Colin R. O’Hanlon Sr.
Professional Reading List and Resources for the Joint Forces and D.A. Civilians of White Sands Missile Range
The U.S. Army Chief of Staff’s Professional Reading List
The White Sands Post Library has recently updated and designated a specific section of the library solely for the U.S. Army Chief of Staff’s Professional Reading List. The reading list can be defined as series of titles “divided into three categories: Armies at War: Battles and Campaigns; The Army Profession; and Strategy and the Strategic Environment.” The reading list covers a wide array of subjects such as science, military art, and history and is applicable to a multitude of readers to include members of the Armed Forces (of any rank), DoD Civilians, and ultimately anyone interested in learning more about the U.S. Armed Forces distinguished history (U.S. Army Center of Military History Publication 105-5-1).
The U.S. Army Chief of Staff’s Professional Reading List currently has fifty-one diverse titles ranging from texts such as Washington’s Crossing (2006) by David Hackett to The Invisible Wounds of War: Coming Home from Iraq and Afghanistan (2012) by Marguerite Bouvard. The White Sands Post Library currently holds 39 of 51 “physical” titles from the reading list and accessed as an eResource; patrons can download for free and access up to 30 of 51 titles from the list in eBook format.
Additional Resources for Professional Development
The library team is also pleased to announce the acquisition of General (Retired) Stanley McChrystal’s book, Team of Teams (2015). Team of Teams has made it to several best seller lists and Ken Allard noted in a Washington Times article on July 13, 2015 calling McChrystal’s text “required reading for anyone aspiring to 21st century leadership.” The library currently holds 2 physical copies and 3 audiobook versions of Stanley McChrystal’s book, Team of Teams.
The U.S. Army Chief of Staff’s Professional Reading and McChrystal’s new book are metaphorically only the tip of the iceberg when it comes professional development literature available at the library. The library contains a multitude of physical resources and eResources ranging from managerial literature to military historical leisure reading. Any text that is not in the library stacks or available as an eResource can either be borrowed through interlibrary loan or procured for the permanent collection. All one would need to tap into the library’s wealth of professional development knowledge/literature is an active library account. So if you have not done so already, stop by the White Sands Post library to create an account.