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Tips given for escorting guests to Camp Zama, SFHA for a ride or treatment








This year will mark the first time since 2019 that eligible personnel will be able to bring guests onto the facilities here for a ride or treatment, making this an ideal time to review the escort policy.
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CAMP ZAMA, Japan — This year will mark the first time since 2019 that eligible personnel will be able to bring guests onto the facilities here for a ride or treatment, making this the perfect time to review the escort policy.

The Registration and Passes section here explained the facility’s policy for escorting guests to Camp Zama and the Sagamihara family housing area ahead of the Halloween festivities, which will be held October 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Although Halloween is not a “post open” event like Camp Zama’s annual Cherry Blossom and Bon Odori festivals in the spring and summer, respectively, those with valid escort privileges are permitted to bring guests onto the base for a trick or treat, which usually attracts hundreds of costumed Japanese children and their families.

During the designated tour or treatment period, all residents and guests should provide supervision of their children and those they are accompanying, and that children are kept highly visible during nighttime hours to avoid any incidents. Those driving on both facilities during treat times should take extra precautions to drive carefully and pay attention to their surroundings, both on the road and on the sidewalks.

Those who fall under the Status of Forces Agreement—Department of the Army civilians, dependents with valid DOD IDs, retirees with valid retiree IDs—as well as the current Japanese main labor, civilian employees of the Indirect Hire Agreement, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members may escort up to seven adult guests (18 years or older) each and one vehicle to Camp Zama or at the SFHA.

Each of the seven adult guests can additionally have up to three children under the age of 18 with them, which means that each person with valid escort privileges can escort up to 28 staff members (seven adult guests and 21 children), plus up to three additional children under the age of 17 themselves. Children 17 and under will not need a pass, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Each adult guest entering either facility must bring valid identification with them. These include a Japanese driver’s license, passport, Japan Self-Defense Force ID card, or any government-issued ID that includes the person’s photo.

JGSDF personnel must be registered in DBIDS in order to sponsor personnel and will be limited to Camp Zama.

All vehicles with Y or A plates and vehicles with a valid base driving pass will be permitted. Unregistered vehicles must be searched.

Sponsors must request passes in advance for all guests 18 and older. Passes will not be issued on the same day due to security concerns and possible traffic congestion. The deadline to submit a pass request is October 26.

Staff can request the forms and also submit them by email to [email protected] Requests must specify from which transit office (Camp Zama Bldg. 235 or SFHA Bldg. 101) they will be picked up.

Pass pick-up will begin at noon on October 28 during regular service hours and will continue until 6 p.m. on October 31. Staff can call the Pass Office at 263-4670 for more information or if they have any questions.

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