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The FOIA allows the general public to request records in writing from the Federal Government. Some records are released to the public under the FOIA 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.
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. Currently the law allows 20 working days to process a FOIA request upon receipt of the request in the FOIA office.
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.
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.
tabHow to make a FOIA request 
Submit Freedom of Information requests online to our Requester Service Centers (RSC) by clicking on the following AF eFOIA Public Access
Link (PAL): https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx

For mailing/faxing FOIA request contact Keesler Requester Service Center:


81 CS/SCOK (FOIA)
708 Fisher Street, Room 6F
Keesler AFB MS 39534-2568
Fax: 228-377-3745

All requests for IG records should be sent to the 502 ABW/JB6KR. If you use PAL at https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx, select "AETC - Joint Base San Antonio Ft Sam Houston, TX." If you would like to use regular mail, address your request to:

502 ABW/JB6KR (FOIA),
B 247, Rm 134
2080 Wilson Way
Ft Sam Houston TX 78234-7680
DSN 420-0159/0147 or Comm: 210-808-0159/0147


Describe the records needed, as specifically as possible, and let us know the cost you are willing to pay for administrative processing. Furnish any facts or clues about the time, place, persons, events, subjects, or other details of the information or records requested. That information will help us decide where to search and determine what records pertain to your request. It can also save you and the government time and money, and you may get requested records faster.

Note: 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 a FOIA request.


The electronic reading room is located on the Air Force
Freedom of Information Act web page at http://www.foia.af.mil/index.asp, under the title, "Reading Room.

Please be advised that the Air Force will not deliver unofficial mass mailings addressed to individuals or duty addresses. A mass mailing is defined as 50 or more pieces of mail received on the same day from the same mailer. 

FOIA requestors who have questions concerning the processing of their requests with the Keesler AFB FOIA Office should contact the center at (228)377-2286.
 

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.
 

The Keesler FOIA office processes requests for the 81st Training Wing and all tenant units at Keesler AFB except for the 403d Wing and Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 407.

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Due to civilian personnel furloughs in the Air Force beginning July 8, 2013,
FOIA requesters will notice delays in responses to FOIA requests. We
apologize for these delays; however, please be assured that the Air Force
FOIA Officers are committed to providing quality customer service during this time. Thank you for your patience.

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