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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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 Just a few years ago, Brandon was an Army staff sergeant who worked with K9 dog units in Iraq to sniff out explosives. Meghan Daum, Redbook, "Caregivers: Celebrating the Invisible War Heroes," 12 Nov. 2012 Rowland left the military in 1989 with the rank of staff sergeant. Stephanie Farr,, "Rittenhouse Square has 89 trash cans, 139 benches, and 1 man to clean them all | We the People," 25 Apr. 2018 Kristopher Johnson, a passenger on Flight 1380, said his training as an Army staff sergeant and amateur scuba diver had taught him to cinch the oxygen mask snugly over both his nose and mouth. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Southwest Accident Shows Passengers Unprepared for Emergencies," 19 Apr. 2018 In real life, Ermey served 11 years in the U.S. Marines, including stints as a staff sergeant in Vietnam and in Okinawa, Japan. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "R. Lee Ermey, Kansas native and 'Full Metal Jacket' actor, dies at 74 | The Kansas City Star," 15 Apr. 2018 Medically retired as a staff sergeant, Gordon studies graphic design at Valencia State College and enjoys golf and therapeutic horseback riding. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Soldier who lost leg grateful for new specially adapted home in 'life-changing day'," 11 Apr. 2018

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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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