The Radio First Termer FOIA Request Letter

Here is the text of the FOIA request letter I sent to the Air Force on May 21, 1997 to see if the Air Force has any material pertaining to Radio First Termer that has been lying around for years in some dusty storeroom. I drafted this page with the help of the FOIA request letter generator sponsored by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Unfortunately, the FOIA request yielded nothing, although it was worth a try. If the federal government is holding on to any tapes of RFT, you can be sure that they are sitting right along side of documentation of the Roswell incident and who really shot JFK.
May 21, 1997

U.S. Air Force
FOIA Office
620 Air Force, Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20330-1620

Dear FOI Officer:

Pursuant to the federal Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, I request access to and copies of any audio recordings of and documents and photographs pertaining to Radio First Termer, a pirate radio station that operated in near Thon Son Ute AFB in South Vietnam circa 1971. For additional information, please view my web page on Radio First Termer at

I agree to pay reasonable duplication fees for the processing of this request in an amount not to exceed $100. However, please notify me prior to your incurring any expenses in excess of that amount.

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. I, of course, reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.

I look forward to your reply within 10 business days, as the statute requires. I can be reached during the day at xxx-xxx-xxxx at extension xxx.

Thank you for your assistance.


J. William Snyder, Jr.

Here is the initial response to my FOIA request I got from the Air Force :
June 17, 1997

1000 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20333-1000

Dear Mr. Snyder

This is in response to your May 21, 1997 Freedom of Information Act request.

We checked with the Air Force History Support Office and the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. They could not locate any records responsive to your request.

We forwarded your request to the Pacific Air Forces/IM (FOIA), 25 E Street, Suite G103, Hickam AFB, HI 96853-5001. They will reply directly to you.

The undersigned is the action officer on (703) 695-4992.

/s/ Rhonda M Jenkins
Acting Freedom of Information Manager

And here is the second response that I got:
JUL 07 1997

25 E St Ste C319
Hickam AFB HI 96853-5409

Dear Mr Snyder

This responds to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, May 21, 1997. It was received by this office on 23 Jun 97.

A search (manual and computer) of our historical repository was conducted. No records responsive to your request were found.

/s/ J.W. Hooks,
Acting Chief, Systems Maintenance Division
Directorate of Communications & Information

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