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VOL. 38, NO. 17


USAG-J wins special-category ACOE award
Revised motor pool booking system reduces paperwork, man hours
By Dustin Perry
Torii Editor

An improved online vehicle reservation program developed within Camp Zamas motor operations section led U.S. Army Garrison Japan to be recognized with a special-category Army Communities of Excellence Award. USAG-J is one of six Army garrison units that will given an ACOE Award in the Exemplary Practices category during a ceremony to be held Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Along with the award, USAG-J will also receive a $75,000 cash prize. The Directorate of Logisticshelmed program was selected from among several projects spearheaded at Camp Zama as being the best representation of the installations efforts to increase productivity, reduce costs and benefit the Army on a large scale, said Missy Lee, who helped create USAG-Js submission packet for the ACOE Award. The award measures how we implement new ideas and how well we are taking care of our customers, said Lee, a management analyst for the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office here. Im glad [DoL] won, because I think the project has the potential for Army-wide implementation. I think it would be a great honor for the people at DoL who worked so hard. The process for requesting a reservation for a government vehicle was previously done manually; customers were required to fill out a request on paper, and there was no restriction on who could do so. This resulted in several

Photo by Dustin Perry

Hirohiko Nagai, the bus section foreman for the Directorate of Logistics motor operations section at Camp Zama, performs maintenance on his bus. An all-online system that was developed within the motor pool here and is now used there won a special-category Army Communities of Excellence Award for streamlining the vehicle-reservation process, thus reducing paperwork and man hours.

redundancies and delays. Andrew Ball, who in 2007 was the truck master at DoL, devised the idea to streamline the request process. Developing the project under the umbrella of the business management strategy known as Lean Six Sigma, Ball began beta-testing the program at the Camp Zama motor pool in October 2008. There were immediate results, he said. We took a paper process and turned it into an online process, said Ball, now the chief of motor

operations. Basically, you log in with your [common access card], fill out the form, and we get it in seconds versus minutes. It used to be a 20-minute cycle from filling out the request to us receiving it; now its five minutes. Streamlining the vehicle reservation process has led to decreasing wasted man hours within motor pool operations and increased customer satisfaction, said Ball. Since the implementation of the program, DoL has continued to

revise it to better suit the needs of the community, said Hiroshi Denton, the directorates current truck master. Taking feedback from users has yielded a program that is constantly improving, he said. To this day, were still making new changes; its still a developing program, said Denton. Its not even 50 percent done, and its already this good. The program is expected to be implemented at Army installations

in Kure and Okinawa, Japan, by June, said Denton. The ACOE Awards recognize excellence in installation management. Winning installations must demonstrate continuous business process improvement, individual innovation, groundbreaking initiatives, and a dedication to efficiency, effectiveness and customer care. Camp Zama previously won the Gold award in the 2007 ACOE competition.


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Zama Briefs
Sensory-Friendly Movie Day
In support of Autism Awareness Month, Camp Zamas Autism Parent Support Group is presenting Sensory-Friendly Movie Day, scheduled to be held 3 p.m. Saturday at the Sagamihara Movie Theater. The event will give attendees the opportunity to enjoy a screening of The Tale of Despereaux in a safe and accepting environment: Moving around in the theater will be allowed, and the phrase silence is the golden rule will not apply. Lights are brought up, sound is brought down, and gluten- and caseinfree snacks may be brought for those with special diets. The snack bar will also be open. Advance tickets are required and cost $2 for children, $4 for adults. For more information or to reserve a seat, call Dee Saari at 263-8255 or e-mail deannsaari@

Attire guidelines

New clothing guidelines have been mandated by the commander of U.S. Army Garrison-Japan for all Status of Forces Agreement personnel and their family members while patronizing AAFES facilities on Camp Zama and Sagamihara Family Housing Area. Approved: Clean, serviceable shirts with or without collars are required. Shirts will be buttoned and tucked-in unless they are square-cut and designed to be worn outside trousers or shorts. Clean, serviceable trousers or shorts with a belt (if belt loops are present) are the standard. Not approved: Tops that are immodest, provocative or suggestive; uniform undershirts (green, white or brown) or T-shirts designed for wear as undergarments, with or without unit logos; tank top-type shirts, sleeveless muscle shirts, seethrough mesh and net shirts, halter tops, tube tops and swimsuit tops; exposed midriffs and pants off the waistline; cut-off shorts, short shorts and swimming shorts; shirts exposing the abdomen; and clothing with obscene or vulgar language or imagery.

A firmly rooted friendship

SAGAMI GENERAL DEPOT Lt. Col. Stacy Townsend, far left, 35th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion commander, applauds as Iikuma Iida, Sagamihara Citys Chuo Ward director general, fills in the dirt around a freshly planted cherry tree in front of the 35th CSSB Headquarters Building April 22. The tree was planted to both commemorate the 40th annual Earth Day and to represent the strong relationship between the U.S. Army Japan and the city of Sagamihara.

Volunteers clean up Torii Beach

By Lauren Hall
Torii Station Public Affairs

Family Matters Blog

A former editor and writer for the American Forces Press Service has launched the Family Matters Blog to provide resources and support to military families as well as encourage a dialogue on topics ranging from deployments to the challenges of everyday life. The blog features current, up-to-date postings that matter to military families. To view the blog, go to http://afps.

Military Spouse Day

May 7 has been declared as Military Spouse Day. To better highlight the lives of military spouses, the Torii is asking for essays and editorials about the day-to-day experiences of military spouses in the U.S. Army Japan community. Essays should be no more than 500 words and should be submitted no later than April 30. E-mail submissions to the USAG-J Deputy PAO at

OKINAWA, Japan Nearly 40 volunteers from Torii Station helped clean up Torii Beach to do their part in helping the environment for Earth Day on April 22. Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 as a way to increase awareness and appreciation for the Earths environment and is now observed annually in just about every country in the world. Roland Hickman from the Department of Public Works, Okinawa Environmental Branch, helped organize the effort. We have gloves and bags for everyone, Hickman told volunteers. Were going to split into two groups, with one going north, the other going south. If you find any hazardous materials, let us know and well take care of it. Volunteers included Soldiers, civilians, Japanese employees and employees from Community Bank on Torii Station. My coworker, Hyejin Noonan, and I volunteered because we wanted to do our part on Earth Day by giving something back to the community on Torii Station, said Amelia Kent from Community Bank. Sgt. Belinda Lewis and Staff Sgt. Mark Lewis of the 347th Military Police Detachment combed the central part of the beach and found miscellaneous items including articles of clothing and rusty nails. Sgt. 1st Class Luis Quiceno from the 58th Signal Battalion and other members of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club Okinawa Chapter

Staff Sgt. Mark Lewis and Sgt. Belinda Lewis of the 347th Military Police Detachment patrol Torii Beach Thursday as part of an Earth Day clean-up activity. Nearly 40 members of the Torii Station community participated.

Photo by Lauren Hall

helped in the cleanup effort as well. I went all the way to the north end of Torii Beach and found a few plastic twoliter bottles, a plastic cake plate cover, empty coffee cans, empty energy drinks, even some scrap wood with nails in it, said Quiceno. By far, the most common items of trash found on the beach were cigarette butts,

followed by plastic bottles, bottle caps, broken shards of glass from beer bottles and pieces of styrofoam cups, plates and containers. There was even an empty gas can in the sand. We should call this Human Sustainability Day because we need to take care of each other and the environment in order to live longer, healthier lives, said Hickman.

segregation, said Sidney Malone, USAG-J DPW Mechanical and Sanitation Branch chief. The incinerator at Camp Zama is designed for burnable trash; however, people mix non-burnable and recyclable items into burnable trash. If people segregate properly, itll save lots of money for the U.S. government. There are also a number of items that can be reused or disposed of in specific ways that will not only keep the environment clean but also save the American taxpayer millions of dollars over time. For example, computer printer cartridges from office spaces are considered to be hazardous material and should be turned into the Defense Reutilization Management Office or returned directly to the manufacturer. If the printer cartridges are from residences, the resident is to place them in a clear plastic bag and set them next to the blue containers on Wednesdays for recyclables pick-up day. For electrical cords coming from office spaces, call 263-4920 or 263-4035 to make arrangements for pick up by contracted employees. For cords coming from residences of family housing or unaccompanied officers and enlisted housing, the resident is to place the cords in a clear plastic bag and set them next to the curb or refuse central location and it will be picked up by the contract employees.

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Trash segregation key to reducing waste, saving money

By Tetsuo Nakahara
Torii Staff

Trash and waste products are an unavoidable fact of daily life; however, taking the proper steps in separating your garbage ensures that trash and waste do not spiral out of control. As of March, the daily average of burnable trash for the Camp Zama, Sagamihara Family Housing Area and Sagami General Depot community is more than eight and one half tons, according to the USAG-J Directorate of Public Works Operations and Maintenance Division. All personal in the Camp Zama community are given a briefing about separating their garbage when they attend the newcomers orientation. This briefing discusses the three basic categories of trash segregation: burnable, non-burnable and recyclable items. The different categories of garbage are picked up by sanitation specialists on different days. Upon collection, all of the communitys trash is delivered to one site on Camp Zama to be sorted by contracted employees. When people do not properly segregate their waste, delays and equipment problems occur that can cost USAG-J enormous amounts of taxpayer money. The big problem we have is improper

Every day, approximately 8.5 tons of burnable trash are carried to the Camp Zama incinerator.

Photo by Tetsuo Nakahara

In a sense, people are lucky in the Camp Zama community, Malone said. If you live off base, your trash wouldnt get picked up unless you segregate properly. There are not a lot of places for landfills here in Japan; its not like the States. Japan really enforces recycling and reuse for reduction of waste. Another good idea is to refrain from using paper or plastic cups as well as using cloth eco-friendly friendly shopping bags

instead of plastic bags, Malone said. In 2008, the Camp Zama community succeeded in reducing its garbage by almost 300 pounds a day, Malone said. Unfortunately, the communitys garbage levels have surpassed that level so far in 2010. We really have to get our act together segregating trash and being good stewards of the environment, Malone said. I think education about the environment is very important, but action is even better.

Green Procurement Program comes to USAG-J

By Michael Vinson
USAG-J Directorate of Logistics

The United States Army Garrison Japan launched its Green Procurement Program on thursday, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, to help foster a green ethic within USAG-J installations by supporting purchases of environmentally friendly and energy efficient technologies and products. Buying green or buying environmentally friendly products is mandated by Federal, Department of Defense and Army directives when they are available, cost-effective, and will adequately perform to user requirements. Each organization initiating contracting or procurement actions or credit card purchases is responsible for complying with Green Procurement Program mandates. USAG-J has implemented the Green Procurement Program in accordance with these directives. Installation and tenant unit personnel are required to purchase certain environmentally preferable, energy and water efficient items, bio-based products, non-ozone-depleting substances, recycled products, alternative fuels and vehicles, and less hazardous materials. These are known as the seven components of the Green Procurement Program. This is what you can do help the USAG-J and your units comply: You can buy from federal procurement websites that list environmentally preferable products. You can be

sure that these sites will list the product characteristics as specified. You can also contact your vendor or the product manufacturer to inquire about the availability of environmentally preferable products or materials. The Department of Defense Green Procurement Program aims to educate all appropriate DoD employees on the requirements of Federal green procurement preference programs. The program will also increase purchases of green products and services consistent with the demands of mission, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. The GPP will also reduce the amount of solid waste generated and expand markets for green products and services. In accordance with Green Procurement Program objectives, USAG-J requests that all installation and tenant unit procurement and contracting personnel complete Green Procurement Program training. USAG-J has developed a comprehensive Green Procurement Program website which provides on-line training, directives, forms, and provides green links which will assist you to determine Green Procurement Program requirements, and provide you with vendor information. Installation Green Procurement Program points of contact are also listed for additional assistance. Visit the USAG-J Directorate of Logistics Green Procurement Program training website at: CmdStaff/usagj/id/default.aspx for more information.

United States Army Garrison, Japan is concerned with the environment, conservation, and the affects of hazardous material on human health and in the coming months, the Torii newspaper and the USAG-J command channel will highlight various areas of the USAG-J Green Procurement Program. Use the following Federal websites to ensure you have found the item that suits your needs, and provides the most efficient use of environmental resources: Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines: List of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated recycle content products and recycled-content and recovered materials recommendations. conserve/tools/cpg/products/index.htm Bio-Preferred: List of US Department of Agriculture bio-based designated products. http://www. aspx?SMSESSION=NO Energy Star: List of energy efficient products and practices. index Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center: Provides a wide range of information and resources to enable the use of alternative fuels, in addition to other petroleum reduction options such as advanced vehicles, fuel blends, idle reduction, and fuel economy. http://www.

T RII Newspaper
This Army-funded newspaper is an authorized publication for the members of the Army community in Japan in accordance with Army Regulation 360-1. Contents of the TORII are not necessarily the official view of, or endorsement by, the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Department of the Army or the U.S. Army Garrison Japan command. It is published weekly by the TORII staff of the USAG-J HNR/Public Affairs office, APO, AP 96343-0054, phone 315-263-5978. This publication, with a weekly circulation of 2,000, is printed by Pacific Stars

and Stripes, Tokyo. All photos are U.S. Army photographs unless otherwise indicated. The newspaper uses military news services including American Forces Press Service and Army News Service. Story and photo submissions not pertaining to commercial advertising may be sent to the USAG-J HNR/PAO TORII Office at least two weeks prior to the desired publication date. The TORII Newspaper is distributed every Thursday. Submissions may be e-mailed to the deputy public affairs officer at The Torii editor reserves the right not to publish submissions not in accordance with Army Public Affairs regulations and standard operating procedures. Editorial offices are located in room A-208, Bldg. 102, South Camp Zama, Japan.

Commanding General: Maj. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski Garrison Commander: Col. Perry Helton Garrison Public Affairs Officer: Edward H. Roper Deputy Public Affairs Officer: Christopher Bush Editor: Dustin Perry Staff : Tetsuo Nakahara

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Teens work together to beautify Sagami River
By Dustin Perry
Torii Editor

Equipped with large plastic bags and metal tongs, the students scoured the area looking for items to pick up that had been A portion of the nearby Sagami River thrown away or left there by visitors to the was made cleaner, less hazardous and more river. Aluminum cans, glass bottles and habitable by a group of U.S. and Japanese food wrappers were a common discovery, teenagers who ventured there April 10 to but the teens also found broken appliances, conduct their annual beautification effort. scrap metal, dishes and silverware, among Fifteen youth volunteers from Camp others. Zama and students from Sagamihara Seiryo Volunteering of any kind is a good deed, High School worked together for nearly and doing so in an effort to clean the environtwo hours picking ment is beneficial up litter and other from every condiscarded items ceivable angle, said both from around Lisa Kendrix, whose the rivers shore daughter JaLisa, 14, and inside the water and Marqus, 15, itself and disposboth participated in ing of it properly. the beautification. The event was co[My children] sponsored by Camp felt really good Zamas Child, Youth about being able and School Services to contribute to the program. communitys cleanThis effort beup effort, said Kentween the students drix, a workforce from the two comdevelopment promunities has been gram manager for going on for at the Directorate of least 10 years, said Human Resources Koichi Yanagi, the here. Their work homeroom English helped to create a teacher at Sagamicleaner and bethara Seiryo. When ter world. It was a he asked for volun- Jenny Rice, a 10th-grader at Zama Ameri- great learning expeteers to participate in can High School, places garbage she rience for the kids, the cleanup, Yanagi collected into a pile during beautification as well. said several of his efforts April 10 at Sagami River. Even though Jastudents were eager pan is not her famto take part in an activity that would benefit ilys original home, Kendrix said keeping their community. the earth clean is crucial regardless of where For the students who have the chance they happen to be living. to actually pick up trash in the river, it will I think that even though were in a difallow them to gain awareness about the ferent country, the world is still ours as one, environment, said Yanagi. Its important said Kendrix. I think we have to look at for them to come here to a place that needs the big picture: Were not just cleaning up help, see the situation, and take action. Japan, were cleaning up the world.

(From left): Mana Ishikawa and Anna Hashimoto, both students at Sagamihara Seiryo High School, pick up litter April 10 at Sagami River as part of annual beautification efforts they conducted with classmates and youth volunteers from Camp Zama.

Photos by Dustin Perry

A student picks up a discarded beer can at Sagami River using metal tongs.

Students work together to collect trash under a bridge at nearby Sagami River.

April 29, 2010

Trash to treasure: homemade crafts at CZACC

By Dustin Perry
Torii Editor

Think twice about throwing away those drinking straws or chopsticks; they could be the frame for a decorative kite. Dont just toss that two-liter cola bottle in the trash; it could be the fuselage of a NASA-ready space shuttle. The phrase one mans trash is another mans treasure suits the philosophy of homemade hobby projects particularly well, and the Camp Zama Arts and Crafts Center is perhaps the most accommodating place in which to hone the skill. The centers knowledgeable staff and the wealth of available recycled materials there make it the ideal location to put the idea of ecofriendly ornamentation into practice.

Tsuyoshi Yajima, a hobby craft instructor at the Camp Zama Arts and Crafts Center, cuts off the side of a milk carton to make a homemade ship using recycled materials, including straws and chopsticks.

Almost anything around the house can be used to make something, said Tsuyoshi Yajima, a hobby craft instructor at the CZACC. People should think before they throw something away if they can recycle or reuse it for something fun. A project or piece of artwork that is made using found and reused materials wont rival a prefabricated model kit in terms of looks or craftsmanship, but there is a uniqueness to the former that cant be matched, said Hiromi Suzuki, a fellow hobby craft instructor. Things that are made from scratch have a certain charm, said Suzuki. If you use your hands to make something, it may not look like the real thing, but you get to use your imagination. The way I think I should make something will be totally different compared to someone else. During a youth summer camp in 2006, Yajima and Suzuki taught children to make a small sailing ship using mostly disposable materials and other supplies. To recreate the project, the following items are needed: one half-gallon milk carton, rinsed out and dried; one drinking straw; one pair of chopsticks; one sheet of sturdy, glossy paper (a magazine cover, for example); and a small length of colored yarn. Also needed are clear tape, glue, a stapler, a box cutter or other precision blade (safety scissors for small children), and a hole-punch, if available. The first step is to remove one entire side of the milk carton using the box cutter or scissors (see photo at left). Holding the piece lengthwise, fold it into thirds so that the two outer sides bend at the width of the carton. Next, create a hole in the center of the piece using the hole-punch, pen or other suitable tool, and set the piece aside. Lay the carton on its side and stand the drinking straw up inside. Cut the straw to a length that extends about 1.5 inches past

The following household tools and recycled items can be used to make a homemade sailing ship, one of many projects taught by the staff at the Camp Zama Arts and Crafts Center. Many of the materials needed can be found at the CZACC.

Photos by Dustin Perry

the height of the carton; this will serve as the mast support. At one end of the straw, cut four one-inch slits and bend them at 90 degrees in order to create an X-shaped base. Apply glue to the underside of each leg and affix the legs to the inside center of the carton. Slide the piece over the straw through the hole in the center and staple each side to the carton (the ships hull). Take the pair of chopsticks, separate them, and tape them together so that the ends of each stick overlap about two inches; this will be the ships mast. For the sturdy sheet of paper the sail the standard letter size works best. Cut small slits in the center, about a half-inch from the top and bottom of the paper, and slide each end of the mast through the slits. Finally, place the mast into the mast support and the project is complete. Further decorations

and embellishments can be made as desired using various materials. The resulting product was a huge hit for the children, said Suzuki, who added that she was pleased to see them pushing the limits of their own creativity during the project. [The children] knew they werent making a real ship, but they used their imaginations and to them, it was better than the real thing, said Suzuki. Its fake, but its fun and the result is going to be different every time. Anyone interested in creating this or any number of other projects can visit the CZACC at Bldg. 316 behind the Youth Center. The CZACC is open Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 9 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 263-4412.

Round-the-clock professional tutors who can assist with homework, studying, test preparation, rsum writing and more are available at for children of servicemembers and eligible Department of Defense civilians assigned here. Active-duty servicemembers, National Guard and reserve personnel on active-duty deployed status, and DoD civilians on a deployed status are eligible to participate in this program. The site is open to students of any age, from kindergarten to high school, for one-onone help in math, science, social studies and English. To use the site, students simply choose the subject for which they need help and type in their question. To learn more, visit the Web site and click on for the Military.

Online tutoring

Zama American Middle School: 263-4040

Zama American middle School Parent teacher organization (ZMS PTO) is accepting membership applications for the current 2009-2010 school year and the upcoming 20102011 school year. Parents and teachers of current seventh- and eighth-grade students at Zama Middle School, as well as parents of current sixth-grade students (future ZMS students) are encouraged to join and support the ZMS PTO. Please contact the ZMS PTO at: ZAHS 2009-2010 yearbook: ZAHS has begun taking orders for its 2009-2010 yearbook. The book will be the largest ever produced in the schools history and the largest in the Pacific: 276 full-color pages, an embossed cover, and customized artwork on each page produced by the largest yearbook staff in the Department of Defense Education Activity. The cost is $85 per book (cash or check made payable to Zama American High School) and they are expected to sell out soon. Books are scheduled to be distributed the first week of June. For more information, call Richard Rodgers at 263-5300.

Zama American High School: 263-3181

Zama Child Development Center:263-8081 SHA Child Development Center: 267-6153

Sure Start:Sure Start applications for the 2010-2011 school year are now available at Arnn Elementary School. Families whose children will be 4 years old by Sept. 1 and meet some of the eligibility criterion are encouraged to apply. These criterion include: children of low birth rates, child has a parent who was a teenager when the first child was born, child has a parent whose primary language is not English, child has a parent who has not graduated high school, child is in family headed by a single parent or dual military, child in a family with E-1 to E-4 or GS-1 to GS-4 or NSPS pay band 1 or NAF-1 or NAF-2 equivalents take first priority. (E-5 to E-6 or GS 5 to GS 6 or NAF 3-4 take second priority, E-7 to E-9 or GS-7 to GS-9 or NAF 3-4 rank equivalents take third priority). For more information, call the school at 267-6602.

John O. Arnn Elementary: 267-6602

Child, Youth and School Services: 263-4500

u-turn Program: A new program starting today aims to help the Camp Zama communitys youth succeed academically. The U-turn program is designed for youths to get peer tutoring; get help with college preparation and career exploration; scholarships and financial aid application assistance; and staff and volunteer support. A bus back to SHA and Atsugi will be provided every night at 8 p.m. The U-turn program will be available at the Camp Zama Youth Center every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 8 p.m. For more information, call 263-4500.

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Arnn students say Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

By Tetsuo Nakahara
Torii Staff

Staff Sgt. Erwin Arias, the health physics noncommissioned officer in charge for Public Health Region Pacific Command, gives a presentation on the ozone layer to students in the science room Thursday at John O. Arnn Elementary School.

tudents at John O. Arnn Elementary School learned how to keep the environment clean, save energy and conserve resources Thursday during the schools annual Earth Day celebration. An assembly kicked off the event in the morning inside the schools gymnasium, which was attended by students from kindergarten to sixth grade and 15 volunteers from the Camp Zama community. An Earth Day-themed musical was performed by approximately 30 student chorus members. Every day must be [thought of as] Earth Day, said Col. Perry Helton, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Japan, to the children in his remarks during the opening ceremony. As long as we reduce, reuse and recycle, we will ensure that our planet will remain healthy for each and everyone. Also during the opening ceremony, fifth-grader Nathan Phillabaum was recognized as the winner of a competition to draw a picture to be printed on a reusable eco-bag. Nathans design included a drawing of Earth and the phrase, Give Back to the Earth: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. It was explained that the eco-bags can be used when shopping to reduce plastic waste. Four stations, sponsored by different units and organizations at Camp Zama, were available for the students to visit, including a Recycling and Energy station from the Department of Public Works; an Outdoor Ethics station from the Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command; a Skin Damage and Ozone station from the Public Health Region Pacific Command; and an Earth Day Activity station from the Zama American High School Earth Club. At one station, three Soldiers from PHR-PAC gave a briefing using visual aids during which they discussed topics such as how the ozone layer is becoming more depleted every year, how the students can prevent damaging the ozone, and how to protect themselves from sun damage. Hopefully by teaching this generation of children, they can take that knowledge to adulthood and share with their children to let them know how to protect the earth, said Staff Sgt. Erwin Arias, the health physics noncommissioned officer in charge at PHR-PAC. That way, we still have a beautiful planet later down the road. Part of our job [is] helping the community. Were here to bring the same knowledge and skills we learned in Army here to share with the children. The speakers at each station were given 15 minutes for their presentation, during which each group of students learned about different topics regarding Earth Day. I think Earth Day is the great day for people to realize that we need to take care of our planet, said Gia Haddock, a fifth-grader at Arnn. We need to start walking or riding a bicycle more if we are just going a short way; we shouldnt be using cars a lot. Six members from ZAHS Earth Club also gave a briefing, during which they discussed with the children how to conserve resources and reduce waste. They also showed the children how to make artwork using recycled paper plates and bottle caps. Its important to keep the level of awareness, said Sue Morin, principal at Arnn. Kids are great in terms of recycling; its the adults who need a reminder due to old habits sometimes. Learning through the example of kids and their generations [mindset] of staying green just raises the level of our awareness. Its a continuous cycle of learning and practice to stay green because we have only one chance with this planet. I truly thank the Camp Zama Community for supporting this event.

Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara

Third-grade students show the artwork they made using recycled paper plates and bottle caps during a workshop held by members of Zama American High Schools Earth Club.

Second-grade students at Arnn touch a compressed package of aluminum cans at the Recycling and Energy station, which was put together by the Department of Public Works.

Approximately 30 students in a chorus group from Arnn Elementary sing songs about Earth Day inside the schools gymnasium. The students ranged from third- to fifth-graders.

Col. Perry Helton, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Japan, gives remarks to students from kindergarten to sixth grade Thursday during the opening ceremony for Arnns Earth Day event.

(Middle) Nathan Phillabaum, a fifth-grader, is awarded for creating the winning eco-bag design.

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Wheels in motion: a different take on re-cycling

By Dustin Perry
Torii Editor

Upon taking my newly purchased bicycle for an inaugural ride through the streets of Camp Zama last week, the first thought that came to mind was a clear and resounding, Why didnt I do this years ago? The exhilaration and freedom of pedaling down an empty sidewalk was a sensation I hadnt felt since junior high. I picked up speed on a straightway to see if I could still ride without holding the handlebars (I could.) Churning my legs in order to ascend a particularly steep incline gave me a lowerbody workout comparable to my daily trip to the gym. I genuinely enjoyed just being outdoors free from the confines of my desk, my cell phone turned off and at the same time, I gained a renewed appreciation for a pastime I more or less abandoned once I reached driving age. And perhaps best of all, the only resources I used to power my bike were my own sweat and muscular exertion both of which come at no cost to me, and are also 100 percent environmentally friendly. Now, its pure coincidence that I purchased such an ecologically conscious mode of transportation in the same month during which the world celebrates Earth Day. Getting a new bike had been on my list of things to do for quite a while; I just happened to finally find the right model in the right size while recently searching a nearby shop outside the installation. However, the

combination of my timely acquisition and a worldwide observance that encourages protecting the planet and reducing pollution led to an unintended but nonetheless positive side-effect: I decided to begin cycling to work. I am by no means the first person in Japan to stumble upon this amazing idea. Bicycles are ubiquitous in this country, and youre just as likely to see an elementary school student riding one as you are a texting teenager or a middle-aged businessman or -woman. On Camp Zama, there are several Soldiers, civilians and students who use them to get around. As a car driver who was often stuck in infuriatingly slow-moving traffic, the sight of a senior citizen zipping past me on a generic seven-speed made the decision to ditch my four wheels for two an obvious one. The benefits of non-gas-powered travel are numerous. From an environmental aspect, a bicycle of course has the advantage of giving off zero emissions and requiring no nonrenewable resources to power it. That in turn leads to saving money on gasoline, insurance, maintenance and costly repairs that are inevitable expenses for all automobiles. For people who dont have time to go to the gym, 45 to 60 minutes per day on a bike is an excellent way to maintain personal fitness. And you cannot put a price on the peace of mind that comes from not

Riding a bicycle instead of a car helps the environment, saves the owner money on gasoline and costly repairs, and is an excellent way to maintain personal fitness.

Photo by Dustin Perry

having to wait at a red light for five minutes while listening to a talk-radio pundit shout incessantly about health care reform. I understand that for many people, trading their car, van or SUV for a bicycle is not a feasible option. There are parents who need to pick up their children from school, there are people who live much further away from the installation than the nearby Sagamihara Family Housing Area, and a load of groceries from the commissary cant exactly fit in a small wire basket mounted on the front of a Huffy. Likewise, I will still use my car for tasks that would be difficult or impossible on a bike and to travel long distances with my

family. And if weather conditions on any given day are dangerous or even less-thanideal, I will forego thinking about conservation in favor of self-preservation. As often as I can help it, however, I plan to follow through on my new commitment. I know that riding a bike instead of a car four or five times per week doesnt make me Captain Planet, but theres no question that it helps. And if I can make a contribution, however small it may be, that serves the philosophy behind Earth Day founded in 1970 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson, and celebrated in full force Thursday across the entire Camp Zama community the choice to do so is no choice at all.

Ken Hor of St. Marys International School in Tokyo competes in the high jump event during the Kanto Plains Association of Secondary Schools track and field meet, held Saturday at Zama American High School. Also competing were teams from Christian Academy of Japan and Seisen International High School, both located in Tokyo. (Photo by Regina Thorp)

April 29, 2010

Your Weekly Dose

Access to care 24/7
For emergencies on post, dial 911 or 046407-2911; off post, dial 119 (Say kyukyu). In a remote location, the International SOS Alarm Center number is 001-65-6338-9277 for TRICARE Prime (a collect call). For Military OneSource when on post, dial 145; off post, dial 046-407-2145. The numbers to reach the MEDDAC-J front desk or a translator are 2634127 or 046-407-4127. The Central Appointment number is 263-4175, and cancellations can be made 24 hours a day. Online appointments can be made by visiting

Suicide Prevention

The USARJ Community has 24/7 access to assistance for suicide prevention by dialing 911 for immediate on-site assistance for those who may hurt themself or someone else, call 263-4127 for medical, behavioral or chaplain advice, or 145 for direct access to Military OneSource. Military OneSource representatives will provide support through advice and counseling to the population previously listed. These services are also available for our USARJ community members in Okinawa.

Temporary Zama Optometry Shortfall

Slipped disc

Photo by Christopher Bush

Col. Marilyn Brew, commander of BG Crawford F. Sams U.S. Army Health Clinic, slips a Frisbee by a competitor from the 78th Signal Battalion during the Ultimate Frisbee competition held Saturday on the soccer field in front of the Camp Zama Dining Facility. The 78th Sig. Bn. crushed BG Sams during the match by a score of 10-5.

From May through June, due to a provider shortage, active-duty members will be given priority for optometry appointments. All others will be seen on a space-available basis. Individuals can call Yokosuka, Yokota and Atsugi for appointments. Host nation providers are also available. For more information, call the Optometry Clinic at 263-4240.

Contact lens fitting

Initial contact lens fitting is not provided in a military treatment facility since it is not a TRICARE benefit. However, an MTF will usually assist with renewal fitting as long as the servicemember has the contact lens with them and their current prescription.

Sports Briefs

Singles Tennis Tournament

There will be a Singles Tennis Tournament 9 a.m. Saturday at the Camp Zama Tennis Courts. The event is open to all military personnel from Camp Zama, Sagami Depot and Sagamihara Family Housing Area; retirees; DoD civilians; AAFES employees; family members (18 years of age or older and not in high school); JGSDF; and MLC employees. Please register at the Yano Fitness Center issue counter by 9 p.m. Friday. Awards will be presented to the first- and second-place finishers per division. There will be mens and womens divisions. Commanders Cup points will be awarded for this event. For more information call 263-4664 or 263-7980.

Big Kahuna Bench Press Competition

The Big Kahuna Bench Press Competition is scheduled to be held May 20 at the Yano Fitness Center here, beginning at 5 p.m. There will be both mens and womens divisions in the competition. To sign up, visit the Yano front desk, or call 263-4664 for more information.

Golf demo
Golfers can demo two new Pin golf clubs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 22 at the Camp Zama Golf Course Driving Range. For more information, call the Golf Shop at 263-5284.

Classifieds & Movies

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Classified ads not pertaining to commercial profit are free to military personnel, DA Civilians, Family members and MLC/IHA employees. Ads should be 20 words or less with nonworkplace E-mail or phone numbers listed. To submit a classified ad, E-mail tetsuo. However, the Torii Newspaper reserves the right not to publish inappropriate advertisements. Deadline is no later than noon Mondays. Military community classified ads can also be placed for free on a commercial Web site at www. Zama_ARMY_/. citizenship and a high school diploma or GED are required. For more information or any questions, please call 263-4005. Physical Therapist, intermittent (240 hours): Provides physical therapy service in the areas of physical disabilities, neuromuscular and psychosocial dysfunctions in patients ranging from adolescence to the very elderly. Must have license to practice physical therapy in the U.S. This is a contract positions open to SOFA status applicants. Resumes may be sent to Yoshiyasu. ALL applicants shall register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) at Physical Therapist, intermittent (240 hours): Provides physical therapy service in the areas of physical disabilities, neuromuscular and psychosocial dysfunctions in patients ranging from adolescence to the very elderly. Must have license to practice physical therapy in the U.S. This is a contract positions open to SOFA status applicants. Resumes may be sent to Yoshiyasu. ALL applicants shall register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) at instructor/facilitator: Camp Zama Education Center is looking for a Instructor/Facilitator to conduct daytime Online Academic Skills Course formerly called FAST. Bachelors Degree and Teaching License/Certificate preferred.Will be paid for 240 classroom hours per year. Call 263-5055 for more information. instructor/facilitator: Torii Station Education Center is looking for a Instructor/Facilitator to conduct daytime Online Academic Skills Course formerly called FAST. Bachelors Degree and Teaching License/Certificate preferred.Will be paid for classroom hours taught per year.Call 263-5055 for more information. Like New, Met Silver/Drk Grey, Limited color, 13,400km, Carbon Fiber parts, Garage kept, TOCE Extreme 4/quad exhaust, Vortex racing sprocket/gold chain, Double wind screen, Pilot Power 2CT Tires, New JCI, Plus much more $7,900. PCSing: Call 090-8517-9568
washi paper craft and/or acrylic paint arts. Also looking for contracted framer who has at least three years experience in framing production. For more information, call Nodera-san at 2634412.

U.s. army Garrison Japan Postal service Center : Volunteer opportunities are available in the USAGJ Postal Service Center, we will provide you with valuable training in Post Office and Unit Mailroom operations. Please contact Army Community Services at 263-8087 for details and assistance on volunteering your services. english teachers: A small off-post home school(about 200 students) near Sagami Depot. First time teachers welcome! Classes available Mon. Thu. 1pm to 9pm (No weekends or Fridays!) Call for details. Derek Partington English School, home 042-756-4483; cell 090-3082-4439 or E-mail: partngtn@jcom. Part-time english teacher: Pay is 16,000 to work four times per month. Two Mondays from 4 6:10 p.m., one Tuesday from 9 10 p.m. and one Friday from 7 8 p.m. Located 15 minutes driving distance from SHA in Minami-Rinkan area. For more information, E-mail Kaz at Officials: Officials for all intramural sports (flag-football, softball, basketball, & volleyball), aerobic & yoga instructors, fitness trainers and massage therapists. For more information, call 263-4664 / 7980. sports photos: The Torii Newspaper wants to publish your action sports photos for sports of all ages, all seasons. To showcase your team or your childs team, e-mail your digital action sports photos less than two weeks old (with captions) in .jpg format of 3mb or more to tetsuo. esl teacher: Seeking ESL teachers for two conversational group classes. One requires travel to Tama and is very accessible by car. Meeting times are the 1st and 3rd Sat. from 10:30 a.m. noon for one class and Sat. from 3 to 4 p.m. for the second. Pay is 7,500 and 3,000 per hour respectively. Call 090-549-6725 or e-mail instructor: Arts and Crafts Center seeks instructors to teach sewing, water color painting,

ZaCsas east Meets West shop: located behind the dry cleaners on Camp Zama, carries vintage Japanese items and collectibles. Store hours are every Tuesday and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Profits from the shop go back to the community in scholarships and welfare grants. For additional information please call 263-5533. Stop on by and check it out. The Women, infant, and Children, (WIC) overseas program at Camp Zama offers valuable nutritional information and food subsidizes. For more information, call 263-8960. JaPaNese sPoUse ClUB: Would you like to socialize with other Japanese spouses, learn more about being a military spouse, share your experiences and support with others? If so, please call Meg at 263-8327 or e-mail jsczama@gmail. com for more information. fUReai, Japanese Personnel Newsletter is issued and distributed electronically. This newsletter is for MLC/MC/IHA personnel and US personnel who have Japanese subordinate employees. It is available at https://intranet. Table Top Miniatures: Do you play Warhammer 40K or Fantasy? Other miniature games? Well contact me and lets roll some dice! Please email James @ Rising Sun Lodge 151, F&AM. Stated Meeting 1st Thursday of every month at the Masonic Bldg, Sagami Depot. For more information contact:; website: risingsunlodge151. com; or call Dave 080-3467-7881. Housekeeping services: need someone to come into my home and do some special and specific spring cleaning assignments. Pay is negotiable and tips to established services are welcome. Call 263-7352 and leave a detailed message or e-mail

Appropriated Fund (APF) and Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) job announcements and application instructions are available at For questions regarding APF vacancies, please call 263-3608. NAF MWR job announcements and required forms are also available at http:// htm. For questions regarding NAF vacancies, please call 263-5800. Non-appropriated fund Pacific Stars & Stripes job announcements are available online at For more information, call the Job Information Center at 229-3163. Japanese national position vacancies are posted in the Microsoft Exchange public e-mail folders and on the Internet at scripts/jn/cpo/index.asp. Application forms are available on the same site. Selection status can also be checked. For more information, call 263-3325. Child and Youth Program assistant (level 2-4), (CYS, Zama & SHA), CY-1/2, RFT/RPT, $9.58 - $17.09, Closes: Open Continuous Cook (CYs), NA-04, Flex, $10.01, Closes: Open Continuous Recreation assistant (lifeguard/Pool operator), RD, NF-02, $9.26, Closes: Open Continuous Recreation assistant (lifeguard), RD, Flex, NF-02, $9.29, Closes: Open Continuous food service Worker (Bowling), BD, Flex, NA-02, $8.77, Closes: Open Continuous operation assistant (Community Club), BD, Flex, NF-1101-01, $9.00, Closes: Open Continuous Child and Youth Program assistant (summer) (CYs), CY-01, $9.58 - $17.09, Closes: June 1, 2010

Vehicles for sale

98 Toyota Prado TX 4Wd: Excellent condition, White, Power everything, CD/Stereo, seats 8, 75K. JCI until May 2011. $7,500 or best offer. Call 090-3450-8792, email cgcaptgood@yahoo. com (4) 04 Nissan skyline fairlady Z/350Z: Dark Metallic Grey, Nismo Body, auburn leather seats, Excellent condition, 20/19 VIP Luxury Wheels, HKS exhaust system, 4 tips, Drill/Slot Rotors, Power everything, New JCI, TV, NAV, Mini Disc, Keyless, 6CD, PCSing: $14.500 OBO. Call 090-8517-9568 04 Yamaha, YZf R1: Immaculate Condition,

animal adoption: Dogs and cats are available for adoption at the Camp Zama Veterinary Clinic. For more information, call 263-3875

CYs facility director, CYs, NF-04, RFT, $39,000 - $45,000, Closes: May 06, 2010

Movie sCHedUle

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Other local positions

anti-Terrorism/force Protection instructors wanted. Positions are available with Firearms Academy of Hawaii, Inc. Duties include instruction of marksmanship, watch standing and tactical team movements. Position location is Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. Marksmanship instructor experience is a must. Tactical team movement experience is desired. Qualified candidates may call Christopher at 243-6171 or send resume to substitute teachers: Zama American High/ Middle School are currently accepting applications for substitute teachers. U.S.

friday 6:30 p.m..................Death at a Funeral (R) 90 minutes 9 p.m............................Shutter Island (R) 138 minutes saturday 6:30 p.m..................Death at a Funeral (R) 90 minutes 9 p.m...............................The Crazies (R) 102 minutes sunday 3:30 p.m...........Percy Jackson and the Olympians (PG) 118 minutes 6:30 p.m..................Death at a Funeral (R) 90 minutes

friday 7 p.m..........Our Family Wedding (PG-13) 103 minutes 9:30 p.m..........................Green Zone (R) 115 minutes saturday 4:30 p.m...........Alice in Wonderland (PG) 109 minutes 7 p.m...........................Date Night (PG-13) 88 minutes 9:30 p.m..........................Green Zone (R) 115 minutes sunday 11 a.m.............Boxing: Mayweather vs. Mosley (Free) 5:30 p.m.....Our Family Wedding (PG-13) 103 minutes 8 p.m. .............................Green Zone (R) 115 minutes

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April 29, 2010


UpcomingOngoing Events
Post-Combat Stress Support
A special support group to assist those experiencing symptoms of post-combat stress is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the community room at Army Community Services. For more information, call Gary Woods at 263-8091.

Free Bowling Thursdays

Zama Bowling Center is open for free bowling from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays to promote family time. Free bowling is also offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday with a lunch purchase of $4.50 or more. Pre-paid bowling cards are also available. For more information, call 263-4780.

Whats Happening Outside the Gate?

Hisano Yamazaki
Eagle 810, AFN Tokyo

New Parent Support Program

The New Parent Support Program, a division of the Family Advocacy Program, specializes in assisting and offering services to new and expecting parents. Play Morning, an interactive playgroup for parents and children up to age 6 is held 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Zama Chapel and the same time every second, third and fourth Thursday at SHA CDC. Breast Feeding Support Groups are held on the first Thursday of the month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at ACS and the third Monday of the month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at SHA CDC. Baby Bundles is a program that provides information and supplies for new and expecting parents. They are available, along with electric breast pumps, for loan by contacting 263-2382.


The CIF will be closed to conduct required semi-annual inventory form March 22 - 25.We will be open for emergency issues and turn-ins. For emergencies, please call Mr. Bishop at 263-5880 or Mr. Sakata at 263-7454.

Yokohama Port Festival International Costume Parade @ Yamashita Park, Red Brick Warehouse, Isezaki-cho Town, May 3
Meiji Jingu Shrine Spring Grand Festival, Tokyo, Apr 29-May 3

Army Family Action Plan

AFAP is a year-round process. To submit and AFAP issue, log onto and click on Submit an AFAP Community Idea/Concern. Issues can be submitted anonymously and will be sent directly to the AFAP program manager.

Alcohol Awareness Month

Camp Zama Red Cross Classes

The Camp Zama/Naval Air Facility Atsugi continues to offer classes to the community. For March, the following courses will be offered: Mar. 6 First Aid, for the CPR/ AED (at NAF Atsugi), Mar. 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 for the Instructors Course, Mar. 8, 10, 12 and Mar 20 First Aid, CPR/AED at Camp Zama. Pre-registration is required for all courses. Call 263-3166 for more information.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. If you, or anyone you know, are struggling with an alcohol related problem, call 263-8059.

Apr 29, 1100-: Traditional Japanese Court Music and Dance Performances or Bugaku, May 2, 1145-: Traditional Japanese music and dance performances, May 2, 1545-: Musical ensemble performed by three different traditional Japanese music instruments , May 3, 1200:Japans oldest form of masked musical theater or Noh & classical Japanese comic theater or Kyogen, May 3, 1430:Music performed by traditional Japanese lute or Satsumabiwa

Hawaii Festival Loco Moco Sunset Feel the Mana @ Odaiba Kaihin Park Seaside State, Tokyo, Apr 29 Giant Kite Festival, 43-Square-Foot Kite Flying in the Sagami River area, Sagamihara City , May 4-5

Travel & CulTure

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Torii Staff


Story and photos by Tetsuo Nakahara he blue sky and perfect spring weather made it an ideal day for people to raise their environmental awareness during Earth Day Tokyo held April 17 and 18 at Yoyogi Park. More than 140,000 people attended the event to share their consciousness for the earth through various activities and programs, and also to celebrate Earth Days 40th anniversary. Earth Day began in the U.S. in 1970, when Sen. Gaylord Nelson declared April 22 a day to raise the publics awareness of environmental issues. Since then, the event has spread all over the world, including Japan. The theme of Earth Day Tokyo 2010 was The Festival of Love and Peace. More than 150 groups, including nonprofit organizations and companies focused on environmental issues, set up booths to promote their cause and to give items and pro-

The Festival of Love and Peace was the theme for Earth Day Tokyo 2010, held April 17 and 18 More than 140,000 people visited Yoyogi Park to celebrate Earth Days 40th anniversary during the two-day event. at Yoyogi Park. Earth Day Tokyo is the largest enviromental event in Japan.

Tokyo celebrates Earth Days 40th Anniversary

vide information to visitors. Recycle shops, fair-trade items, an organic-food corner, live performances and workshops were everywhere in the park. The event was designed for all ages to simultaneously learn about and gain an appreciation for environmental conservation. There were more than 600 volunteers who participated in the event. This year, the event space in Yoyogi Park was divided into three main sections: Energy Action, Food Action and Agriculture Action. Energy Action booths featured information on bio-energy, which utilizes cooking oil to power vehicles. Also, solar energy and hydrogen demonstrations were given, which aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Local foods were sold at the Food Action booths. There were a lot of natural, eco-friendly seasonal farm products available at each booth. It was a perfect and rare opportunity for farm producers and consumers to talk face to face. People visiting the festival were encouraged to bring their own plates and cups to reduce paper and plastic waste. There were guest speakers who discussed energy conservation and environmental issues, a live music performance, and a dance performance. To save energy, all of the music performances at the festival were powered by biodiesel. Earth Day committee members have begun growing their own rice and soy beans with the intent of raising the festivals self-sufficiency rate. Earth Day Tokyo is marked as the largest environmental event in Japan. It is worth joining the event next year for those who want to see how the country is focused on earth consciousness.

At Earth Day Tokyo 2010, visitors had the opportunity to More than 150 groups, including nonprofit organizations and companies focused on environmental issues, set up participate in various workshops that were focused on how to increase environmental awareness. booths to promote their cause and to give items and provide information to visitors.