LREC Materials for Nigerien Air Bases

Matthew Petti filed this request with the Air Force of the United States of America .
Tracking #

2021-00455-F

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Completed

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From: Matthew Petti


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all materials related to language, regional expertise, and culture (LREC) education and training given to those stationed at Air Base 101 and Air Base 201 in Niger, current as of October 2020. Please include handouts, brochures, pamphlets, Power Points, directives, memorandums, or any other relevant material.

If any part of these documents are exempt from disclosure, please be sure to review and release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of responsive documents, as the FOIA requires.

I request that I be properly classified as a media requester. I am an investigative journalist who has written numerous articles on topics of public interest for the Asia Times, Responsible Statecraft, the National Interest, Reason Magazine, America Magazine and the Armenian Weekly, and I am requesting these documents in an editorial capacity. Please contact me if you have any questions about my media status.

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.

Sincerely,

Matthew Petti

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Dear Matthew Petti,
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Air Force FOIA Requester Service Center

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Dear Mr. Petti

This is an acknowledgement for receipt of your 13 November 2020 Freedom of Information Act REQUEST for
To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:Any and all materials related to language, regional expertise, and culture (LREC) education and training given to those stationed at Air Base 101 and Air Base 201 in Niger, current as of October 2020. Please include handouts, brochures, pamphlets, Power Points, directives, memorandums, or any other relevant material.If any part of these documents are exempt from disclosure, please be sure to review and release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of responsive documents, as the FOIA requires.I request that I be properly classified as a media requester. I am an investigative journalist who has written numerous articles on topics of public interest for the Asia Times, Responsible Statecraft, the National Interest, Reason Magazine, America Magazine and the Armenian Weekly, and I am requesting these documents in an editorial capacity. Please contact me if you have any questions about my media status.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.Sincerely,Matthew Petti (Date Range for Record Search: From 01/01/2016 To 11/01/2020).

We received your request on 18 November 2020.  Your case has been assigned case number 2021-00455-F.
If you have any questions concerning your request, you may contact us at 210-395-0995 or email us at afimsc.foia.workflow@us.af.mil.  Please reference your assigned case number when making inquiries.

Sincerely

Sonya M. Braxton
Freedom of Information Act Manager

FOIA Case 2021-00455-F

From: Air Force

Dear Mr. Petti,
We received your 13-Nov-20 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request 2021-00455-F on 10-Dec-20, which seeks the following: Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records: Any and all materials related to language, regional expertise, and culture (LREC) education and training given to those stationed at Air Base 101 and Air Base 201 in Niger, current as of October 2020. Please include handouts, brochures, pamphlets, Power Points, directives, memorandums, or any other relevant material.
Our organization has a significant number of pending FOIA requests. Therefore, we implemented a multi-track processing for requests.  Based on the information you have requested, we placed your request in the Simple track. We estimate a response to your request will be provided within 20 working days.  Our policy is to process requests within their respective tracks in the order in which we receive them.  FOIA requests are processed as quickly as possible.  We will advise you if we cannot provide a response within the FOIA statutory
timeline.
Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office will be minimally manned until further notice.  FOIA managers will be teleworking and will continue to process your request to the best of their capability; however, we expect delays in response times.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.
The Based on the information you have requested, we placed your request in the Complex processing track. A complex request can take substantial time and cause significant impact on responding units. Complications and delays are likely. Records sought are massive in volume. Multiple organizations must review/coordinate on requested records. Records are classified; originated with a nongovernment source; are part of the Air Force’s decision-making process; or are privileged.

We estimate we will provide a response to your request within 30 working days. Our policy is to process requests within their respective tracks in the order in which we receive them. FOIA requests are processed as quickly as possible. We will advise you if we cannot provide a response within the FOIA statutory timeline.
FOIA Fee Restriction prevents DoD Components from charging commercial or “other” requesters search fees, or representatives of the news media or educational requesters duplication fees if respond do not occur within 20 or 30 working days for unusual circumstances (documents not located with the office processing the FOIA request, the responsive records are voluminous, or required consultation with another agency).  Fee restrictions do not apply if responsive records total more than 5,000 pages, and this office has made three or more good-faith attempts to discuss with you, how to effectively limit the scope of your request.
We have placed you in the  "Educational or Noncommercial Scientific Institution or News Media" fee category for processing.  Under this category, you may be charged for all duplication (paper) costs.  The first 100 pages of duplication are furnished without charge.
Direct questions to afimsc.foia.workflow@us.af.mil and reference FOIA case number 2021-00455-F.
Sincerely,
//SIGNED//
Dawn Hobeck, Civ, DAF
Freedom of Information Act Manager

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An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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