Community News Briefs

By U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsJanuary 17, 2024

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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

Hot Water Outage on Camp Zama

There will be a hot water outage Jan. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for maintenance purposes.

The following buildings will be affected: 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 121, 123, 125, 131, 137 and 160.

NAF New Year Sale

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AAFES Home and Garden Store, Shoppette Closed for Inventory

The Zama Exchange will conduct its annual physical inventory Jan. 17 through 19. The Zama Express shoppette and AAFES Home and Garden Store will observe the following hours of operations:

Jan. 19 – Zama Express shoppette will close at 7 p.m.

Jan. 19 and 20 – AAFES Home and Garden Store will be closed for customer merchandise pick-up. (Note: Please call (214) 261-2134 to arrange pick-up dates).

All other Zama Exchange facilities will have regular business hours during these days.

‘5th Grade Happening’ Event

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First Class Mail, ‘Forever’ Stamp Price Increase

Effective Jan. 21, the U.S. Postal Service will have a price increase on First Class mail and “Forever” stamps.

Letters (1 oz.): 66 cents to 68 cents

Domestic Postcards: 51 cents to 53 cents

International Postcards: $1.50 to $1.55

International Letter (1 oz.): $1.50 to $1.55

Community Information Exchange

USAG Japan will host its first Community Information Exchange of the year Jan. 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Camp Zama Community Club to provide information about programs, services and opportunities available on Camp Zama.

‘Biggest Loser’ Competition

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‘Before the “I Do’s”’ Premarital Seminar

The U.S. Army Garrison Japan Family Advocacy Program will host a “Before the ‘I Do’s’” premarital seminar Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Presenters from various directorates will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about getting married in Japan.

For more information or to register for this seminar contact Jennifer Luera at 263-4783 or email

Federal Interagency Military Spouse Career Expo

Attention military spouses! Register today for the Federal Interagency Military Spouse Career Expo Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. Visit to register and review the schedule. Prepare to learn more about federal resumes, USA Jobs, spouse preference, and more!

All-Army Golf Team Tryouts

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‘Best Medicine Brigade’ Stand-up Comedy Show

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Zama International Association Multicultural Festival

The Zama International Association will host its annual Multicultural Festival Feb. 18 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Zama Junior High School gymnasium.

The festival will feature a variety of authentic cultural music and dance performances.

Applications to attend are due to the Z.I.A. by Feb. 13. You can apply by visiting the Z.I.A. Office at 2-2887-2 Zama City, by calling 046-215-9000, or by emailing

The Z.I.A. Office is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Retiree Appreciation Day at Camp Zama Dental Clinic

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Roof Replacement, Exterior Painting at Camp Zama Library

The Camp Zama Library will be undergoing a roof replacement and exterior painting project through June 14. During this period, there may be some noise disturbances. Thank you for your understanding.

Pet Reimbursement for PCS’ing Service Members

As of Jan. 1, service members going through a permanent change of station within the continental United States can be reimbursed up to $550 for one household pet, either cat or dog, and up to $2,000 for moves to or from a location outside the continental United States to cover costs related to the transportation of a pet.

Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign is one of the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaigns, with CFC campaigns throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors support eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

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Suicide Crisis Hotline


Reminder of ID-Checking Procedures at Installation Gates

As a friendly reminder, it is normal procedure for gate guards to physically hold and verify ID cards for people entering our installations.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation with our security personnel.

Update on New COVID Vaccine Availability

This an update to COVID-19 vaccine availability and appointment procedures. Please use the DHA appointment portal to schedule a vaccination at

Availability By Age Group:

Pfizer (12-plus years old): Mondays and Fridays, 9 to 11 a.m.

Pfizer (5 to 11 years old): Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Pfizer (6 months to 4 years old: Wednesdays, 9 to 11 a.m.

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:

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.