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May 6, 2010

VOL. 38, NO. 18

Band on the road

Photo by Edward Roper

KURE CITY, Hiroshima – More than 20 members from the 296th Army Band of U.S. Army Japan perform on the streets of Kure City, Hiroshima, during the Kure Port Festival parade held there Thursday. More than 3,000 people participated in the parade, which had approximately 300,000 spectators throughout the day.

AAFES awards contract for cable television services at Zama
By Christopher Bush
USAG-J Deputy Public Affairs Officer

CAMP ZAMA – After years of surveying, negotiating, contract wrangling and a little pleading, Camp Zama will soon have access to cable television service as well as faster Internet and different telephone services. Following a competitive proposal process, the Army and Air Force Exchange Services awarded a contract to Allied Telesis Corporation to expand U.S. television programming to residents of the Camp Zama and Sagamihara Family Housing Area community. Cable TV services are currently scheduled to premier in September for Camp Zama and October for SHA. “Allied Telesis was the most competitive, technically acceptable offer and we awarded them a 15-year contract to provide telephone, television and Internet services

to Camp Zama residents,” said Michelle Priester, AAFES chief of new business. “We have a contract with Allied Telesis at Yokota [Air Base] to provide the same types of services. That contract has been in effect for three years and they’re doing an excellent job and customers are happy with the services they provide.” In addition to the free programming already provided by the American Forces Network, servicemembers, DoD civilian employees, and their families will be able to choose an additional 45 channels as well as some additional pay channels like Showtime, Starz, and the Movie Channel. Additionally, Zama residents will have six Internet speeds to choose from, ranging from 2 megabytes to 100 megabytes. This will a dramatic increase for customers, Priester said. Camp Zama will also be the first location in the Pacific to be offered cable services in High Definition.

Due to its size, topography and geographical separation of the various facilities, the Camp Zama community has not had access to an economically feasible cable contract from any provider until now, Priester said. “We’ve been trying for a very long time,” she said. “It’s always been our objective as AAFES management to try to improve quality of life here because that’s our mission. ” Allied Telesis’ success at Yokota made expanding to Camp Zama an economically viable option, Priester said. “Because they are close, their technical solutions make it less expensive for them to provide services because they can distribute some of the signal from Yokota – and that’s been key,” she said. Although the contract has been awarded and the plans are underway for installation, there still could be some delays and bugs because of some of the older telecommu-

nications infrastructure on the Camp Zama and SHA installations. To help smooth the process out, Allied Telesis will bring up small portions of the installations at a time to test out the system and to minimize any gap between services. The Zama community will certainly appreciate the well-deserved upgrade, said Col. Perry Helton, U.S. Army Garrison Japan commander. “This will have a tremendous impact on the quality of life for our Soldiers, civilians and their families,” Helton said. “This will bring our services up to par with stateside services. At the same time, it improves our capability to provide quality Internet service and improve the phone service.” (Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles that will track the progress of the installation of new cable TV, Internet and telephone services. As the process continues, more details will be made available.)

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Zama Briefs
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.

‘Days of Remembrance’
Ceremony honors those lost in Holocaust
By Dustin Perry
Torii Editor

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.

The estimated 6 million people who died in the Holocaust were honored during Camp Zama’s annual “Days of Remembrance” observance, held April 28 at the Community Activity Center here. This year’s theme, “What You Do Matters,” stresses the importance of educating people around the world on “the atrocities committed at the hands of the Nazis, so that society will never forget,” said Lt. Col. George Benter IV during his opening remarks. “The victims of the Holocaust deserve respect and remembrance,” said Benter, commander of Special Troops Battalion, U.S. Army Japan and I Corps (Forward), the sponsoring units of the event. “There may come a day when our armed forces will once again have to combat an enemy attempting to repeat the Holocaust ... it’s pertinent that each member of the military be educated and sensitive to the memorials dedicated to the millions who lost their lives.” A video presentation during the event provided an unflinching look at the horrors of the Holocaust. Historical footage detailed the concentration camps where millions of European Jews were detained, starved, beaten and murdered as part of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution.” The Jews were systematically hunted and captured

Chaplain (Maj.) Paul Passamonti, the Catholic chaplain for U.S. Army Garrison – Japan, speaks to attendees at Camp Zama’s “Days of Remembrance” observance, held April 28 at the Community Activity Center here.

Photo by Dustin Perry

throughout World War II; once killed, the dead were often placed in mass graves. The guest speaker of the event was Chaplain (Maj.) Paul Passamonti, the Catholic chaplain for U.S. Army Garrison – Japan. Passamonti’s father lived in Italy during the time when it was under the Fascist rule of Benito Mussolini. “Part of that was an alliance that Mussolini had forged with the other dictator of the North: Adolf Hitler,” said Passamonti.

“With this alliance came the institution of concentration camps. Italy had no less than 50 camps.” Passamonti’s father hid Jews while attending medical school and because of this, he was interred at a labor camp in the Abruzzo Province for two years, said Passamonti. “Many people who survived the Holocaust never talked about what was done and what happened; [my father] did,” he said.

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

HHD I Corps (Fwd) changeof-command ceremony

The USARJ/I Corps Forward Special Troops Battalion invites you to attend the HHD I Corps (Forward) change-ofcommand ceremony during which Capt. Robert Diaz will relinquish command to Capt. Dat Nguyen at 10 a.m. May 2 at the flag pole in front of Bldg. 101. A reception will follow in the foyer of the building. Dress is duty uniform or casual attire.

Victim Advocacy

Victim Advocacy is a free service for all personnel in the military community and is located in Bldg. 402 at Army Community Services. Victims are allowed to come and talk to a trained Victim Advocate and inquire about available services. The victim advocate works with victims of sexual assault or domestic violence. To contact the victim advocate, call Dawn at 263-4853 or 080-6772-6735.

JGSDF historical tour

Photo by Tetsuo Nakahara

Sgt. Tetsuya Mizuura, assigned to the Public Affairs Office at the 4th Engineer Group of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, gives a briefing of JGSDF history to freshman students from Zama American High School at the Historical Record Room in the 4th Engineer Group’s headquarters building April 27.



May 6, 2010


Eliminating credit card debt offers peace of mind
By June Walbert
USAA Certified Financial Planner

Over the last few decades, amassing debt has become an American way of life. In fact, many are subsidizing their lifestyle by using credit cards – racking up the most expensive, least rewarding kind of debt. And we use those cards a lot. The American Bankers Association estimates there are 10,000 card transactions made every second around the world. Credit cards are intended to be a tool of convenience. Carrying cash can be a little clunky. Imagine whipping out 1,000 greenbacks to pay for a television. Plus, cash doesn’t offer reward points. And you can lose it with no recourse. But I’m a still a big fan of using cash because paying with actual bills tends to keep us out of financial hot water. If the cash runs out, our spending stops … not a bad arrangement. Using credit wisely can be beneficial, however. You can improve your credit score, hone your money management skills, and earn travel points and cash back for purchases, just to name a few. In the not-so-smart credit use category, says U.S. consumers charged an estimated $51 billion worth of fast food on their cards in 2006. From a glass-half-full perspective, the current recession has coaxed many Americans to whittle away their debt. While we’ve shaved tens of billions off the total, we still owe an astonishing $866 billion in revolving debt. The 2009 Nilson Report states for all who carry credit cards, the average balance is a whopping $9,700. So why, you ask, is debt such a bad thing? There are two primary reasons: First, paying down debt ties up monthly cash flow that you could use for other more beneficial – or fun – activities. And the other? Why squander your hard-earned cash by paying interest on that hot date you enjoyed six

months ago or the trip to Tokyo Disneyland, especially if you’re still paying interest long after the memories have faded. There may be legitimate reasons for carrying debt, such as medical bills exceeding insurance coverage, helping a family member or adopting a child. Still, the goal should be to zero out those balances as quickly as possible. Aside from the practical reasons, having too much debt can also negatively impact your lifestyle and military career. Heavy debt loads will drag down your all-important credit score because what you owe comprises 30 percent of the calculation. That three-digit number is an at-a-glance indicator to a financial institution as to whether or not they consider you to be a good enough risk to loan you money – and if so, at what rate? Let’s say you want to buy a $200,000 home. You have stellar credit and are able to qualify for a 5 percent interest rate. Financing 100 percent of that cost means your monthly payment would be around $1,074 per month. If your credit is marginal and you lock in a 6.5 percent rate, your payment would be close to $1,264. That extra cash could help put a dent in your card balances, allow you to build savings or mean some quality time with your family and friends. But beyond the monthly out-of-pocket costs, over the life of the 30-year loan you would pay an additional $68,573 in interest at the higher rate. If you’re not in the market for a house and prefer to rent, it still matters. Your potential landlord will likely check your credit score to ascertain your credit worthiness. Why? They want the best possible chance of collecting that rent check on the first of every month. But how can debt negatively impact your career? When I applied for my job at USAA, they checked my credit. Why? One who manages their money well may be more likely to manage their job well, too.

For those of us in uniform, numerous career paths require a security clearance. Thousands of clearances have been revoked, suspended or denied based on significant debt. The government may view you as a higher security risk if you are in financial jeopardy. Another reason to ensure your financial house is in order. One Department of Defense official stated, “Financial issues are by far the leading cause of clearance revocation and they are rising at a significant rate. As you might expect, it’s not just younger members, but senior and established members have the same issues.” Now let’s discuss how to get out and stay out of debt. Gather statements. Some folks have avoided opening their credit card statements altogether. Sticking your head in the sand is not a plan. Open them. Collect data. Review charges for accuracy and highlight the pertinent details, such as the current balance, credit limit, interest rate, and minimum payment due. Know what you owe. Add it up and determine where you stand. Develop your plan of attack. Now it’s time to figure out how you are going to actually get out of debt. It’s very tempting for many folks to turn to debt settlement. That is “settling” with your bank for less than what you owe. However, using debt settlement will destroy your credit score, which will cost you more money in the long run via higher interest rates on mortgage and auto loans as well as future credit cards. Additionally, that “forgiven” amount would likely be viewed as taxable income. I like the concept of debt consolidation much better. This is packaging all of your balances into one loan with a fixed payment and a beginning and end date. Sounds great, right? It does unless you find those zeroed out cards too tempting to resist. If

you haven’t gotten your spending under control you may run those balances up again and also owe on your consolidation loan. Ouch. Don’t ever hesitate to ask for help. Debt can be overwhelming, depressing and certainly stressful. Seeking guidance through the National Foundation of Credit Counseling,, can be a comforting and effective way to get back in the financial driver’s seat. Another option is to simply choose to pay off each card one by one. And, that is my recommendation. Rack and stack. If you have chosen to pay off each card one by one, there are two separate and distinct approaches to tackling debt in this way. The one that makes the most mathematical sense is to pay all you possibly can on the card with the highest interest rate while paying the minimum on the others. Zero the debt out on the first card and then take that dollar figure and apply it to the card with the next highest interest rate while continuing to pay the minimum on the other cards. On the other hand, some people need a quick win. Taking the opposite approach of paying off the smallest balance first while paying the minimum on the other cards works, too. You will pay a little more in interest, but let’s face it … many people accumulate credit card debt simply because they want immediate gratification. For example, if you’re the type of person who doesn’t want to save for a television, but wants to purchase it today, the latter tactic may work best for you. The important thing is to pay off credit cards and keep their balance at zero. With an average of five credit cards in our pocket, don’t feel alone if you have credit card debt. The lack of discipline to pay off the entire balance each month plagues millions of Americans. But don’t become another statistic. Pay cash. Live within your means.


o you have a concern or an issue on your mind? Are you seeking a channel for your voice to be heard? Look no further. The Torii Newspaper welcomes all letters regarding issues or concerns involving the Camp Zama community as a whole. Critical letters should offer suggestions for resolutions as applicable. Letters or e-mails must be signed, but names will be withheld in publication upon request. The Torii Newspaper will protect the names of its sources if they so desire. Letters may be edited for content and length according to the Associated Press Stylebook and the Torii Style Guide. If you would like to have your voice heard in the Torii Newspaper, e-mail your letters to, or send by regular mail to:

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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 Okinawa Bureau: Lauren Hall

Community Calender
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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.

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.

Army Family Action Plan

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CLEP and DANTES Testing

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support (DANTES) testing sessions are held at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays. To schedule an appointment, call 263-5379 / 4691 or e-mail To study for the CLEP tests, visit www. To study for the DANTES exams, visit

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.

333 Carp Streamers Flying at Tokyo Tower, Now-May 9

One Love Jamaica Festival @ Yoyogi Park, Tokyo (Admission free), May 8-9 On-line Academic Skills Course, formerly called FAST

OASC (FAST) CLAss 17-28 May

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 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the EDIS Building at Arnn Elementary School. 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.

class will be conducted at the Zama Education Center, M-F, 0800-1200. Soldiers must register at the Education Center in order to enroll in the OASC course.Results in improved performance on Math and English placement tests, saving soldiers time and money by eliminating the need for preparatory courses. Makes Math and English college course material easier to understand, often resulting in higher grades. English portion of OASC (FAST) class can help improve business and social communication, leading to increased promotion opportunities. Register for the 2-week OASC (FAST) class at the Education Center or call 263-5311 for more information .

Sanja Matsuri; one of the three greatest festivals from the Edo Period @ Asakusa Jinja Shrine, Tokyo, May 14-16

Japanese Folk Dance Performance Festival “Ohara Matsuri” in Shibuya, Tokyo, May 16
Thousands of people in colorful happi coat and kimono will be in parade, dancing to the ohara-bushi folk music originated from Japan’s southern Kyushu island.

Nikko Toshogu Shrine Grand Spring Festival @ Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikko City, Tochigi Pref. May 17-18

May 17, 1300-: Traditional Horseback Archery Demonstration or Yabusame, May 18, 1100-: 1,000 Samurai Warriors Procession

Free Bowling Thursdays

Zama Bowling Center is open for free bowling from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays to promote family time. Free bowling

Onsen Water Splashing Festival or Yukake Matsuri @ Yugawara Town, Kanagawa Pref. May 22

Online tutoring

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.

Round-the-clock professional tutors who can assist with homework, studying, test preparation, résumé 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.”

Zama Child Development Center: 263-8081
 may 7: Muffins for Mom  may 11: Story time at Zama Library, 10-11a.m.

Zama American Middle School: 263-4040

SHA Child Development Center: 267-6153
 may 7: Parent’s Day Luncheon  may 11: Read to Me day (Parent volunteer)

 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:

Zama American High School: 263-3181

 SaS open recreation Program: Parents! Are you looking for programs that your school-aged children can participate in? Children! Are you looking for things that will keep you active and busy outside of the house? If so, then the Open Recreation Program events are for you! All events guarantee fun! School Age Services is offering open recreation opportunities in the weekday and Saturday afternoons for youth currently enrolled in grades one to six.  registration: To register your child or for more information please stop by the CYS Central Enrollment Registry Office in Bldg 533 on Camp Zama, or call 263-4125 or SAS at 267-6013.

ZaHS 2009-2010 yearbook: ZAHS has begun taking orders for its 2009-2010 yearbook. The book will be the largest ever produced in the school’s 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.

Child, Youth and School Services: 263-4500

John O. Arnn Elementary: 267-6602

 Visit the Web at for information pertaining to John O. Arnn Elementary.  Sure Start:Sure Start applications for the 2010-2011 school year are now available

u-turn Program: A new program starting today aims to help the Camp Zama community’s 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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Free bowling, snacks and prize giveaways were available during the “Strike Out Autism” event held April 25 at the Camp Zama Bowling Center. The event promoted Autism Awareness Month, the Month of the Military Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month, all of which are observed in April. More than 150 people attended the event.

Photos by Dustin Perry

By dustin Perry
Torii Editor

Three national awareness campaigns that are observed every April were jointly celebrated by the community during a “Strike Out Autism” event held April 25 at the Camp Zama Bowling Center here. In addition to Autism Aware-

ness Month, the event – which featured free bowling, snacks and prize giveaways – also recognized the Month of the Military Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month. It was a desire to “capture all three [observances] for the community” that led to combining the events into one, said the coordinator for the Exceptional Family Member Program at Camp Zama’s Army

Jay Marin, 4, rolls a ball down the lane at the Camp Zama Bowling Center during the “Strike Out Autism” event held there April 25.

Community Service, a co-sponsor of Strike Out Autism. “We wanted to do our own spin for Camp Zama,” said Cheryl Rendon. “Last year we did a picnic, and this year we thought we’d do something different. We thought bowling would be a fun activity; it brings families together.” The event was open to all members of the community, ultimately drawing more than 150 people to the CZBC for more than two hours of free bowling, said Rendon. Other co-sponsors included Camp Zama’s Autism Parent Support Group and Army OneSource. “I think that this was a great way for families to interact with one another,” said Rendon. “A lot of times we’re busy with our work schedules, so this was a great way to bring families together. It also brought awareness to the fact that there are other families in the community who are dealing with the same issues [of autism] as well.” There are more than 100 exceptional family members on Camp Zama, Sagamihara Family Housing Area and Sagami Depot, said Rendon. Because the event combined three awareness campaigns and the entire community was invited, it allowed a larger percentage of participation and helped to foster a stronger relationship among the families here, she said. Martin Watkins brought his family to the event, including his 24-year-old son Adrian, who was diagnosed with autism as a teenager. Events like Strike Out Autism are most beneficial for the information about the developmental disorder that is provided

to those who are not familiar with it, he said. “It’s education; a lot of folks don’t know what [autism] is,” said Martin. “An event like this gives awareness and it gives us a chance to meet other parents [with autistic children] and let them know they’re not alone.” Adrian has high-functioning autism and was able to be educated within the public school system. He often volunteers at the Camp Zama Library and the Youth Center. Being a positive role model in his community has helped other youth here as much as it has helped his son, said Martin. “It’s kind of neat when parents with younger autistic children, when they see Adrian, they can see that there is a lot of potential,” said Martin. “A lot of autistic children are withdrawn, so if you can have an event like this to get them to get out there and mingle with other kids – it gives them a chance to work on their social skills, because that’s one of the things that is usually lacking.”

Autism Awareness Month has been celebrated nationally since the 1970s, according to www. The disorder affects one in every 110 children in America. Month of the Military Child honors the 1.7 million American children who have one or more parents serving in the military, as well as the 900,000 whose parent or parents have endured one or more deployment. In an online video message, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to military children. “As a grateful nation, it is our sacred responsibility to stand by our military children, just as they and their families stand by us,” said Obama. Child Abuse Prevention Month has its roots in the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974, according to In 1983, Congress designated the entire month of April to be set aside to recognize the campaign.

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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. Bachelor’s 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. Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching License/Certificate preferred.Will be paid for classroom hours taught per year.Call 263-5055 for more information. White, Powereverything,CD/Stereo, seats 8, 75K. JCI until May 2011. $7,500 or best offer. Call 090-3450-8792, email cgcaptgood@ 95 Mitsubishi diamante: Very Good Condition. Power windows, locks and sunroof. Tires 1-years old. 10-disc CD changer in trunk; CD and tape cassette in console. Heat/Air. JCI until May 2012! $3000 o.b.o! Please leave a message 080-4125-9925. 94 Toyota soarer: 104k kilometers, JCI until late 2011, clean, well maintained, fun to drive (V8)!!! $2000/OBO. Call/email Andrew at 08033368305 or 04 Yamaha, YZf R1: Immaculate Condition, 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 (2)
all ages, all seasons. To showcase your team or your child’s team, e-mail your digital action sports photos less than two weeks old (with captions) in .jpg format of 3mb or more to tetsuo.

ZaCsa’s 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 Saturday’s 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 let’s 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

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

Vehicles for sale
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 (2) 99 subaru forrester: Black, AWD, clean, well maintained, low mileage, fun to drive. JCI until NOV ‘11. $3,000/OBO. Call/email Andrew at 08033368305 or andrewmooreusma@gmail. com 98 Toyota Prado TX 4Wd, Excellent 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

aTsUGi Cinema 77
friday 7 p.m...........................Remember Me (PG-13) 112 minutes 9:30 p.m...........A Nightmare on Elm Street (R) 96 minutes saturday 4 p.m.....................Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) 91 minutes 7 p.m...........................Remember Me (PG-13) 112 minutes 9:30 p.m.............She’s Out of My League (R) 105 minutes sunday (Mother’s day – Moms free When With family) 3 p.m.....................Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) 91 minutes 5:30 p.m............Our Family Wedding (PG-13) 103 minutes 8 p.m................A Nightmare on Elm Street (R) 96 minutes

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.............................The Losers (PG-13) 98 9 p.m.............................Brooklyn’s Finest (R) 133 saturday 6:30 p.m.............................The Losers (PG-13) 98 9 p.m.......................................Green Zone (R) 115 sunday 3:30 p.m..........How to Train Your Dragon (PG) 98 6:30 p.m.............................The Losers (PG-13) 98

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May 6, 2010


Bilateral softball game builds friendship

Your Weekly Dose
Access to Care is 24/7. Our Clinic is not open 24/7 but our triage line is available 24/7. When you call 263.4127, our staff will notify a provider who will call you back. The provider will advise you if you can wait till the clinic opens, or if you need to seek medical care at either Yokosuka Navy Hospital, Yokota AFB Hospital or at a Host Nation Hospital or Clinic. Recently we have noticed an increase of calls to the “911” number. This is the emergency number which activates the MPs, our ambulance, EMTs and translators. Of course, if you have a life threatening medical emergency such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, or trauma, please call “911” on post or “119” off post. If you are feeling sick, or have an injury that does not meet the criteria for life, limb or eyesight, please call the clinic first at 263.4127 and push option 1 for triage nurse or 24/7 medical advice. Our provider on call will advise you on what options are available, such as Yokota AFB hospital, Yokosuka Navy Hospital or a local Host Nation clinic/hospital, in which case we would arrange for a translator to assist you.

 The local Host Nation hospitals do not oper-

Spc. John Fisher, assigned to BG Crawford F. Sams U.S. Army Health Clinic, hits a pitch during a friendship softball game against Sagami Kyodo Hospital held Thursday at Camp Zama’s softball field. More than 50 people attended the event.

Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara

By Tetsuo Nakahara
Torii Staff

More than 20 staff members and family members from Sagami Kyodo Hospital visited Camp Zama Thursday to play a friendly softball game with the members of BG Crawford F. Sams U.S. Army Health Clinic Thursday. Sagami Kyodo Hospital has maintained a strong relationship with BG Sams by being one of the cooperative hospitals that has accepted patients from Camp Zama, Sagmihara Housing Area and Sagami Depot over the years. It was the first time the staff from both hospitals competed together in an athletic event, and several members said the game was a good opportunity to strengthen their existing friendship. “This is my first time to visit Camp Zama,” said Takuya Yagyu, an administrator at Sagami Kyodo. “The U.S. members are very

physically talented and powerful hitters. Maybe we should invite them to grounds off base to play next time.” At the softball field here, the U.S. servicemembers welcomed their friends to play the soft ball game. Some of the children from both teams also had also an opportunity to hit the ball. “This is really great,” said Col. Marilyn Brew, commander at Sams U.S. Army Health Clinic. “The focuses are having great time. I just regret we didn’t do this early.” Sagami Kyodo Hospital won 10-9 after the close game. Brew handed a softball with the signs from Sams Army Health Clinic members as the token of friendship after the game. Barbecue was prepared by Sams Army Health Clinic members after the game at the side of Rambler field where both team members had a time to interact.

ate in the same manner that they do in the US. Local hospitals do not have to see you when you present at their ER. That is why we want you to call us first. If our provider thinks that this is a medical emergency, that provider will engage our EMS staff including a translator. Please carry an emergency wallet card which has information on who to call for medical assistance. These cards are available at the clinic and we will be handing them out at various community events such as CIE and Medical Morning. MEDDACJ’s Change of Command and Change of Responsibility Ceremonies will be held on 27 May 2010 at 1000. The clinic will be on reduced operation status on that morning. Also we will be on reduced operation status on the training holiday 28 May 2010 and on Memorial Day 31 May 2010. Remember, you can always reach a provider for medical advice by calling 263.4127, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Sports Briefs
Dodgeball Tournament
A dodgeball tournament is scheduled to be held beginning at 9 a.m. on May 22 at the Yano Fitness Center here. This will be a unit-level competition, and it is open to all military personnel in Camp Zama, Sagami Depot, and Sagamihara Housing Area, retirees, DOD/DAC 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. on May 21. Awards will be presented to the first- and second-place teams. For more information, call 263-4664 or 263-7980.

Toshihiro Morohoshi, chief of the administrative division at Sagami Kyodo Hospital, shakes hand with Col. Marilyn Brew, commander of BG Sams U.S. Army Health Clinic, following their softball game Thursday at Camp Zama.

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 men’s and women’s 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.

Travel & CulTure
8 May 6, 2010

Sun, Blue skies kick off 2010 Torii Beach Season Opener
cakes, hamburgers and hot dogs to help raise funds for their organizations. CJ’s Sunset Grill was busy all afternoon, serving more than 750 meals throughout the day. With a new menu, including smoked whole and half slabs of ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and even pizza, the line never slowed down, keeping Ron Schifano, Coral Cove Community Club business manager, which CJ’s is part of, and his staff working extra hard to keep everyone happy. “As busy as it was, the teamwork of the CJ’s staff kept things moving smoothly. We all enjoy serving our community, and this was no exception,” said Schifano. “Our new menu was a hit, with the most popular item by far being the pulled pork sandwiches.” Torii Beach has something to offer everyone, including eight beachside cabins available to rent. Other items available for rent include inflatable bouncers, a dunk tank, rental costumes, paddle boards, kayaks, surfboards and more. For prices and reservations, call 644-4659. Admission to the water park is always free. CJ’s Sunset Grill is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Stop by and enjoy your beverage of choice on the boardwalk and watch the sunset.


By lauren Hall

Torii Station Public Affairs

OKINAWA, Japan – More than 1,000 people came out to enjoy a day in the sun at the 2010 Torii Beach Season Opener/Joint Services Kids Fun Day on April 17. The weather couldn’t have been better for the event, which kicked off at 11 a.m. with the opening of CJ’s Sunset Grill, the water park, free use of kayaks and standing paddle boards, game booths, and the popular Torii Beach pirate ship. Several superheroes, including Superman and Spiderman, even visited to say hello to the children. “It was a great turnout; the kids had a great time,” said Justin Evers, the Business and Recreation chief for Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “CJ’s and the water park are integrated, so you can grab something to eat, sit underneath the ceiling fans and still watch your kids on the waterslide or the splash fountain,” said Evers. Marine Corps Community Service, Navy MWR, Airmen and Family Readiness Center, the Red Cross, Army Community Services and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers volunteers each set up a booth offering free items such as children’s DVDs while others worked hard cooking funnel

Children play at Torii Beach's splash fountain during the Torii Beach Season Opener/ Joint Services Kids Fun Day held on April 17.

Diane Broome, Torii Station school liaison, and Debbi Coubrough of Army Community Service, give out free DVDs to children at the Torii Beach Season Opener.

Tables and umbrellas line the boardwalk along Torii Beach.

Photos by Lauren Hall

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