rear admiral


Definition of rear admiral 

: a commissioned officer in the navy or coast guard having either of two ranks:

a : one who ranks above a captain

called also rear admiral (lower half)

b : one who ranks above a rear admiral (lower half) and below a vice admiral

called also rear admiral (upper half)

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Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, denied the claims but withdrew his nomination. Catherine Lucey And Matt Volz,, "Trump mocks media at Montana rally on same day newsrooms held moment of silence for slain journalists," 5 July 2018 Jackson, 50, a Navy rear admiral who served in Iraq, has been under fire for days amid questions about his qualifications to lead VA and allegations of his management practices at the White House Medical Unit. The Washington Post,, "VA nominee Ronny Jackson considers withdrawing after allegations of professional misconduct," 25 Apr. 2018 Jackson has served for the last three administrations as a White House physician and is an active duty rear admiral in the Navy, but has little management experience. Juana Summers, CNN, "VA's challenges raise questions from some about Jackson's experience," 29 Mar. 2018 Jackson, who also served as White House physician for Presidents George W. Bush and Obama, is a rear admiral in the Navy. David S. Cloud,, "Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin fired in latest White House shake-up," 28 Mar. 2018 Trump and Jackson have furiously denied the allegations, calling them an attempt to smear the reputation of a Navy rear admiral and respected White House physician. Manu Raju, CNN, "Exclusive: Pence's doctor alerted WH aides about Ronny Jackson concerns last fall," 30 Apr. 2018 Jackson, 50, a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy and veteran of the Iraq War who has served as White House physician since 2006, was nominated this year to succeed David Shulkin as head of the VA, the second-largest agency in the federal government. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "White House pushes back on allegations against former Trump VA pick," 28 Apr. 2018 Jackson is also currently an active-duty one-star rear admiral (lower half) in the Navy. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Ronny Jackson, Trump’s pick for VA secretary, is an unknown quantity," 29 Mar. 2018 And unlike some other top Trump administration officials, Gallaudet - a retired Navy rear admiral with a doctorate in oceanography - has not publicly questioned the link between human activity and climate change. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Ocean science agency chief suggests removing 'climate' from mission statement," 25 June 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of rear admiral

: an officer of high rank in the navy

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