Reading List

Chief of Staff of the Air Force

Professional Reading List

CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright

Kaleth O. Wright is the Chief Master Sergeant of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. As chief master sergeant of the Air Force, he represents the highest enlisted level of leadership, providing direction for the enlisted force. He serves as the personal adviser to the Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Air Force on issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale, and development of the enlisted force. Chief Wright was born in Columbus, Georgia, and entered the Air Force in 1989 as a dental technician. He has held various positions while serving at squadron, group, wing, Task-Force and numbered Air Force levels. Prior to his current position, he served as the Command Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, with headquarters at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.


Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan

In our Air Force, success is underpinned by leaders who can execute – those men and women who stay laser-focused on the goal, pull the best from those around them, and simply get the job done.  We need Airmen with vision, who put plans into action and boldly take risks when required.  This book gives us insight into successful execution in high-paced, high-threat environments – those that our Airmen thrive in every day.


The One Thing

by Gary Keller

The demands on our Airmens’ time – from work to family to friends and beyond – are insatiable and only grow by the day.  This book helps you cut through the noise to focus on the things that matter most in your lives, allowing you to prioritize and gain more satisfaction with the things you need to do, and choose to do, with your time.


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

by Angela Duckworth

True grit is something most of us think we have in abundance, but quickly find that may not be the case when we need it most.  However, grit may be the difference between success and failure, or more importantly, life and death, in our business.  This book is an excellent resource in helping Airmen understand what grit is, and how they can deliberately grow perseverance over time so they’ll have it when it counts.


The Culture Code

by Daniel Coyle

The New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code unlocks the secrets of highly successful groups and provides tomorrow’s leaders with the tools to build a cohesive, motivated culture. Where does great culture come from? How do you build and sustain it in your group, or strengthen a culture that needs fixing?


Helping People Win at Work

by Ken Blanchard & Garry Ridge

In Helping People Win at Work, Blanchard and WD-40 Company leader Garry Ridge reveal how WD-40 has used Blanchard’s techniques of Partnering for Performance with every employee--achieving levels of engagement and commitment that have fortified the bottom line.


The Go-Giver

by Bob Burg & John David Mann

This book tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be.


Alone at Dawn

by Dan Schilling & Lori Chapman Longfritz

The astonishing true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of 23 comrades-in-arms.