Community News Briefs

By U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsSeptember 6, 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


Yano Pool Returns to Normal Weekday Operation Hours

Effective Sept. 5, the pool at the Yano Fitness Center returned to normal weekday operational hours, which are from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. The pool will be open on weekends beginning Sept. 23.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation!

Gridiron Challenge XVI at Camp Zama Community Club

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Free Screening of A Million Miles Away at SHA Movie Theater

A free screening of the movie A Million Miles Away, rated PG, will be offered Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at the movie theater on Sagamihara Family Housing Area. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The screening is courtesy of the Camp Zama Exchange and Amazon Studios.

End-of-Summer Jam, Open Mic Karaoke at SHA Outdoor Pool

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Texas Hold ‘Em Commander’s Cup Poker Tournament

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Housing Town Hall

 U.S. Army Garrison Japan will host a Housing Town Hall meeting Sept. 14 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Camp Zama’s Kizuna Hall (Bldg. 505, across from the chapel).

Join us to hear the latest housing updates and to provide your thoughts to our leadership.

Singles Table Tennis Tournament

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Boys and Girls Club ‘Day for Kids’ Event at SHA

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‘Doggie Dip Day’ at SHA Outdoor Pool

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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.

Tabletop Gaming Group

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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