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Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan 4 [OEF-A 4/5]
US Forces Order of Battle
13 July 2004

This is a "best available" order-of-battle of forces deployed in CENTCOM's part of Central Asia. The amount of publicly available information concerning aircraft types and specific units has diminished to the point that it is no longer possible to provide a high fidelity profile of current deployments. There are evidently significant gaps in unit identifications, as well as non-trivial uncertainties as to numbers of specific types of aircraft. The presence of significant numbers of civilian contractor personnel at various facilities in the region further complicates accounting for total personnel numbers.

OEF-A usually has roughly a brigade-plus sized unit located throughout Afghanistan. Rotations occur every 6 months and take over a month to complete. A name for the rotation has yet to be identified. In March 2004 OEF-A 5 was due to begin rotating into Afghanistan. A brigade from the 25th Infantry Division (Light) began deploying to Afghanistan in late March.

On July 7, 2004, Lt. Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, USAF, testified that, as of that date, about 17,900 US troops were deployed to Afghanistan. That number reflected a recent increase over the previous couple of months, partly in anticipation of elections to be held later in the fall in that country.

Recent Developments

  • The 391st Engineer Battalion from South Carolina has been put on alert for deployment to Afghanistan in January 2005.
  • Approximately 1,100 troops from the Indiana National Guard's 76th Infantry Brigade are to depart for Afghanistan in July 2004 to train the Afghan National Army.



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