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Aug 13, 2009 October 28, 2010
VOL. 38, NO. 42
CAMP ASAKA, Tokyo – Members of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force march during the JSDF’s 47th annual military parade and celebration held Sunday at Camp Asaka. The event was attended by Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, and approximately 3,800 JSDF members participated in the parade.
Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara
JSDF holds 47th annual military parade
By Tetsuo Nakahara
Approximately 3,800 members of the Japan Self-Defense Force came together for a massive parade to demonstrate the spirit of the organization during their 47th annual military parade celebration Sunday at Camp Asaka in Tokyo. More than 20,000 spectators were invited to see the parade, including former Japanese prime ministers, government officials, ambassadors and U.S. military officials. The parade is meant to boost the morale and consciousness of JSDF members and to celebrate the foundation of the military force. It is also aimed at creating understanding and trust between the JSDF and the
citizens across the nation of Japan. The parade began with the arrival of Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, followed by his remarks. “The JSDF has been protecting our nation’s freedom and peace since its foundation and performing security missions that protect the nation’s existence,” said Kan during his remarks. “The JSDF will continue conducting international exercises to improve the international security environment. “Also, the JSDF is needed to work on defense exchange and multi-country security frameworks,” continued Kan. “The U.S.-Japan alliance is not only maintaining our nation’s defense, but it also plays a significant role in maintaining the peace and prosperity of the Asian-Pacific region.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-Japan alliance, and we will continue it into the 21st century.” More than 240 armed vehicles and 60 aircraft participated in the parade following the precise marching of various units in the JSDF to include ground, maritime and air self-defense forces. Three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from U.S. Army Japan’s 78th Aviation Battalion and four F-16 aircraft from Yokota Air Base conducted an aerial pass at the end of the parade, which
was a first in the history of the event. The USARJ 296th Army Band also performed for attendees following the ceremony. “It was truly an honor and a privilege to go to Camp Asaka for the ceremony.” said Col. Robert Deyeso, USARJ deputy commander. “It reminds us during this period how strong our alliance is, what a great partner we have in the nation of Japan, and just how happy the Japanese people should be of their forces, because they are ready, relevant and a great ally.”
The 296th Army Band of U.S. Army Japan performs during the JSDF’s parade.
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2 October 28, 2010 TORII
Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of certain Similac-brand powder infant formulas following an internal quality review that detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that while the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, contact U.S. Army Medical Activity – Japan at 263-4127. For further information on this recall, visit http://similac.com/recall/Default.aspx. The recall of these powder infant formulas includes: • Certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers • Certain Similac powder product lines offered in eight-, 12.4- and 12.9ounce cans To immediately find out if the product in your possession is included in this recall, visit www.similac.com/recall/lookup and type in the lot number to determine if it is affected, or call (800) 986-8850. If the item is affected by the recall, return it to the point of purchase. Consumers who have medical concerns or questions should contact USAMEDDAC-Japan at 263-4127 or 263-5050.
Riding for a cause
Photo by Chip Steitz
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Japanese citizens on Okinawa joined together at Kadena Marina to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics. Approximately 10 Soldiers, along with 140 American and Japanese bikers, participated in the 11th annual Poker Run. Each rider was given a card at five separate locations on the island. The winner was presented with all the entry fees and donated the proceeds. This year’s Poker Run raised close to $1,500.
Parking Lot/Roadway Paving Around Housing Management Division Building:The Housing Management Division’s parking lot and the roadway fronting their building (Bldg 671) is in the process of being repaved. The work will be accomplished in phases. Phase 1 is currently ongoing and involves repaving of the parking lot. Alternate parking is available in the lot between the existing Housing parking lot and the Child Development Center (CDC). Phases 2-4 will involve repaving of the roadway and loading dock area fronting the building. Some aroundthe-clock road closures are anticipated. Please use alternate routes during these phases. Work is anticipated to be completed before Christmas. Housing Management Division services and operations will proceed as usual. CDC operations will not be affected. The project is necessary to provide repair failing pavement, as well as to increase safety along the roadway fronting the loading dock. The Directorate of Public Works apologizes for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or concerns about the construction work, please call the DPW Contracts Inspection Branch at 263-4097. If you have any questions about the project itself, please call the Housing Management Division at 263-4754.
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help participate in as many events as possible. When you see people out spreading the “Drug Free” message, ask how you can help. Some of the events only require your attendance. On Saturday, the Girl and Boys Scouts at Camp Zama helped kick off Red Ribbon Week by decorating trees on the installation with red ribbons on trees. All throughout the week, the Youth Center held and will continue to hold different events beginning every day at 3 p.m. For more information about the events, call 2634500. On Friday, Youth Sports and Fitness will host its annual “Smash Drugs” volleyball clinic beginning at 5 p.m. This is an event opened to all children ages 9 to 18. Several great prizes will be given away, and everyone will have a chance to see a dog assigned to the military police’s K-9 unit show off its talents. On Saturday, ASAP will have a booth set up at Sagamihara Family Housing Area during the SHA Loop Run with more free giveaways and prizes. The annual Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, in cooperation with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, is the largest drug-related attitudinal tracking study in the country. Some of the findings are alarming and show an increase in teen drug use. This reason alone makes campaigns such as Red Ribbon Week more important than ever. It shows that our community opposes the use of drugs and underage drinking. Among PATS 2009 findings: • The number of teens, grades nine through 12, who used alcohol in the past month has grown by 11 percent compared to 2008. • In the past year, ecstasy use has grown by an alarming 67 percent. • Marijuana use has increased by 19 percent. • Methamphetamine use has decreased by more than 60 percent from 2008 to 2009. • The percentage of teens who agree that “being high feels good” has increased significantly from 45 percent in 2008 to 51 percent in 2009. • The percentage of people who claim their friends get high at parties has increased from 69 percent in 2008 to 75 percent in 2009. • There has also been a drop in the number of teens agreeing that they
October 28, 2010
Red Ribbon Week kicks off at Camp Zama
By Christina Gauvin
Camp Zama ASAP
Camp Zama’s Army Substance Abuse Program is joining Yano Fitness Center; the Youth Center; Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Youth Sports and Fitness; the military police; Zama American High School; and the Army and Air Force Exchange Services to promote healthy, drug-free lifestyles during Red Ribbon Week, which began Monday and continues until Saturday. The Red Ribbon Campaign was founded in 1985 and has since become the largest and most recognizable awareness campaign to deter youth from using alcohol and drugs. The campaign was created in remembrance of Enrique Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent. Agent Camarena was an accomplished man. After graduating college, he went to serve in the Marine Corps. After leaving the Marines, he went on to become a police officer. His mother pleaded with him when he decided to join the DEA, but Camarena told his mother, “I’m only one person, but I will make a difference.” Agent Camarena was killed in 1985 while working undercover in Mexico with the hopes of bringing down a major drug cartel. The cartel was thought to include members belonging to the Mexican army, police and government. On Feb. 7, 1985, Camarena was kidnapped. His body was found approximately one month later. Many friends and family members began wearing red satin ribbons in remembrance of Camarena’s battle against drugs. To further honor Camarena, many individuals began to form coalitions imbued with his philosophy: One person can and will make a difference. Agent Camarena did make a difference. He indirectly helped form the nation’s largest drug prevention awareness campaign, which has since reached millions of adolescents and parents. This year, ASAP is asking everyone to
don’t want to hang around individuals using drugs. This number has decreased from 35 percent to 30 percent. These new finding from PATS should put all parents on the alert that drug use is not decreasing, just changing patterns. Parents must take action and start paying closer attention to their teens if this problem is going to decrease. The earlier parents start talking to their children about the dangerous effects of drugs and alcohol, the less likely those children will choose to use them. We need to send a clear message to our teens that drug and alcohol use is dangerous and will not be tolerated. For more information about Red Ribbon Week, visit ASAP, the Camp Zama Facebook page, or contact ASAP at 263-8047. not have been done without the resourcefulness and ongoing support of the U.S. Army Garrison – Japan community. On behalf of the students and staff, we would like to particularly thank: • Hiromi Ito Oliva, USAG-J fire inspector, and the entire SHA Fire and Emergency Service Department Team • Bernadita Mangum, AAFES Theater manager • Spc. Edward Webb, USAG-J Chaplain’s Office • Sgt. David Kovach, USARJ Military Police Battalion • Rich Marsh, USAG-J Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Your professionalism and interests in ensuring our school’s success to meaningfully meet these safety requirements have been unwavering. Thank you for your help and your dedicated efforts – truly, you are indeed bona fide Arnn Knights! Sue Morin Principal, John O. Arnn ES
Letter to the Editor
During the week of Oct. 12 through 15, Arnn Elementary School conducted two required drills – our monthly fire drill and an emergency evacuation drill. Both drills were conducted simultaneously to best be meaningful for the children, staff and participating parents. A mock scenario during the fire drill involved the fire department ordering an additional evacuation further from the campus site due to imaginary safety concerns in and around the school. From there, the emergency evacuation drill unfolded, with all students, staff and parents then walking to their designated “safe havens” to remain safe and proactive. All participants absolutely performed their roles and responsibilities to the utmost degrees, affirming that in the event of a real emergency, Arnn will be prepared to overcome adversity. Ensuring the successes of these DoDEA safety requirements took months of planning and preparation, and could
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Commanding General: Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison Sr. Garrison Commander: Col. Perry Helton Garrison Public Affairs Officer: Edward H. Roper Editor: Dustin Perry Staff: Tetsuo Nakahara Okinawa Bureau Chief: Anastasia Moreno Okinawa Bureau Staff: Lauren Hall
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By Dustin Perry
Annual ‘Smile Run’ honors Arnn Elementary namesake
Eight runners began the first stage of an annual 1,320kilometer trek to an orphanage in Beppu City early Sunday morning, starting from an elementary school here named for the Soldier who originally performed the same feat 50 years ago. The “Smile Run,” now in its 11th year, is a fundraising and awareness event for the “Hikari no Sono” Orphanage in Oita Prefecture in which participants complete the same route Maj. John O. Arnn did in 1960 through the course of 14 days to the then-named “Shiragiku-ryo” Orphanage. At 6:30 a.m., the first-stage participants took off from Arnn Elementary School at the Sagamihara Family Housing Area for a 90-kilometer run to the Mishima area in Shizuoka Prefecture, said Akihiro Sago, a member of the organization that coordinates the Smile Run. “What we’re doing is honoring the tradition of Major Arnn, who walked for 14 days to Beppu to the orphanage there,” said Sago. “We’re trying to do the same thing and bring that spirit of support to the orphanage again. The whole event is based on our love for the children.” Sago has participated in every Smile Run since its inception, even completing the full distance in both 2001 and 2002, he said. Completing even one of the 14 stages does take its toll on Sago’s knees and back, the 71-year-old said, but the avid runner added that there is an outside force that pushes him and the other participants to complete the journey every year. “I think you could consider that each runner has the spirit of carrying over what Major Arnn did, and that becomes the drive for us to run the long distance,” said Sago. Katsumi Matsuzono, 73, the oldest participant in the first stage of the Smile Run, marked his fourth time taking part in the event Sunday morning. Matsuzono, who runs 10 kilometers every day with Sago, said he sufficiently trained and conditioned himself to be ready for the run and felt he was at his physical peak for the event. “We know about what Major Arnn did for the orphanage and we want to continue what he did; that’s why we do
Participants in the 11th annual “Smile Run” begin the first stage of a 1,320-kilometer trek that began Sunday morning from John O. Arnn Elementary School at Sagamihara Family Housing Area and will conclude in 14 days at the “Hikari no Sono” Orphanage in Beppu City. The run recreates the route taken by Maj. Arnn in 1960.
Photo by Dustin Perry
this,” said Matsuzono. “I have confidence in us.” In 1960, Arnn and another Soldier made a bet with some fellow Soldiers that they could complete a walk to an orphanage in Beppu within 14 days. If they were successful, the other Soldiers would have to donate a portion of their pay to the orphanage. The pair was successful in their endeavor, and Arnn later completed the trek two more
times. He maintained contact with the orphanage and continued to donate money to it. He became a beloved figure to the children and staff at Shiragiku-ryo, and his selfless exploits were later dramatized in the 1970 film Walking Major, starring Frank Sinatra Jr. and Toshiro Mifune. Arnn was killed in 1965 while fighting in the Vietnam War.
Round-the-clock professional tutors who can assist with homework, studying, test preparation, résumé writing and more are available at tutor.com 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-on-one 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 “Tutor.com for the Military.”
John O. Arnn Elementary: 267-6602
Arnn Book Fair*: The Arnn Book Fair is back! Come browse our awesome selection of books and purchase your favorites! Dates and times: Nov. 8 – 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. * Book Fair sponsored by Arnn PTO. GradeSpeed: DoDEA has implemented GradeSpeed in all fourth- through 12th-grade classrooms worldwide. GradeSpeed is a web-based program that enables parents to log in and view grade and attendance data for their students. GradeSpeed will be the only authorized and supported grade book used by DoDEA employees in these grades. All teachers have secure access to GradeSpeed through the use of an Internet web browser. Teachers use the grade book portion of GradeSpeed to enter assignments, grades and to maintain grade calculations. Teachers are also able to e-mail progress reports to parents through GradeSpeed. For more information, go to http://www.dodea.edu/back_to_school/ gradespeed.cfm or contact Brandy Bell, educational technologist, at brandy.bell@pac. dodea.edu. Visit the Web at www.arnn-es.pac.dodea.edu for information pertaining to John O. Arnn Elementary.
Zama Child Development Center: 263-4992
Friday: Dress Up (Character Day)
SHA Child Development Center: 267-6348
Oct. 25 - Friday: Fairness Week Friday: Wear Orange Day
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. 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.
Zama American Middle School: 263-4040 Zama American High School: 263-3181
Visit the Web at www.zama-hs.pac.dodea.edu/ for information pertaining to Zama
October 28, 2010
35th CSSB hosts picnic for local orphanage
By Tetsuo Nakahara
Soldiers and family members from the 35th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion spent Monday at Oyamahakusan Park with 40 children aged 1 to 4 years old who belong to the nearby Aikei-kai Orphanage. The 35th CSSB has maintained a strong relationship with the orphanage in Sagamihara City through events such as Thanksgiving visits and Christmas gift giveaways for several years. The unit began making twice-monthly visits to the orphanage to spend time with the children there since last December. “This is our first time having a picnic with [the children],” said Capt. Clifford Neuman, the battalion chaplain for the 35th CSSB. “This is to foster community awareness and our
friendship with Japan. It also allows us to think of Japan as being a little bit of home here. We just want to show the kids love. I want [the members of the 35th CSSB] to be able to learn the art and privilege of giving to others.” The visiting Soldiers and family members took the children’s hands and walked them to the park, where they played together for hours. They brought bubbles, balls and balloons to play with while they were there. “I love it,” said Spc. Christina Le. “I’ve gone on more than a dozen orphanage visits. This is the first time taking them to the park with us. We should do this more often. I have a child of my own, and I realize how much they need somebody to take care of them.” “We appreciate the American volunteers,” said Kayoko Konishi, a caretaker
Soldiers and family members from the 35th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at Sagami General Depot play with children from the Aikei-kai Orphanage at Oyamahakusan Park Monday. More than 50 people attended the one-day picnic event.
Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara
at the Aikei-kai Orphanage. “The way American people interact with children involves more contact than Japanese. And it seems the children love to hug and shake hands.”
The entire group had lunch together while sitting in the park grounds. Several of the children seemed to remember some of the faces from previous visits and were hesitant to leave them at the end of the picnic.
BOSS volunteers help clean up Torii Station
By Lauren Hall
Torii Station Public Affairs
TORII STATION, Okinawa – Soldiers from the Army on Okinawa volunteered to help conduct a base-wide cleanup Saturday at Torii Station. The Soldiers, members of the installation’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, spent half a day cleaning up around the barracks and tombs located near Torii Beach. “We’re cleaning up today because we wanted to give back to our own installation [and] because a lot of our volunteer efforts don’t include Torii Station,” said Cpl. Chadwick Bromley, BOSS president. The Soldiers took brooms, rakes and trash bags and began clearing debris from trees, as well as leaves and twigs that were covering the sidewalks and steps leading to the burial sites. Not only was the area unsightly, but several large, almond-like seeds littering the ground posed a safety hazard for walkers. “In addition to our commitment to community service, we always place emphasis on safety,” said Bromley. Some of the Soldiers headed up to the barracks to pick up trash – mainly cigarette butts – around the
“We’re cleaning up today because we wanted to give back to our own installation [and] because a lot of our volunteer efforts don’t include Torii Station.”
Cpl. Chadwick Bromley BOSS President, Torii Station
parking lots and stairways. “Every Monday, Soldiers from 10th Support Group conduct a police call around Torii Station to keep the base looking its best, but we wanted to make an extra effort on behalf of the BOSS program,” said Bromley. Members of the BOSS program meet every second and fourth Wednesday at the USO located on Kadena Air Base to discuss old business, new business, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and recreational activities. “We discuss quality-of-life issues, such as things that may need repairing in the barracks or ways to improve the overall morale of Soldiers, during the meetings,” said Bromley. “We focus on quality of life, community service, recreation and leisure to ensure we have a well-balanced program.” The BOSS program is not just for single Soldiers. Anyone who falls under the Status of Forces Agreement can participate, volunteer or go on trips sponsored by BOSS if there is space available after single Soldiers sign up. For more information contact Bromley at chadwick.bromley@okinawa. army.mil.
A Soldier with the Army on Okinawa’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program picks up large seeds from the steps leading to burial sites on Torii Station during a cleanup effort Saturday.
Photo by Lauren Hall
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KINGS OF THE RING DUKE IT OUT AT ZAMA’S
October 28, 2010
Tiger Mask, left, flips Inoue Wataru as his teammates Super Strong Machine, wearing the blue mask, and Jyushin Thunder Liger, in the red costume, cheer him on. The masked team won the match.
Ishii Tomohiro, top, holds Karl “The Machine Gun” Anderson against the ropes during a three-onthree tag team match Saturday at Yano Fitness Center during Camp Zama’s Slam Fest IV event.
Photos by Dustin Perry
Wrestlers enter the ring for the start of the second of six tag-team matches held Saturday at Yano Fitness Center as part of Slam Fest IV, an annual showcase at Camp Zama done in cooperation with New Japan Pro-Wrestling. This year’s event featured 32 wrestlers, including Akebono, Giant Bernard and Togi Makabe.
Photo illustration by Dustin Perry
By Dustin Perry
Daniel Puder pins Honma Tomoaki during a four-on-four tag team match Saturday at Slam Fest IV.
on “Strongman” Andersen calls what he does just “another day at the office.” His office just happens to be a 20-square-foot ring in which he pummels other impossibly muscular men to the delight of thousands of ecstatic fans. Andersen and 31 other seasoned professional wrestlers from around the world brought an electric atmosphere to Yano Fitness Center here Saturday night for Camp Zama’s fourth annual Slam Fest event, held in conjunction with New Japan Pro-Wrestling. “It’s a great setup, a great show, and I’m looking forward to getting out there and rocking
and rolling,” said Andersen prior to his inaugural appearance at Slam Fest in a tag-team match with Nakanishi Manabu versus Mexican wrestlers El Terrible and El Texano Jr. “The bottom line is, the warrior spirit inside me finds a way to come out on top, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do tonight.” The match – fifth out of six during the evening, one of which was a four-on-four mega-brawl – saw both Andersen and Manabu delivering crushing body blows, high-flying body slams and dizzying choke holds to their opponents as the fervent crowd cheered them on. The quick and agile duo of Terrible and Texano Jr. got in some devastating hits as well, including a flying kick from Terrible to the
midsection of Andersen, who was wrapped in the corner ropes. In the end, however, Andersen answered back by pinning Terrible for a three-count and winning the match. A trio of matches in the first half included appearances from the masked three-man team of Japanese superstars Jyushin Thunder Liger, Super Strong Machine and Tiger Mask, as well as crowd favorites Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito and Togi Makabe, who entered the arena with his trademark chain draped around his neck. “Heels,” or villain wrestlers, like Takashi Iizuka, did not hesitate to roam through the crowd, scowling at attendees and flipping over chairs. At one point during the three-on-three match that
served as the final showdown of the night, Iizuka choked Karl “The Machine Gun” Anderson with a boot lace while the referee was distracted. Anderson and his teammates – Giant Bernard and former sumo wrestling champion Akebono – were the ultimate victors in the match, proving that brute strength and teamwork trump foul play. Bernard, a four-time veteran of Slam Fest and professional wrestler since 1997, said he is blessed to be able to do what he loves. This year’s event proved to be a great success, he added. “The audience is growing bigger, so obviously they’re happy each year and want to come back and be entertained,” said Bernard. “To come here and perform for [a military audience] – a lot of
whom are dedicating their lives to make my life safer – for me to help them escape from whatever pressures they may have for two hours, three hours and entertain them … it’s just the greatest thing I can think of.” Akebono, a native of Hawaii who became the first nonJapanese yokozuna in 1993, said he enjoys participating in Slam Fest because it is a gesture of appreciation to the military community, “which allows is to do what we do.” “There aren’t too many times when we can come onto military facilities and do stuff like this, so it’s a big opportunity for us and we really enjoy it,” said Akebono. “The fans are everything; if we didn’t have any fans we wouldn’t be making a living.”
Giant Bernard, top, forces Toru Yano to submit to a wrist lock in the final match of Slam Fest IV.
SPORTS & FITNESS
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Second-half performance seals 78th Signal win
By Dustin Perry
The 78th Signal Battalion’s flag football team brought both its defense and offense alive at exactly the right moments Monday at Rambler Field to beat Special Troops Battalion 20-15. In the second half, a long pass in the STB end zone that was intended for receiver Claudesedric Grace but was intercepted in midair by 78th Signal’s Bradley Dunn dishearteningly halted STB’s chances of tying the game after trailing by seven points after the first half. STB did score later – and even took a 15-14 lead, thanks to a successful two-point conversion – but a 23-yard touchdown reception from 78th Signal’s Robert Rogers in the final minutes all but sealed his team’s victory. First on the scoreboard was 78th Signal, whose quick and intuitive offensive line staged a drive down the field that included precise passing plays and impressive rushing from quarterback William Popoff. The drive culminated in a pass to lineman Nickolas Jones, who evaded defenders for a touchdown run. The extra point was good, and 78th Signal was up 7-0. Following a few running and passing plays that gave the impression that the STB offense was getting a feel for the field and 78th Signal’s everywhere-at-once defense, Jermaine McGee caught a quick pitch and ran it in to tie the score. Possession of the ball was back in 78th Signal’s hands, and the team took advantage of the remaining minutes of the first half by once again charging their way across the grass. On a third-down play, Popoff blazed through the
“The 78th Signal’s quick and intuitive offensive line executed precise passing plays and impressive rushing.”
defensive line and into the end zone just before his flag was ripped from around his waist. STB was trailing, but the deficit was easily recoverable and the team knew it. They remained fired up, and their determination showed in their second-half performance. Certainly improving STB’s odds for a comeback victory was the 78th Signal squad’s tendency to squabble among themselves when it seemed like they were not all on the same page strategy-wise. This proved to be only a minor detriment to the team, however. Had Grace caught the pass that was intended for him and scored, the game would have likely taken an entirely different direction. But as it stood, Dunn miraculously snatched it from the sky and gave possession of the ball back to 78th Signal once again. STB’s Stephen Palmer was the one who caught the aforementioned 36-yard touchdown pass, which led to his team gaining the lead, but it was short-lived. Rogers’ equally impressive TD reception for 78th Signal gave his team a five-point margin that remained until the clock wound down.
William Popoff, left, of the 78th Signal Battalion, evades defender Mikel Lanier Jr. of Special Troops Battalion during a flag football game Monday at Rambler Field. The 78th Signal Bn. won the game by a score of 20-15.
Photo by Dustin Perry
Passing the torch
Photo by Chip Steitz
Twenty Soldiers assigned to the 247th Military Police Detachment in Okinawa joined with 150 representatives from law enforcement agencies on the island in support of the annual Torch Run for Special Olympics. The event began 29 years ago in Wichita, Kan., to raise funds for and increase awareness of the Special Olympics.
SPORTS & FITNESS
October 28, 2010
All-Army runners take trophy at Ten-Miler
By Tim Hipps
FMWR Public Affairs
Your Weekly Dose
Free seasonal flu vaccine available for ages 6 months and up: DoD ID card required. Vaccines are limited until all shipments are received. For more information, contact the Immunization staff at 263-4838. Hours: Monday through Wednesday and Friday: 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday: 1 to 3 p.m. Patients must be signed in 15 minutes prior to closing time to receive their vaccination.
ARLINGTON, Va. – Runners from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program triumphantly took the team trophy from the Brazilian Army Sunday at this year’s Army Ten-Miler. The seven-member U.S. Army Japan team finished fifth in the Active Duty Mixed division, with runner Ronald Wills clocking a team-high time of 58:42. “We beat the Brazilians!” Spc. Robert Cheseret said moments after leading the elite U.S. squad of four men by finishing third with a time of 48 minutes, 20 seconds. “… Everybody worked hard to make sure we won it, and we did it.” Cheseret, 27, a native of Kenya who won NCAA championships at both 5,000 and 10,000 meters on the track for the University of Arizona, was the U.S. Army’s shining star on this day at the Pentagon. “It’s amazing,” he said of the atmosphere provided by supporters who lined the 10mile route along streets of Northern Virginia and around monuments of Washington. “You have people cheering at almost every point. This is the best road race I’ve ever run. I like it.” So does Ethiopian Alene Reta, 28, who ran away with the race for the second consecutive year with a winning time of 47:10. He won in 2009 with an event-record time of 46:59. “As defending champion, I wanted to come back again this year,” said Reta, who decided Tuesday he would run the Army Ten-Miler despite hamstring tightness Oct. 16 at the Baltimore Marathon. “When I go to race, I don’t think of winning or taking second, I always like to better my time.” Ethiopian Tesfaye Sendeku was second in 47:58. Cheseret passed four runners, including Browne, during the final mile to finish third. “The kick at the end is part of my
Access to care at BG Sams U.S. Army Health Clinic is available 24/7. The clinic is not open 24/7 but our triage line is available 24/7. When calling the clinic at 263-4127, our staff will notify a provider who will call you back. The provider will advise you if you can wait until the clinic opens, or if you need to seek medical care elsewhere.
The first of 30,000 runners begin the Army Ten-Miler, held Sunday in Arlington, Va.
Photo by Gary Sheftick
strength,” said Cheseret, whose goal is to run the 5,000 meters for Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. “I went out with the leader but his pace was too fast, so I dropped back and ran with Dan and a group of about five other guys. Dan really did a great job for us today.” Behind Browne, Ethiopian Fikadu Lemma finished fifth in 48:22, followed by Neal Cabating (48:33) of Washington and the first two members of the Brazilian Army team: Clodoaldo Silva (48:38) and Wilson Lima (48:38), both of Rio de Janeiro. WCAP-bound Pvt. Joseph Chirlee of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, was ninth in 49:11. Lucas Meyer of Ridgefield, Conn., rounded out the men’s top 10 in 49:25. On the women’s side, Aziza Abate, 25, of Albuquerque, N.M., posted a runaway victory in 55:54, followed by WCAP Capt. Kelly Calway (57:20) of Fort Carson, Colo., Michaela Courtney (58:14) of Arlington, Va., Gabriela Trana (58:31) of Alajuela, Costa Rica, and 42-year-old masters winner Peggy Yetman (58:51) of Leesburg, Va.
“My husband is in Afghanistan right now, so I wish he could be here, but I know he’s cheering for me,” said Calway, 27, who hopes to qualify Dec. 5 for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials at the California International Marathon. “I heard him during the race. I miss him a lot. He’s my number-one fan. And my number-two fan is right over there: my 3-year-old daughter, Hazel.” WCAP Capt. Emily Potter (58:56) of Fort Bragg, N.C., Ethiopian Muliye Gurmu (59:13), Emily Shertzer (59:28) of Hummelstown, Pa., Kim Siedsma (59:48) of Fairfax, Va., and Russian Elena Kaledina (1:00:07) completed the top 10. “I actually ran way faster than I thought I would,” said Potter, 31, who plans to run the Conseil International du Sport Militaire’s 43rd World Military Marathon Championships Oct. 31 in Athens, Greece, on the same course Brown ran at the 2004 Summer Olympics. “It’s the 2,005th anniversary of the original marathon, so this is a good tune-up for that.”
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. If you have a life-threatening medical emergency, 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, call the clinic at 2634127 and push option 1 for triage nurse or 24/7 medical advice. Our provider on call will advise you on what options are available.
SHA Loop Run
The sixth annual, two-mile SHA Loop Run is scheduled to be held 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Sagamihara Family Housing Area, starting behind the swimming pool. There will be no fee for this event, and no registration on the day of the race. The packet pick-up will be from 8 to 8:30 a.m. by the Narita bus stop. Commander’s Cup points will be awarded for this event. Awards will be presented to the top two men and women per age category (18 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and 60-plus years). Runners are encouraged to run in Halloween costumes. First- and second-place awards will presented to the best costumes. For more information, call 263-4664 or 263-7980.
Free Fitness Classes
A variety of free fitness classes are offered at Yano Fitness Center: Super Circuit Class: Monday and Wednesday, noon to 12:30 p.m. Friday, 5:30 to 6 p.m. Unit PT Training: Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. (Call fitness coordinator at 263-5656 four weeks in advance to reserve time slot and program request.) Pilates: Tuesday, beginning at 9 a.m. High Intensity and Core Training: Wednesday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. TBC Yoga: Friday, beginning at noon. Personal Training/Consultations: Limited days and times, by appointment only. For more information or to make an appointment, call 263-4664 or 263-5656.
Sports photos wanted
The Torii newspaper wants to publish your action sports photos for sports of 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 3 mb or more to tetsuo.nakahara4@ us.army.mil.
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. email@example.com. 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. mymilitaryclassifieds.com/xzclf/162_Camp_ Zama_ARMY_/. movement experience is desired. Qualified candidates may call Christopher at 243-6171 or send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. substitute teachers: Zama American High/ Middle School are currently accepting applications for substitute teachers. U.S. 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. Aoki@us.army.mil. ALL applicants shall register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) at www.ccr.gov. 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. Aoki@us.army.mil. ALL applicants shall register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) at www.ccr.gov. Bookkeeper/ internal accountant: The West Pacific Girl Scouts is looking for a bookkeeper to maintain all financial records, produce monthly financial statements, perform other functions necessary to the position. Must be familiar with accounting procedures and principles, MS Excel and other accounting software. Full time, competitive pay with great benefits for someone with SOFA status. Please apply with a resume to email@example.com or by calling Pam at 263-3597; resume may also be dropped off at the Girl Scout office in Bldng 533. Our house is It is about a minute out gate 4. If you are interested, please call Scott at 0908513-6274. volunteer at 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. home.ne.jp english teachers: Sagami Home English School is looking for Native English speakers to teach English in their homes on the weekends. Please contact Tammy DeYoung at: tad3571@ aol.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. instructor: Arts and Crafts Center seeks instructors to teach sewing, water color painting, 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. instructor: If you interested to teach Hula, Jazz, Piano, Drum classes please contact Community Activity Center at 263-8892 or 3939 JaPaNese visa assisTaNCe: I am in the process of preparing the paperwork to sponsor my new Filipino wife for a Japanese Tourist Visa. If you have been thru this process, please call Jeff at 090-9102-2117
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. 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. Rising Sun Lodge 151, F&AM. Stated Meeting 1st Thursday of every month at the Masonic Bldg, Sagami Depot. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: risingsunlodge151. com; or call Dave 080-3467-7881. 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. zama.army.mil/?linkid=fureai. 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 @ email@example.com shoe repair: A cobbler is available on Zama in building 378. They are open from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays.
Appropriated Fund (APF) and Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) job announcements and application instructions are available at http://cpol.army.mil. For questions regarding APF vacancies, please call 263-3608. NAF MWR job announcements and required forms are also available at http:// www.usarj.army.mil/information/zama/employ. htm. For questions regarding NAF vacancies, please call 263-5800. Non-appropriated fund Pacific Stars & Stripes job announcements are available online at http://cpol.army.mil. For more information, call the Job Information Center at 229-3163. Japanese national position vacancies are posted on the Internet at http://www.usagj.jp.pac. army.mil/ima/sites/jeso/rp_jjobs_list_j.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, Open Continuous Recreation assistant (lifeguard), RD, Flex, NF-02, $9.29, Close: Open until filled lead Child and Youth Program assistant (SHA) (CYS), RFT, CY-02, $13.14 - $17.09, Close: November 17, 2010, Open until filled food service Worker (Bowling), BD, Flex, NA-02, $8.77, Close: Oct. 22 Hotel desk Clerk, BD, RFT, NF-01, $7.50 $9.00, Close: November 4, 2010 Recreation assistant (Sagami Depot), RD, Flex, NF-02, $9.29, Close: November 4, 2010 animal Caretaker (Kennel), RD, Flex, NA-03, $9.48, Close: November 4, 2010 Business Manager (Food Service) (Golf course), BD, RFT, NF-03, Close: November 18, 2010
animal adoption: Dogs and cats are available for adoption at the Camp Zama Veterinary Clinic. For more information, call 263-3875.
4BR 2 Bath home: minutes from Camp Zama. Many additions and renovation work. Close to everything! 29.8 million yen. Call Bob at Yokobob@hotmail.com
Due to the recent contract with Allied Telesis, residential phone numbers with 263-, 267- and 268- prefixes have changed. If you are currently running a classified ad in the Torii that lists an out-of-date residential number as a point of contact and would like to change it to your new extension, send an e-mail to tetsuo.nakahara4@ us.army.mil with the updated phone number. The Torii staff will work to ensure these changes are reflected in future issues of the publication.
Baby sitter: Seeking a babysitter who is willing to watch my 1-year-old overnight at our house.
Other local positions
allied Telesis Customer service Representative @ Camp Zama: Requirements are: Must be 20 years old. Must have a High School Diploma. Must be a US Citizen or Resident Alien w/ Green Card for US. Must have knowledge of Basic Computer Systems and know how to use the MS Office Suite (Word, Excel & Access). Forward Resumes to shaun_bullman@alliedtelesis. com. Position to begin first week of August for training with the store Grand Opening on 16 August 2010. 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
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October 28, 2010
ZAHS Homecoming Parade, Friday Narita Junior String Orchestra
Zama American High School’s homecoming parade is scheduled to be held Friday beginning at 3 p.m. Date: Nov. 6, Time: Door opens 1 p.m., Starts 1:30 p.m. Place: Camp Zama Community Activity Center Free Satuday afternoon concert. Members from Zama American High School Band will perform with the orchestra.
Reminder: Portable Basketball Goals
International Friendship Orienteering
The Zama International Association is hosting its annual International Friendship Orienteering on Nov. 6 at Kodomono Kuni. Meeting time: 7:40 a.m. at the Camp Zama Community Club. Free transportation will be provided. For more information, call 263-3533.
The commander and command sergeant major of U.S. Army Garrison – Japan would like to remind all housing residents that portable basketball goals are to be erected for immediate use only, and are to be removed and stored immediately after use. Basketball goals are not permitted to be erected in parking lots or on streets. They should also not be set up in a manner where players will be running and shooting from the street. For identification purposes, all basketball goals are to be labeled with the sponsor’s name and dwelling unit number. Unlabeled basketball goals left in common areas may be confiscated and disposed of. Residents are also reminded to always be courteous of their neighbors and that quiet hours from 10:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. are to be observed. Parents are also reminded to appropriately supervise their children and that any damages to vehicles or other property will be their responsibility. Whether your question concerns immigration and naturalization, learning the English language, or how to take local transportation, the Army Community Service Relocation Program provides assistance, weekly classes and referrals. The support group is held on the third Wednesday of every month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the ACS Outreach Room. Call 263-HELP (4357) for pre-registration.
What’s Happening Outside the Gate?
Eagle 810, AFN Tokyo
Kawasaki Halloween in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa, Oct. 23-31
http://lacittadella.co.jp/halloween/english.html Oct. 30: Children’s Parade; Oct. 31: Halloween Parade, Halloween Costume Contest (Entry to be made at http:// lacittadella.co.jp/halloween/english.html by Oct. 10 or before all slots are filled.) Oct. 31: After-Party, “Dancing Pumpkins”; Halloween Film Festival
Foreign Born Spouse Support Group Sagamihara Asamizo Koen Park, Sagamihara City, Oct. 25-Nov. 12 Gigantic pictures made by thousands of flowers “Harumi Infiorata” 2010 @ Harumi Triton Square, Oct. 30-Nov. 3 Yosakoi Dance Performance Festival “Dream Yosakoi Matsuri” in Odaiba, Tokyo, Oct. 30-31 The Ginza International Jazz Festival in Ginza, Tokyo, Oct. 30-Nov. 3
For hall concerts, applications are to be made in advance http://www.ginza.jp/ginzajazz/index_e.html
Chrysanthemum Flower Competition @
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.
Red Cross Babysitter Instructor Course
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To study for the CLEP tests, visit www. petersons.com. To study for the DANTES exams, visit www.getcollegecredit.com.
The American Red Cross is seeking adult volunteers to become babysitter instructors. The purpose of the course is to train participants to teach youth ages 11 and above the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly provide care for children and infants. Dates: Nov. 17, Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Camp Zama Religious Education Center *Pre-registration and completion of prerequisite self-study course is required. Contact the Red Cross office at 2633166 for details.
Travel & CulTure
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See what’s cooking in Katsuura’s morning market
Torii Staff Report
s waves crash against the nearby shore under the bright morning sun, the merchants in the shops, stalls and businesses of the Kastuura Morning Market scurry about to get ready for the tide of customers who will soon flood the large market. With its friendly vibe, tremendous location and fantastic goods, the Katsuura Morning Market in Chiba Prefecture makes for a great daylong getaway. More than 100 shops squeeze into the narrow old street that leads to an old Shinto shrine. The market is located next to a fishing port where weathered fisherman bring in tons of freshly caught horse mackerel, wild yellow tail, bonito, rock lobsters, seaweed and more straight to the stalls of the market. Skilled artisans wield razor-sharp knives as they slice up the glistening fish right in front of their customers. The merchants often cut up fresh pieces of sashimi (raw fish) for their customers to sample. Other shop owners set up Japanese-style barbecue grills, or shichirin, and let the aroma of grilled meats, fish and vegetables waft throughout
the open market. You can also purchase homemade products like miso, mochi (rice cake) and many more from the older women who prepare the products daily. Many Japanese shoppers at the market look forward to buying these homemade comfort foods like their grandmothers used to make. The best time to show up at the Katsuura Morning Market is at about 10 a.m., when the sellers discount their goods just prior to closing up shop for the day. The market is open every day except Wednesdays from 6 to 11 a.m. Located about three hours away by car from Camp Zama, Katsuura is on the picturesque shoreline of Chiba. A daylong trip up the coast of Chiba will offer magnificent views of the prefecture’s surfing beaches, hot springs and other natural wonders. If you planning to travel to Katsuura by train, take the Odakyu Line to Shinjuku Station, then transfer to the JR Chuo Line. Take the Chuo Line to Tokyo Station and transfer to the JR Sotobu’s Wakashio Express line for Katsuura Station. The market is just a 10-minute walk from Kastuura Station.
Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara