First woman graduates Marine Corps' winter warfare leadership school

Source: Washington Examiner | January 10, 2019 | Steve Beynon

As women’s profile in military combat positions have grown, the first female graduated Tuesday from the Marine Corps’ grueling Winter Mountain Leader Course.

Sgt. Tara-Lyn Baker, a heavy equipment mechanic in the Marines, graduated from the nearly six-week school based out of Bridgeport, California.

The school is designed to train Marine leaders in mountain warfare tactics and give them the education to train their units — the physically demanding course zeroes in on cold weather survival and combat tactics in a freezing and rugged environment.

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Women have seen a string of firsts in recent years in the male-dominated military. In 2017, t he first woman completed the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course.

The U.S. military has been pushing more and more mountain warfare training, after two decades of focusing on desert fighting, in light of Russia and China beefing up their Arctic presence as the warming climate melts ice in the region allowing for exploitation of resources and easier passage for ships.

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