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At Naval Air Facility Atsugi, patrons of Sunday’s Officer’s Club Father’s Day brunch can sign up to have a free care package and card sent to their deployed sailor at sea, to honor the day for all dads.

The club’s directors came up with the idea after hearing about other care-package programs for those deployed.

The USS Kitty Hawk and Carrier Air Wing 5, which includes much of the base personnel, are away at sea — meaning many fathers are away for the holiday honoring them.

The club is offering a limited number of care packages — each including a prepaid phone card, stationery, snacks and treats — on a first-come basis. Patrons can fill out a card to be enclosed.

The brunch also features a roast-beef carving station, so being nice to dad needn’t leave servicemembers hungry.

If dad’s home, however, Yokota Air Base’s Aero Club offers a unique way to show him a good time. All June, a special Father’s Day sightseeing tour is $49.

Although thousands of servicemembers are deployed, bases around Japan are finding creative ways to honor fathers, including fun runs at the housing areas attached to Yokosuka Naval Base and a fishing trip near Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.

The Father's Day lineup ...

Whether you are a dad, know a dad or just want to wish a dad well, U.S. military bases have something to offer:

Yokota Air Base: Dads can enjoy good deals along with good food Sunday. Fathers receive 25 percent off their entrée at Charlie T’s at the Enlisted Club. Dads who attend the Officer’s Club Father’s Day brunch, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., get a free gift.

At Tomodachi Lanes, enjoy a Father’s Day doubles bowling tournament Saturday and get a free “Bowling is Fun” T-shirt per father-child team.

Yokosuka Naval Base: Join a fun run at either Negishi or Ikego housing areas. Both start at 9 a.m. Follow up the fitness with a brunch and barbecue at Yokosuka’s Officer’s Club Kosano room. Or have brunch at either the CPO Club or the Harbor View Dining Room and dad gets 20 percent off. At Club Alliance, dads receive 30 percent of their bill at the Italian Gardens and will be entered into a prize giveaway. At Club Takemiya, dads wearing silly ties get $2 off their brunch, which will be served with balloon animals and fun with the Magical Michael Applegate.

Naval Air Facility Atsugi: Have brunch at the Officer’s Club from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and sign up for a free care package for deployed dads.

Camp Zama: Enjoy Father’s Day brunch at the Camp Zama Community Club ballroom.

Sasebo Naval Base: Sign up for a father-and-child golf tournament scramble. The first tee time is 7:30 a.m. at the Tsukumo Golf Course. The top three teams will win awards.

At 1 p.m., father-child teams can amble to the bowling center for a Father’s Day doubles tournament, an odd-even tourney. For the nonathletic, create a card for dad at the library from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Father’s Day story time, also Saturday.

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni: On Saturday, fathers can relax with a Father’s Day fishing trip. On Sunday, they can enjoy a Father’s Day brunch at Club Iwakuni.

Misawa Air Base: The E Club dining room is hosting a Father’s Day brunch on Sunday in the club.

U.S. Naval Base Guam: Brunch is featured at the Top o’ the Mar dining room on Sunday. If Dad still is hungry, head to Club Rumors for steak and shrimp.

Andersen Air Force Base: Start the day with brunch at Top of the Rock Collocated Club. Or have a lunch or dinner special at Zorbas the Greek restaurant. Fathers receive a special gift.

— Juliana Gittler


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