Drove into work this morning, listening to continuing news coverage of the tragic deaths of Lt Col Thorneloe and Tpr Hammond. This on top on the 2 crew of the F3 killed yesterday. A very sad couple of days. As I drove in, I was surprised to see the Union Flag and DE&S flags in their normal position (ie at the top of the pole), and not as I was perhaps expecting to see them flown at half mast. I'm not sure i really noticed this before, but it did strike me as a little odd as I was listening to the news. Accepted, the number of fatalaties is high, and this would mean doing this quite often presently- but why not? Certainly, in previous appointments, I have always insisted that as a mark of respect, that flags are flown at half mast when such news is announced, and that an MoD organisation would perhaps even have taken a lead on such things. Before I jump on the outrage bus, can anybody give me a clue as to what Departmental, DE&S or single service policy is on flying flags at half mast?