Defense Attache’

The United States Defense Attaché Office (DAO) performs representational functions on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, the Secretaries of the Military Services, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chiefs of the U.S. Military Services and the Commander of European Command.

The pages at this DAO website are intended to answer general inquiries regarding the tracing of former and current United States military personnel and enlistment in the United States Armed Forces, and are intended for those making such inquiries from Zimbabwe. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information is current, DAO Harare accepts no responsibility for any inaccuracies which may occur.

This information is intended for those making inquiries from Zimbabwe.

Military recruitment does not fall within the scope of the Defense Attaché Office at the American Embassy, Harare. However, the following general information is provided for your reference: All applicants for enlistment in the U.S. Armed Forces (as well as the U.S. Civil Service and law enforcement agencies) must be either:

a U.S. citizen

Or

a registered alien who is

  • legally and permanently resident in the U.S., and
  • in possession of a U.S. Immigration (‘Green’) Card (INS 1-151 or INS 1-551) and Social Security number.

If you meet the above criteria you should request further information from the following relevant offices in the U.K. or Germany:

U.S. Army Recruiter
415th BSB, Building 2915 Pulaski Barracks
Kaiserslautern
Germany
Tel: (00 49) 631 536 7072

U.S. Air Force Recruiter (Headquarters)
469 ABG/DPVRS
Building 347, Room 122
Rhein-Main Air Base
Frankfurt 60505
Germany
Tel: (00 49) 696 997978

U.S. Marine Corps Recruiter
Recruiting Station New York
Attn: Admin
Garden City, New York 11530-4761
USA

U.S. Navy Recruiter
DOE Complex, Block 2, Spur 9
Lime Grove, Eastcote, RUISLIP
Middlesex HA4 8BX
Tel: 020 8385 5207

Please be aware that, as many of the above offices are manned only part-time, you are likely to reach an answering machine if you call. Therefore, it is suggested that you write-in, ensuring that your name, address and contact telephone number are clearly stated.

This information is for those making inquiries from Zimbabwe

Military recruitment does not fall within the scope of the Defense Attaché Office at the American Embassy, Harare. However, the following general information is provided for your reference:

Enlisted Personnel

All applicants for enlistment in the U.S. Armed Forces (as well as the U.S. Civil Service and law enforcement agencies) must be either

a U.S. citizen

Or

a registered alien who is

  • legally and permanently resident in the U.S., and
  • in possession of a U.S. Immigration (‘Green’) Card (INS 1-151 or INS 1-551) and Social Security number.

Permanent resident status, a prerequisite if the enlisted is not a U.S. citizen, requires that the alien qualify for an immigrant visa to enter the United States. You should be aware, however, that for the reasons stated above, no assurance can be given in advance that an applicant will successfully pass the various physical and aptitude tests for acceptance into the Armed Forces. An immigrant visa will not be issued on the basis of intention to enlist or intention to qualify for government employment upon arrival in the United States.

Officers

The selection process for a commissioned officer is highly competitive and includes, among other things, the following requirements: the candidate must be a U.S. citizen; before selection by a Military Academy for officer training, the candidate must pass a rigorous physical examination; he or she must be a high-school graduate, or a senior who has achieved excellent academic qualifications in high school. In addition, a pilot candidate must be both an existing commissioned officer and a U.S. citizen.

The criteria for granting both immigrant visas and United States citizenship are complex. All inquiries should in the first instance be directed to the Immigrant Visa Branch at the American Embassy.

Inclusion of an organization or product in the following text does not denote that it carries an American Embassy, Harare, U.S. Government, or U.S. Department of Defense endorsement. Please note, also, that this information is intended for those making inquiries from Zimbabwe.

It is difficult to trace someone in the United States when their whereabouts are completely unknown, as there are no central records of names and addresses available to the public. For those trying to locate former colleagues, friends or relations the following information may be of assistance. When writing to an agency or organization listed below, you should provide as much information as possible about the person you seek. At least the full name, date and place of birth should be given. For military personnel, the rank, serial number and branch of service should also be specified.

Active Military Personnel

Written requests for assistance in locating information on currently serving military personnel may be sent to the appropriate office listed below:

  • Air Force Worldwide Locator
    AFPC/MSIMDL
    550 C Street W., Suite 50
    Randolph Air Force Base
    TX 78150-4752
  • Army Worldwide Locator
    U.S. Army ELREC
    8899 E. 56th Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46249-5301
  • Navy Worldwide Locator
    Bureau of Naval Personnel
    Pers 312
    5720 Integrity Drive
    Millington, TN 38055-3120
  • Marine Corps Worldwide Locator
    Commandant of the Marine Corps
    HQ, USMC, Code MMSB
    Washington, DC 20380-1775
  • Coast Guard Locator
    G-MPC-S-3, U.S. Coast Guard
    2100 2nd Street SW
    Washington, DC 20593

The above locator offices may be able to forward correspondence to the individual’s base or unit. Correspondence for the missing service member should be passed – together with a brief letter of explanation – to the appropriate service locator. The letter to be forwarded should contain nothing of value and be in an unsealed, unstamped envelope bearing only the individual’s rank, full name, and, if possible, military serial number. You should note that a nominal fee, payable by credit card or International Money order, may be charged for this service. All of the above locator services operate websites on the internet, usually accessed via links with the Department of Defense website, or relevant service’s homepage.

Former Military Personnel

The American Embassy, Harare keeps no records of former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

All Official Military Personnel Files of discharged or deceased personnel are maintained in the United States at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). Requests for information on former service members must be directed, in writing, to that agency. Written requests for record searches must be made on the Standard Form SF180 (available to download from the NPRC website). Alternatively, the form will be mailed to you. When completing the form, you should provide the full name, details of military service, and the former service member’s serial (or social security) number, if known. Please note that certain restrictions imposed on the NPRC by the 1974 Privacy Act may make your search more difficult. The Act limits the disclosure of data from U.S. government files to the individual themselves or to those who can provide clear evidence of direct kinship to the individual being sought. In the case of children trying to locate their fathers, the NPRC is required to provide only the last known town and state – ie, not a full street address. In all instances only written requests, signed and dated, on the appropriate forms will be accepted. The address of the NPRC is:

National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)
Attn: Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

Please note that addresses on record are often those furnished by the service member at the time of discharge and may well be some years out-of-date. You should note also that the NPRC is staffed and funded to deal primarily with queries from veterans themselves, and these queries receive priority. It is not unusual for general inquiries from abroad to take many weeks or even months to receive a response.

U.S. citizens wishing to re-establish contact with or information on former service friends mainly use military and veterans organizations’ publications. A brief notice placed therein reaches a wide audience and may well come to the attention of the individual themselves or a former member of the same unit. As well as the newsletters of individual veterans associations, letters are published in the following large-circulation publications:

  • Army/Navy/Air Force Times
    ‘Locator Service’
    6883 Commercial Drive
    Springfield, VA 22159-0160
  • Air Force Magazine
    ‘Bulletin Board’
    1501 Lee Highway
    Arlington, VA 22209-1198
  • American Legion Magazine
    700 N. Pennsylvania Street
    PO Box 1055
    Indianapolis, IN 46206
  • The Retired Officer Magazine
    201 N. Washington Avenue
    Alexandria, VA 22314-2539

Letters written to the above publications should be brief and preferably typed. Do not send documents or photographs.

Additional Sources

Local Sources

If the original address of the individual being sought is known, you can pursue local sources of information within the United States. Among the many possible avenues are: offices of vital records for birth, death or marriage records; high school reunion organizers and college alumni associations; Adjutant General’s Office in the person’s home state for data on personnel who served in World War II, Korea, or Vietnam; county and state Department of Veterans’ Affairs Offices in cases of Veterans’ benefits or hospitalization; local posts of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AmVets, etc for information on local veterans; county Probate Offices for a will or Letters of Administration if he or she possessed property in the county and is now deceased; local newspapers, for articles obituaries, death notices, etc; state Offices of Vital Statistics for death records of service personnel who died while on active duty. Please note that the American Embassy, Harare, does not maintain addresses for the above offices.

Telephone Listings

The quickest and cheapest way of establishing contact with an individual is often by telephone. Some public reference libraries now hold U.S. telephone directories on CD-ROM and there are many internet websites providing access to phone listings. A number of these are to be found on Yahoo! However, it is worth remembering that many private individuals in the U.S. choose to be ex-directory.

Books & Newspapers

How to Locate Anyone Who Is or Has Been In The Military, 5th Edition by Lt Col (Ret) Richard Johnson, (MIE Publishing, PO Box 17188, Spartanburg, SC 29301, price 23USD) details hundreds of ways to locate current and former service members of all branches, including National Guard and Reserve. It explains how to obtain copies of individual service records, rosters, muster rolls, after-action reports, and numerous other military records. Please note that Lt Col Johnson also runs a commercial detective agency specializing in the tracing of former members of the military.

It may also be worthwhile writing to newspapers or specialist publications which circulate in the area where the missing person was last known to live.

General information on obtaining or contacting U.S. Publications is available on the Ready Reference section of this website.

Social Security Administration & The Department of Veterans Affairs

Both the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs will attempt to forward correspondence to missing persons, but only when a considerable monetary or strong humanitarian consideration is involved. You should send a letter intended for the missing person, along with a brief letter of explanation to the appropriate agency. The letter to be forwarded should contain nothing of value and be in a plain, unsealed, unstamped envelope bearing only the person’s full name and social security/ military serial number. If this number is not known, you should include other identifying information, such as date/ place of birth or parents’ names in the covering letter. Write to:

  • Social Security Administration
    30 North Green Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
    810 Vermont Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20420

In the case of the Social Security Administration (SSA), a 3USD fee applies in cases involving a monetary purpose. An International Money Order in dollars should be enclosed and made payable to the ‘Social Security Administration’. The SSA will be unable to report whether or not the letter is actually delivered.

Internet Sources

In addition to the internet locator services listed above, many hundreds of sites – official and unofficial, commercial and free of charge – exist to aid in tracing missing persons and family genealogy. Such sites include: the National Vet Archive; American Veteran Search; the Navy Memorial Foundation’s Navy Log; American Legion Library page; Military Police Locator Service, and many others. Keyword searches on military and locator or military and reunions will lead to dozens of sites, many with links to other avenues of research.

NB: Important Notice – It is not possible to trace the whereabouts of persons through U.S. immigration channels. Records of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service are protected by the Privacy Act and cannot be divulged to third parties.

We hope that success results from your efforts. Unfortunately, other than the preceding information, the Defense Attaché Office at U.S. Embassy, Harare cannot assist further with individual searches for current or former members of the military.

Please note that, at the present time, some .mil web addresses are only accessible to users from a .mil address.

National Archives & Records Administration
Archives I, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington DC 20408-0001
Tel: (202) 501 5400 (general inquiries); (202) 501 5410 (genealogy staff)
Website: http://www.archives.gov

[NB: NARA Archives I holds textual & microfilm records on pre-World War II military and naval/maritime-related matters. Related special media and non-textual records, such as still and motion pictures, electronic, cartographic records, etc are located at Archives II.]

Attn: Textual Reference Branch (NNR 1) Room 13W

  • Military Service Records for individuals who left the Army between 1789 – Oct 1912 (enlisted), – Jun 1917 (officers)
  • Morning reports, pre 1917
  • Unit rosters, pre 1917
  • Unit operational records, pre 1939
  • Confederate States Army personnel records 1861-1865

National Archives & Records Administration
Archives II, 8601 Adelphi Road
College Park MD 20740-6001
Tel: (301) 713 6800
Website: http://www.archives.gov

[NB: NARA Archives II maintains cartographic/architectural holdings; electronic records; still and motion picture, sound and video records; and textual records on military-related matters dating from World War II onwards.]

Attn: Textual Reference Branch
Tel: (301) 713 7250

  • Unit operational records 1939-1954 (all units), and 1954- present (units serving in SE Asia)

Attn: Still Pictures Branch, Special Archives Division
Tel: (301) 713 6660

  • Photos – Official Army Photograph repository, 1861-the last eight years

Attn: Motion Picture, Sound & Video Branch, Special Archives Division
Tel: (301) 713 7060

  • Motion Pictures – Official Army repository, 1898-present

National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Avenue
St Louis MO 63132-5100
Website: http://www.archives.gov/facilities/mo/st_louis.html

Attn: Military Personnel Records

  • Official Military Personnel Files for individuals who left the Army since Nov 1912 (enlisted), since Jul 1917 (officers)
  • (NB – The major portion of the Army’s service records dating from 1912-1959 were destroyed by fire in 1973, when some 17 million personnel files were lost.)
    (NB – the above information is available only to the veteran his/herself or, if deceased, next-of-kin. Requests must be made in writing, signed & dated, on the appropriate forms.)
  • Morning reports, November 1912-1974 (& PDC cards 1974 onwards)
  • Unit rosters, 1912-1974 (excluding 1944, 1945, 1946) Regular Army

U.S Army Human Resources Command
Hoffman Building I
2461 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria VA 22331-0301
Tel: (703) 325 5303
Website: https://www.hrc.army.mil/

Attn: Casualty & Memorial Affairs Ops Cntr (TAPC-PEC)

  • Location details for Army members buried in overseas U.S. Military cemeteries (post 1941)

U.S Army Human Resources Command
Hoffman Building II
200 Stovall Street
Alexandria VA 22332-0400
Tel: (703) 325 8699/8700
Website: https://www.hrc.army.mil

Attn: Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Division (Room 7N53)

  • Unit operational records, 1954-present (units not serving in SE Asia)
  • Organizational history files, 1955-1979

Attn: Military Awards Branch (TAPC-PDA)

  • Awards information for individuals still on active duty

U.S. Army Reserve Personnel Center
9700 Page Avenue
St Louis MO 63132-5200
Website: http://www.army.mil/usar/arpercen/arpercen.htm

Attn: ARPC-SFS-E (Soldier Family Support – Entitlement Directorate)

  • Replacement awards – requests must be made in writing along with supporting evidence (ie copy of citation, etc).
    (NB – replacement awards are issued from a separate office and can take between 12-18 months to arrive)

Attn: ARPC-SFR-SSD

  • Unit rosters, etc, 1917-present, Army Reserve (for individual requesting his/her own file)

Attn: APRC-IMP-F (FOIA OFFICE)
Tel: (314) 538 2974
Fax: (314) 538 3567

  • Unit rosters, etc, 1917-present, Army Reserve (for requests from the general public – submit written request under Freedom of Information Act)

Attn: ARPC-SF-C, Tel: (314) 263 6951/2/3; (800) 318 5298 (Customer Services)

  • To contact individual personnel on the Army Ready Reservist list (written requests only)

Attn: ARPC-SFE (Veterans’ Services Directorate)

  • Award information for individuals no longer in the Service
    (written requests, signed & dated, must include name, service/soc. sec. no., & return address)

Attn: General Officers’ Management Branch
Tel: (314) 538 3550

  • Reserve personnel records of O-7 and above officers

Attn: National Guard Personnel Office
Tel: (314) 538 3594/2939

  • Army National Guard personnel records

U.S. Army Active Personnel Locator
U.S. Department of the Army, Worldwide Locator
Fort Benjamin Harrison IN 46249-5301
Tel: (317) 542 4211 (rec’d); 542 4198; (703) 325 3732 (Washington, DC, rec’d)

U.S. Army Center of Military History
1099 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-3402
Tel: (202) 761 5413
Website: http://www.army.mil/cmh

Attn: Organizational History Branch

  • Organizational history files, 1980-present
  • Information regarding unit lineages and honors

U.S. Army Military History Institute
Carlisle Barracks PA 17013-5008
Tel: (717) 245 3611
Website: http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/

  • General historical inquiries
  • Selected official & unofficial papers (ie unit histories, personal papers and diaries)

U.S. Army Publishing Agency
2800 Eastern Boulevard
Baltimore MD 21220-2896
Tel: (410) 671 2272
Website: http://www.apd.army.mil/

  • Official U.S. Army publications

U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry
9235 Gunston Road, Room S-112
Fort Belvoir VA 22060-5579
Tel: (703) 806 4968/4969

  • Information regarding insignia, uniforms, flags, etc

Department of Defense Visual Information Center (DVIC)
1363 Z Street, Bldg. 2730
March Air Field CA 92518-2073
Tel: (909) 413 2522 (still photos), 413 2515 (motion media)

  • Official photographs and videos pertaining to the U.S. Army within the last eight years

(NB: Fees are charged for all DVIC products)

NB: U.S. Army morning reports and PDC cards contain names and service numbers of individuals entering or leaving the unit on a given day; U.S. Army unit rosters contain details of everyone attached to the unit on a given day.

Please note that, at the present time, some .mil web addresses are only accessible to users from a .mil address.

National Archives & Records Administration
Archives I, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington DC 20408-0001

Tel: (202) 501 5400 (general inquiries); (202) 501 5410 (genealogy staff)
Website: http://www.archives.gov

[NB: NARA Archives I holds textual & microfilm records on pre-World War II military and naval/maritime-related matters. Related special media and non-textual records, such as still and motion pictures, electronic, cartographic records, etc are located at Archives II.]

Attn: Textual Reference Branch (NNR 1) Room 13W

  • Military service records for individuals who left the Navy between 1798 – Dec 1885 (enlisted), – Dec 1902 (officers) (NB – prior to 1861 (officers) and 1885 (enlisted), military service records are fragmentary. Those that do exist are generally not detailed.)
  • An individual’s service no. or Social Security no. (after 1970) can normally be provided by this branch if the individual’s name, command, & when they served is provided in writing.
  • Historical ships’ muster rolls from 1801 to 1938, and deck logs from 1801 to 1940
    National Archives & Records Administration
    Archives II, 8601 Adelphi Road
    College Park MD 20740-6001
    Tel: (301) 713 6800
    Website: http://www.archives.gov
  • [NB: NARA Archives II maintains cartographic/architectural holdings; electronic records; still and motion picture, sound and video records; and textual records on military-related matters dating from World War II onwards.]

Attn: Textual Reference Branch

  • Historical ships’ muster rolls from 1939 to 1966, and deck logs from 1941 to 1961
    Attn: Still Pictures Branch, Special Archives Division
  • Photos – Official Navy photograph repository, prior to 1982

National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Avenue
St Louis MO 63132-5100
Website: http://www.archives.gov/facilities/mo/st_louis.html

Attn: Military Personnel Records

  • Official Military Personnel Files (including awards information) for individuals who left the Navy since Jan 1886 (enlisted), since Jan 1903 (officers)
  • Official records of retired Navy personnel after 15 months of separation
  • Attn: NCPMA-OOfficial medical records of retired Navy personnel after 15 months of separation (NB – the above information is available only to the veteran his/herself or, if deceased, next-of-kin. Requests must be made in writing, signed & dated, on the appropriate form SF 180)

Bureau of Naval Personnel
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington TN 38055-3120
Website: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/Pages/ForInternal.aspx

Attn: Worldwide Locator (PERS 312)

Attn: Commander

  • Military service records (excluding medical records) for recently retired personnel (within 15 months of separation)

Naval Reserve Personnel Center
New Orleans LA 70159

Attn: Commanding Officer

  • Official medical records of recently retired Navy personnel (within 15 months of separation)
  • Queries regarding ID cards, change of address/status

Attn: Enlisted Personnel Management Center (Research/Code 311)

  • Historical ships’ muster rolls from 1976 to present
    Naval Historical Center
    Washington Navy Yard
    901 M Street, SE
    Washington DC 20374-5060
    Website: http://www.history.navy.mil

Attn: Early History Branch, Bldg 1

  • Research & writing on U.S. naval history, 1775-1918

Attn: Contemporary History Branch, Bldg 57
Tel: (202) 433 3891 Research & writing on U.S. naval history, 1945-present

Attn: Operational Archives Branch, Bldg 57
Fax: (202) 433 2833

  • U.S. Navy records on operations, policy & strategy, c. 1939-present; selected personal papers

Attn: Ships’ History Branch, Bldg 57
Tel: (202) 433 3643;
Fax: (202) 433 6677

  • Queries regarding individual ships’ histories, 1775-present
    (NB – Only the official Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships entry can be provided)

Attn: Ships’ History Branch (DL)

  • Deck logs from July 1962 to present Attn: Naval Aviation History Branch, Bldg 157
  • Documents & collections relating to naval aviation, 1911-present Attn: Curator Branch, Photographic Section, Bldg 108, Tel: (202) 433 2765
  • Principal source for U.S. Navy photographs prior to 1920; also many others from after that time; can assist with reference information for other U.S. naval photographic collections

Attn: USMC Historical Center, Bldg 58, DC 20374-0580, Tel: (202) 433 3480/3

  • For all United States Marine Corps-related general historical inquiries
    The Navy Museum
    Washington Navy Yard
    Washington DC 20374
    Tel: (202) 433 4882
  • Official collection of Navy-related artifacts

United States Naval & Shipbuilding Museum
739 Washington Street
Quincy MA 02169
Tel: (617) 479 7686
Website: http://www.uss-salem.org

  • US Navy and other US military-related artifacts and archives
  • A large amount of both official and unofficial historical reference material is available online
  • (NB – The site is also home to the cruiser, USS Salem (CA 139), now a visitor attraction)
    Department of Defense Visual Information Center (DVIC)
    1363 Z Street, Building 2730
    March Air Field CA 92518-2073
    Tel: (909) 413 2522 (Still Photos), 413 2515 (Motion Media)
  • Official photographs and images pertaining to the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps from 1982-present
  • (NB – Fees are charged for all DVIC products)NB: US Navy deck logs (officers) and muster rolls (enlisted) usually list names and service numbers for individuals serving on a ship at a given time.

Please note that, at the present time, some .mil web addresses are only accessible to users from a .mil address.

National Archives & Records Administration
Archives I, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington DC 20408-0001
Tel: (202) 501 5400 (general inquiries); (202) 501 5410 (genealogy staff)
Website: http://www.archives.gov

[NB: NARA Archives I holds textual & microfilm records on pre-World War II military and naval/maritime-related matters. Related special media and non-textual records, such as still and motion pictures, electronic, cartographic records, etc are located at Archives II.]

Attn: Textual Reference Branch (NNR 1) Room 13W

Copies of all USAFHRA (see page 2) records on microfilm
Copies of all USAFHRA (see page 2) records on microfilm

National Archives & Records Administration
Archives II, 8601 Adelphi Road
College Park MD 20740-6001
Tel: (301) 713 6800
Website: http://www.archives.gov

[NB: NARA Archives II maintains cartographic/architectural holdings; electronic records; still and motion picture, sound and video records; and textual records on military-related matters dating from World War II onwards.]

Attn: Textual Archives Branch

Missing Air Crew Reports: information on air crew members lost in combat during WWII

Attn: Still Pictures Branch (NNSP), Special Archives Division

Photos – Official Air Force Photograph repository, pre 1941 and 1954-1981

National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Avenue
St Louis MO 63132-5100
Website: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/

Attn: Military Personnel Records

  • Official Military Personnel Files and medical records for individuals who left the Air Force since Sep 1947 (officers & enlisted)
  • (NB – The major portion of USAF personnel records dating from 1947-1963, from the name Hubbard through Z, were destroyed by fire in 1973, when some 17 million personnel files were lost.)
  • (NB – the above information is available only to the veteran his/herself or, if deceased, next-of-kin. Requests must be made in writing, signed & dated, on the appropriate forms.)

Mornings reports, Sept 1947 – June 1966

Unit Rosters, prior to Sept 1947, Army Air Forces

U.S. Air Force Personnel Records Center
550 C Street West, Suite 50
Randolph AFB TX 78150-4752
Tel: (210) 565 2479
Website: http://www.afpc.af.mil/

Attn: Air Force Worldwide Locator (AFPC/MSIMDL)

To contact Air Force personnel still on active duty. Please see Tracing Missing Persons for further details

Attn: (AWARDS), Randolph AFB, TX 78150-5000

For Awards information

Air Force History Support Office
Building 5681,
110 Luke Avenue, Suite 405
Bolling AFB DC 20332-8050
Tel: (202) 767 0412

Attn: General Histories; Special Histories; & Editorial Branches

Publications on strategy, education, public affairs, etc Attn: Reference Services

For historical inquiries regarding strategy, plans, doctrine, etc

U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency (USAFHRA)
AFHRA/RSA,
600 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB AL 36112-6424
Tel: (334) 953-2395
Website: http://www.maxwell.af.mil/

For general historical inquiries

Attn: Unit Histories

Unit operational records since 1942

Attn: Special Collections

Selected official & unofficial papers (ie special collections, personal papers and diaries)

U.S. Air Force Museum
Wright-Patterson AFB
Dayton, OH 45433-6518
Tel: (513) 255 3286
Website: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/

Official collection of U.S.A.F.-related artifacts

National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20560
Tel: (202) 357 3133

Attn: Archives Division (MRC 322)

Official Air Force photograph repository, World War II – 1953

Department of Defense Visual Information Center (DVIC)
1363 Z Street, Bldg. 2730
March Air Field CA 92518-2073
Tel: (909) 413 2522 (still photos), 413 2515 (motion media)

Official photographs and images pertaining to the U.S. Air Force from 1954-the last eight years

(NB: Fees are charged for all DVIC products)