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I lost my DD Form 214, how can I obtain a copy?

For servicemembers who have separated from the Air Force within the past 90 days, the Air Force Personnel Center can help. Its Contact Center is staffed round the clock. The toll free number is (866) 229-7074. The Web site address is www.afpc.randolph.af.mil.  Their e-mail address is contact.center@randolph.af.mil.  

If outside the 90 days, a request needs to be made through the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). NARA is the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. View their website at www.archives.gov.  Paper copies of military service and pension records can be ordered by mail from the address below. 

National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

I was born on an overseas military installation, how can I obtain a copy of my birth certificate?

Birth certificates for United States citizens born abroad may be requested from the Vital Records Section, Passport Services, 1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 510, Washington, D.C. 20522-1705. Additional birth certificate information is available on the U.S. Department of State website at http://travel.state.gov/family/family_issues/birth/birth_593.html.

Is there anyone who can answer my personnel questions immediately, 24/7?

The Air Force Personnel Center can help. Its Contact Center is staffed around the clock. The toll free number is (866) 229-7074. The Web site address is www.afpc.randolph.af.mil. Their e-mail address is contact.center@randolph.af.mil.

My father served in the Air Force and I’m looking for his military records so I may learn more about that time in his life, can you help?

Individual military departments, including the Air Force do not maintain files or records pertaining to individuals who are no longer on active duty. When an individual is separated from military service, because of retirement, discharge from active duty or death, his or her Field Personnel File (containing all military and health records) is forwarded for storage to the National Personnel Records Center (Military). The Records Center is under the jurisdiction of the national Archives and Records Administration (NARA) of the United States Government.

An individual's complete service record is available to the former service member or, if deceased, to his or her next of kin (parents, spouse, or children). Limited information (such as dates of service, awards, and training) is available to anyone. Not available to the general public is information that would invade an individual's privacy; for example, medical records, Social Security number or present address.

If requesting the records of a relative, the requestor should mention their relationship to the former member (brother, uncle, or other). There is no charge for this service to former service members or their next of kin. For others, a nominal fee is charged for research and reproduction costs. Files at the Records Center are maintained as historical records only and are not updated to reflect current data on the former service member. The address for the National Personnel Records Center is: 

National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63132
Internet site: www.archives.gov
 
For individuals compiling family histories, NARA provides assistance to those interested in genealogy. NARA normally charges a nominal fee for research and reproduction costs. Their address is:
 
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
8th Street and Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20408

My father’s dog tags were lost, how can we obtain a copy?

These requests need to go through the National Personnel Records Center http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/.  They can fill out a Standard Form 180 to get tags from a specific timeframe, for dog tags prior to 2004.

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