Community News Briefs

By U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsDecember 21, 2022

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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.

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Army Housing Holiday Closures

Please see the following Army Housing-related holiday closures.


All Directorate of Public Works customer service desks will be closed from Dec. 29, 2022, until Jan. 3, 2023, in observance of our local national holidays. Services will be limited to emergencies only. In case of emergency, please call the DPW customer service number for your respective area.

Camp Zama/SFHA: DSN: 263-4613/4274 (046-407-4613/4274)

Sagami General Depot: 268-4931(042-869-4931)

Yokohama North Dock/Akasaka Press Center: 080-9026-6688

Kure/Akizuki/Kawakami/Hiro: 070-6693-1168


The Housing Office will be closed from Dec. 29, 2022, to Jan. 3, 2023.


The Sagamihara Family Housing Area Self-Help Store will be closed from Dec. 27, 2022, to Jan. 4, 2023. The Camp Zama Self-Help Store will be closed from Dec. 29, 2022, to Jan. 3, 2023.


Great Zama 'Shake Out' Drill

Zama City plans to hold “The Great Zama Shake Out” drill on Jan. 23 in an effort to better prepare its community for earthquakes by practicing the 1-2-3 safety steps of dropping, covering and holding onto something stable. The drill, which will take place at 11 a.m. and last for one minute, is a great reminder for the U.S. Army in Japan community to also practice earthquake preparedness and to have an emergency plan in place.


 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

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:


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:


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 The office is located near the Camp Zama laundromat.