Editor’s note: This post was updated in January 2021.
One of the most challenging aspects of military spouse life is preparing for an upcoming PCS or if you get the chance, potentially picking a new duty station. There is a lot of information out there, and it can be almost overwhelming.
We here at Army Wife Network want to take the some of the guesswork out of the need-to-knows about duty stations around the globe. Hence, our Post With the Most series. In this particular blog, we will be showcasing information related to Camp Zama, Japan.
Originally created by the Japanese as an Imperial Army Academy in the 1930’s, it came under American control when a battalion of the 1st Cavalry Division of the U.S. Army arrived on Sept. 5, 1945. It eventually became known as Camp Zama. It saw increased activity during the Vietnam War, as soldiers were sent there for additional medical care of R&R and it was used as a main supply center for the war effort. Changes were made as Japan regained more control of various towns. U.S. Army Garrison Japan was activated at Camp Zama on Oct. 15, 2002.
Camp Zama is home to the following units:
- U.S. Army Japan (USARJ)
- I Corps (FWD)
- U.S. Army Aviation Battalion–Japan
- 35th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
- 623rd Movement Control Team
- 78th Signal Battalion
- Ammunition Depot, 10th Support Group
- 311th Military Intelligence Battalion
- 9th Theater Army Area Command
- USARJ Band
- 88th and 901st Military Police Detachment
- 38th Air Defense Artillery Regiment
- 10th Support Group
- Edina (6 kilometers)
- Yamato (7 kilometers)
- Atsugi (8 kilometers)
- Machida (8 kilometers)
Closest MAJOR City: Tokyo (49 kilometers)
Names of Area Colleges: University of Maryland University College–Asia Division offered through the Army Education Center
Weather: The weather is typical of the east coast of the U.S. There are four seasons, with August having highs of upper 80s, and January and February having highs of mid-30s. Rain tends to be more prevalent during summer months. Camp Zama does experience a lot of fog throughout the year, specifically during the summer months.
Time Zone: Japan Standard Time (JST), which is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Time.
SPECIFIC POST INFORMATION
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On-post housing is managed by Camp Zama Military Housing.
Like many overseas locations, service members and their families who are moving to an OCONUS duty station will begin their housing search at the installation housing office. Specific paperwork is often required for seeking off-post housing options.
- Elementary: John O. Arnn Elementary School (PreK-6)
- Middle and High School: Zama American Middle High School (7-12)
- Child and Youth Services (also known as Parent Central Services)
- Army Community Service
- Camp Zama Library
- BG Crawford F. Sams U.S. Army Health Clinic
- Zama Community Spouses’ Association
- Chaplain & Religious Services/Organizations
Best place for beauty services:
- Zama Yatoyama Park
- Nissan Heritage Collection Museum
- Tsubaki Grand Shrine
- Shokoku-ji Temple
- See the Sagami River Cherry Blossoms
SOCIAL MEDIA CONNECTIONS
Army Wife Network does not promote or endorse these groups; however, we know they can be helpful in learning about various duty stations, so they are provided for your convenience.
Installation Facebook page: United States Army Garrison Japan
Military Spouse Groups: Zama Community Spouses’ Organization
Buy/Sell/Trade Pages: Camp Zama Classifieds