Air Force at Your CIRVIS Before Self?

Civil Air Patrol, Air Force InstructionSelected Civil Air Patrol members have an interest in AFI 10-206

by Fox Helsing | AuxBeacon News Contributor

[Editor’s Note: This was a fun and interesting contribution in light of additional information still being held in our private files. As a nod to efforts of the original researchers, we recommend you seek out their story.]

On October 15th 2008, Air Force Instruction (AFI) 10-206 was updated. This instruction, which has existed prior to the turn of this century, had always been of interest to some members of Civil Air Patrol because of its Chapter 5 COMMUNICATIONS INSTRUCTIONS REPORTING VITAL INTELLIGENCE SIGHTINGS (CIRVIS) which includes Section 5.6 Reporting Instructions for Paragraph 5.6.3.3. Unidentified flying objects. Section 5.3 requires that these reports go to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which is in a Canadian partnership with the United States. The original document of this AFI is included below in its entirety, but to summarize:

If you were a pilot who sighted

5.6.3.1. Hostile or unidentified aircraft
5.6.3.2. Missiles or…
5.6.3.3. Unidentified flying objects

Then

5.4 As soon as possible after the intelligence sighting

you would submit your report to

5.3.1. Airborne reports: US, Canadian military, or civilian communications facility.
5.3.2. Post-landing reports: Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Cheyenne Mt, Colorado or HQ Northern NORAD Region, North Bay, Ontario, Canada, whichever is more convenient.

Back in the year 2000, John Greenewald, any FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests for CIRVIS reports sent to the NORAD installation at Cheyene Mt, Colorado will receive the following reply:

For your information, Title 5 United States Code (U.S.C)., Section 552, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), is a United States (US) statute and is only applicable to US agencies as defined in Title 5 U.S.C., sections 551 and 552. NORAD is a binational command established by Volume 33, United States Treaties (UST), page 12777, subject to control of both Canadian and US Government agencies as defined in the Act and consequently is not subject to the US FOIA.

So, FOIA requests on Unidentified Flying Objects reported through Cheyenne Mountain were effectively blocked by the excuse of the binational NORAD partnership. Not to be stymied, John Greenewald eventually maneuvers to make the same request of the Canadian government through their AIA or Access to Information Act (1985), somewhat equivalent to the US FOIA.

After an amazing, uplifting conversation and providing payment of $3 US dollars, Greenewald’s Canadian contact delivers a entire stack of CIRVIS reports to him in the mail.

Also, through the generous assistance of another researcher Michel Deschamps, Greenewald would obtain additional reports that had been stored in the Canadian Archives Division and that have since been made available here:

Library and Archives of Canada

and here:

Canadian CIRVIS Reports

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