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

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Cardenas was an Army staff sergeant who fought in World War II. Sig Christenson,, "At 100, ex-POW still hears the ‘Screaming Mimis’," 5 Aug. 2019 Arnold, who has short red hair and a jocular vibe, is a former Army staff sergeant who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Deborah Netburn,, "A retired teacher found some seahorses off Long Beach. Then he built a secret world for them," 9 July 2019 Two Army staff sergeants and police officers provided first aid to the shooting victims, military officials said. Gwendolyn Wu,, "Police: San Bruno mall shooting was no ‘random act of violence’," 3 July 2019 Rice was a staff sergeant in the Army, a member of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. NBC News, "D-Day veterans remember landing in Normandy 75 years ago in World War II," 6 June 2019 Robert Gordon is a staff sergeant and active reserve member in the U.S. Army, according to a criminal complaint, and works at a recruiting station in Wausau. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wausau Army reserve sergeant made thousands selling stolen Kohl's Cash codes, charges say," 13 June 2019 The getaway, held on 20 bucolic acres in central Maine, is the brainchild of Travis Mills, a former Army staff sergeant who is one of only five living veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who have had all four limbs amputated. Brian Macquarrie,, "At Maine retreat, disabled veterans find sense of belonging," 6 July 2018 Christopher Slutman, 43 years old, died Monday while on leave from the Fire Department of New York to serve as a staff sergeant in the Marine Reserves. Katie Honan, WSJ, "NYC Firefighter Killed in Afghanistan Blast Remembered for His Bravery," 9 Apr. 2019 Ronald Hamilton, 34, an Army staff sergeant from Woodbridge, is charged with capital murder and other counts in the deaths of his wife, Crystal Hamilton, and Officer Ashley Guindon. Matthew Barakat, Fox News, "Jury hears opening statements in police officer's death," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of staff sergeant

1811, in the meaning defined above

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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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