Community News Briefs

By U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsOctober 24, 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

Cooling/Heating Season Update

Intermittent cooling will start this week as the Garrison starts turning off air conditioning and turning on the heat!

Cooling will only be provided based on following criteria:

- 78 degrees F or above (from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

- 74 degrees F or above (from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.)

Following the intermittent cooling period, DPW will transition into “No Heating/No Cooling” period on or around Oct. 30, which will allow DPW to perform necessary preventive maintenance, checks and services required on heating systems throughout the installation prior to the heating period.

During the “No Heating/No Cooling” period, facility and building managers must ensure maximized use of natural ventilation by opening windows and common area entrances.

Implementation of the heating schedule priorities are: 1) childcare facilities, MEDDAC and facilities without national ventilation options, 2) housing and unaccompanied housing, and 3) office spaces.

Based on historical weather records, intermittent heating (centralized plants) is projected to begin on or around Nov. 1.

Daytime: Implementation of heating period is based on outside heat index of 70 degrees Fahrenheit or lower for 3 consecutive days.

Nighttime: Heating for quarters is based on outside heat index of 55 degrees Fahrenheit or lower for 3 consecutive days.

Heating should be available in housing areas between Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 and in most office spaces between Nov. 13 and Nov. 20. (Dates are tentative and subject to change).

Call DPW at 263-3609 for more information.

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!

SHA Halloween 3K Run

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D2 Title Football Game, ZMHS vs. ASIJ

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Haunted Hangar, ‘Trunk or Treat’ Events

If you would like to bring guests to the Oct. 28 Haunted Hangar event, please note:

• Family members riding in the same vehicle with local national employees (MLC and IHA) will be granted installation access without passes; all adults escorted by an MLC or IHA employee must still present a photo ID.

• Vehicles with SOFA license plates or vehicle passes are allowed normal access; others require a vehicle search at Gate 1.

All other normal guest escort regulations will be followed, to include:

• Same-day passes can be requested/issued.

• Each adult guest must bring with them a valid form of ID. These include a Japanese driver’s license, a passport, a Japan Self-Defense Forces ID card, permanent residence card, “Kokka komuinsho,” or my number card with “Juminhyo.”

• JGSDF personnel must be registered in DBIDS to sponsor personnel.

• Personnel can request the forms and submit them in advance via email to

Please call the Pass Office at 263-4670 for further information.

‘Hot Island Nights, Vol. 6’ Live Music Event at SHA Club Bar

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Volunteers Needed for Off-Post Events

***Sagami River Area Cleanup – Oct. 29***

Community volunteers of all ages are needed Oct. 29 for a joint cleanup at the Sagami River with Zama City, Sagamihara City, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, and U.S. Army Garrison Japan. The event is planned for 9 to 10 a.m., and volunteers must provide their own transportation (about a 10-minute drive from Camp Zama).


To RSVP for these events, email or

Guest Policy for Trick-or-Treating

The Pass and Registration section here explained the installation’s policy for escorting guests onto Camp Zama and Sagamihara Family Housing Area for Halloween festivities happening Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Although Halloween is not an “open post” event like Camp Zama’s annual Cherry Blossom and Bon Odori festivals in the spring and summer, respectively, those with valid escorting privileges are allowed to bring guests on base for trick-or-treating, which typically attracts hundreds of costumed Japanese children and their families.

During the designated period for trick-or-treating, all residents and guests are expected to ensure supervision of their children and those they are escorting, and that children are highly visible during nighttime hours in order to prevent any mishaps. Those driving on both installations during trick-or-treat hours must take extra care to drive carefully and pay attention to their surroundings both on the road and sidewalks.

Those who fall under the Status of Forces Agreement—Department of the Army civilians, dependents with valid DOD identification cards, retirees with valid retiree ID cards—as well as current Japanese Master Labor Contract, Indirect Hire Agreement civilian employees, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members can escort up to seven adult guests (18 years or older) each and one vehicle onto Camp Zama or SFHA.

Each of the seven adult guests can additionally have up to three children under the age of 18 with them, meaning each person with valid escorting privileges may escort up to 28 personnel (seven adult guests and 21 children), plus up to three additional children 17 and under themselves. Children 17 and under will not require passes but must be escorted by an adult.

Each adult guest coming onto either installation must bring with them a valid form of ID. These include a Japanese driver’s license, a passport, a Japan Self-Defense Forces ID card, permanent residence card, “Kokka komuinsho,” or my number card with “Juminhyo.”

JGSDF personnel must be registered in DBIDS to sponsor personnel.

All Y- or A-plated vehicles, and vehicles with a valid pass for driving on base, will be allowed. Vehicles that are not registered must be searched.

Sponsors must request passes in advance for all guests 18 and older. Passes will not be issued on the same day due to safety concerns and potential traffic congestion. The deadline to submit a pass request is Oct. 26.

Personnel can request the forms and also submit them via email to Requests should specify from which Pass Office (Camp Zama Bldg. 235 or SFHA Bldg. 101) they will be picked up.

Pass pickup will begin at noon on Oct. 30 during regular duty hours and continue through 4 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Personnel can call the Pass Office at 263-4670 for further information or if they have any questions.

Holiday Mailing Dates

Yes – it’s already time to start thinking about holiday mailing deadlines. Take a look at the attached poster, thanks to our friends at the Post Office.

For more information, call the Post Office at DSN 263-8593 or 263-8588. From a cell, you can call 046-407-8593 or 046-407-8588.

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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.

Brian McKnight Concert at Camp Zama Community Club

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Camp Zama Community Bazaar

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Virtual Turkey Trot Run

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Gridiron Challenge XVI at Camp Zama Community Club

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Update Your Contact Information in ADPAAS

Disaster Personnel Accountability has never been more important.

The goal is for sponsors to protect themselves, their family members and for commands to be ready for personnel accountability before an emergency event occurs.

Please be sure to log into ADPAAS at and update your contact information now.