Community News Briefs

By U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsFebruary 13, 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

Swim Team Relay (Commander’s Cup Event) at Yano Pool - Feb. 21

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Retiree Appreciation Day at Camp Zama Dental Clinic - Feb. 27-29

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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!

Japanese Cultural Experience/Traditional Dance – March 3

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The Zama International Association is offering an introduction to traditional Japanese dance on March 3 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Zama City’s Harmony Hall (Address: 1-1-2 Midorigaoka, Zama City). The association is seeking up to 30 non-Japanese residents for the free event. Please see the flyer below for more information and for details on how to apply. (NOTE: USAG Japan will not escort or provide translation).

5th Security Force Assistance Brigade Recruiting Event – March 7

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Advisors from the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade will conduct a recruiting trip to Camp Zama next month. The team plans to hold an SFAB briefing on March 7 at 9 a.m. inside Kizuna Hall. All eligible Soldiers are welcome to attend.

Housing Town Hall – March 7

U.S. Army Garrison Japan will host a housing town hall meeting from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 7 in Kizuna Hall (Camp Zama) to provide housing updates, to address housing-related issues, and to ensure the garrison is providing the highest possible quality of life for Army housing residents. See you there!

Furnishing Warehouse Inventory Closure – March 11-17

Our Housing Office will close the furnishing warehouse from March 11 to March 17 for a full inventory.

All delivery and pick-up operations for both on- and off-post residents will be unavailable during the inventory, so residents are asked to plan accordingly. Please contact Mr. Perry Cannon, Chief of the Housing Operation Branch, at DSN 263-3527 (046-407-3527 commercial) for more information.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we conduct this mandatory inventory to better serve you.

Basic Skills Education Program

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Girl Scouts

Camp Zama Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers to join the fun and support Girl Scouts in all they do! You could lead a badge activity, take Girl Scouts hiking or to explore new places, help at troop meetings, and more. With your unique skills and interests, you’ll help Girl Scouts become stronger, kinder, and braver than they ever thought possible. Reach out to to learn more!

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 – Every Wednesday

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 11 a.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

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. The first session is Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Camp Zama Religious Education Center. Please call DSN 263-4898, or 046-407-4898 from a cell phone, for more information.

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!

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

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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.