Surface to Air Missile Attack Against Coalition Forces in Iraq, January 8, 2004

David Scantling filed this request with the United States Central Command - CENTCOM of the United States of America.
Due July 17, 2017
Est. Completion None
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From: David Scantling

Dear FOIA Officer:

1. This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 5 U.S.C. § 552, submitted to the United States Central Command ("CENTCOM") of the United States Department of Defense ("DoD").

2. I hereby request agency records related to the Surface to Air Missile ("SAM") attack on January 8, 2004, near Fallujah, Iraq, that killed United States Army Chief Warrant Officer Two ("CW2") Philip A. Johnson, Jr.; CW2 Ian D. Manuel; CW2 Aaron A. Weaver; Staff Sergeant ("SSG") Craig Davis; SSG Jeffery C. Walker; Sergeant ("SGT") Michael A. Diraimondo; SGT Christopher A. Golby; Specialist ("SPC") Gregory B. Hicks; and SPC Nathaniel H. Johnson while conducting an UH-60L air ambulance mission during Operation Iraqi Freedom ("OIF") in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility ("AOR"). The SAM attack occurred at Military Grid Reference System (“MGRS”) 38SLB89728295.

2.1. CW2 Johnson, CW2 Manuel, SGT Diraimondo and SGT Golby were assigned to the 571st Medical Company (Air Ambulance), 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado;
2.2. CW2 Weaver was assigned to C Troop, 1st Battalion, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina;
2.3. SSG Davis was assigned to the 603rd Transportation Company, 142nd Corps Support Battalion, Fort Polk, Louisiana;
2.4. SSG Walker was assigned to Company C, 782nd Combat Support Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina;
2.5. SPC Hicks was assigned to Troop B, 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry, Fort Hood, Texas;
2.6. SPC Johnson was assigned to Company D, 82nd Aviation, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and,
2.7. The UH-60L's registration number was 86-24488 and its call sign was "WITCHDOCTOR 11".

3. The following constraints limit this FOIA request:

3.1. Only specific agency documents related to this SAM attack are requested, including:

3.1.1. Combined Information Data Network Exchange ("CIDNE") Significant Activity ("SIGACT") report(s);
3.1.2. Medical Evacuation ("MEDEVAC") 9–Line transcript(s);
3.1.3. Assault Support Request(s) ("ASR");
3.1.4. Composite Timeline report(s);
3.1.5. Storyboard report(s);
3.1.6. Serious Incident Report(s) ("SIR");
3.1.7. Weapons Team Intelligence report(s);
3.1.8. Intelligence Directorate (“C2”) Operations Watch Highlights report(s);
3.1.9. Battle Damage Assessment (“BDA”) reports(s);
3.1.10. Multi National Division ("MND")/Multi National Corps–Iraq ("MNC–I") Update report(s);
3.1.11. Multi National Force–Iraq ("MNF–I") Battle Update Assessment(s) ("BUA") briefing slides;
3.1.12. AR 15–6 Investigation reports (s) and/or Command Directed Investigation (“CDI”) report(s);
3.1.13. Hospital casualty update report(s);
3.1.14. Defense Casualty Information Processing System–Forward ("DCIPS–CF") report(s).

3.2. Excluding any documents containing the agency’s deliberative material or recommendations;
3.3. Excluding any documents classified Top Secret (“TS”), Sensitive Compartmented Information (“SCI”), and/or Special Access Program (“SAP”); however,
3.4. Including all of CENTCOM’s responsive documents that are classified below the TS, SCI and/or SAP levels; for example, any documents marked Unclassified (“U”), Sensitive But Unclassified (“SBU”), For Official Use Only (“FOUO”), Confidential (“C”), Law Enforcement Sensitive (“LES”), and/or Secret (“S”).

4. Although FOIA has always presumed that government records are open to public inspection, the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, Pub. L. 114-185, prohibits agencies from withholding records unless (1) “disclosure is prohibited by law” or (2) “the agency reasonably foresees that disclosure would harm an interest protected by” one of FOIA’s exemptions. 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(8)(A). Thus, in addition to FOIA favoring disclosure and requiring its exemptions to be narrowly construed, Section 552(a)(8)(A) prohibits agencies from using their discretion to broadly withhold records merely because they believe an exemption could technically apply.

5. In order to expedite CENTCOM’s release of the requested documents, please disclose them on an interim, rolling basis as they become available; for example, without waiting for all of the agency’s relevant systems of record to be searched, or all of its relevant records to be processed. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

6. If CENTCOM’s processing costs for this request exceed $350.00, please notify me in advance so that I might consider paying any additional fees for a complete and accurate set of responsive documents. The requested documents will be made available to the general public and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

7. 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,

David Scantling

From: United States Central Command - CENTCOM

Mr. Scantling,

We are processing your FOIA request. Your request is #449 in queue.
Additionally, for future inquires on your request please reference USCENTCOM FOIA case #17-0534.

Respectfully,
US CENTRAL COMMAND (USCENTCOM)
FOIA Requester Service Center
(813) 529-6285

From: United States Central Command - CENTCOM

Mr. Scantling,

We are processing your FOIA request. Your request is #443 in queue.
Additionally, for future inquires on your request please reference USCENTCOM FOIA case #17-0534.

Respectfully,
US CENTRAL COMMAND (USCENTCOM)
FOIA Requester Service Center
(813) 529-6285

From: United States Central Command - CENTCOM

Mr. Scantling,

FOIA #17-0534 is currently 418 in the USCENTCOM queue.

You can also track your case at the FOIA Case Status link: https://www3.centcom.mil/foia_rr/foia_rr.asp?Path=/&Folder=FOIA%20Case%20Status.

Respectfully,
US CENTRAL COMMAND (USCENTCOM)
FOIA Requester Service Center
(813) 529-6285

From: United States Central Command - CENTCOM

Sir,

FOIA #17-0530 is currently 408 in the USCENTCOM queue.
FOIA #17-0534 is currently 412 in the USCENTCOM queue.

You can also track your case at the FOIA Case Status link: https://www3.centcom.mil/foia_rr/foia_rr.asp?Path=/&Folder=FOIA%20Case%20Status.

Respectfully,
US CENTRAL COMMAND (USCENTCOM)
FOIA Requester Service Center
(813) 529-6285

From: United States Central Command - CENTCOM

Sir,

FOIA #17-0530 is currently 237 in the USCENTCOM queue.
FOIA #17-0534 is currently 241 in the USCENTCOM queue.

You can also track your case at the FOIA Case Status link: Caution-
https://www3.centcom.mil/foia_rr/foia_rr.asp?Path=/&Folder=FOIA%20Case%20Status.

Respectfully,
US CENTRAL COMMAND (USCENTCOM)
FOIA Requester Service Center
(813) 529-6285

From: United States Central Command - CENTCOM

Sir,

Please use the USCENTCOM Organizational Email Address for FOIA correspondence.
This email address will be blocked from sending messages directly to the Action Officers.

Thank you,
- SSG Alvarado

From: United States Central Command - CENTCOM

Sir,

FOIA #17-0232, you are not the requester for this FOIA.
FOIA #17-0530 is currently 228 in the USCENTCOM queue.
FOIA #17-0532 is currently 230 in the USCENTCOM queue.
FOIA #17-0534 is currently 232 in the USCENTCOM queue.

Respectfully,
US CENTRAL COMMAND (USCENTCOM)
FOIA Requester Service Center
(813) 529-6285

From: United States Central Command - CENTCOM

Mr. Scantling,

FOIA #17-0232, you are not the requester for this FOIA.
FOIA #17-0530 is currently 223 in the USCENTCOM queue.
FOIA #17-0532 is currently 225 in the USCENTCOM queue.
FOIA #17-0534 is currently 227 in the USCENTCOM queue.

Respectfully,
US CENTRAL COMMAND (USCENTCOM)
FOIA Requester Service Center
(813) 529-6285

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