In a ceremony conducted this past Monday, His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan awarded the Royal Medical Services (RMS) with the highest military honour he could bestow – the Supreme Commander’s Flag.
Before the Jordanian Royal Family, various high-ranking military officers, and important civil officials, the King presented the RMS the flag in recognition for their diverse services, efforts and contributions to the medical field. The award was granted by His Majesty in his capacity as Supreme Commander of the Jordanian Armed Forces. He was greeted at the ceremony by an official 21-gun salute.
The handing over of the flag is a battle honour and tribute to the services and sacrifices that the Jordanian military undertakes on behalf of the Kingdom of Jordan and is a mark of great respect. It is the equivalent of a Victoria Cross, or the Medal of Honour, but is awarded to units rather than individuals. A seasoned member of the Armed Forces himself, the King is often eager to show his appreciation for the soldiers under his command, and ensure strong ties between the military, the government, and the Jordanian Royal Family.
As part of the proceedings, His Majesty also inspected a medical exhibition presented by the RMS as a showcase of the advances that it has achieved in the field of medicine. Included in the exhibit was a fifty-bed mobile field hospital that includes many essential medical facilities. These include operating equipment, a medical lab, and ICU wards.
The director of the RMS expressed his pride for the members of his unit for receiving the flag. As part of his remarks made during the ceremony, he swore that the RMS would continue to provide Jordan with the best medical services it can provide.
The Supreme Commander’s Flag was an honour first established in 1941 by the King’s grandfather, the then Emir Abdullah I of Trans-Jordan.