VFW National Security & Foreign Affairs

Washington Office Weekly Update

27 Jan 06




v     Iraq War Information Resource:  Get the latest information direct from Iraq.   Go to the Multi-National Force – Iraq website at .  Here you will find up-to-date information that you won’t get from the mainstream media. 


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 108,111; Navy Reserve – 4,615; Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve – 7,564; Marine Corps Reserve – 7,121; and the Coast Guard Reserve – 414. This brings the total number of activated Guard and Reserve personnel to 127,825, a decrease of 3,991 from last week.


v      VFW Officials Meet with Army Leaders:  Washington Office Executive Director Bob Wallace and National Security & Foreign Affairs Director Mike Wysong attended a round table meeting with Army Vice Chief of Staff General Codey and the 3-Star leaders of the Army National Guard and Army Reserves.  The thrust of the meeting was to brief attendees on the Army’s major transformation initiative and explain the new brigade design and force structure changes.  When the changes are complete, the Army will have a modular force centered on Brigade Combat Teams (BCT’s) and the OIF/OEF unit rotation model will change to a 1 in 3 year rotation for the active force and 1 in 6 years for the reserve force.  It was stressed that the Guard & Reserve have moved from a strategic reserve to an operational reserve force.  According to Gen. Codey “the Army is not broken – it’s stretched.”  When questioned about the possibility of another conflict, it was stated that the U.S. would have to go from a partial mobilization to a full mobilization of reserve component forces.  DoD is also considering legislation to change the Presidential call-up authority from 270,000 to 360,000.  The VFW is closely monitoring this transformation process and will  work to ensure that neither personnel end strength nor quality-of-life for soldiers and their families are sacrificed to support these changes.





Michael H. Wysong, Director

National Security & Foreign Affairs

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.