Community News Briefs

By U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsSeptember 20, 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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‘Doggie Dip Day’ at SHA Outdoor Pool

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Half-Road Closure at Sendai Street, Tomodachi Avenue

A half-road closure at Sendai Street and Tomodachi Avenue on Camp Zama will be in effect Sept. 25 through 29 during the replacement of an underground cable there.

In preparation, workers will set up temporary barricades for the temporary laydown area and work space near Bldg. 642 beginning Sept. 13. As a result, some parking spaces in the barricaded area will be unavailable during this time. The south entrance of the parking area at Bldg. 642 will also be temporarily closed during the installation work.

There will be no power outage during the installation work. The schedule for the installation may change depending on weather conditions.

Thank you for your understanding.

Flu Vaccine Campaign

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and U.S. Army Garrison Japan has planned several activities under this year’s theme of “United Against Domestic Abuse.”

The Family Advocacy Program has a month full of exciting activities focusing on building and maintaining healthy relationships, addressing the red flags of unhealthy relationships, and ensuring the community knows their resources to address domestic violence.

Every Friday, we would like for the entire community to wear some form of Purple. Purple represents and raises awareness for domestic violence.

Every Wednesday, the FAP team will be conducting outreach at various Camp Zama and Sagamihara Family Housing Area business. Look for us while we’re out and about.

Oct. 6: Couples’ Game Night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Youth Center on Camp Zama.

Oct. 13: Strike Out Domestic Violence and Bowling Pin Decorating Contest. Wear purple to honor the victims and support the survivors, and you will receive one free game of bowling, shoes included, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Camp Zama Bowling Alley.

Oct. 20: Purple Pumpkin Decorating Contest at the Youth Center on Camp Zama.

Temporary Closure of Popeyes at Camp Zama Food Court

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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