Community News Briefs

By U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsFebruary 6, 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

Basic Skills Education Program

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Celebrate Recovery - Every Thursday

The U.S. Army Garrison Japan Religious Support Office is offering a new 12-step program - "Celebrate Recovery" - to assist with issues including chemical dependency, alcoholism, family dysfunction, and others. Please call DSN 263-4898, or 046-407-4898 from a cell phone, for more information.

Yano Fitness Center Age Rules

Effectively immediately, the Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Yano Fitness Center staff at Camp Zama's Yano Fitness Center will be enforcing age rules for the safety of all patrons. Please note:

**Children 12 years of age and under are not allowed in functional fitness

or weight room areas

**Children 13-15 must be supervised by a legal guardian

**Children 16 and above have full access to the fitness center


Post Service Center Hours of Operation to Change

Effective Feb. 6, the Post Service Center (Bldg. 450) will change its hours of operation every Tuesday. The news hours of operations for Tuesdays will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., instead of 7 p.m.

(Personal Mail - Outgoing)

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

(Official Mail)

Monday through Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.


Trauma-focused Therapy Group

A new weekly trauma-focused therapy group is starting Feb 7, facilitated by MEDDAC-J provider and therapist John West. Group will be held at Behavioral Health (Building 534, 2nd Floor) every Wednesday 11a.m. to noon. We are all impacted by traumas small and large. Consider yourself welcome to join this group focusing on wellness, healing, and social support within an atmosphere of safety. The group will integrate methods from multiple evidence-based therapies including EMDR, IFS, and ACT. Adult (18+) TRICARE beneficiaries are eligible to attend. Please contact BHS to reserve a space: DSN 263-4610 or 046-407-4610 from a cell phone. For additional questions regarding the group, email


NFL Cheer Clinic at Camp Zama Youth Center

During Super Bowl weekend, Child and Youth Services’ Youth Sports will host a free NFL youth cheer clinic Feb. 10 at Zama Youth Center.

The clinic for elementary-aged children will begin at 1 p.m., and the clinic for middle- and high school-aged children will begin at 3 p.m.

NFL cheerleaders will serve as the cheer coaches! Come dressed for a workout with athletic shoes and comfortable clothes. The event includes the cheer clinic and an autograph session for those who participate.

‘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.

Swim Team Relay (Commander’s Cup Event) at Yano Pool

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Yano Fitness Center will host its annual team swim relay event Feb. 21 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Yano Pool.

This is a unit-level event in competition for Commander’s Cup points. For more information, check out the ad below or call 263-4664/7980 or 046-407-4664/7980.

Japanese-American Youth Exchange - March 2

Calling all 4th and 5th graders for a day filled with fun! Come join us for a Japanese-American cultural exchange on March 2 from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Compete in a free throw competition, Japanese dodgeball, knockout, dribble relay, and more (activities subject to change depending on weather). No entry fee, just pure enjoyment, friendly competition, and light refreshments. Mark your calendars and bring your A-game! Let's celebrate sports, culture, and community together. Slots are limited, so register now through Parent Central Services DSN: 263-4125 or TEL: 046-407-4125 See you there!

2024 BOSS Financial Training Schedule

Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is offering financial training classes. Each class below will be held in the Community Recreation Center's

Warrior Zone on Camp Zama from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

March 21 - Emergency Financial Preparedness

April 25 - Home Sweet Home (Home buying)

May 30 - Saving and Investing

June 27 - Credit Management

Please call DSN 263-5316 or 046-407-5316 from a cell phone for more info!

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

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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.

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.