Community News Briefs

By U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsOctober 31, 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

My Army Post App Survey

The Army is rapidly developing a new app to better connect Soldiers and Families to installation information, programs and services. IMCOM is actively seeking input and feedback to ensure this app is most effective for our People and supports our senior commanders. Please find an overview of the new app and a survey at the following link:

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!

New Business Hours for Camp Zama Pet Care Center

Effective Nov. 1, the Camp Zama Pet Care Center will have hours of operation.

Monday through Wednesday, and Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.)

Thursday: 8 a.m. to noon

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: Closed

Call DSN 263-5915 or 046-407-5915 from your cellphone for more information or if you have any questions or concerns. You can also email

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.

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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Brian McNight Concert at Camp Zama Community Club

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Conversation With Garrison Commander, DeCA Leadership

There has been recent social media conversation about products available in the Defense Commissary Agency stores in our community.

U.S. Army Garrison Commander Col. Marcus Hunter met with DECA store annex director Totolua Ripley to discuss those issues, to offer our community residents direct feedback on those issues now, and to offer everyone a chance to meet them both for face-to-face discussions on overall commissary operations and support to the community.

Col. Hunter and Mr. Ripley are inviting any community residents who wish to join them at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 14 for coffee and a personal conversation at the Sagamihara Family Housing Commissary. Join them in the store for updates on our supply chain, product quality and food safety, as well as product recalls, upcoming events, and more.

To RSVP, you can email or You can also call DSN 267-6104 (042-869-6104 from a cellphone).

‘Fifth Grade Happening’ Event at SHA School Age Care

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Camp Zama Community Bazaar

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Community Information Exchange

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Virtual Turkey Trot Run

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Tree-Lighting Ceremony

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‘Hot Island Nights: Thanksgiving Edition’ Live Music Event

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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.