West Point Plebe Pillow Fight

Brendan O'Connor filed this request with the Army Records Management and Declassification Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # FP-16-006851
Status
Completed

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From: Brendan O'Connor

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. any documents or records pertaining to an investigation into the so-called "Plebe Pillow Fight," on or about August 20, 2015, as first reported on by the New York Times on September 4, 2015;

2. any of Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen's handwritten or emailed correspondence pertaining to the Plebe Pillow Fight of August 2015;

3. any of Lt. Gen. Caslen's handwritten or emailed correspondence pertaining to similar pillow fights in 2013 and 2014.

This request is being made in the course of newsgathering.

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.

Sincerely,

Brendan O'Connor

From: FOIA/PA

Mr. O'Connor,

Please see attached file concerning your FOIA request.

Our records DO NOT show that this FOIA request was sent to our FOIA office
on November 24, 2015, therefore this FOIA request is just being processed.

Regards,

Joanne Nocton
Management Assistant
Freedom Of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
DHR-Administrative Service Branch
USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996
(845) 938-7311
foia/pa@usma.edu

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From: FOIA/PA

Mr. O'Connor,

Please see attached concerning your FOIA request.

Regards,

Joanne Nocton
Management Assistant
Freedom Of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
DHR-Administrative Service Branch
USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996
(845) 938-7311
foia/pa@usma.edu

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From: Brendan O'Connor

Hi,

Thanks so much! Hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,
Brendan O'Connor

From: FOIA/PA

Mr. O'Connor,

Please see attached concerning your FOIA request.

Regards,

Joanne Nocton
Management Assistant
Freedom Of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
DHR-Administrative Service Branch
USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996
(845) 938-7311
foia/pa@usma.edu

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From: FOIA/PA

Mr. O'Connor,

Please see attached file concerning your FOIA request.

Regards,

Joanne Nocton
Management Assistant
Freedom Of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
DHR-Administrative Service Branch
USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996
(845) 938-7311
foia/pa@usma.edu

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From: Brendan O'Connor

Hi Joanne. I agree to accept omitted portions. Thanks.

From: Brendan O'Connor

To clarify, I agree to accept omitted portions so long as my original request is processed in accordance with the FOIA.

From: FOIA/PA

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Mr. O'Connor,

FOIA Case FP-16-006851 is being reviewed by the Staff Judge Advocate's
Office and we estimate a completion date on June 6, 2016.
Regards,

Joanne Nocton
Management Assistant
Freedom Of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
DHR-Administrative Service Branch
USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996
(845) 938-7311
foia/pa@usma.edu

From: FOIA/PA

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Mr. O'Connor,

FOIA Case FP-16-006851 is still being reviewed by the Staff Judge Advocate's
Office and we estimate a completion date of August 1, 2016.

Please be assured, however, that your request is being handled as equitably
as possible and that all documents that can be released will be made
available at the earliest possible date.

Regards,

Joanne Nocton
Management Assistant
Freedom Of Information Act/Privacy Act Office DHR-Administrative Service
Branch USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996
(845) 938-7311
foia/pa@usma.edu

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA/PA

Mr. O'Conner,

See attached concerning your request.

Very respectfully,

Amos Maldonado
Management Assistant
Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Officer
DHR - Administrative Services Division
USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996-1942
☎ (845) 938-7313 (Office)
foia/pa@usma.edu

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From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

The FOIA request copied below has been forwarded to your office for processing. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

From: USARMY Ft Belvoir HQDA OAA-RPA Mailbox FOIA

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Mr. O'Connor,

Good afternoon, please see attached interim response pertaining to your request. We have a tremendous backlog currently, by law this office processes requests on a "first-in, first-out" basis.

V/r,

Army FOIA
Records Management and Declassification Agency /
Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army
703-428-6238

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

From: USARMY Ft Belvoir HQDA OAA-RPA Mailbox FOIA

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Mr. O'connor,
Good morning Sir, we have a tremendous backlog and our systems have been down since last Thursday until this morning. We hope to get a response to you before Sept 23, 2016. Sorry for the inconveniences.

V/r,

Army FOIA
Records Management and Declassification Agency /
Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army
703-428-6238

From: USARMY Ft Belvoir HQDA OAA-RPA Mailbox FOIA

Muckrock,
This case is with the reviewer, expect a response shortly. Thank you.

Army FOIA
Records Management and Declassification Agency /
Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army
703-428-6238

From: USARMY Ft Belvoir HQDA OAA-RPA Mailbox FOIA

Mr. O'connor,
Good morning Sir, the status of your case currently is with an Attorney for review. We apologies for the inconveniences but there is only one Attorney handling all our FOIA backlogs at this time. We assure you we haven't forgotten about your request and working on having this matter resolve.

V/r,

Army FOIA
Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army /
Records Management and Declassification Agency
703-428-6238

From: USARMY Ft Belvoir HQDA OAA-RPA Mailbox FOIA

Mr. O'Connor,
You should expect a response shortly by COB today.

V/r,

Army FOIA

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Attached is the U.S. Army Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) response pertaining to your FOIA request received from West Point. Please note the items not marked with redactions are parts omitted you agreed upon with West Point FOIA Office.

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