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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.



Bicycle Roundup Campaign

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A “bicycle roundup” campaign will kick off here Aug. 10. Military police will begin tagging unregistered bicycles and scooters found on Camp Zama and Sagamihara Family Housing Area. The campaign is intended to encourage residents and employees to register their bicycles and scooters as per installation policy.

Bicycle and scooter owners can register their vehicles at the Vehicle Registration Office on Camp Zama. No documentation is necessary when registering, but owners will need to provide their vehicle’s make, model, serial number and color.  Owners will then receive a registration sticker to be placed on their vehicle.

The registration is a one-time requirement and does not require renewal for the duration of the owner’s tour in Japan. Call the Vehicle Registration Office at 263-4810 for further information.


Fulfillment Vouchers for WIC Overseas Families

Effective July 1, the Defense Health Agency partnered with the Defense Commissary Agency to issue a fulfillment voucher to WIC Overseas families when they are not able to fully utilize their current drafts, due an item not available for purchase.

This occurs when items are out of stock or DeCA experiences a local shortage in which limited quantities are available. The fulfillment voucher can only be issued when no acceptable alternative product is available in the categories listed below.

The following seven categories are currently eligible to receive a fulfillment voucher:

• Juice

• Milk

• Cheese

• Yogurt

• Eggs

• Peanut butter

• Baby formula (concentrate, powder, and ready-to-use)


You must use your voucher within 30 days. If you have any questions or concerns when redeeming a voucher, please ask to speak to an on-duty commissary manager for assistance.


Early Bird Youth Sports Physicals

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The BG Crawford F. Sams Clinic will be conducting early bird school physicals! Please call the appointment line at 262-4175 or 046-407-4175 to schedule it as soon as possible.

DoDEA Pacific Conditional Enrollment

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Effective June 1, DoDEA Pacific high schools have begun offering conditional enrollment to military-connected students entering grades nine through 12 who will be moving to Japan, Okinawa, Korea or Guam due to permanent change of station orders. Conditional enrollment allows students to select courses and build a class schedule prior to arrival in the Pacific!

Summer Bowling Pass at Zama Bowling Center

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Zama Libraries Summer Reading Program

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“Find Your Voice!” is this year’s theme for the 2023 Zama Libraries Summer Reading Program. Open to all ages! Online registration starts June 10. Call 263-3517 or 046-407-3517 for more information.

Walk-In Contraception Clinic

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New Hours of Operation for Camp Zama Vehicle Registration Office

The U.S. Army Garrison Japan Vehicle Registration Office, located at Gate 1, will be open under new hours of operation beginning the week of June 19.

The new hours are:

Monday through Wednesday and Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday: Noon to 4 p.m.

Call 263-4810 (046-407-4810) 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.


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.