Reading List

Chief of Staff of the Air Force

Professional Reading List


The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough

This story goes straight to our roots—the two original Airmen who relentlessly pursued flight.  Most of us just know the names, but this is a powerful story that shows us how they overcame countless obstacles and naysayers to realize their dreams.  Their unmatched courage and determination were essential qualities that we’ll need in every Airmen to meet our Nation’s obligations in a changing world.


Beyond Horizons

by David N. Spires

Our Air Force has been leading enterprise excellence and operational dominance in space on behalf of the Nation since 1954.  Space is now a contested warfighting domain, and every Airmen should take the time to learn about our rich heritage in space and the role our service plays in this critical environment.  This book will give our men and women a great baseline on how we’ve developed and evolved our space-based systems as we rely on our Airmen to lead our space enterprise into the future.