FOIA and FOIA Reading Room

This page provides information about the Air Force Historical Research Agency's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program and provides a list of documents found in the FOIA Reading Room. Freedom of Information Act requests may be submitted for classified documents and documents containing administrative restrictions. Requests for unclassified documents with no restrictions may be submitted through Archival Requests.

Freedom of Information Act

Freedom of Information Act

Air Force Historical Research Agency Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA)

Lynn Gamma, FOIA Manager
Cathy Cox, Alternate FOIA Manager

FOIA requests should be submitted electronically at:
AF eFOIA Public Access Link (PAL)

or by mail at:

600 Chennault Circle, Bldg 1405
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6424

What is FOIA?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program is mandated by Congress and applies to all governmental agencies.

The program allows the public to request information pertaining to an agency's functions, practices, and future plans.

Anyone may request records under the FOIA. Public disclosure is mandatory unless exempted under Title 5 U.S.C. 552.

In accordance with the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996, agencies have 20 work days to respond to a FOIA request.

As a general rule, the Air Force will not deliver unofficial mass mailings addressed to individuals at their duty addresses.

FOIA Reading Room

Reading room documents are located at the Air Force FOIA Reading Room.

If dissatisfied with the response received from the center, you may contact the FOIA Public Liaison at (202) 404-1393 or email af.foia@pentagon.af.mil.

Seeking Classified Records?

If you are only seeking a copy of a record or records that are currently classified, and would like the record reviewed for appropriate declassification and release, you should file a Mandatory Declassification Review request. Mandatory Declassification Review is a provision of Presidential Executive Order 13526 that allows members of the public to request a mandatory declassification review of a classified document in order to obtain a releasable version of the document. The desired document requested must be specified in sufficient detail that it can be readily located. The record in question may not be the subject of litigation. The mandatory declassification review process can be a very timely and in-depth, due to the classification of materials being reviewed by internal and outside agencies.  MDR decisions can be administratively appealed to the Headquarters Air Force/AAII (Mandatory Declassification Review) or Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP). 

Requests for review and release of classified records under the MDR process can be made to:

Headquarters Air Force/AAII (Mandatory Declassification Review)
1000 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1000

Email:  usaf.pentagon.saf-aa.mbx.mdr-workflow@mail.mil