Meaning of Chief of Staff

Chief' of Staff'

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  1. the senior officer of the U.S. Army or Air Force, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, responsible to the secretary of a service branch.
  2. (l.c.) the senior or principal staff officer in a brigade or division or higher unit in the U.S. Army or Marine Corps, in a numbered unit in the U.S. Air Force, or in a unit in the U.S. Navy commanded by a rear admiral or one of higher rank.
  3. (l.c.) the senior officer in command of a general staff, esp. that of the military forces of a nation.
  4. (l.c.) the head of any staff: the chief of staff for the First Lady.
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