What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)? Public Law 5 U.S.C. 552 enacted the Freedom of Information Act. It established statutory rights of access to government information. It generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, of access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions thereof) are protected from disclosure by one of nine exemptions or one of three special law enforcement record exclusions. See DoD Regulation 5400.7/Air Force Supplement, DoD Freedom on Information Act Program, the prescribing directive for more information.
Who can submit a FOIA? Members of the public, including foreign citizens, military and civilian personnel acting as private citizens, organizations and businesses, and individual members of Congress for themselves or constituents, may request records in writing under the Freedom of Information Act. Government employees submitting requests should not use government equipment, supplies, stationery, postage, telephones, or official mail channels to make FOIA requests.
What are the fees for processing a FOIA request?
Fees are assessed depending on which group the request falls into:
Category 1: Commercial. Requesters pay all search, review, and duplication. Category 2: Educational or Noncommercial Scientific Institution or News Media. Requesters get the first 100 copies free and pay for additional copies. Category 3: Others. Requesters get the first two hours of search and the first 100 copies free.
Where are FOIA requests submitted?
FOIA requests for the 375th Air Mobility Wing, Scott AFB, must be submitted in writing or by e-mail and include a title or reasonable description of the desired records and a statement on willingness to pay fees for search, review, and reproduction. If you wish to e-mail your FOIA request log onto: firstname.lastname@example.org or submit your request via US Mail, fax, or in person to the following address:
375 CS/SCOKR (FOIA)
411 POW-MIA Drive
Scott AFB IL 62225
(618)256-3210 or 5004/DSN 576-3210 or 5004 Fax: (618)256-5875/DSN 576-5875
Information to Request a Speaker (Speaker's Bureau) The Scott Air Force Base Speakers Bureau provides its service members an opportunity to connect with the local community.Likewise, it gives community members a chance to learn more about the military and, more specifically, the base's missions. Members of the Speakers Bureau are available to speak on a variety of topics such as Air Force career opportunities, aviation history, and leadership skills. To request a speaker, please submit a Request Military Support (DD Form 2536) to the 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Office (at fax 618-256-8837 or e-mail) no later than three weeks prior to the date of the event.
Scott Honor Guard Requests
Information on Scott Honor Guard RequestsThe Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard is made up of an elite group of Air Force men and women, whose primary mission is the rendering of honors at military funerals.
The Color Guard is also very active in community relations events, as their schedules permit. Examples of such events include sporting events, patriotic ceremonies and parades, and school flag presentations. Colors support is limited to community events with a direct military tie.
To request the Honor Guard, please submit Department of Defense Form 2536 to the 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Office (fax: 618-256-8837 or e-mail) no later than three weeks prior to the event date.
Instructions for Band Requests For requests and information about the USAF Band of Mid America, visit their website.
Joint Color Guard Requests
Information on Joint Color Guard RequestsStaffed by members of the United States Transportation Command, a joint-service honor guard may also provide support for local community relations events.
Request for Special Events Participation The military belongs to the American people. Common ownership dictates Department of Defense resources be committed to supporting events and activities of mutual interest and benefit.However, limitations of time and money make it impossible to grant all requests. DOD and its subordinate agencies cannot do for one what it cannot do for all. DOD policy prohibits:
Endorsing and/or appearing to endorse a specific organization, product, or commercial service.
Using military resources when such assets are reasonably available from commercial sources and where such support would be, in fact, perceived as unfair competition.
Using military resources/personnel to increase sales, business traffic, or attendance.
Using personnel outside military bases to act as guards, parking lot attendants, runners, messengers, or baggage handlers.
Active-duty military participation in fund-raising activities, excluding the Combined Federal Campaign and military relief societies.
Requests for VolunteersMany service members actively volunteer on their off-duty time in a variety of charitable organizations, schools, and churches in their communities. Their participation, however, is strictly a personal choice and is not regulated by the Department of Defense.
Scott Air Force Base does not have a central location or bulletin board for posting flyers and/or informational materials that are designed to recruit volunteers. Requests to place announcements in the official base newspaper will not be granted. Requestors, may, however, purchase ad space through the local publisher of the base newspaper. Call the publisher at 618-239-2491.
*The tour schedule from March through May is full. At this time we are not accepting new requests. The tour schedule will reopen October 2014.
Base tours are offered to local civic organizations, schools, and youth groups to educate people about the U.S Air Force and Scott Air Force Base missions.
All tours may be cancelled at any time to meet mission requirements. Final confirmations will be provided two weeks before the tour date.
Tour groups must meet the following requirements:
Age: For safety reasons, all participants must be at least 14 years old.
Size: Tours are limited to a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 45 participants (or the passenger capability of one commercial bus). Requests to split the tours into two days for larger groups will not be accommodated.
Transportation: Organizations must provide their own transportation. Tours are limited to one bus. Requests to use multiple vehicles cannot be accommodated.
Dates: Tours are offered Tuesday and Wednesday and will not exceed four hours to include a one-hour lunch break, if desired. Requests for tours on other weekdays will be considered and supported as manpower and mission requirements allow. Tours are not offered on the weekends.
Meals: Requests for lunch arrangements must be made, scheduled, and coordinated by the requester. Options include the Scott Club, Cardinal Creek Golf Course, Pronto's Pizza, the Bowling Center, and the Exchange Food Court. For more information about on-base restaurants go to: www.375fss.com. The Nightingale Inn Dining Facility is a dining option only for ROTC and JROTC detachments.
Mobility: Modified tours may be granted to those with limited mobility. However, this must be stated on the request. If not stated, it is assumed that walking and stair climbing is not an issue.
Base Tour Requests: Base tours are offered to various community organizations, high schools, businesses, and academic military recruitment programs (JROTC/ROTC) to educate their members about the missions of Scott AFB.
Requests for base tours must be submitted to the 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Office no later than four weeks prior to the desired tour date. All requests are given equal consideration and are granted on a first-requested, first-served basis. All tours may be cancelled at any time due to increased security measures or to meet mission requirements. Confirmations will be provided two weeks prior to the tour date.
If your group meets the following criteria, please fill out the Base Tour Request Form and fax it to 618-256-8837 or mail it to 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs, Attn: Tour Request, 101 Heritage Drive, Scott AFB, Illinois 62225.
The Air Force has completed an updated Air Installation Compatible Use Zone Study, or AICUZ, for 2009. This updated study was initiated because of changes in aircraft operations, modifications to the software modeling program, and the implementation of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure actions. It is a re-evaluation of aircraft noise related to Air Force aircraft operations.
This report is designed to aid in the development of local planning mechanisms that will protect public safety and health, and preserve the operational capabilities of Scott AFB. The report contains a summary description of the affected areas around the installation and outlines the locations of military runway Clear Zones, aircraft Accident Potential Zones, civilian Runway Protection Zones, and noise zones; and identifies compatible land use for areas in the vicinity of the installation.
The basic objective of the AICUZ Program is to achieve compatible uses of public and private lands in the vicinity of military airfields by controlling incompatible development through local actions. This report provides the information necessary to maximize beneficial use of the land adjoining Scott AFB/MidAmerica Airport while minimizing the potential for reduction in the health and safety of the affected public.
Scott AFB greatly values the positive relationships with the surrounding communities. As a partner in the process, the base has attempted to minimize noise disturbances through such actions as avoiding flights over heavily populated areas.
For more information about the 2009 AICUZ Study or the AICUZ program, contact 375th Public Affairs at (618) 256-4241.