Community News Briefs

By U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsNovember 8, 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: 

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 has new 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 

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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BG Sams Clinic Closure for Veterans Day

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Free Limited-Edition Challenge Coin for Veterans at Camp Zama Exchange

An honor well-deserved: Veterans can pick up a collectible challenge coin for Veterans Day at the Camp Zama Exchange this Friday, Nov. 10, beginning at 11:30 a.m. as a token of the Exchange’s gratitude for their service.

***UPDATE*** Brian McNight Concert at Camp Zama Community Club

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Free Veterans Day Screening of ‘The Marvels’ at SFHA Theater

Teaming up changes everything! The Camp Zama Exchange and Marvel Studios are bringing a special complimentary Veterans Day screening of “The Marvels” (PG-13) to the SHA Reel Time Theater Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.

See you at the movie! 

Free Admission to Ebina Minerva Football Game

The Ebina Minerva football team is inviting U.S. Army in Japan community members to attend a free football game against the Penta Ocean Pirates Nov. 11 at the Ebina Sports Park.

Ebina Minerva is the same team that recently helped with our youth football clinic on Sagamihara Family Housing Area on Nov. 3. You've seen them teach our kids; come on out and watch them in action on their own field!

Date: Nov. 11

Kickoff time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: Ebina Sports Park. (Address: 3291-19 Nakashinden, Ebina, Kanagawa, Japan)


*Tickets will not be provided in advance. You can pick up your free entrance wristband at the green-colored booths outside of the stadium the day of the game. Simply show that green wristband for access to the game.

*Parking is not included; you must either pay for parking or take public transportation.

*No English-Japanese language translation support will be available.

Garrison-Wide Installation Fall Cleanup

U.S. Army Garrison Japan will host a garrison-wide Installation Fall Cleanup from Nov. 14 to Nov. 17.

Unit members will focus on cleanliness and safety with grass cutting, edging of walkways, trimming of trees and shrubs, and leaf/trash removal in/around unit areas.

All community residents, however, are encouraged to join the cleanup effort, with a local resident emphasis of their own housing and neighborhoods.

Thank you in advance for your participation! 

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).

Parent Advisory Board Town Hall

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‘Family Math Knight’ at SFHA Commissary

Arnn Elementary School is collaborating with the Sagamihara Family Housing Area commissary to host the "Family Math Knight" Nov. 16 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the store.

Families are invited to participate in some real-world math skill challenges for youth in all grade levels. Contact Arnn Elementary for more information.

‘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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Chopstick-Making at Arts and Crafts Center

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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.