What is colonel?

  • (noun): A commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines who ranks above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general.


Colonel /ˈkɜrnəl/, abbreviated Col, is a military rank of a senior commissioned officer. It or a corresponding rank exists in most armies and in many air forces; the naval equivalent rank is generally captain. In air forces with a separate rank structure, the equivalent rank is generally group captain. It is also used in some police forces and other paramilitary rank structures. A colonel was typically in charge of a regiment in an army, especially in Great Britain; but typically commander of a brigade in the U.S. Army as of 2012.

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... Military Government Board (1954) Colonel Elfego H ... Monzón Colonel José Cruz Salazar Colonel Mauricio Dubois The junta of Monzon, José Luis Cruz Salazar and Mauricio Dubois lasted 4 days, during which time Monzon joined the Guatemala National ...
Hanshin Tigers - Curse of The Colonel
... baseman Randy Bass, fans grabbed a life-sized statue of Kentucky Fried Chicken mascot Colonel Sanders and threw it into the river (like Bass, the Colonel had a beard and was not Japanese) ... the Tigers were said to be doomed never to win the season again until the Colonel was rescued from the river ... the Central League, many KFC outlets in Kōbe and Ōsaka moved their Colonel Sanders statues inside until the series was over to protect them from Tigers fans ...
Colonel and Equivalent Ranks By Country - Gallery - Air Force Colonels
... United States Islamic Republic of Iran (سرهنگ-sarhang) ==Colonel as highest ranking officer== ! colspan="6" Rank insignia for a colonel in several nations which have no ...
2/5th Armoured Regiment (Australia) - Commanding Officers
... is a list of officers that commanded the 2/5th Armoured Regiment Lieutenant Colonel F.D Sandilands (July 1941 – April 1942) Lieutenant Colonel I.T Murdoch (April 1942 – April 1943) Lieutenant Colonel T.Mills (Ap ...

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    The Colonel went out sailing,
    He spoke with Turk and Jew
    With Christian and with Infidel
    For all tongues he knew.
    “O what’s a wifeless man?” said he
    And he came sailing home.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    Swan/Mary Rutledge: Oh no, no. I’m not running away. I came here to get something, and I’m going to get it.
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    Ben Hecht (1893–1964)