Need a Citizen’s Story About Why FOI Matters?

Here’s a good one:

Mike Frank did not file the complaint against Col. Jeffrey Smiley, the Alabama Air National Guard commander of the 187th Fighter Wing, but he’d been interviewed during the investigation of it and then heard nothing.

Long after the investigation, Frank, a retired colonel who spent 26 years with the 187th after six years in the Air Force, said neither he nor the others who had been interviewed had been told what happened.

He said he doesn’t believe they ever would have found out if he had not decided to use the Freedom of Information Act to request the Inspector General’s report.

The 57-year-old retiree, who admitted that he had had a tough working relationship with Smiley, said he considered some of the allegations being investigated — that the wing commander used an F-16 fighter jet for personal trips and received nearly $96,000 in undocumented overtime — to be serious violations.

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