that he’s accused of killing his girlfriend," 8 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of master sergeant

1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Master sergeant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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Kids Definition of master sergeant

: a noncommissioned officer in the army ranking above a sergeant first class or in the air force ranking above a technical sergeant or in the marines ranking above a gunnery sergeant

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