Tom Cotton military records

J.K. Trotter filed this request with the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records of the United States of America.
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From: J.K. Trotter

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of the Army’s Personnel Files on Thomas Bryant Cotton (born May 13, 1977), including performance reports, job assessments, disciplinary records, training received, discharge papers, and any other releasable records.

The public interest in Thomas Cotton, who is a U.S. House Representative and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, should favor disclosure of many of these records, particularly in relation to any disciplinary records, should those records exist.

Please be sure to review and release and segregable information, even if certain documents or portions of documents are withheld.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not 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.


J.K. Trotter

From: Walukonis, Joseph E CIV (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Dear Mr. Trotter:

This letter and attached PDF is in response to your FOIA request
for records related to Thomas Bryant Cotton

I have sent your request to the National Personnel Records Center
(NPRC) for action and direct response to you.

Their contact information is in the attached PDF,"FOIA
Letter 14-1843.pdf."

Thank you for your participation in the Army's Freedom of Information Act


Joseph E. Walukonis

FOIA Analyst

U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency

Freedom of Information and Privacy Division


Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: MuckRock


As indicated by the attached communications, this request has been forwarded to your office for processing. Confirmation of its receipt would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your help.

From: Spenser Gaines

Thank you for contacting the National Personnel Records Center. The
Privacy Act requires a written release authorization before we can provide
copies of the requested document(s). We need complete information to
identify and locate the service record: complete name of veteran, branch
and approximate dates of service, social security number and service number
if one was issued, date and place of birth. We need a signature from the
veteran, if deceased, next of kin, date, and include your mailing address.
Requester must provide proof of death, such as a copy of a death
certificate, letter from funeral home or obituary.

The following is considered as Next of Kin: un-remarried spouse, father,
mother, brother, sister, son and daughter. Individuals not listed may
request information releasable under the Freedom Of Information Act. ***
For security purposes, we will not accept request via email ***

You may also submit a Standard Form 180 for this request. You can also
download a copy of the Standard Form 180 from our web site, OR SEE ATTACHED.

You can send a written request that includes the above information.

That request can be faxed or mailed.

*FAX: (314) 801-9195*


*National Personnel Records Center*

*1 Archives Drive*

*St. Louis, MO 63138*


*Spenser G.*

*Customer Service Representative*

*National Personnel Record Center*

From: J.K. Trotter

Hi Mr. Walukonis,

I am in receipt of your message on Sept. 19, 2014, regarding my FOIA request for the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) for the following servicemember:

Full name: Thomas Bryant Cotton
Date of birth: 05/13/1977
Place of birth: Dardanelle, Arkansas
Branch of service: United States Army
Date entered: 01/11/2005
Date released: 09/26/2009

NOTE: I am not a next of kin of this servicemember, and thus I am ONLY requesting records releasable under the Freedom of Information Act. Please process my request for this servicemember's OMPF under the Freedom of Information Act’s relevant provisions. I am not seeking records that would be releasable under the Privacy Act.

Please let me know if you need any other information.

Thank you, and sincerely,
J.K. Trotter

From: National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records

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