I was wondering about that as well.... what is the top man wearing a head dress that is not even of his service?
If it was him visiting as an Honorary Colonel then surely he would be wearing the Colonel's Rank of said Unit?
Added to that it does not appear that there are many RE Stationed with the Iraqi Airforce, other wise the article would have featured them.
Could it be he has lost or left his hat behind and had to borrow one?
Or is it some super sneaky avoidance of being targeted by the bad guys?
May be some one more grown up can offer an explanation?
Denotes an infantry SNCO, comes from the days when SNCO's wore sashes, and then as they used their pikes in battle, the blood ran down the pikes and dirtied their hands, which they then wiped on the sash, creating a crimson sash!
Apparently the RN sent a runner with a naval insignia for him to wear however coming out of the Captain's Quarters, they turned left at the Galley, not right and ended up in Davy Jones's locker. Allegedly one of the female sailors gave then directions...
You can't see it in the photo but Big Jock is wearing the fins and tight rubber garments of the Royal Navy's elite mine clearance diver sub-branch.
The Chief of the Defence Staff pays homage to this uniquely brave band of brothers by wearing rubber at every opportunity - particularly underneath his mess kit when attending functions at the palace.
Should you be fortunate enough to meet the great man, on no account be tempted to finger his star shaped insignia! This indicates that he is a member of the Order of the Bath but, more importantly, it conceals the inflator button for the rubber dry suit he will almost certainly be wearing under his RAF uniform.
One long push and Jockie could become over inflated, leading to a Mr Creosote type explosion. This would turn his numerous medals and decorations into deadly schrapnel. You have been warned.