staff sergeant


Definition of staff sergeant

: a noncommissioned officer ranking in the army above a sergeant and below a platoon sergeant or sergeant first class, in the air force above a sergeant and below a technical sergeant, and in the marine corps above a sergeant and below a gunnery sergeant

Examples of staff sergeant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time of the attacks Carrillo was an active-duty staff sergeant stationed at Travis Air Force Base. Donie O'sullivan, CNN, "Facebook shuts down groups where Boogaloo suspects posted before attacks," 17 June 2020 An Air Force staff sergeant accused of killing a federal security guard in Oakland and a Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputy made his first federal court appearance Tuesday in a virtual hearing. Alejandro Serrano,, "Air Force sergeant makes first court appearance in murder case of Oakland security guard," 23 June 2020 The suspect, Steven Carrillo, an active-duty staff sergeant station at Travis Air Force Base was arrested in connection with both shootings. Sarah Midkiff,, "Who Are The Boogaloo Bois? These Hawaiian Shirt-Wearing, Gun-Toting Americans Want War," 19 June 2020 Carrillo, an active-duty staff sergeant stationed at Travis Air Force Base at the time of the shooting, is also the suspect in the June 6 death of a Santa Cruz sheriff's deputy, Sheriff Jim Hart said last week. Cheri Mossburg And Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "A man allegedly linked to the Boogaloo movement accused of going to a BLM protest with a homemade machine gun to kill cops," 16 June 2020 Prosecutors in Santa Cruz County on Thursday filed murder charges against the Air Force staff sergeant who allegedly killed a sheriff’s deputy and wounded another in an attack over the weekend in Ben Lomond, court records show. Alejandro Serrano,, "Travis Air Force Base sergeant charged with murder in killing of Santa Cruz sheriff’s deputy," 11 June 2020 The coming rains, though, will turn the earth to knee-deep mud, says a staff sergeant in the army. The Economist, "No rain, slow gains In the dry season, Nigeria’s army puts Boko Haram on the back foot," 4 June 2020 For mothers with all their hats -- requisition and inventory officer, accountant, staff sergeant, teacher, coach, shrink, healer, chaplain, chef, dishwasher, shaman, farmer, artist, employee and boss. John Archibald |, al, "Why this Mother’s Day is different," 10 May 2020 He was promoted from sergeant to staff sergeant in late 2006 and served with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan from late November 2007 to late May 2008. Tom Foreman Jr., USA TODAY, "Medal of Honor recipient Ronald Shurer, hero combat medic in Afghanistan, dies at 41 from cancer," 15 May 2020

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First Known Use of staff sergeant

1811, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jul 2020

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“Staff sergeant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of staff sergeant

: an officer in the army, air force, or marines with a rank above a sergeant

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Kids Definition of staff sergeant

: a noncommissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps ranking above a sergeant

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