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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The 355th Communications Squadron processes requests for 355th Fighter Wing and 12th Air Force records under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. Written requests may be received by postal service or electronically at davismonthan.foia@dm.af.mil. Requests received electronically must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.
tabWho can submit a FOIA request? 
Members of the public, including foreign citizens, military and civilian personnel acting as private citizens, organizations and businesses, and individual members of the Congress for themselves or constituents, may request records in writing. It is important to remember that the Freedom of Information Act applies only to federal agencies. It does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, state or local government agencies, or by private businesses or individuals. Each state has its own public access laws that should by consulted for access to state and local records. Air Force-affiliated requesters, to include military and civilian employees, should not use government equipment, supplies, stationery, postage, telephones, or official mail channels to make FOIA requests. Requests should be made through personal e-mail or postal service.
tabWhat are the fees for processing a FOIA request? 
Fees are assessed depending on which group the request falls into:

Category 1: Commercial. Requesters pay all search, review, and duplication.

Category 2: Educational or Noncommercial Scientific Institution or News Media. Requesters get the first 100 copies free and pay for additional copies.

Category 3: Others. Requesters get the first two hours of search and the first 100 copies free.
tabWhat is the FOIA 
The Freedom of Information Act Program (DODR 5400.7) allows the general public including foreign citizens, military and civilian personnel acting as private citizens, to request records electronically or in writing from the Federal Government. Some records are released to the public under the Freedom of Information Act, and may therefore reflect deletion of some information in accordance with the FOIA's nine statutory exemptions or two law enforcement record exclusions. A consolidated list of such records is on Defense Link and the U.S. Air Force FOIA site.
tabFOIA Response Time 
Normally, you can expect a response to your FOIA request within 20 workdays from the date the appropriate FOIA office receives it. If special situations exist, the FOIA office will contact you with an estimated completion date and explain the reason for delay. The Air Force works requests on a first-in, first-out basis.
tabKey FOIA Documents 
 FOIA Additional Information
tabHow to Make a FOIA Request 
Effective 30 March 2009: The Air Force has established a new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website for submitting request online to our Requester Service Centers (RSC). Click on the following AF eFOIA Public Access Link (PAL):https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx. Once there, we recommend you review all the links listed on the left side as they have been designed to provide information and guidance. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions of them) are protected from public disclosure by one of nine exemptions, or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions. The principles of government openness and accountability underlying the FOIA are inherent in the democratic ideal: "The basic purpose of the FOIA is to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed to check against corruption and to hold the governors accountable to the governed." Also available at the AF eFOIA PAL are the AF FOIA handbook and the FOIA reading room.
tabMisc. Information 
FOIA requesters who have any questions concerning the processing of their requests with the Davis-Monthan Requester FOIA Office should contact this center at 520-228-4449. If dissatisfied with the response received from the Requester Service Center, you may contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Office at af.foia@pentagon.af.mil or 703-614-8500

AF FOIA Reading Room Site:
http://www.foia.af.mil/index.asp

Can I ask questions under the FOIA? The FOIA does not require Federal Agencies to answer questions, render opinions, or provide subjective evaluations. Requesters must ask for existing records. However, efforts will be made to search for records that may answer the questions.

How do I request a copy of my military medical records? http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/medical.html

How do I request a copy of my military personnel Record? http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html

How do I request a copy of my DD 214?
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html

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tabFOIA Office
355th Communications Squadron/SCOK (FOIA) 
3180 S First Street
Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ 85707

Tel: (520) 228-4449
DSN: 228-4449

NOTE: Click here for all inquiries regarding aircraft stored in "AMARC", "AMARG", or the "Bone Yard"

Click here to access the Air Combat Command FOIA Web page
tabPublic Affairs Office
D-M Directory Assistance
520-228-3900
355th FW Public Affairs
Bldg 1540, Room 196
520-228-3406
DMAFB Flight Operations Hotline
520-228-5091
Community Relations
520-228-3378
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520-228-3407

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