100 Air Commando Way
Cannon AFB, NM 88103

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Freedom of Information Act Programs and Initiative

What is FOIA?

The Freedom of Information Act Program (DoD5400.7-R_AFMAN33-302) 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 three law enforcement exclusions.


Other links include: Defense Link and U.S. Air Force FOIA .

Currently, the law allows 20 working days to process a FOIA request upon receipt of the request in the FOIA office.

What is the Cost?

Costs are assessed depending on which group the request falls into:

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

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.

Releasing E-mail Addresses

Air Force policy is to deny requests for lists of e-mail addresses (both personal and organizational) using FOIA exemption (b)(3). Public Affairs offices also rely on FOIA exemption (b)(6) when denying lists of personal e-mail addresses.

Because Department of Defense e-mail systems are to be used only for official and authorized purposes; the addresses are considered primarily internal. The regulations at issue that could be circumvented include DOD and Air Force regulations that require us to limit use of e-mail to authorized purposes and to protect the security of your computer and information systems.

Exemption (b)(6) protects information that if released would permit a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. This does not prohibit an organization from including a single e-mail address on a Web page or in correspondence.

How to Make a FOIA Request

Send requests for AFSOC records to 27 SOW/IP (FOIA), 100 Air Commando Way, Bldg 1, Cannon AFB, NM 88103. Please ensure you mention "FOIA" and indicate a willingness to pay fees associated with the processing of the request or, in the alternative, why a waiver of fees may be appropriate.

The Air Force has an established Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website for submitting requests online to our Requester Service Centers (RSC). Click on the following Air Force eFOIA Public Access LinkOnce there, we recommend you review all the links listed on the left side as they have been designed to provide information and guidance.


If dissatisfied with the response received from the FOIA Requester Service Center, you may contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Office, Ms. Anh Trinh, at, 703-614-8500.