VFW National Security & Foreign Affairs

Washington Office Weekly Update

16 Dec 05



v     War Death Status:               Iraq (OIF) – 2,156             Afghanistan (OEF) – 252


v     NATO Afghan Operations:  The North Atlantic Council and NATO foreign ministers recently endorsed the operation plan (OPLAN) for the expansion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to southern Afghanistan.  ISAF troop strength will increase by 6,000 to 15,000 with Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom being the greatest contributors to the expansion.  ISAF expansion is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2006 and be completed by the fourth quarter.


v     Army Vehicle Armor:   The U.S. Army will spend $4.1 billion in 2006 on armoring its tactical wheeled vehicles; and the U.S. will increase its production of armored Humvees (HMMWVs) from 450 to 550 per month by March 2006.


v     Reserve Component Mobilization: The total number currently on active duty in support of the partial mobilization for the Army National Guard and Army Reserve is 122,659; Navy Reserve – 4,124; Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve – 8,218; Marine Corps Reserve – 8,775; and the Coast Guard Reserve – 417. This brings the total number of activated Guard and Reserve personnel to 144,193, an decrease of 495 from last week.


v     MIA Remains Identified:  The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced that the remains U.S. Navy Seaman 2nd Class Dee Hall, of Syra, OK, missing in action from WWII, were identified and returned to his family for burial.





Michael H. Wysong, Director

National Security and Foreign Affairs

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.