Headquarters United States Army Africa Freedom of Information Act Requester Service Center
Welcome to Headquarters United States Army Africa Requester Service Center. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requester Service was established in compliance with Executive Order 13392 (See attachment 1a). FOIA is a federal statute which generally provides that any person has a right to request federal agency records, except to the extent the records are protected from disclosure by any of the nine exemptions contained in the law or by one of three special law enforcement exclusions.
This Service Center was designed to assist the public in making FOIA requests for the Headquarters United States Army Africa records. The information obtained herein is not intended to be definitive or exhaustive. The FOIA, which is known by its legal cite as Title 5 U.S.C. § 552, along with the Department of Defense (DOD) Regulation 5400.7-R, governs how requests will be processed within the United States Army Africa. Because the Headquarters United States Army Africa must comply with national security laws, some documents or parts of documents may be exempt from release. Please see FOIA exemptions under How to file a FOIA Request (See attachment 1) for more information.
Your FOIA request may be similar to previous requests approved for release. Please review the Department of Defense Reading Room (hyperlinked below) section of this web page to see if the information you are requesting is already posted. The USARAF FOIA Requester Service Center is the initial point of contact for FOIA requesters to receive status, updates and appropriate information about their requests. See Below the service center contact information:
Headquarters U. S. Army Africa
Attention: FOIA Office, ACofS G6
Unit 31401, Box 81
APO AE 09630
Commercial Phone DSN Phone
+39 0444 71 8956 (314) 634-8956/8222
+39 0444 71 8222
Please note: If you are making a request for personal records regarding yourself, you must provide a signed letter. The letter containing your signature can be mailed or scanned as an email attachment.
Any requesters having concerns about the service can raise their concerns with Mrs. Simmons Angelica (U.S. Africa Command Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act Officer). She can be reach at DSN 421-4287 or email to Angelica.Simmons@usafricom.mil.
Jim Hogan, FOIA Public Liaison, Chief of FOIA Policy, Appeals and Litigation. He can be reached at (571)372-0463, DSN 425-6820 or email to email@example.com.
v Handbook (See attachment 2)
o How to make a FOIA Request (See attachment 1)
o How to file a FOIA Appeal: If your request was initially denied in whole or in part, the letter advising you of the denial of your request should also have advised you of your right to appeal the determination within 60 days. If you wish to make an appeal you must file your appeal with the correct appellate authority within sixty (60) days. The appellate authority for the United States Africa Command is the FOIA Appeals and Policy Branch, DFOISR. This information, including an address, will be located on all returned requests that are denied in whole or in part.
v Resource Materials
v Reading Room
o 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(2)(A) Records -- Final opinions and orders made in the adjudication of cases that may be cited, used, or relied upon as precedents in future adjudications. Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals
o 5 U.S.C. § 552 (a)(2)(B) Records -- Statements of policy and interpretations that have been adopted by the agency and are not published in the Federal Register
o 5 U.S.C. § 552 (a)(2)(D) Records -- Records released to the public, under the FOIA, that are or will likely become the subject of subsequent requests. United States Army Africa Staff Task Organization Chart link is below: