Air Force Chief of Staff shares annual reading list

Air Force Chief of Staff shares annual reading list

20 Mar 2015

General Mark A. Welsh III, the chief of staff of the United States Air Force (the highest ranking officer in the Air Force), recently released his “CSAF Reading List,” which features books, movies, and artwork that he recommends to the Air Force community.

“Ultimately, each selection for 2015 tells an important story about the Profession of Arms or our Air Force Core Values,” General Welsh said. “It was tough for Chief Cody and I to pick just a few, but we hope you’ll find inspiration and value in our recommended list.”

Lackland Graduation Ceremony (AF Art Collection 1991.181 by Diane Johnson)

Lackland Graduation Ceremony (AF Art Collection 1991.181 by Diane Johnson)

I’ve used Team of Rivals and The Power of Professionalism in my own teaching, so I’m already excited about the book list and looking forward to reading more. The movie list includes modern classics like “Glory” and less well-known films such as “Taking Chance.” General Welsh and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody also published an artwork list.

“There are new ideas for leading yourself and those around you, and old stories to enjoy for the first (or second!) time,” Chief Cody noted. “I am confident what you’ll learn will inspire you for years to come.”

The goal of the lists is to provide inspiration and context for discussing and living out the Air Force’s core values.

The Civil Air Patrol is the auxiliary of the US Air Force. CAP’s core values are derived from the core values of the Air Force. As part of the extended Air Force family, these resources can be great for us too.

Visit the list and find your own inspiration, and then share it with the rest of the squadron by writing a reflection for the website!

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