Definitions for flag officer
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a naval officer above the rank of captain.
Origin of flag officer:
a senior naval officer above the rank of captain
A naval officer with the rank of rear admiral or above, such officers are entitled to fly a personal flag, especially on the flagship.
(US military, informal) In addition to naval officers of Navy and the Coast Guard, a general officer in the Army, Marines, or Air Force with the rank of brigadier general or higher.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
A term applied to an officer holding the rank of general, lieutenant general, major general, or brigadier general in the US Army, Air Force or Marine Corps or admiral, vice admiral, or rear admiral in the US Navy or Coast Guard.
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