Community News Briefs

By U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsAugust 23, 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


Warrant Officer Recruiting Event

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Sagami River Cleanup Event

Zama City will host a Sagami River Clean-up on Sunday, Sept. 3 from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the Sagami River, and they are looking for volunteers!

8:30 a.m.: Check-in begins

9 a.m.: Opening Ceremony

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Clean-up

10:30 a.m.: Closing Ceremony

10:45 a.m.: End of event

- Please bring water and sun protection

- Gloves will be provided

- The weather call is 7:30 a.m. on the day of the event. The city will notify us in case the event gets canceled due to inclement weather.

To sign up, please submit your name and email address to by Friday, Aug. 25.

Parking space is limited, so please carpool as much as possible.

Sagamihara Fireworks Display

Sagamihara City will host the 50th annual Sagamihara Fireworks Display, featuring more than 10,000 fireworks, Aug. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. along the Sagami River near the Takada (also spelled Takata) Bridge.

In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled for the same time Aug. 27.

Note: There is a parking fee, and those wishing to use the parking must pre-purchase tickets to “paid-seat area with parking” via a Japanese-language website:

You can also use public transportation. Search for “Sagamigawa Takadabashi” to find the location on your GPS.

Town Hall for Transition to Military Health System Genesis

Military Health System Genesis is the new electronic health record for military treatment facilities. It integrates inpatient and outpatient electronic health records across the continuum of care from the point of service to the military treatment facility.

MHS Genesis is integral in provision and coordination of safe, quality care. BG Crawford F. Sams Health Clinic on Camp Zama and other MTFs across the Pacific will transition to MHS Genesis Oct. 28.

MEDDAC – Japan will continue to share more information about this new system. Please keep an eye on their Facebook page.

MEDDAC-J will also host a town hall meeting Aug. 29 beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Camp Zama Community Club. More details are to follow.

Community Noise Advisory

Please be aware that you’ll likely hear loud booming noises—similar to fireworks—near Camp Zama at different times throughout the day during a festival being held Aug. 30 at the nearby Zama Shrine.

You can expect to hear the noise at 9 and 10 a.m.; noon; and 4 and 6 p.m. There is no need to be alarmed.


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.

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