When Air National Guard units are not mobilized or under federal control, they report to the governor of their respective state, territory (Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands) or the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard. Each of the 54 National Guard organizations is supervised by the adjutant general of the state or territory. Under state law, the Air National Guard provides protection of life, property and preserves peace, order and public safety. These missions are accomplished through emergency relief support during natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and forest fires; search and rescue operations; support to civil defense authorities; maintenance of vital public services and counterdrug operations.
Air National Guard Federal Mission
The Air National Guard's federal mission is to maintain well-trained, well-equipped units available for prompt mobilization during war and provide assistance during national emergencies (such as natural disasters or civil disturbances). During peacetime, the combat-ready units and support units are assigned to most Air Force major commands to carry out missions compatible with training, mobilization readiness, humanitarian and contingency operations such as Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
What is the FOIA?
The FOIA 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 the FOIA, and may therefore reflect deletion of some information in accordance with the FOIA's nine statutory exemptions or two law enforcement record exclusions. A consolidated list of such records is on the DoD and Air Force FOIA sites. Currently the law allows 20 working days to process a FOIA request upon receipt of the request in the FOIA office.
How to make a FOIA reqest
The Air National Guard has centralized its FOIA Program. We encourage requestors to make FOIA requests electronically through the AF FOIA website.
You may also mail, e-mail or fax your FOIA request for ANG Records to:
Office of Information and Privacy (NGB/JA-OIP)
Attn: ANG FOIA Requests
111 South George Mason Drive, AH2
Arlington, VA 22204-1373
Phone: (571) 256-7838 or (703) 607-5901
The ANG/FOIA Office can be contacted at (703) 607-3195 between 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST.
Requests can also be made on-line at: www.efoia.af.mil or by e-mail, FOIA@ng.army.mil. When requesting by e-mail please be sure to indicate it is a request for the Air National Guard.
For more information on the FOIA Program please visit the NGB FOIA Website.
Requests for your own records under the Privacy Act must be made directly to the office that holds the records you are seeking. If you have questions about making a request under the Privacy Act, you may contact the Wing Privacy Officer at 207-990-7450 or 101ARW.SC.Webmaster@ang.af.mil.
Requests must contain the following:
1. Name, address, and telephone number of requester.
2. Detailed description of record(s) requested.
3. A statement stating a willingness to pay fees incurred through search, review, and reproduction of the records. You may also include in your request a specific statement limiting the amount that you are willing to pay in processing fees. If the total fees for processing your request will exceed your limited amount, you will be notified in writing of the estimate and offer you an opportunity to resolve the matter. If you continue to want all the records involved, you will be asked to express your commitment in writing to pay all the associated fees. Processing of your request will be held in abeyance upon receipt of confirmation of willingness to pay appropriate processing fees by your category.