staff officer


: a commissioned officer assigned to a military commander's staff compare line officer

Examples of staff officer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In combat, junior commanders can take the initiative without meddling from phalanxes of staff officers at higher levels. Shashank Joshi, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Haley is being deployed as a staff officer with the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, which the National Guard says is providing support in the Horn of Africa. James Pollard, Quartz, 11 Feb. 2024 During his rookie season with the Patriots, Cardona balanced a second full-time job in the Navy serving as a staff officer at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Rhode Island. Rob Maaddi, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2024 In the clip, the remaining six competitors — YouTuber JoJo Siwa, Olympic skier Bode Miller, Vanderpump Rules' Tom Sandoval, The Bachelor's Nick Viall, The Bachelorette's Tyler Cameron, and Olympic skater Erin Jackson — must bear crawl through the snow to one of the directing staff officers. Wesley Stenzel,, 20 Nov. 2023 Daniel Cressy, a public services staff officer for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, estimated that more than 4,000 people visited Zephyr Shoals at the peak of the celebrations. Cari Spencer, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2023 The Senate also would appoint staff officers to serve during the impeachment trial. Philip Jankowski, Dallas News, 27 May 2023 Yet such estimates are hypothetical, because only about 20% to 30% of swordfish boats have observers on board who can accurately track the entanglements, said Kit Dahl, staff officer for highly migratory species, including swordfish, at the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 July 2021 Fearing their position was about to be overrun, U.S. Army medics, mechanics, drivers and staff officers also joined the fight. William Branigin, Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of staff officer was in 1648

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“Staff officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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