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May 13, 2010

VOL. 38, NO. 19

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Off the wall

Photo by Alex Gonzalez

CAMP FUJI, Japan Cadet Pvt. Max Huzau, a member of Zama American High Schools Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Trojan Battalion, rappels down the side of a wall during a biannual field training exercise conducted by the unit from April 28 through May 2 at the Combined Arms Training Center near Gotemba.

Sec. Army visits Zama, pledges support for families


By Dustin Perry
Torii Editor

CAMP ZAMA Decreasing Soldiers deployment lengths, increasing their dwell time, ending stop-loss and continuing beneficial programs are some of the key tasks being worked on to improve the lives of Army families, said the secretary of the Army during his May 5 visit to Camp Zama. John McHugh spoke to the spouses of currently or previously deployed servicemembers and civilians during a luncheon at the Camp Zama Community Club, answering their questions and receiving vital feedback on various quality-of-life issues facing military families.

We want to make sure to every possible extent that we are indeed providing the things that family members need, McHugh told the group. In his initial Army Secretary remarks McHugh John McHugh spoke about a plan to end stop-loss, the involuntary extension of a servicemembers active-duty service in order to retain them beyond their end of term of service. The policy will allow military families to be together for longer stretches of time, will improve Soldiers

mental fitness, and will reduce stress levels, McHugh said. We were using stop-loss like a forcemanagement tool, said McHugh. Stoploss is a necessary part of fighting; you want to keep unit cohesion, you dont want to draw somebody out of the theater, leaving a vital position exposed, but we were using it just to fill the ranks and thats not what it should be for. A pledge made by McHugh and supported by Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. will involve several different components, all of which are meant to decrease the length of time servicemembers is deployed and increase their time spent at home with their families, the Army secretary said.

Were not going to deploy anybody for more than a year and a half, said McHugh. Our objective and we think were going to make it is that when someone comes back home from a downrange deployment, they will get at least two years back home. Were going to achieve that for 70 percent of the active force at the end of next year. Senior officials believe very strongly in the idea that the Army as a whole is a family, said McHugh, and it is this philosophy that spurred the secretarys pledge to do more than just focus on the Soldier[s]. When people are forward-deployed, the last thing we want them to be concerned about is if the Army is taking care of their See SECRETARY, Page 3

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By Jim Garamone coverage through their employer, with the taxpayer picking up most of the tab as the result, the secretary said. Both Gates and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld tried to implement modest increases in premiums and co-pays to help bring costs under control. Congress and veterans groups opposed these increases and they the proposals routinely die an ignominious death on Capitol Hill, Gates said. The secretary said he understands these political and fiscal realities, but says there has to be real reform in the way DoD does business. For the better part of two years I have focused on the Pentagons major weapons programs to make sure we are buying the right things in the right quantities, he said. Last year, the department made more than 30 tough choices in this area, cancelling or curtailing major weapons systems that were either performing poorly or excess to real world needs about $330 billion dollars worth as measured over the life of the terminated programs. We also began to overhaul the Pentagons processes for acquisitions and contracting. Reforming budgeting practices and contracting is a first step, and the department has begun this process, he said. The department is hiring more contracting professionals. Another category ripe for scrutiny should be overhead all the activity and bureaucracy that supports the military mission, Gates said. Overhead makes up roughly 40 percent of the defense budget. During the 1990s, the military saw deep cuts in overall force structure the Army by nearly 40 percent, Gates said. But the reduction in flag officers generals and admirals was about half that. The departments management layers civilian and military and numbers of senior executives outside the services grew during that same period. While private sector businesses have flattened and streamlined the middle and upper echelons, the Defense Department continues to maintain a top-heavy hierarchy that more reflects 20th Century headquarters superstructure than 21st Century realities. Two decades after the end of the Cold War led to steep cuts in U.S. forces in Europe, our military still has more than 40 generals, admirals or civilian equivalents based on the continent, Gates said. Yet we scold our allies over the bloat in NATO headquarters. This has bred a bureaucracy with its hands in everything, he said. A request for a military dog-handling team for Afghanistan, for example, must be processed and validated through five four-star headquarters before being approved. This during an era when more and more responsibility including decisions with strategic consequences is being exercised by young captains and colonels on the battlefield, Gates said. He gave an example of how difficult it is to make even modest adjustments in the Pentagon. The Department commissioned a study a few years ago to assess the flagofficer requirements of the services, he said. The study identified 37 positions out

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Zama Briefs
Track and Field Fun Day
Track and Field Fun Day, an event sponsored by Morale, Welfare and Recreation, is scheduled to begin noon Friday at the soccer field behind Yano Fitness Center. There will be 100-meter dash, shot put and high jump competitions; the registration times for the events are from noon to 1 p.m., 1 to 2 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m., respectively. Early registration can be done at the Yano issue counter, or on the field 30 minutes prior to the start of each event. The Asian Pacific Heritage Observance will begin at 3 p.m. Community activities will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. and include free hamburgers and hot dogs from 5 to 7 p.m., a DJ, bounce castles, and much more. An outdoor showing of the film Avatar will begin when the sun goes down. For more information, call 263-4664.

Gates calls for significant cuts in defense overhead


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Zama, SFHA Case Lot Sale

A combination Case Lot Sale and Block Party is scheduled to be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Camp Zama and Sagamihara Family Housing Area commissaries, respectively. Morale, Welfare and Recreation will be hosting various activities at each site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., including a bowling game and bounce castle in front of the AAFES Furniture Store at Camp Zama, and a holein-one contest and bounce castle at the SFHA Commissary.

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.

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. dodlive.mil/.

ABILENE, Kan. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates used the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the Victory in Europe to declare war on duplicative overhead, bloat and needless spending in the Defense Department. In a speech Saturday at the Eisenhower Library here, Gates called for a reduction in overhead for the department, and said he wants the department to take a hard, realistic look at what defense capabilities America really needs in the 21st century. In each instance we must ask: First, is this respectful of the American taxpayer at a time of economic and fiscal duress? he said. And second, is this activity or arrangement the best use of limited dollars, given the pressing needs to take care of our people, win the wars we are in, and invest in the capabilities necessary to deal with the most likely and lethal future threats? The secretary called for a two to three percent reduction in overhead costs in the fiscal 2012 budget request. The money saved can be dedicated to force structure the formations that fight our nations wars. Since the terror attacks of 9-11, the Defense base budget not including money for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has nearly doubled, Gates said. The gusher of money has ended, and given Americas difficult economic circumstances, military spending on things large and small can and should expect closer, harsher scrutiny, he said. The secretary is not advocating wholesale cuts. He said the nation is still at war and some for of growth must be maintained to fight the battles. Maintaining the brigades, regiments, wings and ships will require real growth in the defense budget ranging from two and three percent above inflation. In this years budget request, the Defense Department asked for, and I hope will receive, just under two percent roughly that level of growth, Gates said. But without change, this isnt realistic for the long run. Any change will have to overcome opposition inside the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. Gates pointed to the alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the C-17 airlifter programs as examples. The department does not want or need these programs, and they were not included in President Obamas defense budget request. Yet Congress may put both programs back in the budget at a potential cost of billions. I have strongly recommended a presidential veto if either program is included in next years defense budget legislation, Gates said. Regular military health care is another budget breaker. Defense Department health care costs have risen from $19 billion in 2000 to about $50 billion today. During that time, the premiums for TRICARE, the military health insurance program, have not risen. Many working age military retirees who are earning full-time salaries on top of their full military pensions are opting for TRICARE even though they could get health

of more than 1,300 active and reserve billets that could be reasonably converted to a lower rank. None were downgraded. Gates said he has a few questions: How many of these jobs, headquarters or secretariats are actually doing a needed mission and how many are supervising other headquarters and secretariats? How many of the general and flag officer positions or those in the civilian senior executive service could be converted to a lower grade? How many commands or organizations are conducting repetitive or overlapping functions whether in logistics, intelligence, policy, or anything else and could be combined or eliminated altogether? Finally, these changes have to be done with a realistic look at the threats. Before making claims of requirements not being met or alleged gaps in ships, tactical fighters, personnel or anything else we need to evaluate the criteria upon which requirements are based and the wider real world context, he said. For example, should we really be up in arms over a temporary projected shortfall of about 100 Navy and Marine strike fighters relative to the number of carrier wings, when Americas military possesses more than 3,200 tactical combat aircraft of all kinds? he asked. Does the number of warships we have and are building really put America at risk when the U.S. battle fleet is larger than the next 13 navies combined, 11 of which belong to allies and partners? Is it a dire threat that by 2020 the United States will have only 20 times more advanced stealth fighters than China? Gates said Eisenhower, with his fivestars and lifetime of experience in military affairs, asked these same questions and made these choices, and he was able to make them stick. Therefore, as the Defense Department begins the process of preparing nexts years Fiscal Year 2012 budget request, I am directing the military services, the Joint Staff, the major functional and regional commands, and the civilian side of the Pentagon to take a hard, unsparing look at how they operate in substance and style alike, he said. The goal is to cut our overhead costs and to transfer those savings to force structure and modernization within the programmed budget. The secretary wants money taken from the tail part of the defense dog to the tooth. He said he wants enough savings to provide the equivalent of the roughly two to three percent real growth. Simply taking a few percent off the top of everything on a one-time basis will not do, Gates said. These savings must stem from root-and-branch changes that can be sustained and added to over time. It is time to act, the secretary said. What is required going forward is not more study, nor do we need more legislation. It is not a great mystery what needs to change. What it takes is the political will and willingness, as Eisenhower possessed, to make hard choices choices that will displease powerful people both inside the Pentagon and out.

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INSIGHT
Because IT is so critical to how we do business and communicate, I have made IT one of the focus areas of the Services and Infrastructure Core Enterprise in my role as co-lead of the SICE board. SICE is a collaborative and cross-functional team of more than 15 commands, organizations and staff offices formed to develop solutions to Army-wide challenges. Presently, the SICE team is developing plans to modernize and standardize IT services on Army installations. The results will enhance delivery of IT in the deployment process, training and programs such as Comprehensive Soldier Fitness. Also, look for improved IT to lead to improvements on how we deliver on our promises of the Army Family Covenant and Army Community Covenant. The most important components of IT telecommunications, information assurance and data processing tie into every aspect of installation management. We use telecommunications to connect Soldiers to their families by video teleconference when they deploy. Tech-smart Soldiers and family members use it when they tweet to friends and family through their Twitter accounts. Information assurance measures and practices reduce risk and ensure that our communication and information remain

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IMCOM message
Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch
Commander, Installation Management Command

Supporting Army Soldiers, civilians, families with Information Technology


The Installation Management community is committed to leveraging the power of technology to expand our communication capabilities and enhance our ability to serve and support Solders, civilians and families. In todays world, IT is at the core of all we do at work, at home and at play. Smaller, more powerful, and less expensive IT products hit the market every day. Becoming savvy with state-of-the-art technology helps us work smarter, learn more efficiently, and play harder. Over the past six months, I have visited many garrisons, listening to many members SECRETARY, From page 1 loved ones back home, said McHugh. An important part of that is to make sure that we have robust programs programs attending to the needs of the men and women who stay behind, and of course their children, as well. When asked what he has learned since being sworn in as the 21st secretary of the Army in September 2009, McHugh said he is surprised every day by the incredible diversity and skill of our Army civilians and our military. McHugh spent 17 years in the House of Representatives as a member of the Armed Services Committee, 14 of which he served as chairman of the Army Caucus. I thought I knew pretty much what the Army was about and what the Army was doing, but it took me about two minutes in the Pentagon in my new position to realize thats not true, said McHugh. Im working hard to support some of the most amazing men and women on the face of the planet. Regarding the many programs currently in place to improve the quality of life for Army families, McHugh said the Army is in the process of assessing those programs and how well they work. We know what families need, said McHugh. We established a lot of programs and thats good but it really doesnt make a lot of difference if we have programs that people arent aware of, or that they dont understand and are concerned about accessing them. Really, Army families dont need a whole lot of things differently than what any American family needs, added McHugh. They want a chance to make sure their children are being educated in good schools, that their situation is safe, that they have clean and affordable housing. Its a broad range of things, and were doing our best to make sure were covering every inch of it. of the Army family to better understand how they prefer to receive information and communicate. Because more than 75 percent communicate and retrieve information through the Internet and other electronic means, I now communicate through my Facebook page and the IMCOM Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube sites. This implements the deputy secretary of defenses Feb. 25 memorandum that requires Department of Defense unclassified networks be configured for Internet-based capabilities like YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Google Apps.

secure from malicious attacks. IA enables Soldiers and civilians to communicate with government-issued Blackberries, knowing conversations are secure from unauthorized individuals. Most of us use data processing to manage our bits and bytes of information each day when we work on desktop computers, laptops, scanners and copiers. And cell phones may be the most powerful device of all since they incorporate all three of these IT components. Every day, the universe of IT products expands. Mobile handheld devices like the current generation of smart phones open up possibilities only dreamed of a few years ago. The convergence of cell phones, digital cameras, music players, GPS, video games, camcorders, electronic book readers and mobile web browsers rapidly change how we communicate and interact. As the IMCOM commander, I am dedicated to embracing these new, exciting technologies and adapting them to continue to be ahead of the curve in supporting mission readiness. Each generation of Soldiers brings a valuable, new perspective to the Army. It is up to us to stay in step with communication capabilities that are in sync with a quality of life commensurate with service.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh sits between U.S. Army Japan Deputy Commander Col. Robert Deyeso and Jeannine Wiercisnki, wife of the USARJ and I Corps (Forward) commander, at a luncheon held May 5 at the Camp Zama Community Club during which he spoke to spouses of deployed servicemembers and civilians.

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Community Calender
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Exam will cover school physical, sports clearance and immunizations for a year (This is a chargeable visit for civilians) Bring completed sports clearance forms Please call 263-4175 for an appointment

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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.

Red Cross Classes

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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 dspivey@asia.umuc.edu. To study for the CLEP tests, visit www. petersons.com. To study for the DANTES exams, visit www.getcollegecredit.com.

The American Red Cross will hold the following classes in the coming months: On May 22 at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, First Aid/CPR/AED, on June 19 at Camp Zama, First Aid/CPR/AED and on July 24, at NAF Atsugi, First Aid/CPR/AED. The classes are $40 and preregistration is required. To register, call 263-3166 or 264-6974.

hisano.yamazaki.jp@yokota.af.mil

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

OASC (FAST) Class May 17-28

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.

On-line Academic Skills Course, formerly called FAST 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 .

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 Japans 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

Onsen Water Splashing Festival or Yukake Matsuri @ Yugawara Town, Kanagawa Pref. May 22 Hibiya October Fest @ Hibiya Park, Tokyo, May 21-30
Big Antique Fair with 200 Shops @ Saitama Super Arena (Admission free), May 25-26

Well Child Clinic (4 years and older)


Location: Sams Army Health Clinic Dates: 21 May 2010 (0800-1045)

Online tutoring

SCHOOL NEWS
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, rsum 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-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 Tutor.com for the Military.

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

Zama American Middle School: 263-4040

may 14: Bigz and Lilz, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. may 18: International Museum Day Field Trip, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

may 14: National Chocolate Chips Day and Armed Forces Day may 18: Tacky Day / PAC Meeting 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.

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: zmspto@gmail.com

Zama American High School: 263-3181

ZaHS 2009-2010 yearbook: ZAHS has begun taking orders for its 2009-2010 yearbook. The book will be the largest ever produced in the schools history and the largest in the Pacific: 276 full-color pages, an embossed cover, and customized artwork on each page produced by the largest yearbook staff in the Department of Defense Education Activity. The cost is $85 per book (cash or check made payable to Zama American High School) and they are expected to sell out soon. Books are scheduled to be distributed the first week of June. For more information, call Richard Rodgers at 263-5300.

Child, Youth and School Services: 263-4500

John O. Arnn Elementary: 267-6602

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

Community

Seven become certified dental assistants


By tetsuo nakahara
Torii Staff

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Seven candidates became certified as dental assistants upon their May 5 graduation from a six-month course offered through the Camp Zama Red Cross. The program was run by the Red Cross in conjunction with the dental clinics at Camp Zama and Naval Air Facility Atsugi to better qualify the candidates for paid positions within military dental clinics. The program began last November with classroom lectures and textbook studying, and then the candidates went to the Camp Zama and Atsugi clinics to receive 200 hours of on-the-job training. I had been interested in becoming a dental assistant over 10 years ago and I was happy to find that they offered this program in Camp Zama, said Sandra Colon, a graduate of the program from Camp Zama. The program was excellent. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. I would like to continue the things I learned in the clinic and apply for jobs when I go back to states. I think its a great program because a lot of military spouses have to follow their sponsor to different places, and sometimes its difficult to make a career [for themselves], added Colon. But the program gave me the opportunity to apply as a dental assistant wherever I go. Most of the candidates did not have any background in the field of dental assistance when they started the program. The course also allowed the staff at the dental clinics including master labor contractors, civil-

ian and Soldiers the opportunity to act as teachers and show the students their roles as dental facilitators, said Libby Williams, an orthodontist assistant at U.S. Army Dental Activity-Japan. They were very helpful and very eager to learn, said Williams. They became a part of this clinic, and we treated them like a family. It allowed them to see what its like working as a dental assistant. On a scale of one to 10 they started at one, during which they had only books and lectures, and they became eights after the program. This is the program that can make their future. Im very proud of them. It took a strong commitment and a lot of effort to complete the 200 hours of onsite training while simultaneously working as a housewife and mother for her family, said Colon. My husband and my children supported me 100 percent and I really appreciate that, said Colon. Theyre very proud of me for finishing the program. When my kids came to the clinic for their appointments, they saw me working and it amazed them. It was definitely a good opportunity for me to show them that its never too late to learn new skills and finish your education. I really want to thank [DENTAC-J Commander] Colonel [David] Mott, who opened this program for us, and also all of the staff at the Camp Zama Dental Clinic, added Colon. At their graduation ceremony on May 5, Jeannine Wiercinski, wife of Maj. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander of U.S. Army Japan and I Corps (Forward), invited

From left, Gabbrielle Thomas and Rie Romero cut a cake at the house of Jeannine Wiercinski, wife of Maj. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander of U.S. Army Japan and I Corps (Forward), during the May 5 graduation ceremony for the seven candidates who completed the 2009-2010 Dental Assistant Apprenticeship Program.

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the seven graduates to her house, where members from both dental clinics, including Mott, congratulated them. The program also allowed the three organizations Camp Zama, Atsugi and the Red Cross to work closely, interact and run the program as one team, said Jeannine. Certificates from the American Red Cross were presented to each graduate by Kathy Rauch, the dental chairman at the

American Red Cross Camp Zama during the ceremony. The graduates of the Dental Assistant Apprenticeship were, from Camp Zama, Sandra Colon, Christina Jenkins, Yuko Nakasone and Rie Romero. And from Atsugi, Atsuko Conner, Vanessa Molinaro and Gabbrielle Thomas. The candidates were chosen from a pool of applicants and received the course at no cost.

Center stage
The Arnn Elementary School Chorus, led by Jean Sullivan, right, performs a song during Camp Zamas inaugural Month of the Military Child Spring Ball, held April 30 at the Camp Zama Community Club. The event also included a performance by the dance group BeJewel and essay readings from children in the community. (Photo by Dustin Perry)

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. nakahara4@us.army.mil. 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_/. 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. instructor/facilitator: Camp Zama Education Center is looking for a Instructor/Facilitator to conduct daytime Online Academic Skills Course formerly called FAST. Bachelors Degree and Teaching License/Certificate preferred.Will be paid for 240 classroom hours per year. Call 263-5055 for more information. instructor/facilitator: Torii Station Education Center is looking for a Instructor/Facilitator to conduct daytime Online Academic Skills Course formerly called FAST. Bachelors Degree and Teaching License/Certificate preferred.Will be paid for classroom hours taught per year.Call 263-5055 for more information. 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. (2) 95 subaru legacy 250T: Sedan, V6 AWD w/ traction control, extremely low mileage, stereo with CD/Tape/AM/FM, auto climate control w/outside air temp, PW/PL, A/C & heat work perfectly, keyless entry, and more. Available on/ after 4 Jun 10. Asking $2,000 OBO. Call Jim at 267-6363 or email: Jim2Jodi@aol.com 94 Toyota soarer: 104k kilometers, JCI until late 2011, clean, well maintained, fun to drive (V8)!!! $2000/OBO. Call/email Andrew at 08033368305 or andrewmooreusma@gmail.com (2) 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 (3)

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sports photos: The Torii Newspaper wants to publish your action sports photos for sports of all ages, all seasons. To showcase your team or your childs team, e-mail your digital action sports photos less than two weeks old (with captions) in .jpg format of 3mb or more to tetsuo. nakahara4@us.army.mil.

Others
ZaCsas east Meets West shop: located behind the dry cleaners on Camp Zama, carries vintage Japanese items and collectibles. Store hours are every Tuesday and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Profits from the shop go back to the community in scholarships and welfare grants. For additional information please call 263-5533. Stop on by and check it out. The Women, infant, and Children, (WIC) overseas program at Camp Zama offers valuable nutritional information and food subsidizes. For more information, call 263-8960. JaPaNese sPoUse ClUB: Would you like to socialize with other Japanese spouses, learn more about being a military spouse, share your experiences and support with others? If so, please call Meg at 263-8327 or e-mail jsczama@gmail. com for more information. fUReai, Japanese Personnel Newsletter is issued and distributed electronically. This newsletter is for MLC/MC/IHA personnel and US personnel who have Japanese subordinate employees. It is available at https://intranet. zama.army.mil/?linkid=fureai. Table Top Miniatures: Do you play Warhammer 40K or Fantasy? Other miniature games? Well contact me and lets roll some dice! Please email James @ ngolmo@gmail.com Rising Sun Lodge 151, F&AM. Stated Meeting 1st Thursday of every month at the Masonic Bldg, Sagami Depot. For more information contact: rsl151@gmail.com; website: risingsunlodge151. com; or call Dave 080-3467-7881.

Jobs
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 in the Microsoft Exchange public e-mail folders and on the Internet at www.usarj.army.mil/ 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

Wanted
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 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 superkids-csc1190@nifty.com. 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.

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 (3) 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 (2) 98 Toyota Prado TX 4Wd, Excellent condition, White, Powereverything,CD/Stereo, seats 8, 75K. JCI until May 2011. $7,500 or best offer. Call 090-3450-8792, email cgcaptgood@yahoo. com (2)

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

Movie sCHedUle
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267-6111

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 yeagleycj@yahoo.com. 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.

aTsUGi Cinema 77
264-3789

https://www.atsugi.navy.mil/ATSUGI/Mwr/index.html
friday 12:01 a.m..............Iron Man 2 (Midnight Premiere) (PG-13) 125 minutes 8:30 p.m...........................Iron Man 2 (PG-13) 125 minutes saturday 6 p.m............11th Annual Kanto Plains Youth Talent Show (Free Admission All Hands, All Ages) sunday 2:30 p.m...........................Iron Man 2 (PG-13) 125 minutes 5:30 p.m...............The Bounty Hunter (PG-13) 106 minutes 8 p.m...............................Iron Man 2 (PG-13) 125 minutes

friday 6:30 p.m.......................Remember Me (PG-13) 113 9 p.m................A Nightmare on Elm Street (R) 96 saturday 6:30 p.m............A Nightmare on Elm Street (R) 96 9 p.m...................Shes Out of My League (R) 105 sunday 3:30 p.m.............Our Family Wedding (PG-13) 103 6:30 p.m.......................Remember Me (PG-13) 113

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sPoRTs & fiTNess


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May 13, 2010

Torii Station teams compete in 36th Naha Dragon Boat Races


By lauren Hall
Torii Station Public Affairs

Your Weekly Dose


May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Asthma is a disease of the lungs in which the airways become blocked or narrowed, causing breathing difficulty. It is unfortunately quite common and can be exacerbated by physical and some environmental factors that can be found in this part of the world. If uncontrolled, allergies can lead to asthma attacks. If you have asthma or allergies, ensure that you collaborate closely with your physician. Some causes of asthma include allergens, irritants in the air, respiratory infections, exercise, weather, expression of strong emotions, and certain medications. Treatment of asthma includes long-term controllers or steroidal medications, and quick-relief medications. To help prevent asthma, know your triggers and limit exposure, take medications as prescribed, monitor your asthma and recognize early signs of worsening, and know what to do when it worsens. More information can be found at http://www. aafa.org/display.cfm?id=8&cont=9.

OKINAWA, Japan Dragon boat racing, a Chinese tradition dating back more than 2,000 years, continues to be one of the most popular events in Okinawa year after year, taking place annually in Naha during the Japanese Golden Week. Seventy five thousand spectators gathered at Nahas Aja Port on May 5 to cheer on their favorite teams during the international event consisting of teams from Okinawa, the U.S., Korea, India and Taiwan. There were nine U.S. teams in this years race - a mens and womens team from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, as well as a team from the Gunners Gym on Camp Foster, said race coordinator Tom Kochi, a Recreation Specialist at Torii Gym. The Army on Okinawa was represented well by the Torii Ladies and the Torii Knights. Before the race, the womens team prepared for battle. Dont look at the other teams. Do not drop your paddle. Do not stop keep going. Dont worry, we will not hit the wall, said coach Tonja Wadsworth. Im a little bit nervous - my hands are shaking. Everything weve worked for over the past three months is coming down to right now, she said. Fifty one teams participated in the event, each one consisting of approximately 32 rowers, a gong-striker who keeps their team in synch, a rudder person, a flagger and a coach. In each race, or heat as they are sometimes called, three teams at a time compete against each other by paddling 325 meters in one direction before turning their boat around to paddle 325 meters back to cross the finish line where their time is recorded by a tournament official. The Torii Ladies, who competed against

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The U.S. Army Garrison Japans Torii Ladies team ferociously paddles across the water during a race against a U.S. Navy womens team during the 36th Annual Naha Dragon Boat Race on Okinawa May 5. Approximately 75,000 spectators gathered along the waters of Nahas Aja Port to watch the race.

Photo by Lauren Hall

Clinic is avaialble 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 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 Navy womens team, Niraikanai, and the Marine womens team, Devil Dogs, gave it their all and finished with an impressive total time of six minutes, 31 seconds. However, that wasnt enough to beat the Navy womens team who finished in six minutes and two seconds. Coming in behind the Torii Ladies, the Devil Dogs finished in six minutes 52 seconds. It was awesome coming together as a team. You build lifelong friendships and memories, said Torii Ladies flagger Missy Barber, Torii Gyms Assistant Gym Manager. The Torii Knights, who competed against the Ueynma Junior High School Board team and the Kaiyoikema Minzoku team from Miyako Island, consisted of 32 men and two women. The women on our team are more than

helpful and were happy to give them a spot on our team, said Knights coach First Lt. Francis DAllura of 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment. The co-ed teamwork paid off, with the Knights taking first place in their heat with a time of five minutes, 53 seconds, leading the school boards time of six minutes, 18 seconds and the Miyako Island teams time of 6 minutes 35 seconds. This was a great experience to get out and meet other Soldiers and get involved in the community. Ill definitely be on the team next year, said Torii Knights rower Capt. William Grady, Torii Station Staff Judge Advocate. Traditionally, dragon boat racing symbolizes the start of fishing season and begins with prayers for the safety of the fishermen and a successful fishing season.

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.

Big Kahuna Bench Press Competition


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

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

Travel & CulTure


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BatTodo: Spirit of SAmurai


By Tetsuo Nakahara
Torii Staff

The use of swords in Japanese martial arts started almost 1,000 years ago when they were the weapon of choice among samurai preparing for battle. Martial arts sword techniques were practiced among samurai, which, in addition to allowing them to battle with an opponent for extended period of time, also became a way of life. After a long period allowing regular usage of swords, in 1876 the Sword Abolishment Edict (or Haitrei) was issued, which banned samurai from wearing the weapon in public. The sword was no longer the trademark of the samurai. Fewer and fewer people practiced swordsmanship until finally, the art became obsolete and many traditions disappeared completely. This began a period of time when swordsmanship was no longer exclusive to the samurai class, and any citizen could learn how to use it. After Japan was defeated in World War II, the concept of budo (Japanese martial arts) changed drastically and was, generally speaking, no longer a combat-effective art, but that which was evolving into a more spiritual, nonaggressive art. In the 1870s, the Japanese army established the Rikugun Toyama Gakko (a military school located in Toyama, Tokyo) where martial arts were taught, including the study of using the army sword. Later, in 1920s, the techniques were refined to create the Toyama Ryu sword technique. Taizaburo Nakamura had been the main instructor of sword attack at the school. After the war ended, he dedicated his life to spreading the importance of the sword techniques known as Nakamura Ryu Battodo until he died in 2003. The Nakamura style embodies eight specific cuts and eight defensive kamae, or stances, incorporating the basic principle of bringing the sword to an immediate, controlled halt after a cut (tome), while swiftly moving the blade in a folding technique to prepare for the next opponent or cut. Nakamura Ryu Battodo is also known as battlefield style and makes use of full, outreached cuts allowing for the most effective use of the blades length, whereas some other styles cut close to the body for use in confined spaces, such as indoors. Today, many of Nakamuras students have taken over his quest to spread the art of Nakamura Ryu. At the 2010 Cherry Blossom Festival in Camp Zama last April, more than 10 members from Kakusei Kai, Nakamura Ryu Battodo, based in Yokohama, were invited to the installation to perform a cutting demonstration. The members demonstrated cutting a bundle of straw with a katana sword, giving the crowds at Camp Zama a glimpse of their precise skills. You cant cut the bundle with just power, said Yoshitaka Nomura, vice president of Kakusei Kai. You have to have ki energy when you cut the bundle, as well as proficient technique. Battodo is not a sport, its a spiritual art. We use real swords, and [handling them] is a life-or-death issue. This is something we should carry over to the next generation as one of our traditions.

Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara

(Top): A member from Kakusei Kai, Nakamura Ryu Battodo, based in Yokohama, demonstrates bundle cutting at Camp Zamas 2010 Camp Zama Cherry Blossom Festival on April 3. (Above): Yoshitaka Nomura, vice president of Kakusei Kai, Yokohama, demonstrates various sword techniques to the crowd at Camp Zama.