Ohio Army National Guard Drone Documents

Drone Watch filed this request with the Ohio National Guard of Ohio.
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From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase, research of and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”);

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on institutional use of drones, including on the legal process required (such as a warrant or court order), if any, before operating a drone;

3. any departmental records concerning this institution's use of and/or research of drones now or plans to use drones in the future including:

a. the types of investigations or instances in which this department is using or plans to use drones, or how it plans to support, manage or oversee the usage of drones by another department or office;

b. policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on storage requirements or procedures for video or static images obtained through use of drones, including retention times;

c. the altitude at which drones can or do fly;

d. drones’ ability to carry weapons.

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 MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Cosgray, Richard A Jr CW4 USARMY NG OHARNG (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO

I am acknowledging that I received this FOIA request on January 31, 2013. I have not seen your initial request dated Jan 14, 2013. This FOIA is assigned case number 13-0007. You should expect a response no later than March 1, 2013.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Cosgray, Richard A Jr CW4 USARMY NG OHARNG (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

The attachments are the response for your FOIA request.

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: Drone Watch

Hello:

Thank you for the documents. I see a boilerplate PUM (Proper Use Memorandum), but not one specific to the Ohio Army National Guard. Does a state/organization-specific document exist?

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Drone Watch

Hello:

Additionally, I see references in the AWR for Clinton County to a COA for Clinton County. If this exists, could you please send it as well?

Best,

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Cosgray, Richard A Jr CW4 USARMY NG OHARNG (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

There is no record of a COA for Clinton County at this time.

From: Drone Watch

Hello,

The AWR dated 13 Feb 2012 (AWR RQ-11B20120213) indicates that it is valid
"only for operations within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Certificate of Authorization (COA) within Clinton County, Ohio." Likewise, the memorandum of agreement between the Clinton County Port Authority and the Ohio National Guard (effective 15 April 2012) refers to "the approved FAA COA."

Does the Ohio National Guard have a COA that allows it to operate UAVs out of the Wilmington Air Park or other sites in Clinton County?

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Cosgray, Richard A Jr CW4 USARMY NG OHARNG (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO

From: Cosgray, Richard A Jr CW4 USARMY NG OHARNG (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

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