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LOCATION - The Camp Zama community is comprised of three main housing areas on mainland Japan:  Camp Zama, Sagamihara and Sagami Depot.  All three are located in Kanagawa Prefecture, about 25 miles southwest of Tokyo.  There are also several satellite locations located in Yokohama, Kure, Tokyo and other areas.  The military community comprises a very small percentage of the prefecture population.  Japan, in general, is a high cost of living area, but one can save on purchases by shopping on base at the post exchange and commissary.  The weather is similar to what you'd find on the East coast, around North Carolina.  In less than two hours by train, one can be shopping in downtown Tokyo, picking up seashells at the beach in Enoshima or soaking in a hot springs in Hakone.

HISTORY - The presence of the U.S.Army in Japan can be traced to the formation in 1941 of Army Force Far East (AFFE) under the command of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur.  AFFE and its successor fought in many of the major campaigns in the Southwest Pacific, receiving two Distinguished Unit Citations and Two Philippine Presidential Unit Citations.  In 1945, the command, which had been re-designated U.S. Armed Forces, Far East (USAFFE), participated in the occupation of Japan.  With the outbreak of hostilities in Korea in June 1950, USAFFE became engaged in the logistical support of the U.S. Forces in Korea.  In October 1953, USAFFE moved its headquarters to Camp Zama, Japan.  In 1957, the U.S. Army Forces in the Pacific were completely reorganized.  Many units including Armed Forces Far East/Eighth Army (REAR), as the command was then called, reorganized, renamed or inactivated. The reorganization created, on l July 1957, a new command, U.S. Army Japan (USARJ).  USARJ was established as a major subordinate command in the newly formed U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC).

MISSION - The United States Army Japan (USARJ) is the Army Component Command of United States Forces, Japan (USFJ).  Stationed at Camp Zama, USARJ is a key element in upholding the 1960 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan, the most important U.S. bilateral relationship in the region and the key to maintaining western Pacific regional stability.  The 9th Theater Support Command (TSC), based out of Fort Belvoir, VA, is a multi-component unit with an active-duty element based on Camp Zama.  United States Army Garrison Japan (USAG-J) executes Garrison operations to provide installation management, programs and services; enhance well-being of Soldiers, civilians and family members in support of mission readiness and execution.  Several tenant units are also based at Camp Zama.

POPULATION SERVED - Mainland Japan has roughly 4,000 Soldiers, civilians, contractors and family members assigned to different areas, with slightly higher numbers of civilians and contractors than military.  Japanese Nationals comprise over half of the work force.

SPONSORSHIP - Incoming Soldiers and civilians should request a sponsor by submitting a completed DA Form 5434, Sponsorship Program Counseling and Information Sheet.  A sponsor will be assigned within 10 working days upon receipt of the DA Form 5434.  Most newcomers will arrive at Narita Airport in Tokyo or at Yokota Air Force Base.  Usually, the sponsor or another representative of the unit will meet the newcomers at the airport, escort them to the base, arrange for lodging, and assist them through the in-processing stage.  A PO box can be assigned once PCS orders are received, so that newcomers can start forwarding their mail.

TEMPORARY QUARTERS - The sponsor will make lodging reservations on behalf of the newcomers ahead of time.  Currently, there is a short waiting period for quarters, so newcomers will transition straight from lodging into quarters.

RELOCATION ASSISTANCE - Army Community Service (ACS) offers a week-long series of briefings and classes under the Command Right Start Program (CRSP).  Head Start is offered through the Education Center and gives a brief overview on the Japanese language, customs and traditions.  Information and referral at ACS includes driving and train maps to other bases as well as points of interest.  ACS has a Lending Closet which offers various items for check-out until household goods arrive.  ACS will also print SITES booklets and distribute welcome packets upon request.  Weekly English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and Japanese classes are offered at no charge.  For more information, please call ACS at commercial: 011-81-311-763-
HELP(4357)or DSN: 315-263-HELP(4357).

CRITICAL INSTALLATION INFORMATION - Be aware that the voltage difference will affect your clocks and some appliances (clocks will not keep time, appliances tend to work a little slower, but will work).  Linens are not available for check-out, so it is best to pack some or ship some in your unaccompanied or hold baggage.  Choose wisely the furniture you bring over, as Housing will outfit the quarters with all of the basic furniture you will need.  Check with transportation to determine the feasibility of shipping a POV.  Be sure to follow the requirements for transporting pets into Japan.

Must Know Items

ACS Director U.S. Army Garrison, Japan
Unit 45006, Attn: IMPA-JA-MWA
APO , AP  96338-5006
Phone: 011-81-311-763-HELP (4357)
Fax: 011-81-311-763-5407
DSN: 315-263-HELP (4357)
DSN Fax: 315-263-5407
Email: ACS@zama.army.mil
URL: http://www.mwrjapan.jp.pac.army.mil/information/mwr/acs/index.htm

Army Community Service U.S. Army Garrison, Japan
Unit 45006, Attn: IMPA-JA-MWA
APO, AP  96343-5006
Phone: 011-81-3117-63-8327
Fax: 011-81-3117-63-5407
DSN: 315-263-8327
DSN Fax: 315-263-5407
ACS assists commanders in maintaining readiness of individuals, families, and communities by developing, coordinating, and delivering services which promote self-reliance, resiliency, and stability during war and peace. The ACS center on this installation provides a wide range of services designed to assist your unit in maintaining a high state of readiness. Our goal is to ensure that your Soldiers and their families are ready for deployment at any time.
Installation Website
URL: http://www.usarj.army.mil/
Package Delivery Address Army Community Service
US Army Garrison, Japan
Unit 45006, Attn: IMPA-JA-MWA
APO, AP  96343-5006
Phone: 011-81-3117-63-8327
Fax: 011-81-3117-63-5407
DSN: 315-263-8327
DSN Fax: 315-263-5407

Relocation Readiness Program Manager Army Community Service
U.S. Army Garrison, Japan
Unit 45006, Attn: IMPA-JA-MWA, Relocation
APO AP, AP  96343-5006
Phone: 315-263-2382
Phone: 011-81-3117-63-2382
Fax: 011-81-3117-63-5407
DSN: 315-263-2382
DSN Fax: 315-263-5407
URL: http://www.mwrjapan.jp.pac.army.mil/
The Relocation Readiness program provides services necessary to support Department of Army personnel and their families as they relocate.
Street Address Army Community Service
Beigun Jutaku 402
Zama-shi, Kanagawa Ken, 228-8920
Phone: 011-81-311-763-HELP (4357)
Fax: 011-81-311-763-5407
DSN: 315-263-HELP (4357)
DSN Fax: 315-263-5407
URL: http://www.mwrjapan.jp.pac.army.mil/information/mwr/acs/index.htm
This is the Japanese address for Army Community Service.

Base Operator
DSN: 263-8089 or 263-1110

Major Units
United States Army Garrison Japan (USAG-J)
500th MI Brigade
17th Area Support Group

DSN 263-3830
DSN fax 263-3598

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