Military Record: U.S. sergeant Michael J. Coen

Alex Richardson filed this request with the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records of the United States of America.
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From: Alex Richardson

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) including all Fitness Report and Counseling forms (NAVPERS Form 1610/2), the most recent Cumulative Record Of Training (NAVPERS Form 5300/16), the Background Summary (NAVPERS Form 1640/32), Officer Personnel Action Requests (NAVPERS Form 1301/85), Form DD-214 and transcripts of any court-martial trials for U.S. Sergeant Michael J. Coen.

Coen's alleged involvement in the sexual assault of a minor while stationed in Colombia in 2007 while on active military status has been widely reported in domestic media ( and abroad ( As such, urgent disclosure is in the interest of public information and safety. Please respond with an estimation of the amount of time it will take to process the request.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, and is not being made 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.


Alex Richardson


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 31, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Jennifer Benz-Jankowski

Good Morning,

We have been attempting to verify military service from the limited
information you provided on COEN, Michael, J, however, our attempts have
been unsuccessful. In order to locate a record, we will need the veterans
complete name, social security number (or service number), date of birth
and place of birth.

Please respond to this email within 7 business days with further
information. If further information is not received or unknown, our
response will be negative.

Feel free to contact me at my direct line below.

Thank you and have a great weekend,

Jennifer Benz-Jankowski
Expert Archives Technician / SEPM
National Archives & Records Administration
Military Personnel Records
1 Archives Drive, AFN-MC4B
Saint Louis, MO 63138
Work Phone: (314) 801-9050 <> '
Fax: (314) 801-9124

From: Alex Richardson

Good morning Ms. Benz-Jankowski,

I have received your request for further information in order to locate responsive documents. I believe I will soon have the information necessary to help you complete this request. May I request that you keep this matter open for an addition seven days in order to save me the trouble of creating a new request?

Thank you,
Alex Richardson

From: Alex Richardson

Hello again,

Scratch that last message, the information is as follows:

Name: Michael John Coen
SSN: 163-62-5203
DOB: May 10, 1981
POB: Philadelphia, PA

Thank you, I look forward to the responsive documents. Let me know if you need anything further.

Alex Richardson

From: National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records

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

From: National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records

A first set of responsive documents from the agency, with more to be sent at a specified date.