ARMY SUPPLY CENTERThe ASC (Zama GSA Store) will be closed from July 16 to 20 for store relocation to Bldg. 360. The new store will be located in the Skill Development Center between the Gas Station and the Bowling Center. The ASC will reopen on July 23. For more information: 263-3801/ 046-407-3801
Change of Command Ceremony 78th Signal Battalion’s Change of Command ceremony will be held between outgoing Battalion CommanderLt. Col. Curtis Tygart and incoming Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Lisa Whittaker: Date: July 13, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Location: Field in front of DFAC For more information: 263-3132/046-407-3132
College and Career Fair Life After High SchoolWe would like to invite you to participate in the fair. If you would like to represent your college alumni at a table orperhaps share your experiences within your profession, please contact us as soon as possible. For more information: 263-3241/ 046-407-3241
College and Career Fair Life after High School Thursday: October 11, 2012 Time: 3 to 6 p.m.Location: Zama American High School Cafeteria
East Meets West Gift Shop Summer Store Hours: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m.East Meets West Gift Shop specializes in authentic Japanese items and crafts. The shop is sponsored by the ZamaCommunity Spouse’s Association and staffed by volunteers. All proceeds are returned to the community in the form of grants and scholarships. Located across the street from the Post Office, behind the Camp Zama Dry Cleaners
Commissary Information Due to the Independence holiday on the July 4,the Camp Zama, Sagamihara Housing Area and Sagami General Depot Commissaries will operate as follows: Camp Zama and Sagami General Depot: Closed SHA: Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.For more information, contact your local Commissary.
Summer Religious ServicesCatholic: Sunday, 9 a.m., Zama Chapel, Monday through Thursday, noon, Blessed SacramentChapelProtestant: Sunday, 11 a.m., Zama Chapel (Protestant) Sunday, 11 a.m., SHA Chapel (Gospel) For more information: 263-4898/046-407-4898
New Zama American High School WebsiteIt is our pleasure to announce our new Zama American High School website! It is our mission to provide current and potential Zama community members with up-to-date, important information about our school.Please bear with us as we continue to develop this site over the summer and early fall 2012. Visit us at: http://www.zama-hs.pac.dodea.edu/
Register for Defense Biometrics Identification System 100 percent scanning will be conducted at all gates as of Sept. 1, 2012. Registration deadline for service members, DA civilians, MLCs and dependents is Aug. 31.Failure to register by Aug. 31 will delay ability to enter the installation. Please register at the Camp Zama Pass or Vehicle Registration Office.
Camp Zama Dining Facility July 8 Supper 5 to 6 p.m. $6.40 ~Menu~Bean with Bacon Soup / Chicken Gumbo Soup Lemon Baked Fish Stuffed Pork Chops Mashed Potatoes/ Steamed Rice Wax Beans / Mustard Greens
SonSurf Beach Bash Vacation Bible School Date: Aug. 6 to 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ages: Kindergarten through sixth grade Location: Shirley Lanham Elementary School, NAF Atsugi(Transportation provided from Zama and SHA to Atsugi and back) Cost: Free
SonSurf Beach Bash Vacation Bible SchoolRegistration locations: Central Registration, Zama/SHA CDCs, AAFES, and Chapel (Registration open until July 31 or until full) Contact Chaplain’s Office: 263-4898/046-407-4898 for more details.
Transition Services Center The Department of Veterans Affairs Overseas MilitaryServices coordinator will be returning to the Camp Zama Transition Service Center located in Bldg. 102, Room M-107 on July 11 and 12, 2012.If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss veterans benefits, For more information: 263-3940 or 3513 046-407-3940 or 3513. Don’t delay, appointments are limited.
COOLING SEASONIntermittent air-conditioning will begin on June 4 at all U.S. Army Japan facilities. The cooling will continue as long as the outside heat index is 76 degrees during the day. During the evening hours, air-conditioning will be provided if the nighttime heat index is at or above 74 degrees.
COOLING SEASON Daily temperatures will be monitored hourly to effectively implement this energy conservationinitiative. The only facilities that will continue to have cooling during this period will be AAFES facilities, the Camp Zama Community Club, theChild Development Centers, BG Sams U.S. ArmyMedical Health Clinic, and Camp Zama schools.
National CPR/AED Awareness Week Red Cross is introducing a CPR/AED Web-Based Blended Learning Class at no charge for the month of June. Commit to volunteer a minimum of four hours or make a financial donation to our local volunteer program and we will register you for a free web-based blended learning course. Please contact our office for additional details at: 263-3166/046-407-3166
What is Ready Army?Ready Army is the Army Emergency Management Program’s proactive campaign to increase theresilience of the Army community by informing of relevant hazards and encouraging Soldiers,their Families, Army Civilians and contractors to, “Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed.”
What is Ready Army?Through outreach and education Ready Army callsour Army community to action and aims to create a culture of preparedness that will save lives and strengthen the nation.
Get a Kit When disaster strikes, emergency responders address the most critical needs and may noteven be able to get to an area until it is deemed safe. While they work on behalf of the entire community, it is your responsibility to ensureyour family’s well-being during times of crisis. Emergency kits to sustain for 72 hours are an essential tool for meeting that challenge.
Make a Plan• Ensure everyone understands the plan, and practices.• How to communicate during an emergency.• Consider what to do, where to go, what to take.• Plan for members with disabilities or special needs.• Include pets in family plan.• Report status through ADPAAS.• Identify a continental U.S. contact.
Be informed• Chain of Command• www.ready.army.mil• www.usarj.army.mil (Local Conditions Page)•www.facebook.com/usagj•Mass Notification System• Command Channel 13• Eagle 810 radio• Family Assistance Center
Emergency Supply Kit• Food supply for all family members for five days (ready to eat; no preparation required)• Bottled water• Protective mask• 30-day supply of prescription medication• Over-the-counter medications• Baby toiletries (diapers, etc.) (five-day supply)• Toiletry articles (toothbrush, etc.)• Feminine hygiene articles
Emergency Supply Kit• Baby articles• First-Aid kit• Flashlight with extra batteries• Portable radio with extra batteries• Can opener• Backpack / luggage• Extra clothing (keep in mind baggage limits)• Blankets (seasonal)• $100 cash• Pet carrier (dog or cat only) with 10-day supply of pet foods
USAGJ Change of Responsibility Ceremony A change-of-responsibility ceremony between the incoming and outgoing command sergeant major of U.S. Army Garrison Japan will be held on the following date: Date: July 20 at 10 a.m. Location: Camp Zamas Yano Field In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the Yano gymnasium. Call 263-5181/046-407-5181 for more information.
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are now held at Camp Zama Dates: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Time: 7 to 8 p.m. Place: Bldg. 533, 2nd Floor For more information: 090-1771-4271
New Operation Hours Housing Management Division has newoperation hours effective May 3 as follows:Office closure every Thursday morning from 8 a.m. to noon for training time. For more information: 263-3441/046-407-3441
Fishing at Yokohama North DockThe Garrison Commander has approved fishing at Yokohama North Dock starting on May 4, for all SOFA-status members and MLCs assigned to U.S. Army Garrison Japan. For more information: 263-3829/046-407-3829
Community MayorsSagami Depot:Mayor: Dan HewVice Mayor: Frank BordenaveSagamihara:Mayor: Tanesha M. J. Clark
Community MayorsOff-Post:Mayor: Monica BattleVice Mayor: Sue EllisCamp Zama:Mayor: Darren Wade
Community MayorsTowers 1050:Mayor: Casey RobertsVice Mayor: Mark LongTowers 743:Mayor: Alton DanielsVice Mayor: Gerald Fredendall
Community MayorsQuestions or concerns about your community? E-mail us at:email@example.com
Zama Sportsmen’s Skeet Range Come and sharpen your shooting abilityat Camp Zama’s Sportsmen’s Club skeet range. The range is open for you every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information: 080-3203-4036
Sergeant Audie Murphy ClubDo you have what it takes to lead from the front? Requirements: Corporal to Sergeant first class in a Leadership Position. Current Army Physical Fitness Test (recommend 250 or above).
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Requirements:Meet the Army Height and Weight standards.Current Weapon Qualification (6 months).Recommendation from your Direct Leadership.
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club For more information 263-5673/046-407-5673 263-5003/046-407-5003
Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Scarce funding and the reality of shrinking budgetshas become a fact of life for USAG-J. The applicationof LSS will enable us to find the most efficient ways toperform our current processes. It’s basically a tool kit that enables an organization to streamline business practices to make them more efficient and effective.
Lean Six Sigma (LSS) We need your assistance in helping the Garrisonidentify and eliminate wasteful practices to become a more efficient and effective Garrison. If you have some ideas for improvements in your area, or for more information, please contact 263-5178/ 046-407-5178
Advance Fee Increase The CITIBANK ATM/CASH advance fee will increase from 2% to 2.2%. This change is effective on the following dates for the service indicated.U.S. Air Force effective on April 22, 2012,Department of Defense agencies effective on April 23, 2012,U.S. Navy and Marine corps effective on May 6, 2012,U.S. Army effective on May 11, 2012.
TSA Pre-Check On March 20, 2012 TSA is expanding its Pre-Check program to service members flying out of DCA (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport),which means members with active CACs will receive expedited security screening.
UA Pet Safe Program (Civilians Only) United Airlines has changed its flat rate for pets checked as baggage. The new policy requires these pets to travel as cargo. This change couldmean paying up to $4,000. AD military was granted an exception through May 31, 2012 For more information: 263-7180/046-407-7180
Household Good Shipments Made Easy You can schedule a household goods pick up from the privacy of your living room. Visit www.move.mil to gain access to the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) orcontact the Area Transportation Office, Personal Property Section at 263-3709/046-407-3709 for more information.
Household Goods PCS TIPS• Receive PCS orders• Estimate your weight• Plan pickup dates with flexibility• Schedule pickups early• Change dates as a last resort• Dispose of unnecessary items• Know your shipping entitlements
Postal Service InformationThe U.S. Postal Service will increasepostal rates by 2.1% for most of theirmail services starting January, 2012. For more information: 263-5101/046-407-5101
Road ClosureA portion of 1st Avenue near the Camp Zama gas station will be closed for the below date: March 2012 to October 2013This will require drivers wanting to go north or south past thisportion of the road to take a detour. A number of detour signswill be in place at different locations to properly direct drivers. For more information: 263-4907/046-407-4640
Army Civilian Record Brief The CRB is a one-page report of your critical human resources data. It contains informationretrieved from the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System, which is the authoritative source of HR data for DoD civilian employees, and from other sources you may update yourself via online self-service applications.
Army Civilian Record Brief To learn more about the Civilian Record Brief,please check out the IMCOM YouTube Videos at: http://46q.us/crb
Veterans BenefitsSeparating or retiring within the next 12-24 months?
Veterans BenefitsDon’t miss out on the benefits you’re entitled to! The Department of Veterans Affairs OverseasMilitary Services Coordinator visits Camp Zamamonthly to provide veteran benefits information to active duty/retired soldiers and their familymembers as well as other veterans and surviving spouses.
Veterans Benefits The VA Representative provides a detailed briefing on benefits and is also available for individual appointments. For an appointment orfurther information, please contact the Transition Services Center at 263-5076/3513/3940
TRICARE Update1. MetLife - New TRICARE Dental Program carrier Effective May 1, MetLife will begin providing dental coverage to more than 2 million family members of uniformed service active duty personnel, members of the Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve, their eligible family members, and survivors.
TRICARE Update2. MetLife Electronic Funds Transfer Notice to Beneficiaries. TRICARE Dental Program enrollments will be automatically transferred when MetLife takes over the TDP contract in May 2012. EFTs previously used for monthly payments wont automatically transfer. .
TRICARE UpdateAround March 21, TRICARE Dental Program enrollees will receive a letter from MetLife explaining this, along withinstructions on how to transfer their EFT and credit card for direct payments.
TRICARE UpdateTDP enrollees can contact the following MetLife after March 21 at: 1-855-MET-TDP1 (1-855-638-8371) (CONUS) 1-855-MET-TDP2 (1-855-683-8372) (OCONUS)
USA MEDDAC-JapanReduced Primary Care Managers this SummerDue to permanent change of station underlaps,MEDDAC-Japan has only three of its five Primary Care Managers throughout the summer.
USA MEDDAC-JapanReduced Primary Care Managers this SummerAppointment availability may be reduced for non- TRICARE beneficiaries.
USA MEDDAC-Japan Reduced Primary Care Managers this SummerWe expect to return to full availability in September.
USA MEDDAC-JapanReduced Primary Care Managers this Summer We remain committed to providing high qualitypatient care, but request your understanding during this summer underlap.
USA MEDDAC-Japan Hours of Operation7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.(except Thursday and weekends)1 to 4:30 p.m. (Thursday) In accordance with USARJ Cir 600-3 2.c.(3) the clinic is closed on USARJ training holidays.
USA MEDDAC-Japan Our nurse consult telephone line remains available at all times at: 263-4127/046-407-4127If anyone has a medical emergency on Camp Zama, please call 911/ 046-407-2911
USA MEDDAC-Japan For an emergency off of Camp Zama,please call 119 and say "Kyukyu" to initiate medical emergency services.To book an appointment, visit www.tricareonline.com anytime, or call 263-4175/ 046-407-4175 during duty hours.
Are You Ready to Quit Tobacco? We are here to help! Call 263-2004/5050 or 046-407-2004/5050 to make an appointment.Sponsored by: Community Health Promotion Council, (CHPC), MEDDAC-J
What is Defense Biometric identification System? DBIDS is a DoD-owned and operated system developed by Defense Manpower Data Center as a force protection program to manage personnel, property and installation access at DoD installations.
What is Defense Biometric identification System? DBIDS is a networked database system designed to easily verify access authorization of personnel entering military bases by using barcode and fingerprint biometric identification.
REGISTRATION AND BALLOT REQUEST Effective March 2012, “Driving in Japan” training will be combined with the Newcomers’ Orientation. For more information: DSN:263-4372 or 263-3389/ 046-407-4372 or 3389
WORDS TO LIVE BYDo what is right … legally, ethically, and morally
WORDS TO LIVE BYSpiritual, physical, and mental fitness is a must
WORDS TO LIVE BY Train your replacement;develop tomorrow’s leaders
WORDS TO LIVE BYEnsure your family is Army strong
Find us on FacebookThe Garrison Public Affairs Office is working tomake Facebook THE place to go for community information. We need your help! Like us on Facebook:http://facebook.com/USAGJ
Rising Sun on VimeoDid you know that your friends & family back in the States can see what life is like in Japan?Tell them to check out Monthly Rising Sun show on the HD video sharing site Vimeo: vimeo.com/usagj
New Channel 13 Slide FormatWe’re trying to improve the Command Channel by making the slides easier to read. Please, let us know how we’re doing: Phone: 046-407-4640 / DSN: 263-4640 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Channel 13 Slide Format If you or your organization would like to post slides to the Command Channel contact thegarrison Public Affairs Office for our new slide template Phone: 046-407-4640 / DSN: 263-4640 Email: email@example.com
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Photos on FlickrVisit the garrison photo archive on the popular photo sharing site flickr: flickr.com/usagj