• U.S. Army Medical Command-Japan held a groundbreaking ceremony, Aug. 9, 2013, to signal the start of their major health clinics renovations on Camp Zama, Japan. The senior representatives for the ceremony included (from left) Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer Sr., U.S. Army Japan and I Corps (Forward) commanding general; Brig. Gen. Dennis D.  Doyle, PRMC commanding general; Col. Vivian T. Hutson, MEDDAC-J commander; Col. Gregory Silver, U.S. Army Dental Activity-Japan commander; Col. John Hurley, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Japan District commander; Katsuyoshi Okawa, Obayashi Corporation executive officer; and David Yin, Directorate of Public Works chief.

    MEDDAC-Japan breaks ground on new complex

    U.S. Army Medical Command-Japan held a groundbreaking ceremony, Aug. 9, 2013, to signal the start of their major health clinics renovations on Camp Zama, Japan. The senior representatives for the ceremony included (from left) Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer...

  • Brig. Gen. Dennis D. Doyle, PRMC commanding general, and Col. Vivian Hutson, MEDDAC-J commander, cut the cake with a ceremonial saber at the ground breaking ceremony, Aug. 9, 2013, signaling the start of major renovations of MEDDAC-J's health clinics at Camp Zama, Japan.

    MEDDAC-Japan breaks ground on new complex

    Brig. Gen. Dennis D. Doyle, PRMC commanding general, and Col. Vivian Hutson, MEDDAC-J commander, cut the cake with a ceremonial saber at the ground breaking ceremony, Aug. 9, 2013, signaling the start of major renovations of MEDDAC-J's health clinics...

  • Brig. Gen. Dennis D. Doyle, PRMC commanding general, gives remarks, Aug. 9, 2013, at the groundbreaking ceremony of MEDDAC-J health clinics renovations at Camp Zama, Japan.

    MEDDAC-Japan breaks ground on new complex

    Brig. Gen. Dennis D. Doyle, PRMC commanding general, gives remarks, Aug. 9, 2013, at the groundbreaking ceremony of MEDDAC-J health clinics renovations at Camp Zama, Japan.

  • Col. Vivian Hutson, MEDDAC-J commander, gives her opening remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony, Aug. 9, 2013, informing the crowd of the major renovations that will be made to the health clinics on Camp Zama, Japan.

    MEDDAC-Japan breaks ground on new complex

    Col. Vivian Hutson, MEDDAC-J commander, gives her opening remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony, Aug. 9, 2013, informing the crowd of the major renovations that will be made to the health clinics on Camp Zama, Japan.

CAMP ZAMA, Japan (Aug. 13, 2013) -- As the temperature rose under the sweltering morning sun, Aug. 9, it was all smiles for those attending the U.S. Army Medical Command Japan's groundbreaking ceremony.

The ceremony marked the start of a major renovation project of the Brig. Gen. Crawford F. Sams U.S. Army health clinic, U.S. Army Dental Activity Japan health clinic and the construction of a new preventive health facility, here.

Guest speaker Brig. Gen. Dennis D. Doyle, Pacific Regional Medical Command commander, said the $26 million project is for the military members, their families and Camp Zama community.

"[This project] is scheduled to be completed in 2015," said Doyle.

"This project is concrete proof of the Army's commitment to take care of its Soldiers, employees and their family members," said Col. Vivian Hutson, MEDDAC-J commander.

Hutson said that even in times of lean budgets and drawdown, the health and well-being of their patients remains one of the Army's highest priorities.

After remarks, seven senior representatives took to their shovels to ceremonially turn over a shovelful of dirt to symbolically signal the start of the renovation and construction project.

"This project was the result of close teamwork and cooperation," said Hutson.

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