ELVERUM, Norway -- Capt. Kate Alfin, a Black Hawk Pilot with the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach Germany, graduated from the Allied Winter Course at the Norwegian School of Winter Warfare, here, Jan. 28.

Alfin is the first female Soldier from an allied NATO military to complete the course, which took place Jan. 4-30 at the Terningmoen infantry training camp 140 km. northeast of Oslo.

The Allied Winter Course is 26 days in length and provides students with basic knowledge and practical experience to operate in cold weather environments to include survival, mobility and leadership under winter conditions.

"At the Norwegian School for Winter Warfare we run courses for officers and noncommissioned officers," said Capt. Hans Olaf Kalsveen, Course Officer. "We also have avalanche warning courses and sere courses in the autumn available to all our NATO allies."

"The course was extremely challenging," said Alfin. "I learned a lot of important techniques for winter operations that I will take back to my unit and apply toward future training and exercises across Europe."

The Allied Winter Course is held annually at the Norwegian School of Winter Warfare.