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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)

Maranda Gilmore, FOIA Manager
Geoffrey Henson, 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.

Submitting Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

Most Air Force Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for documents archived at the Air Force Historical Research Agency are best submitted to the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) at Joint Base San Antonio, TX.  Please visit https://efoia.milcloud.mil/App/PalLogin.aspx to create an online FOIA account.  When you submit a request, please make sure you state that it is a FOIA request and whether you are willing to accept clearly releasable portions of the requested documents (Recommended). Also, please state your willingness to pay and make sure to include your contact information.

 

Note: “The document requested must be described in sufficient detail to be readily located by someone knowledgeable of the requested information.”

 

The FOIA program is a document release act and should not normally be used to search for information in which the location or document type is unknown. It is not permissible to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to request a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR); please see the MDR link. If you do not know the specific details of a requested document, please submit an archival request at AFHRA.NEWS@us.af.mil and we will be happy to either guide you through the process or to the correct resource.

 

For more information about how the Air Force FOIA program works please visit https://www.foia.af.mil/Library/Handbook/