2014-04-14 FOIA AFHRA – George AFB’s Aircraft Decontamination Center

Frank Vera III
P.O. Box 1313
Jamestown, CA 95327-1313
Phone: 209-xxx-xxxx

14 March 2014
BY Email:  Lynn.Gamma@maxwell.af.mil

Lynn Gamma, FOIA Manager
Air Force Historical Research Agency
Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA)
600 Chennault Circle, Bldg 1405
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6424

FOIA Request

Dear FOIA Officer:

Please process this request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552.

I am requesting, a complete unredacted copy and/or printout of records pertaining to the:

  1. IRISNUM= 00458873 / OLDACC 3-1390-15A
  1. Photographs of and documents pertaining to the aircraft decontamination center at George Air Force Base, CA
  1. This request is not meant to be exclusive of any other records that, although not specifically requested, have a reasonable relationship to the subject matter of this request. If you, or your office, have destroyed or decide to withhold any documents that could be reasonably construed to be responsive to this request, I ask that you indicate this fact and the reasons in your response.

Exempt Records

If you assert that any of the requested records are exempt from mandatory disclosure under FOIA, I request that you disclose them nevertheless, as such disclosure would serve the public interest of educating citizens regarding the operations and activities of the Air Force regarding this matter.

If you deny all or part of this request, please cite the specific exemptions you believe justify your refusal to release the information or permit the review and notify me of your appeal procedures available under the law.

In addition, I would like to draw your attention to president Obama’s 21 January 2009 Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, directing federal agencies to adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure and stating that government information should not be kept confidential “merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears.”


In excising material, please “black out” rather than “white out” or “cut out.”  Additionally, any reasonably segregable portion of a responsive record must be provided to me after redaction of any allegedly exempt material, as the law requires.  5 U.S.C. § 552(b).  I reserve the right to appeal any decision to withhold information.

Public Interest Fee Waiver

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest.  The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at GeorgeAFB.Info, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.  I reserve the right to appeal any decision to deny a Public Interest Fee Waiver.

Record Format

I request that any documents or records produced in response to this request be provided in electronic (soft-copy) form wherever possible.  Acceptable formats are .pdf, .doc, docx, .jpg, .gif, .tif.  Please provide soft-copy records by email or on a CD if email is not feasible.

However, I do not agree to pay an additional fee to receive records on a CD, and in the instance that such a fee is required, I will accept a paper copy of responsive records.

I look forward to receiving the requested documents within twenty (20) business days.

If you wish to discuss this request, please do not hesitate to contact me at 209-984-5517.

Thank you for processing this FOIA.



Frank Vera III                                                               Date:


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