National Day of Prayer 2012 and 2013 (USMC)

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

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records concerning the 2012 and 2013 observances of the national day of prayer by the USMC. You may limit the records to those centralized such as those held by a central chaplain’s office and records from a central office or authority concerning the observance of the national day of prayer throughout the USMC facilities such as guidance to each location or chaplain on how to conduct services or other means of observing the national day of prayer in 2012 and 2013.

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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,
Jason Smathers

From: Gonzalez CIV Barbara

Good Morning Mr. Smathers,

Attached please find our response to your FOIA request below. Thanks

Sincerely,

Barbara Gonzalez
Team Lead (FOIA) (ARSF)

FOIA/PA Phone: (703) 614-4008
Direct Line: (571) 256-8636
Fax: (703) 614-6287
FOIA Email: smb.hqmc.foia@usmc.mil

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