Community News Briefs

By U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsMarch 29, 2023

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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


SGLI Update

The SGLI maximum you can elect went up to $500,000 effective March 1 under a change in the law. VA Life Insurance has affordable life insurance products available to service members and veterans as an earned benefit. Life insurance is a benefit that can be used to "protect those who matter most" by securing their family's financial future through end-of-life planning, providing income replacement, and offering financial flexibility for the family once the person has passed.

This link provides a great summary of the pending change:

Career Fair at Zama Middle High School

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Zama Middle High School will host a Career Fair April 13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the school, and they are currently seeking individuals from a variety of career fields who would be interested in representing their field at the event.

Per ZMHS teacher Lyndsay Morrison: “The goal is for students to be exposed to a variety of careers across many different career clusters. Because we are on a military installation in an overseas location, our students do not have the same level of access to career readiness resources as stateside schools, but we are willing to do all that we can to ensure their experiences in preparing for life after high school are not limited.”

If you, or other members of your unit or organization are interested in presenting at the Career Fair, please complete the Google form found at the following link: or by scanning the QR code in the flyer below.

Immediate information needed from applicants is as follows:

- Name(s) of the presenter(s)

- Educational experience or career/job to be discussed

The deadline to submit the interest form is March 31.

Rokin ATM Near Gate 1 to Be Removed

The Rokin ATM located next to the JED parking lot near Gate 1 is scheduled to be removed.

Service at the ATM will end March 31, and the machine will be removed between April and June.

Trifecta Weightlifting Competition

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SHARP “Kick Out Sexual Assault” Kickball Tournament

An intramural “Kick Out Sexual Assault” kickball tournament, in collaboration with Camp Zama’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention program, will be held April 8 beginning at 9 a.m. at Rambler Field on Camp Zama.

The event is open to all military personnel, retirees, Department of the Army civilians, AAFES employees, SOFA family members who are 18 or older and not in high school, JGSDF members, and local-national employees.

This is a Commander’s Cup event, with awards going to the first- and second-place teams.

There is no fee to enter this event, and the deadline to register a team is April 6 at 9 p.m. You can register by visiting the front desk at Yano Fitness Center. Call 263-4664 or 046-407-4664 from your cellphone for more information.

Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza

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Transition from Heating to Cooling Season

Intermittent heating will start on or around April 14 as the Garrison begins to transition to the cooling season.

Heating will be provided based on following criteria:

·       70 degrees or lower from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

·       55 degrees or lower from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Following the intermittent heating period, DPW will transition into a “no heating/no cooling” period on or around April 21, which will allow DPW to perform necessary preventive maintenance, checks, and services required on cooling systems throughout installation prior to cooling period.

During the no heating/no cooling period, facility/building managers must ensure occupants maximize use of natural ventilation by opening windows and common area entrances.

The following facilities will be provided a priority of a controlled environment service: DODEA Schools, MEDDAC, the Exchange, the Camp Zama Community Club, and others without natural ventilation.

Based on historical weather records, the intermittent cooling period is projected to begin on or around May 8, based on the following criteria:

·       Daytime: Implementation of the cooling period is based on outside heat index of 76 degrees or greater for three consecutive days.

·       Nighttime: Cooling for quarters is based on outside heat index of 74 degrees or greater for three consecutive days.

If the cooling begins as predicted in housing areas on May 8, the full transition will be completed on May 12. After that, work areas will begin on May 15 and will be completed on May 19.

Hawaiian Festival

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2023 Road Tax Program

The 2023 Road Tax program will be happening on Camp Zama April 18 through 21.

Please see the flyer below for all the details.

If you have any questions, please call the vehicle registration office at 263-4337/4810/3732. (046-407-XXXX from a cell phone)

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Community Bazaar

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New Business Hours at Bldg. 101 Subway / Main Street X-Presso

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Arnn Elementary Seeking Volunteers

Arnn Elementary officials are seeking volunteers to assist with two upcoming events.

May 23 – The school is hosting an all-day STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Day event to allow community stakeholders to present hands-on activities to share with elementary students on how they utilize STEAM principles in their daily jobs. Students will range from preschool to fifth grade (4 to 11 years old). Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Julie Curtis at or call 262-6035.

May 25 - Fourth-graders in Mrs. LeFebre’s classes would like to interview community members about their personal stories and connections to Memorial Day. This event will take place at the Arnn school library on May 25. Times for this activity will be 9 to 9:30 a.m.; 10 to 10:30 a.m.; and 1:30 to 2 p.m. For more information, please contact Mrs. LeFebre at Jami.LeFebre@DODEA.EDU.

June 2 - Volunteers are needed to present cultural demonstrations to students at our Multicultural Day event. We would love to have you share your culture with us. For more information, please contact Ben Greenman at

Kanto Plains Special Olympics

The Kanto Plains Special Olympics organization is seeking volunteers to help with the 2023 KPSO in October 2023. Email for more information or to volunteer.

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.

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: