Community News Briefs

By U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsOctober 4, 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

Feedback on Community Yard Sales

U.S. Army Garrison Japan would like community feedback on yard sales. Should we conduct them or do most families just sell used items via online platforms? If we do host community sales, how many times a year? What would you like to see for the sales?

You can send us a private Facebook message or email the Public Affairs Office at:

Thanks in advance for any thoughts you want to provide!

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 Army Community Service on Camp Zama.

Temporary Closure of Popeyes at Camp Zama Food Court

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Yokohama North Dock Running Festival

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Fire Prevention Week ‘Safety Open House’ at Exchange Parking Lot

The annual Fire Prevention Week campaign will be held Oct. 7 through 14. A fire safety open house event will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Camp Zama Exchange parking lot.

Oktoberfest Event at Camp Zama Community Club

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Parent-Children ‘Okayo’ Bowling League at Zama Bowling Center

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Punt, Kick and Toss Commander’s Cup Event

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Chess and Shogi Club at Camp Zama Library

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Haunted Hangar, ‘Trunk or Treat’ Events

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Volunteers sought for ‘Humans vs. Zombies 2’ Nerf Battle

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Veteran Volunteers Sought for Arnn Veterans Day Event

Arnn Elementary School and the U.S. Army Garrison Japan school liaison officer are seeking military veterans to visit the school Nov. 7 to be interviewed by students for Veterans Day.

There will be three sessions in the school library: 10 to 11 a.m.; 11:45 a.m.

to 12:45 p.m.; and 12:35 to 1:35 p.m.

Organizers would like at least five veterans for each shift to help share

their stories of how they served their nation.

To register as a volunteer, email Billie Hogan at

You can also call her at DSN 263-5441 (046-407-5441 commercial) or on her cellphone at 080-3521-1163.

Tabletop Gaming Group

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Gridiron Challenge XVI at Camp Zama Community Club

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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