In from Washington, D.C., Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks got a window into day-to-day life at Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright during a Monday visit to the two military installations.

Hicks said the visit to Interior Alaska was to learn about quality of life issues as well as mental and behavioral health challenges.

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