wing commander


Definition of wing commander

: a commissioned officer in the British air force who ranks with a lieutenant colonel in the army

Examples of wing commander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gilday has ordered that administrative action be taken against three officers: Crozier, the carrier air wing commander, and the ship's medical officer. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Congress wants its own inquiry into leadership failures in response to virus-stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt," 22 June 2020 The raid was led by Guy Gibson, who had become a wing commander the previous year at the age of 23. Max Hastings, New York Times, "The RAF’s Most Brilliant Attack of World War II," 18 Feb. 2020 Pete Boone, vice wing commander of the 165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard, said Thursday at a news briefing in Port Wentworth, near Savannah. Jenny Jarvie,, "Military plane in deadly Georgia crash was built in the late 1970s and was on its final scheduled flight," 3 May 2018 The Air Force has no official policy but usually issues a news release when a wing commander or higher are relieved, said Ann Stefanek, an Air Force spokeswoman. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Navy no longer will announce when a commander is fired for misconduct in wake of 'Fat Leonard' scandal," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of wing commander

1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Wing commander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wing commander

: a high-ranking officer in the British air force

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