"I learned what I'm capable of:" First female Marine graduates from rigorous Winter Mountain Leaders Course

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Sgt.Tara-Lyn Baker made history Tuesday when she became the first female Marine to graduate from Winter Mountain Leaders Course.

Marines train in the harsh, frigid mountains of Norway learning mountain warfare tactics and techniques all while navigating mountainous terrain. 

Baker, a heavy equipment mechanic, graduated from the nearly six-week school based out of the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California. She appeared in a video on the Marine Corps Twitter account about her experience.

"I'm proud of myself....I learned what I'm capable of. I learned what I can do and what I can accomplish and nobody can tell me that I can't," said Baker in a video. 

Baker went on to say she suffered from frostbite and hypothermia.

“We learn how to overcome it,” she said about dealing with the austere cold-weather environment of the mountains.

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