FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - Fort Wainwright hosted two top Army officials last week when the Honorable Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment, and Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of Installation Management Command, visited Alaska.

Brig. Gen. Raymond Palumbo, commander of U.S. Army Alaska, and Col. Timothy Jones, Fort Wainwright garrison commander, briefed the two officials Aug. 5 on Fort Wainwright's assets and challenges.

Hammack and Lynch toured the post, stopping to see the oldest and newest barracks, family housing and mission-support facilities.

In addition to the facilities, they spoke with the sexual assault response coordinator and with personnel at the education center.

They learned of challenges Soldiers and families face here with extreme temperatures and the need to purchase cold-weather gear and equip their cars for the Fairbanks winters.

Hammack and Lynch also discussed various energy initiatives with both the director of Public Works and the energy manager.

While Hammack and Lynch toured the post and talked with installation leaders, Sarah Lynch, the general's wife, visited with family members to hear issues of concern and success. As Lt. Gen. Lynch's link to families, Mrs. Lynch met with members of the post's family readiness groups and was treated to a tea by the teens at Youth Services.

They followed the Fort Wainwright visit with stops at Fort Greely and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.