http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=AKMEWHOFNQGQXQFIQMFCFFWAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2006/09/16/wafg16.xml from link... "The team, about 20-strong, was led by Flying Officer Steve Turner, of 34 Sqn RAF Regiment. Normally, the regiment is charged with the mundane work of airfield protection. In the special circumstances of Afghanistan it has taken on a more dashing counterinsurgency role, earn-ing it the nickname "RAF-SAS". The patrol advanced slowly across a field the colour of donkey hide, ridged with irrigation channels. Some of the men had grown brigand beards. "It shows respect for the people and their culture," said Sgt Simon Evans. "All the men here have beards. It's a sign of wisdom and virility. Not that you'd get much chance to prove your virility here."