The 341st Missile Wing/DSK is responsible for processing requests for Malmstrom AFB records under the provisions of FOIA. Written requests may be received by postal service, facsimile or electronically by logging on to Once there, we recommend you review all the links listed on the left side as they have been designed to provide information and guidance.

What is the FOIA?

The Freedom of Information Act Program allows the general public, including foreign citizens, military and civilian personnel acting as private citizens, to request records electronically or in writing from the Federal Government. Some records are released to the public under FOIA, and may therefore reflect deletion of some information in accordance with the POIA's nine statutory exemptions or two law enforcement record exclusions. A consolidated list of such records is on Defense Link and the U.S. Air Force FOIA site. Currently, the law allows 20 working days to process a FOIA request upon receipt of the request.

submit a FOIA request

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.

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.

Release of E-mail Addresses

Air Force policy is to deny requests for lists of e-mail addresses, both personal and organizational, using FOIA exemption (b)(6). We rely on FOIA exemption (b)(6) when denying lists of personal e-mail addresses. High (b)(2) is no longer to be used to protect internal information as the disclosure of which would risk circumvention of a statute or agency regulation. As DoD e-mail systems are to be used only for official and authorized purposes, the addresses are considered primarily internal. The regulations at issue that could be circumvented include DoD and AF regulations that require us to limit use of e-mail to authorized purposes, and to protect the security of your computer and information systems. Exemption (b)(6) protects information that if released would permit a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. This does not prohibit an organization from including a single e-mail address on a web page in correspondence.

How to make a FOIA request

If you want to submit a FOIA inquiry (1) send a written request to the FOIA office where the record is located and (2) describe the records you want as specifically as possible and your willingness to pay any applicable fees. Provide as many facts about the requested documents as possible, e.g., the time, place, persons, events, subjects, or other details of the information you want. That will help us decide where to search and determine what records pertain to your request. There is no special form to complete. You may mail, hand-carry or send the request electronically.

To submit an electronic FOIA request or receive inquiries, contact the Requester Service Center at Please submit your request utilizing your personal email address - the system does not accept '.mil' accounts.

Written requests can be mailed to the resident FOIA Office at Malmstrom AFB.

Requests must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.

Declassification Review

Executive Order 12958 allows individuals to request declassification of classified records. For those only seeking a copy of a record or records that are currently classified and would like the record reviewed for appropriate declassification and release, they should file a Mandatory Declassification Review request. MDR is a provision of Presidential E.O. 13526 that allows members of the public to request a mandatory declassification review of a classified document in order to obtain a releasable version of the document.
The desired document requested must be specified in sufficient detail that it can be readily located. The record in question may not be the subject of litigation. The MDR process can be a very timely and in-depth, due to the classification of materials being reviewed by internal and outside agencies. MDR decisions can be administratively appealed to the Headquarters Air Force/AAII or Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel.

Requests for review and release of classified records under the MDR process can be made to:
Headquarters Air Force/AAII
1000 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1000
Telephone: (703) 695-2226

FOIA Office

FOIA Office
7015 Goddard Drive
Malmstrom AFB, MT 59402-6863
(406) 731-3235
DSN: 632-3235

Contact the Malmstrom FOIA Office
Air Force Reading Room
AF FOIA website


Air Force FOIA Handbook 
FOIA Resources

If dissatisfied with the service received from the Requester Service Center, you may contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Officer, Ms. Adriane Paris, for assistance at DAF.FOIA@US.AF.MIL or (703) 614-8500.