|Submitted||Aug. 17, 2015|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Any and all records on or mentioning Robert Vern Lashbrook, including photographs or audiovisual material. Mr. Lashbrook died on 27 September 2002 in Ojai, California. Mr. Lashbrook served with the U.S. Air Force's 15th Weather Squadron during World War II. The 15th Weather Squadron was activated 22 April 1942 at McClellan Field, California and relocated to the South Pacific.
Mr. Lashbrook was a CIA employee from August 1951 to 1960. For much of this period he was Deputy Chief of the Chemical Division (also called Chemical Branch) within the Technical Services Staff (TSS) in the CIA's Directorate of Plans (DP). TSS was later renamed the Technical Services Division (TSD) and was relocated to the Directorate of Science & Technology (DS&T) in 1973.
During the NYPD's investigation of a suspicious death in late November 1953, Mr. Lashbrook informed NYPD detectives that he was an employee of the U.S. Department of Defense. Accordingly, Mr. Lashbrook's employment credentials were backstopped in early 1954 to the Department of the Army, G-4, Research & Development Division, Development Branch. He was listed as a G-4 consultant (likely to section chief Colonel Bjarne Furuholmen) who had served as such for three years.
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 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.
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