sergeant first class


Definition of sergeant first class

: a noncommissioned officer in the army ranking above a staff sergeant and below a master sergeant

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Recent Examples on the Web Payne, a sergeant first class at the time of the mission, and his unit climbed over a wall to enter the prison compound. Aamer Madhani And Jill Colvin,, "President Trump bestows Medal of Honor on soldier for role in daring Iraq hostage rescue: ‘One of the bravest men anywhere in the world’," 11 Sep. 2020 Brittain, who holds the rank of sergeant first class, is an instructor for senior leadership academy classes with the 2/95th Military Police Battalion. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "UIL girls basketball: No. 1 Duncanville powers past Arlington Martin; Midlothian completes improbable fourth-quarter comeback," 29 Feb. 2020 Both men were posthumously promoted to sergeant first class and awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart. CBS News, "Trump, Pence attend dignified transfer of 2 slain U.S. troops," 11 Feb. 2020 They were posthumously promoted to sergeant first class. Sig Christenson,, "One of San Antonio’s own killed in Afghan attack," 9 Feb. 2020 Born in Germany as the daughter of a U.S. Army sergeant first class (now retired), and after briefly living in Birmingham, Ala., Reddock-Wright moved again and was living with her mother in Los Angeles. Ronald D. White,, "Angela Reddock-Wright helps keep businesses, and people, out of courtrooms," 16 June 2019 Foster spent nearly two decades in the Army, reached the rank of sergeant first class and was deployed to the Middle East during Desert Storm. Fox News, "Prison portraits from retiring AP reporter Mike Graczyk," 31 July 2018 Transfiguracion was a staff sergeant when he was wounded but was posthumously promoted to sergeant first class, said Maj. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "US commando dies after explosion in southern Afghanistan," 13 Aug. 2018 The bride’s father retired from the Army as a sergeant first class and was a recipient of a Purple Heart for his service in Iraq. New York Times, "Susie Saavedra, Jose Feliz," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of sergeant first class

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Sergeant first class.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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: a noncommissioned officer in the army ranking above a staff sergeant

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