Incident report on live fire training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot

Brian Johnson filed this request with the Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC of the United States of America.
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From: Brian Johnson

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

I am seeking the full command investigation and interview transcripts of the live fire training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada on March 18, 2013, which killed 7 marines.

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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Brian Johnson

From: hqmcfoia@usmc.mil

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* Tracking Number: DON-USMC-2015-001552
* Requester Name: BRIAN JOHNSON
* Date Submitted: 12/03/2014
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
Request full command investigation and interview transcripts of the live fire training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada on 3/18/2013 killing 7 Marines.

From: eric.wannamaker@navy.mil

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* Tracking Number: DON-NAVY-2015-001598
* Requester Name: BRIAN JOHNSON
* Date Submitted: 12/03/2014
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
Request full command investigation and interview transcripts of the live fire training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada on 3/18/2013 killing 7 Marines.

From: willis.staton@usmc.mil

12/09/2014 02:55 PM FOIA Request: DON-USMC-2015-001552

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Good Afternoon Mr. Johnson,
Attached please find our referral letter in reference to your FOIA request. Thanks and have a great day.
Sincerely,
Barbara Gonzalez Deputy, FOIA/PA Section
Commandant of the Marine Corps (ARSF) Headquarters US Marine Corps 3000 Marine Corps Pentagon Rm 2B289 Washington DC 20350-3000
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An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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 Dec. 3, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2015-001552.

Thank you for your help.

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January 19, 2015
Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC
FOIA/PA Manager (Code ARSF)
COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS
HEADQUARTERS, U.S. MARINE CORPS (ARSF)
2 NAVY ANNEX
WASHINGTON DC 20380-1775

This is a follow up to request number DON-USMC-2015-001552:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 3, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2015-001552.

Thank you for your help.

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On Dec. 19, 2014:

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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On Dec. 9, 2014:

12/09/2014 02:55 PM FOIA Request: DON-USMC-2015-001552

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Good Afternoon Mr. Johnson,
Attached please find our referral letter in reference to your FOIA request. Thanks and have a great day.
Sincerely,
Barbara Gonzalez Deputy, FOIA/PA Section
Commandant of the Marine Corps (ARSF) Headquarters US Marine Corps 3000 Marine Corps Pentagon Rm 2B289 Washington DC 20350-3000
FOIA/PA Phone: (703) 614-4008 DSN: 224 Fax: (703) 614-6287 FOIA Email: hqmcfoia@usmc.mil (mailto:hqmcfoia@usmc.mil)
FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY - PRIVACY SENSITIVE: ANY MISUSE OR UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE MAY RESULT IN CIVIL AND/OR CRIMINAL PENALTIES.
Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient (s) and may contain confidential and/or privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by e-mail and destroy any copies of the original message.
We value your comments please take time complete the Management Comment Card via the ICE Tool http://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&service_provider_id=130985&site_id=341&dep=DoD (http://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&service_provider_id=130985&site_id=341&dep=DoD)

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On Dec. 5, 2014:

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d28047df50)
* Tracking Number: DON-NAVY-2015-001598
* Requester Name: BRIAN JOHNSON
* Date Submitted: 12/03/2014
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
Request full command investigation and interview transcripts of the live fire training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada on 3/18/2013 killing 7 Marines.

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On Dec. 4, 2014:

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d28047b155)
* Tracking Number: DON-USMC-2015-001552
* Requester Name: BRIAN JOHNSON
* Date Submitted: 12/03/2014
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
Request full command investigation and interview transcripts of the live fire training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada on 3/18/2013 killing 7 Marines.

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On Dec. 3, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

I am seeking the full command investigation and interview transcripts of the live fire training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada on March 18, 2013, which killed 7 marines.

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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Brian Johnson

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From: Staton Capt Willis R

Good Afternoon Sir,

I currently have your FOIA request, for action. I am able to release the 21 page summary from the Commanding General summarizing the findings of the investigation and the corrective actions that followed. If you want this, I can have this to you this week. If not, the other portions of the individual supporting documents (400+ pages) will need to be sent to the various other release authorities of their documents before you will be able to receive these. Let me know how you would like to proceed. Thank you and have a good day.

Respectfully
Captain Willis R. Staton, USMC
FOIA Officer/G-1 OpsO/Adjutant
2d Marine Division
(910) 451-6998/8721

From: willis.staton@usmc.mil

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request DON-USMC-2015-001552 has been
fully granted.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
12/03/2014
* Request Long Description:
Request full command investigation and interview transcripts of the live fire training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada on 3/18/2013 killing 7 Marines.

From: Staton Capt Willis R

Mr. Johnson,

Attached is the requested command investigation into the circumstances of the Hawthorne Investigation. I had sent a previous email to see if you want all enclosures sent to external agencies for release authority. Let me know how you would like to proceed.

Very Respectfully,
Captain Willis R. Staton
G-1 OpsO/Adjutant
2d Marine Division
(910) 451-6998/8721

From: eric.wannamaker@navy.mil

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request DON-NAVY-2015-001598 has been
denied.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
12/03/2014
* Request Long Description:
Request full command investigation and interview transcripts of the live fire training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada on 3/18/2013 killing 7 Marines.

From: Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Bowers, Ralph L. CIV RLSO SW

Dear Mr. Johnson:

This acknowledges and is my final response to your request for "the full command investigation and interview transcripts of the live fire exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada on March 18, 2013, which killed 7 marines." You submitted your request to the Commandant of the Marine Corps on December 3, 2014. The Marine Corps assigned your request DON-USMC-2015-001522. A copy of your request was referred to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) on or about December 5, 2014. NCIS assigned your request DON-NAVY-2015-001598. NCIS identified a 40 page report of investigation (ROI) originated by Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit ELEVEN Detachment Fallon. NCIS referred a copy of your request and the EOD ROI to Navy Region Southwest (NRSW) for direct response on April 27, 2015. I received your request and the EOD ROI from NCIS on May 5, 2015. I processed your request in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

I believe your request and the EOD ROI may have been misdirected. That is, NRSW does not maintain EOD ROIs. Rather, EOD ROIs are maintained and released by Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC). Accordingly, I have referred a copy of your request and the EOD ROI to NECC for direct response.

Please return any questions with regard to the processing of your request by NRSW to me at this email address or (619) 532-1418. Please direct any questions with regard to the status or processing of your request by NECC to the NECC Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Brett.Cook@navy.mil or 757-462-4316 extension 187.

Cheers,

R. L. Bowers
CNRSW Federal Information Law Program Manager
RLSOSW Federal Information Law Analyst
(619) 532-1418
(DSN) 522-1418

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From: Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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The request has been forwarded from one agency to another agency or department for further review or follow up.

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