|Submitted||Nov. 11, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
The Army Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) for James H. Schwitters. The requested files include form DD-214, all Officer Evaluation Reports AR 623-205 / AR 623-3, Enlisted Evaluation Reports (EER), Record of assignments form, training/military education received, and any other releasable records under FOIA. Mr James Schwitters served in the United States Army as an enlisted service member and commissioned officer between 1974 to 2008, final rank Brigadier General O-7, graduated from Army War College and has claimed numerous awards and decorations. Please redact any sensitive information protected in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974.
PLEASE NOTE: I am not a next of kin of this servicemember, and thus do not know Mr. Schwitters Social Security Number or military service number. Please process my request for this servicemember's OMPF and other records under the Freedom of Information Act’s relevant provisions.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be processed by a representative of the news media/press. This request is made in the process of news gathering.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, 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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
Please be advised that this office serves as the policy and oversight office for the Department of the Army Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts entities, and is not a repository for documents for the Department of the Army. Requests for information and documents under the purview of the Army are sent to the agency most likely to have responsive records for a review in accordance with Army Regulation 25-55, The Army Freedom of Information Act program.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) only provides the means by which the public can request specific documents from the Army. The FOIA does not require Federal agencies to answer questions, render opinions, do legal research, compile or analyze data, conduct surveys, or provide subjective evaluations.
As stated previously, this office has no records. For information pertaining to military personnel files please fill out the attached SF 180 and send it to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) at the National Achieves. Their contact information and directions on how to check on the status of your request are located on their website: https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel