Colonel was a military rank associated with ground forces and some starfighter operations. It was greater than a Major and lesser than a General, and would be equivilent to a naval Captain. Most colonels would command a regiment or equivalent force.
Some colonels would be attached to major warships, either as commanders of the starfighter attachment, or as aides to the commanding officer (Admiral or Commodore, typically) for ground-based soldiering advice.
Colonel usually had one derivative, that of Lieutenant Colonel.
In Imperial Service Edit
A Colonel in the Imperial Army was generally a staff officer, serving behind the lines. In certain cases, however, a Colonel may be given a field command, such as command over one or two regiments in the absence of or in place of a Lieutenant Colonel, or a Support/Auxiliary regiment.
In New Republic Service Edit
The New Republic used Colonels in the New Republic Army to direct operations on a Bridgade level. Rarely do Brigade commanders take the field, as their jobs require them to stay focused on tactical maneuvering and strategy at the higher levels. They may, however, elect to run things from their base, and leave the commanding of the Brigade combat teams to lower ranking officers. Support personnel holding this rank are almost always aides to the General on the flagship or at the home post. Occasionally they hold their own command over a detachment of support personnel.
A Colonel in the New Republic Starfighter Corps commanded operations on a Strike Group level, and were typically pilots in charge of their own squadron. They were allowed to run things from their home ship, and leave the commanding of the squadrons to lower ranking officers. Support personnel holding this rank were frequently aides to the General on the flagship or at the home post. Occasionally they held their own command over a detachment of support personnel.
In Union Service Edit
Both the Union Marines and Provincial Army heavily used the Colonel rank, as the typical deployment size for a force asset was at the regiment level. Typically, three to four regiments would constitute a division, commanded by a General. The regiments, though, would be headed by their own Colonel.
A Marine Regiment's Colonel would often interface with the Commodore or Admiral of the fleet element it was embarked upon, and would advise on all soldiering matters. A Colonel of this manner would retain a Lieutenant Colonel in his staff to coordinate additional logistics, such as support, intelligence, and Marine Aerospace Division assets.