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The following news briefs are provided to help keep our community informed about what’s happening on our U.S. Army Garrison Japan installations.

To submit your information for publication, email full details (who, what, when, where, why and how, along with contact information) to usag.japan@gmail.com.


 Holiday Mailing Deadlines

See below for the mail-by dates for various shipping options to ensure your holiday packages arrive in time!

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DOD Online Tenant Satisfaction Survey

The DoD online tenant satisfaction survey is ongoing through Dec. 16, and you should have received an email invitation to participate. If you haven’t done so already, we are asking you to take a few minutes to fill out the completely confidential survey.

The survey is an important tool that allows your leadership to hear about your housing experience, and the feedback is used to improve housing conditions and resident services for current and future residents. Your health, safety and security remain our top priorities, and you deserve a safe and secure place to live.

Your participation in this survey will allow leadership to focus efforts to ensure you have that quality housing. Please let us know how we can improve the effectiveness of our housing management services and quality of our housing facilities.

If you have not received an email invitation or you have accidentally deleted it, please contact CEL & Associates directly via e-mail at armyhousingsurvey@celassociates.com.

Please be sure to include your installation and address (house number) in the email. A document titled “How to Obtain a Survey” will be provided.

Gingerbread 2-Mile Fun Run

Camp Zama’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host the Gingerbread Run, a 2-mile fun run event, Dec. 21 at Sagamihara Family Housing Area, with activities beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the run beginning at 6 p.m.

Activities will include holiday music, an appearance from Santa Claus, and the handout of “ugly sweaters.

Participation is open to all ages, and anyone with access to the installation can sign up.

The registration fee is $20 per person and includes an “ugly sweater” (adult sizes only) while supplies last. Parents and guardians can sign up their entire family.

After the run, there will be drawings for two $100 AAFES gift cards.

The deadline to register is Dec. 21 at 6 p.m., which means you can sign up at the race site on the day of the event.

Call 263-4664 for more information.


No-Drone Zone

All U.S. Army in Japan installations are “no-drone zones,” meaning all drone usage is prohibited. That includes the very popular toy drones.

Also be advised that Japan has strict drone usage laws and if you intend to fly one off post, you should ensure you understand those laws.


Holiday Decoration Guidance

Holiday lights and decorations in on-post housing are only authorized to be on between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily, except for Dec. 24 & 25 when they are authorized between 5 p.m. and midnight.

Holiday lights and decorations should be unplugged or switched off prior to going to bed or when you are away from home for extended periods of time.


Increase in Postage Prices

Effective Jan. 22, 2023, the U.S. Postal Service will increase the price of First Class Mail and Forever postage stamps.

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Time Change for Booking Space-Available Appointments

The BG Sams U.S. Army Health Clinic recently changed the time for space-available patients to call for scheduling a same-day appointment. The time has changed from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m., and calls can be made to DSN 262-4175 or 046-407-4175.

Additional information on space-available care can be found at https://bg-crawford.tricare.mil/Getting-Care/Space-Available-Care.

Pfizer Vaccine Available for Children Ages 5 to 11

MEDDAC-J now offers the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Appointments are available on Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. To schedule an appointment, please use this website: https://informatics-stage.health.mil/COVAX/.


Child and Youth Services Seeking Employees

Looking for a rewarding job with great salary and benefits, where you know you’re making a difference in today’s youth and children? That opportunity is here! Start your career with Army MWR, Child & Youth Services. Check out the opportunities available and apply now by accessing this link: ArmyMWR.com/CYSCareers.


Army Recruiting Office Opens on Camp Zama

An Army recruiting office recently reopened on Camp Zama to better support potential recruits on mainland Japan following a decade-long hiatus. Anyone interested can speak to recruiter Sgt. 1st Class Jason Blowers. Blowers can be reached by email at jason.e.blowers.mil@army.mil. The office is located near the Camp Zama laundromat.