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NOTICE: As a result of increases in the Health Protection Condition (HPCON) level, our offices are limited to mission-essential personnel only and maximizing the use of telework for other personnel. This means that we are unable to handle requests sent via traditional methods and can only respond to electronic inquiries while under elevated HPCON levels.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), enacted in 1966, generally provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information. Federal agencies are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request for them, except for those records that are protected from disclosure by any of the nine exemptions or three exclusions of the FOIA. This right of access is enforceable in court.

This Service Center was designed to assist the public in making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for HQ U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) records.  The information obtained herein is not intended to be definitive or exhaustive.  The FOIA, which is known by its legal cite as Title 5 U.S.C. § 552, along with the Department of Defense (DOD) Manual 5400.07, “DOD Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program” (effective January 25, 2017), governs how requests will be processed within SOUTHCOM.  Because SOUTHCOM must comply with national security laws, some documents or parts of documents may be exempt from release.

On December 14, 2005, President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13392, Improving Agency Disclosure of Information. In accordance with the Executive Order, agencies were required to establish FOIA Requester Service Centers and identify FOIA Chief Public Liaisons.

For additional information please see the DoD FOIA Handbook.

United States Southern Command FOIA Chief Public Liaison 

Mr. Marco T. Villalobos Command FOIA Manager

FOIA Requester Service Center

Phone: (305) 437-1108

FAX: (305) 437-1320 


Mailing Address:

United States Southern Command


9301 NW 33rd St.

Doral, FL 33172-1202