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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.


Chingy Concert

Hip-hop artist Chingy will perform a free concert Aug. 17 at the Camp Zama Community Club. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m.

The artist, known for hits like “Right Thurr” and “Holidae Inn,” will be here as part of an Armed Forces Entertainment-organized tour.

Call 263-4547 for more information.

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Pacific Military Community Virtual Career Fair


Open House Social at Teen Center

An Open House Social will be held Aug. 18 at the Camp Zama Teen Center from 5 to 8 p.m. Teens and families can learn about many of the programs and activities available at the Teen Center and in the community, meet representatives from various clubs and organizations, and attend various presentations.

This event is free and open to parents and teens.

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CYS Babysitter Certification Course

Child and Youth Services will offer a free Babysitter Certification course Aug. 28 through 31, from 3 to 6 p.m. each day at the Teen Center.

The course is free to attend and is open to teens ages 13 to 18. There are a few prerequisites to register, including attending an in-brief at the Open House Social. (See news brief above.)

If you have any questions, you can call 263-4125 for more information.

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Family Disc Golf Event

MWR will host a Family Disc Golf event Aug. 19 beginning at 9 a.m. on Sagamihara Family Housing Area. This event is free and is open to all families.

You’ll get the chance to try out the disc golf course, which is one of the newest amenities on SHA.

For more information, you can call 262-6137.

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Bicycle Roundup Campaign

A “bicycle roundup” campaign kicked 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.

Labor Day 5K Run

MWR will host a Labor Day 5K Run Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. in front of the gym on Sagamihara Family Housing Area.

The run is free to enter and is worth Commander’s Cup points. There will be both men’s and women’s divisions, and you can register by visiting the front desk at Yano Fitness Center, or by visiting the registration table at the event site on the day of the run.

Fulfillment Vouchers for WIC Overseas Families

The Defense Health Agency has 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

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.

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DoDEA Pacific Conditional Enrollment

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! 

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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.