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Freedom of Information Act

The 51st Communications Squadron is responsible for processing requests for Seventh Air Force records under the FOIA provisions. Written requests may be received by postal service, facsimile or electronically. Requests received by facsimile or electronically must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.

FOIA Introduction

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 the three special law enforcement record exclusions". (see Quick Links)

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."

Click here for the full text of the Freedom of Information Act.

Who can submit a 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.

What are the fees?

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 pages free and pay for additional pages.
Category 3: Others. Requesters get the first two hours of search and the first 100 pages free.

How to make a request

Send requests for 51st Fighter Wing records to 51CS/SCBR (Attention: FOIA Manager), Unit 2078 OSAN AB ROK APO AP 96278-2078. Please ensure you mention "FOIA" and indicate a willingness to pay fees associated with the processing of your request or, in the alternative, why a waiver of fees may be appropriate. Written requests may be received by postal service, facsimile or electronically. Faxed or e-mailed requests must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.

Public Affairs Office

Seventh Air Force Public Affairs
Unit 2047, APO AP 96278-2047

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To find a phone number on base, call the Base Operator at Commercial 011-82-31-661-1110 or DSN 315-784-1110. The Public Affairs Office cannot redirect calls or provide phone numbers.