At a recent ceremony at R.A.F. Station Habbaniya, the home of Air Headquarters Iraq, A.V-M. J. G. Hawtrey, C.B.E., was presented with the new Iraq Command badge by the A.O.C-in-C. M.E.A.F., Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Sanders, K.C.B., K.B.E. The badge carried the traditional five-winged Assyrian bull, and the motto Pennae Extente ("Spread your wings").

Addressing the parade, the C-in-C. recalled how the Air Headquarters Iraq had developed following the British Government's decision in 1922, on the advice of Mr. Churchill, then Colonial Secretary, to withdraw all army units and entrust the protection of the newly-created kingdom of Iraq to the R.A.F.

Source: Flight International