Garrison Japan children work with parents for the day
By Candateshia Pafford, U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsApril 2, 2013
CAMP ZAMA, Japan (April 3, 2013) -- Children of U.S. Army Garrison Japan employees joined their parents at work for the 2nd annual 'Bring your children to work day' event April 2 for a chance to see what Moms and Dads do at work.
Sixty-one children tagged along with nearly 100 Japanese and civilian employees to get a glimpse at the day-to-day operations of their parent's busy work schedules.
The children had a chance to answers phones, greet customers and observe the inner workings of how the garrison operates.
Col Eric D. Tilley, garrison commander, gave introductory remarks at the Zama Community Club, followed by a kid-style briefing several demonstrations by garrison employees about the services Garrison Japan has to offer.
Camp Zama's Fire Department and their mascot, Sparky, gave a fire safety demonstration, and then gave the children a chance to try on fire-proof suits.
The children learned about the water testing done to keep water clean and healthy at Camp Zama and Sagamihara Housing Area from Department of Public Works employees.
DPW employees also explained the importance of recycling with a garbage segregation demonstration.
Children also got the opportunity to try on Army body armor, helmets and rucksacks with demonstrations by Logistic Readiness Center-Honshu employees.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation was there to keep the children entertained with portable bowling.
"This was a great event," said one Japanese garrison employee, Yuichi Imada.
Imada's son and daughter followed him to his office at the Visual Information Division in the Garrison Public Affairs Office that morning.
Instead of telling his kids about his day, Imada said he enjoyed having the opportunity of showing them what he does on a daily basis.
"We will have a great discussion telling Mom what we all did at work today," Imada said.