Phoenix Raven Program

Anthony Santora filed this request with the Air Force of the United States of America .
Tracking #

2021-00644-F

Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Anthony Santora

To Whom It May Concern:

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

(1) Documents and records sufficient to identify all investigations conducted by any agency of the Department of the Air Force, including all Command Directed Investigations, regarding hazing or improper conduct by Security Forces members of the 87th Security Forces Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey assigned to the Phoeniz Raven Program.
(2) All email communications to or from, Lt. Colonel Kenneth Decedue, 87th Security Forces Squadron, from January 1, 2016 to present regarding any incidents, investigations, or inquries regarding hazing or improper conduct by Security Forces members assigned to the Phoenix Raven Program.
(3) Documents and records sufficient to identify and detail all Command Directed Investigations from June 1, 2015 to present conducted by any member or agency of the Department of the Air Force where the subject of the investigation was Lt. Colonel Kenneth Decedue and/or hazing or improper conduct by members of the Phoenix Raven Program.

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,

Anthony Santora

From: Anthony Santora

To Whom It May Concern:

I am following up on my request of 1/12/2018. The Agency has exceeded its statutory obligation to respond to this request in 20 business days. Kindly acknowledge the request and provide a estimated date for the response.

Sincerely,

Anthony Santora

From: Air Force

Dear Mr. Santora,
We received your 25-Nov-20 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request 2021-00644-F on 02-Dec-20, which seeks the following: (1) Documents and records sufficient to identify all investigations conducted by any agency of the Department of the Air Force, including all Command Directed Investigations, regarding hazing or improper conduct by Security Forces members of the 87th Security Forces Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey assigned to the Phoeniz Raven Program. (2) All email communications to or from, Lt. Colonel Kenneth Decedue, 87th Security Forces Squadron, from January 1, 2016 to present regarding any incidents, investigations, or inquries regarding hazing or improper conduct by Security Forces members assigned to the Phoenix Raven Program. (3) Documents and records sufficient to identify and detail all Command Directed Investigations from June 1, 2015 to present conducted by any member or agency of the Department of the Air Force where the subject of the investigation was Lt. Colonel Kenneth Decedue and/or hazing or improper conduct by members of the Phoenix Raven Program. (Date Range for Record Search: From 6/1/2015 To 12/1/2020) Based on the information you have requested, we placed your request in the simple processing multi-track. A simple request is one that “can be processed quickly with limited impact on the responding units.  The request clearly identifies the records with no (or few) complicating factors involved. There are few or no responsive records. Only one installation is involved and there are no outside OPRs. There are no classified or non-government records. No deliberative process/privileged materials are involved. The responsive records contain no (or limited) personal privacy information and do not come from a Privacy Act system of records. No time extensions are anticipated.” We estimate we can provide a response to your request within 20 working days. Our policy is to process requests within their respective tracks in the order in which we receive them. FOIA request are processed as quickly as possible. We will advise you if we cannot provide a response within the FOIA statutory timeline. The 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 placed you in the "Other" fee category for processing.  Under this category, you may be charged for search and duplication (paper) costs.  The first two hours of search time and the first 100 pages of duplication are furnished without charge. Direct questions to 305cs.foia@us.af.mil  or call 609-467-4701 and leave a message with reference FOIA case number 2021-00644-F, I will return your call promptly.
Sincerely, //SIGNED// Deborah L. Roche
Joint Base MDL Freedom of Information Act Manager

From: Air Force

Dear Mr. Santora,
We received your 25-Nov-20 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request 2021-00644-F on 02-Dec-20, which seeks the following: (1) Documents and records sufficient to identify all investigations conducted by any agency of the Department of the Air Force, including all Command Directed Investigations, regarding hazing or improper conduct by Security Forces members of the 87th Security Forces Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey assigned to the Phoeniz Raven Program. (2) All email communications to or from, Lt. Colonel Kenneth Decedue, 87th Security Forces Squadron, from January 1, 2016 to present regarding any incidents, investigations, or inquries regarding hazing or improper conduct by Security Forces members assigned to the Phoenix Raven Program. (3) Documents and records sufficient to identify and detail all Command Directed Investigations from June 1, 2015 to present conducted by any member or agency of the Department of the Air Force where the subject of the investigation was Lt. Colonel Kenneth Decedue and/or hazing or improper conduct by members of the Phoenix Raven Program. (Date Range for Record Search: From 6/1/2015 To 12/1/2020) Based on the information you have requested, we placed your request in the simple processing multi-track. A simple request is one that “can be processed quickly with limited impact on the responding units.  The request clearly identifies the records with no (or few) complicating factors involved. There are few or no responsive records. Only one installation is involved and there are no outside OPRs. There are no classified or non-government records. No deliberative process/privileged materials are involved. The responsive records contain no (or limited) personal privacy information and do not come from a Privacy Act system of records. No time extensions are anticipated.” We estimate we can provide a response to your request within 20 working days. Our policy is to process requests within their respective tracks in the order in which we receive them. FOIA request are processed as quickly as possible. We will advise you if we cannot provide a response within the FOIA statutory timeline. The 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 placed you in the "Other" fee category for processing.  Under this category, you may be charged for search and duplication (paper) costs.  The first two hours of search time and the first 100 pages of duplication are furnished without charge. Direct questions to 305cs.foia@us.af.mil  or call 609-467-4701 and leave a message with reference FOIA case number 2021-00644-F, I will return your call promptly.
Sincerely, //SIGNED// Deborah L. Roche
Joint Base MDL Freedom of Information Act Manager

From: Air Force

Dear Mr. Santora,
This is in response to your FOIA request 2021-00644-F in which you requested

(1) Documents and records sufficient to identify all investigations conducted by any agency of the Department of the Air Force, including all Command Directed Investigations, regarding hazing or improper conduct by Security Forces members of the 87th Security Forces Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey assigned to the Phoeniz Raven Program.
(2) All email communications to or from, Lt. Colonel Kenneth Decedue, 87th Security Forces Squadron, from January 1, 2016 to present regarding any incidents, investigations, or inquries regarding hazing or improper conduct by Security Forces members assigned to the Phoenix Raven Program.
(3) Documents and records sufficient to identify and detail all Command Directed Investigations from June 1, 2015 to present conducted by any member or agency of the Department of the Air Force where the subject of the investigation was Lt. Colonel Kenneth Decedue and/or hazing or improper conduct by members of the Phoenix Raven Program.
Our office of responsibility has asked for clarification on #1 of your request. Please be more specific as to what you are looking for.  For example: Is there a specific time frame you are looking for?  Is there a specific person for whom you are looking for records?
Thank you for allowing us to assist in this matter.
v/r
Deborah Roche, GS-07, DAF
JBMDL FOIA Manager

From: Air Force

Sir, This responds to your 25 November2020 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request 2021-00644-F received on 2 December2020which seeks the following: (1) Documents and recordssufficient to identify all investigations conducted by any agency of theDepartment of the Air Force, including all Command Directed Investigations,regarding hazing or improper conduct by Security Forces members of the 87th SecurityForces Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey assigned to thePhoeniz Raven Program. (2) All email communicationsto or from, Lt. Colonel Kenneth Decedue, 87th Security Forces Squadron, fromJanuary 1, 2016 to present regarding any incidents, investigations, or inquriesregarding hazing or improper conduct by Security Forces members assigned to thePhoenix Raven Program. (3) Documents and recordssufficient to identify and detail all Command Directed Investigations from June1, 2015 to present conducted by any member or agency of the Department of theAir Force where the subject of the investigation was Lt. Colonel KennethDecedue and/or hazing or improper conduct by members of the Phoenix RavenProgram. On17 December 2020 our office contacted you regarding your FOIA request and askedyou to respond no later than 4 January 2021. To this date, this office has not received a response to our requestclarification therefore, we have closed your request without further action. If you still seek records, you may submit yourrequest and a new case number will be assigned. If you disagree and interpret thisresponse as an adverse action, you may write to the Secretary of the Air Force,Thru: 87 CS/FOIA 1901 E. 3rd Street,Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst within 90 calendar days from the date of thisletter. Include in the appeal yourreasons for reconsideration, and attach a copy of this letter. You may alsosubmit your appeal on line at the Air Force’s Public Access Link: https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx You may contact the Air Force FOIAPublic Liaison Officer, Ms. Anh Trinh, concerning this final response at AirForce FOIA Public Liaison Office, 1800 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC20330-1800 or usaf.pentagon.saf-cio-a6.mbx.af-foia@mail.mil/ or (703)614-8500. You may also seek dispute resolution services from the Office ofGovernment Information Services, and can find information on this Office at https://ogis.archives.gov/mediation-program/request-assistance.htm . Using the disputeresolution services, will not affect your appeal rights. Directquestions to 305cs.foia@us.af.mil or call 609-754-3445 andreference FOIA case number 2021-00644-F. Sincerely, DeborahL. Roche, GS-07, DAF

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