This is a request filed under the Freedom of Information Act.
If you are requesting personal records about yourself: Be certain to submit an original signature with your request; a fax is not acceptable. The requester's submission must be notarized. In lieu of notarization the individual may declare, certify, verify, or state under penalty of perjury, that the authorization attested to is true and correct; or, if the requester is outside the United States, declare, certify, verify, or state under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America, that the foregoing is true and correct.
If you are authorizing a Third Party, such as a lawyer to handle your request please be certain to provide a Third Party Authorization.
First party requests for personal records cannot be accepted via this website. All such requests must be in writing and sent via U.S. mail).
Inlcude the following: Type of record(s); Timeframe of records; Specific subject matter, country, person and/or organization; Offices or consulates originating or receiving the records; Particular event, policy or circumstance that led to the creation of the record(s); Reason why you believe the record(s) exist;
If subject is living, a Third Party Authorization will facilitate our ability to provide you with any non-exempt responsive records.
U.S. European Command requires that written consent be in the form of a signed notarized statement from the individual, authorizing release information to the other party. The statement should bear the original signature of the individual, original seal of the notary, and dated within six months of the date of the request.
In lieu of notarization, the individual may declare, certify, verify, or state under penalty of perjury in a statement bearing his or her original signature, that the authorization attested to is correct (if inside the U.S.); or declare, certify, verify, or state under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America, that the foregoing is true and correct (if outside the U.S.).
All requesters should submit a willingness to pay fees regardless of the fee category. However, this does not mean you will be charged fees. Except for commercial requesters whose fees total more than $15, waivers are always considered. Fee waivers may be granted when disclosure of the records is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government.
Requesters may set a limit on the amount that they are willing to pay. If it is anticipated that fees will exceed the fee limit set by the requester, or if in processing the request, fees begin to exceed the requester’s fee limit, U.S. Central Command will attempt to call the requester to resolve the matter quickly, providing the requester submitted a telephone number. Otherwise, contact will be via e-mail or mail.
The Department of Defense does not charge for requests in which the costs of routine collection and processing of the fee are likely to equal or exceed the amount of the fee for FOIA requests. This means that if billable costs are less than $15.00, the requester is not charged.
Requesters who owe fees incurred in connection with the processing of previous requests must pay the fees owed prior to the U.S. European Command processing any new requests. Such requests will be designated "invalid" until payment in full is received.
Fees are generally assessed by the U.S. European Command at the conclusion of processing a request. Search and review costs will be calculated based upon the pay scale of the person conducting the search or review. Duplication costs are assessed for only those documents that ultimately are released in full or denied in part; duplication costs are not assessed for documents denied in full, or referred to originating agencies for direct reply.