VFW National Security & Foreign Affairs

Washington Office Weekly Update

6 Jan 06




v     VFW Supports the War in Iraq: In an out of session move, the VFW National Council of Administration approved Resolution 440 on Jan. 3 to support the troops and the president as they prosecute the war in Iraq as part of the larger Global War on Terrorism.  The resolution also stipulates that American forces should remain in Iraq in sufficient numbers until Iraqi forces can provide security for their own nation.  The resolution and accompanying news release can be viewed on the VFW website at


v     Presidential Address:  President Bush will deliver a major policy address to the VFW in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Jan 10.


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 115,210; Navy Reserve – 4,044; Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve – 7,790; Marine Corps Reserve – 8,546; and the Coast Guard Reserve – 416. This brings the total number of activated Guard and Reserve personnel to 136,006, an decrease of 1,851 from last week.


v     New Navy Secretary:  Donald C. Winter was sworn in January 3rd  as the 74th secretary of the Navy by Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England.  In this position, Winter leads the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team and is responsible for almost 900,000 people and an annual budget in excess of $125 billion.


v     POW/MIA Update:  A team of U.S. POW/MIA specialists met last week in Beijing with officials of the Peoples Republic of China to pursue further access to archival documents relating to American prisoners of war and to coordinate case investigation and recovery operations in China in 2006.


v     War Death Status:               Iraq (OIF) – 2,189             Afghanistan (OEF) – 255





Michael H. Wysong, Director

National Security and Foreign Affairs

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.