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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Service records released by the Marines earlier this week show that Mr. Whelan was part of the Marine Corps Reserve from 1994-2008, rising to the rank of staff sergeant, before he was reduced to the rank of private and given a bad-conduct discharge. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "American Detained in Russia Is Charged With Espionage," 3 Jan. 2019 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 Ronald Shurer II, a former Army staff sergeant who grew up in Puyallup, was awarded the Medal of Honor in a ceremony held at the White House on Monday. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "‘We all might have died out there’: Former Puyallup resident receives Medal of Honor for valor in Afghanistan," 1 Oct. 2018 Nick Horin, 36, an Army staff sergeant and Iraq combat veteran, lives in the Aspire Center, a VA residential rehabilitation treatment site. Tony Perry, Washington Post, "Riding the waves to better health: Navy studies the therapeutic value of surfing.," 10 Mar. 2018 Justin Peck — Army staff sergeant who performed medical procedures on a wounded team member, saving his life. Aric Jenkins, Time, "Here's President Trump's Guest List for His State of the Union Address," 31 Jan. 2018 Lubarsky was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant. Fox News, "Israeli soldier badly wounded in West Bank arrest raid dies," 26 May 2018 Brandy Ostanik, public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Medical Department, said Gettler is a staff sergeant who has been in Alaska since November. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "JBER soldier charged with sexually assaulting child," 5 June 2018 Crowder, who served with the Boynton Beach Police Department for nearly 15 years, was a canine officer and a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army reserves. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Police officers attend boy's 5th grade graduation in place of fallen father," 26 May 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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