Capt. Kate Alfin, a Black Hawk Pilot with the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach Germany, practices Nordic cross country skiing under a full combat load at the Allied Winter Course at the Norwegian School of Winter Warfare, Elverum, Norway, Jan. 15, 2016. The Allied Winter Course provides students with basic knowledge and practical experience to operate in cold weather environment to include survival, mobility and leadership under winter conditions.
1 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Capt. Kate Alfin, a Black Hawk Pilot with the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach Germany, practices Nordic cross country skiing under a full combat load at the Allied Winter Course at the Norwegian School of Winter Warfare, Elverum, Norway, Jan. 15, 2016. The Allied Winter Course provides students with basic knowledge and practical experience to operate in cold weather environment to include survival, mobility and leadership under winter conditions. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Norwegian Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
A paratrooper from 4th Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade awaits signal from the jumpmaster to exit a Black Hawk above the Grafenwoehr Training Area - Bunker drop-zone, in Germany, Feb. 18, 2016. Paratroopers conducted over 200 airborne proficiency jumps from two UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters from 3rd Battalion 227th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Spearhead, Feb. 18, 2016, at Bunker drop-zone Grafenwoehr, Germany.
2 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A paratrooper from 4th Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade awaits signal from the jumpmaster to exit a Black Hawk above the Grafenwoehr Training Area - Bunker drop-zone, in Germany, Feb. 18, 2016. Paratroopers conducted over 200 airborne proficiency jumps from two UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters from 3rd Battalion 227th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Spearhead, Feb. 18, 2016, at Bunker drop-zone Grafenwoehr, Germany. (Photo Credit: Capt. Jaymon Bell, 12th CAB) VIEW ORIGINAL
A paratrooper from 4th Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade packs his T-11 parachute into the aviator's kit bag after successfully executing the 5th point of performance at the Grafenwoehr Training Area - Bunker drop-zone, in Germany, Feb. 18, 2016. Paratroopers conducted over 200 airborne proficiency jumps from two UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters from 3rd Battalion 227th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Spearhead, Feb. 18, 2016, at Bunker drop-zone Grafenwoehr, Germany.
3 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A paratrooper from 4th Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade packs his T-11 parachute into the aviator's kit bag after successfully executing the 5th point of performance at the Grafenwoehr Training Area - Bunker drop-zone, in Germany, Feb. 18, 2016. Paratroopers conducted over 200 airborne proficiency jumps from two UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters from 3rd Battalion 227th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Spearhead, Feb. 18, 2016, at Bunker drop-zone Grafenwoehr, Germany. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Thomas Mort, 12th CAB) VIEW ORIGINAL
Attendees of the first annual Strong Europe Aviation Rotary Wing Summit pose for a group photo at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort conference center, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Mar. 1-2, 2016. The conference, hosted by the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, was aimed at gathering Aviators from all over Europe in order to build common understanding, establish future joint training, and develop habitual relationships and partnerships between the Allied nations.
4 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Attendees of the first annual Strong Europe Aviation Rotary Wing Summit pose for a group photo at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort conference center, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Mar. 1-2, 2016. The conference, hosted by the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, was aimed at gathering Aviators from all over Europe in order to build common understanding, establish future joint training, and develop habitual relationships and partnerships between the Allied nations. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Thomas Mort, 12th CAB) VIEW ORIGINAL
Pictured from left to right, Maj. Gen. Valentyn Pistriuga, Army Aviation Chief of the Ground Forces Command, Ukraine, Maj. Gen. William K. Gayler, Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe, Col. Christoper W. Waters, Commander, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, and Brig. Gen. Imre Lamos, Commander, HDF 86 Szolnok Helicopter Base. The first annual Strong Europe Aviation Rotary Wing Summit took place at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort conference center, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Mar. 1-2, 2016. The conference, hosted by the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, was aimed at gathering Aviators from all over Europe in order to build common understanding, establish future joint training, and develop habitual relationships and partnerships between the Allied nations.
5 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pictured from left to right, Maj. Gen. Valentyn Pistriuga, Army Aviation Chief of the Ground Forces Command, Ukraine, Maj. Gen. William K. Gayler, Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe, Col. Christoper W. Waters, Commander, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, and Brig. Gen. Imre Lamos, Commander, HDF 86 Szolnok Helicopter Base. The first annual Strong Europe Aviation Rotary Wing Summit took place at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort conference center, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Mar. 1-2, 2016. The conference, hosted by the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, was aimed at gathering Aviators from all over Europe in order to build common understanding, establish future joint training, and develop habitual relationships and partnerships between the Allied nations. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Thomas Mort, 12th CAB) VIEW ORIGINAL
Allies Soldiers cross country ski under winter conditions with Norwegian house equipment.
6 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Allies Soldiers cross country ski under winter conditions with Norwegian house equipment. (Photo Credit: Olav Standal Tangen, Forsvaret Norwegian Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
An AH-64, from 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, hovers into position during exercise Allied Spirit IV at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Jan. 27, 2016.An aviation task force made up of elements from 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach, and 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, provided attack, assault and medical evacuation support to exercise Allied Spirit IV from Jan. 10 - Feb. 5, 2016 at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas Mort, 12th CAB)
7 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – An AH-64, from 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, hovers into position during exercise Allied Spirit IV at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Jan. 27, 2016.An aviation task force made up of elements from 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach, and 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, provided attack, assault and medical evacuation support to exercise Allied Spirit IV from Jan. 10 - Feb. 5, 2016 at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas Mort, 12th CAB) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Thomas Mort, 12th CAB) VIEW ORIGINAL
A U.S. Army Soldier from 173rd Airborne Brigade, returns from a successful operation during exercise Allied Spirit IV at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Jan. 26, 2016. An aviation task force made up of elements from 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach, and 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, provided attack, assault and medical evacuation support to exercise Allied Spirit IV from Jan. 10 - Feb. 5, 2016 at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany.
8 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army Soldier from 173rd Airborne Brigade, returns from a successful operation during exercise Allied Spirit IV at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Jan. 26, 2016. An aviation task force made up of elements from 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach, and 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, provided attack, assault and medical evacuation support to exercise Allied Spirit IV from Jan. 10 - Feb. 5, 2016 at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany. (Photo Credit: Spc. Antonio Ramirez, 12th CAB) VIEW ORIGINAL
Blackhawk helicopters from 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, conduct M119A3 Howitzer Sling Load Operations, alongside 4th Battalion 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during exercise Allied Spirit IV at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Jan. 26, 2016. An aviation task force made up of elements from 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach, and 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, provided attack, assault and medical evacuation support to exercise Allied Spirit IV from Jan. 10 - Feb. 5, 2016 at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany.
9 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Blackhawk helicopters from 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, conduct M119A3 Howitzer Sling Load Operations, alongside 4th Battalion 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during exercise Allied Spirit IV at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Jan. 26, 2016. An aviation task force made up of elements from 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach, and 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, provided attack, assault and medical evacuation support to exercise Allied Spirit IV from Jan. 10 - Feb. 5, 2016 at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany. (Photo Credit: Spc. Antonio Ramirez, 12th CAB) VIEW ORIGINAL
Spc. Rader, Raymond a 15U CH-47 Helicopter Repairer, returns to his CH-47 Chinook after rigging and inspecting a payload prior to the sling load training. at Katterbach Army Airfield, Jan. 20, 2016. Aircrews practice flying in conditions of low visibility caused by "whiteout" in areas with loose snow. Crews lower risk for future missions by conducting multiple training iterations in the snowy environment. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jaymon Bell, 12th CAB)
10 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Rader, Raymond a 15U CH-47 Helicopter Repairer, returns to his CH-47 Chinook after rigging and inspecting a payload prior to the sling load training. at Katterbach Army Airfield, Jan. 20, 2016. Aircrews practice flying in conditions of low visibility caused by "whiteout" in areas with loose snow. Crews lower risk for future missions by conducting multiple training iterations in the snowy environment. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jaymon Bell, 12th CAB) (Photo Credit: Capt. Jaymon Bell) VIEW ORIGINAL
A CH-47 Chinook Helicopter from Hotel Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, "Big Windy," moves into position as part of environmental qualifications and sling-load training at Katterbach Army Airfield, Jan. 20, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jaymon Bell, 12th CAB)
11 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A CH-47 Chinook Helicopter from Hotel Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, "Big Windy," moves into position as part of environmental qualifications and sling-load training at Katterbach Army Airfield, Jan. 20, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jaymon Bell, 12th CAB) (Photo Credit: Capt. Jaymon Bell) VIEW ORIGINAL
A CH-47 Chinook Helicopter from Hotel Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, "Big Windy," conducts sling-load training at Katterbach Army Airfield, Jan. 20, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jaymon Bell, 12th CAB)
12 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A CH-47 Chinook Helicopter from Hotel Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, "Big Windy," conducts sling-load training at Katterbach Army Airfield, Jan. 20, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jaymon Bell, 12th CAB) (Photo Credit: Capt. Jaymon Bell) VIEW ORIGINAL
A CH-47 Chinook Helicopter from Hotel Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, "Big Windy," conducts sling-load training at Katterbach Army Airfield, Jan. 20, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jaymon Bell, 12th CAB)
13 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A CH-47 Chinook Helicopter from Hotel Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, "Big Windy," conducts sling-load training at Katterbach Army Airfield, Jan. 20, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jaymon Bell, 12th CAB) (Photo Credit: Capt. Jaymon Bell) VIEW ORIGINAL