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About Us

Mission & Vision


Optimize readiness through safe, patient-centered quality care to all of our beneficiaries.


Provide the best quality care to our Soldiers, their families and local community.

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  • Access to Care is 24/7. Our clinic is not open 24/7, but our triage line is available. When you call DSN 263-4127 (Within Japan: 046-407-4127), 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 at either Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Yokota Air Base Hospital, or at a Japanese clinic or hospital.
  • "911" is the emergency number which activates the military police, ambulance, EMTs (emergency medical teams), and translators. Of course, if you have a life threatening medical emergency such as chest pain, difficulty breathing or trauma, call "911" on post or "119" off post. If you are feeling sick, or have an injury that does not meet the criteria for losing life, limb or eyesight, please call the clinic first at DSN 263-4127 (Within Japan: 046-407-4127) and push option 1 for a triage nurse or 24/7 medical advice. Our on call provider will advise you what options are available, or if you need to seek medical care at either Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Yokota Air Base hospital, or a Japanese clinic or hospital, in which case we would arrange for a translator to assist you.
  • Japanese clinics and hospitals do not operate in the same manner that they do in the U.S. Local hospitals do not have to see you when come to their emergency room. That is why we want you to call us first. If our provider thinks that this is a medical emergency, that provider will engage our EMS (emergency medical service) staff including a translator. Please carry an emergency wallet card which has information on who to call for medical assistance. These cards are available at the clinic and are handed out at various community events.
  • What to do if you think you have a recalled product in your home:
    • Do not use the product until you have checked the full list of recalled OTCs.
    • If you are still unsure, please call the MEDDAC-Japan Pharmacy at DSN 263-4475 (Within Japan: 046-407-4475) or after hours at DSN 263-4127 (Within Japan: 046-407-4127) and follow their advice.
    • Return the product to the point of purchase (Exchange or Commissary).
    • Consumers who have medical concerns or questions should contact MEDDAC-Japan.



Our ancestral unit (the 8169th U.S. Army Hospital) was activated at Camp Beale, California, on December 20, 1942. In January 1944, the 8169th sailed for New Guinea, saw action in the Philippines, and was part of the invasion fleet targeted for the Japanese mainland which fortunately was never needed.

On September 26, 1945, the unit (now the 128th Station Hospital) accepted the surrender of the Japanese Military Hospital at Sagami-Ono and became the first U.S. Army Hospital established in Japan. The 128th admitted its first American patient on October 13, 1945.

The hospital served with distinction during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. In 1966, it was enlarged to 500 beds and designated as U.S. Army Hospital, Honshu. In that capacity, it served as the U.S. Army Burn Center of the Far East. The hospital received a Meritorious Unit Commendation for its service during the Vietnam era.

In November 1979, the hospital facility closed and relocated to become an ambulatory care clinic on nearby Camp Zama. In 1983, the unit was redesignated as U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Japan (MEDDAC-J) and began serving as the sole Army medical treatment facility in all of Japan, responsible for supporting the U.S. Army Japan and U.S. Army Garrison Japan.

In March 1999, MEDDAC-J received its first full three-year accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

MEDDAC-J operates as a freestanding ambulatory care facility and is part of the Pacific Regional Medical Command with headquarters at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, proudly serving and supporting the USARJ community.

On April 14, 2006, the MEDDAC-J primary care clinic was formally renamed the Brigadier General Crawford F. Sams U.S. Army Health Clinic. General Sams worked closely with the post-World War II Government of Japan that resulted in unprecedented and unsurpassed reforms in public health history.

On March 11, 2011, the Tohoku earthquake struck Japan with a 9.0 magnitude intensity, one of highest magnitude earthquakes ever to strike the country. The earthquake triggered a massive tsunami which destroyed many of the coastal towns in Northern Japan with waves that reached as high as 124 feet and traveled nearly 6 miles inland. In response to this natural disaster, MEDDAC-J personnel engaged in Operation Tomodachi as part of the relief and humanitarian aid efforts in the Sendai area. During this time, the MEDDAC-J team played a critical role in the successful accomplishment of three major disaster relief operations conducted in response to the disaster. These included voluntary evacuation of non-mission essential personnel to locations outside Japan, advanced issuing of potassium iodide tablets for protective measures for all USARJ/USAG-J personnel and Japanese nationals should the damage to the nuclear reactor in Fukushima worsen, and the deployment of medical assets with the USARJ Disaster Assessment Team to Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Camp Sendai for disaster assessment and humanitarian assistance. MEDDAC-J was recognized for its contribution by receiving the Army Superior Unit Award (ASUA) from the Department of the Army on November 28, 2011, for its selfless contributions during Operation Tomodachi.


Office DSN Within Japan From the U.S.
Clinical Support Division 315-263-5916 046-407-5916 011-81-46-407-5916
Detachment Headquarters 315-263-5847 046-407-5847 011-81-46-407-5847
Exceptional Family Member Program 315-263-8643 046-407-8643 011-81-46-407-8643
Family Medicine 315-263-4127 046-407-4127 011-81-46-407-4127
Information Management Division Helpdesk 24/7 312-421-3300   800-872-6482
Logistics Division 315-263-3698 046-407-3698 011-81-46-407-3698
Medical Transportation Services 315-263-5630 046-407-5630 011-81-46-407-5630
Nurse Case Management 315-263-8643 046-407-8643 011-81-46-407-8643
Organization Staff Education 315-263-4249 046-407-4249 011-81-46-407-4249
Patient Records Division 315-263-3455 046-407-3455 011-81-46-407-3455
Plans, Training and Operations 315-263-5424 046-407-5424 011-81-46-407-5424
Quality Management Office 315-263-5201 046-407-5201 011-81-46-407-5201
Resource Management Division 315-263-8168 046-407-8168 011-81-46-407-8168
Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255 046-407-8255 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Tricare Center 315-263-8205 046-407-8205 011-81-46-407-8205