The Air Force has established a new Freedom of Information Act Website for submitting request online to our Requester Service Centers. Click the following AF eFOIA Public Access Link: https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx
To submit a FOIA inquiry online click here. For mailing/faxing contact the FOIA Requester Service Center where the record is located, describe the records you want as specifically as possible, and let the office know how much you are willing to pay. Furnish any facts or clues about the time, place, persons, events, subjects, or other details of the information or records you want. That will help the office decide where to search and determine what records pertain to your request. It can also save you and the government time and money, and you may get what you want faster. There is no special form to complete. Mark your request and envelope "FOIA."
For fastest response times, the Air Force has decentralized its FOIA program. No single office handles all FOIA requests. If you prefer not to submit on line you can mail/fax your request to the particular base or activity that has the records you want. If you don't know which Air Force activity has the records you want, mail/fax your request to: HAF/IMII, 1000 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC 20330-1000; fax (703) 693-2746.
The Freedom of Information Act generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions of them) are protected from public disclosure by one of nine exemptions, or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions.
The principles of government openness and accountability underlying the FOIA are inherent in the democratic ideal: "The basic purpose of the FOIA is to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed to check against corruption and to hold the governors accountable to the governed."
Members of the public, including foreign citizens, military and civilian personnel acting as private citizens, organizations and businesses, and individual members of the Congress for themselves or constituents, may request records in writing. It is important to remember that the Freedom of Information Act applies only to federal agencies. It does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, state or local government agencies, or by private businesses or individuals. Each state has its own public access laws that should by consulted for access to state and local records.
I'm a student completing a term paper that includes information I need about the Air Force and Westover. How do I go about getting this information?
Students working on projects for school about the Air Force and/or Westover's operations are welcome to call or email the 439th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office with any questions.
For information on Air Force policies in general:
Those inquiries need to be directed to Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon. The link to the Air Force web page is: www.af.mil
How do I find out about driving conditions on base during severe weather?
In the event of inclement weather, the base snowline, operated by the wing command post, provides updates on weather conditions on base. The snowline may be reached at 413-557-3444.
In addition, periodic updates will be posted on the Westover Facebook page. Click on: https://www.facebook.com/Westover.Patriot