commanding officer


Definition of commanding officer

: an officer in command especially : an officer in the armed forces in command of an organization or installation

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Examples of commanding officer in a Sentence

He reported the incident to his commanding officer. reported directly to the fort's commanding officer
Recent Examples on the Web Acting on a tip, the commanding officer had instructed Rogers to bar the entry of Black officers, Warren later recounted in a book about the events. Ko Lyn Cheang, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Mar. 2022 Lausman was commanding officer of the Blue Ridge and later the aircraft carrier George Washington. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2022 The deputy police chief and commanding officer of the Police Academy, Frederick Grover, jumped in. Antonia Hitchens, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2021 Similarly, after learning about his running resume, Hillary’s commanding officer excused him from the physical training session that ran from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. so that Hillary could run. Orrin Konheim, Outside Online, 29 July 2021 Her visits were soon approved by Dr. Charles Mayo, then the commanding officer of the hospital. Brenda Cain, cleveland, 9 Mar. 2022 On 27th Street, the commanding officer of the LAPD’s Emergency Services Division arrived about 10:30 a.m. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2022 The board held on the East Coast in December, for Lt. Col. Keith Brenize, the former commanding officer of the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, is in recess and hasn’t ruled on the case. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2022 More than 77 years ago, James asked a white commanding officer a question. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 12 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of commanding officer

1720, in the meaning defined above

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6 May 2022

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“Commanding officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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