Community News Briefs

By U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsNovember 14, 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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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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TRICARE Open Season

It’s almost that time! TRICARE open season began Nov. 13 and will continue through Dec. 12.

Are you ready? Learn more at

NOTE: TRICARE open season doesn’t apply to beneficiaries enrolled in the following premium-based plans:

・TRICARE Retired Reserve

・TRICARE Reserve Select

・TRICARE Young Adult


・Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP).

You can only purchase CHCBP coverage within 60 days of loss of eligibility for TRICARE.

Outside of TRICARE open season, you may only change plans if you experience a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event.

Learn about QLEs at or download the TRICARE Qualifying Life Event Fact Sheet at 

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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.