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COLONEL. An officer in the army, next below a brigadier general, bears this title.

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I promoted him to a full bird colonel right then and there.
He joined The Old Crows back in the days when he was a Bird Colonel and Chief of AFWAL (AF Wright Aero Labs).
But for Arnie's Army - looking more like a collection of graying bird colonels than those raw young recruits who flanked him by the thousands during the 1950s and '60s - just watching the King play at any level is reward enough.