Reading List

Chief of Staff of the Air Force

Professional Reading List


Shoot like a Girl

by Major Mary Jennings Hegar

We stand on the shoulders of Airmen like Mary Jennings Hegar.  As a battle-hardened hero, she exemplifies our core values of Integrity, Service, and Excellence.  All Airmen can learn from her story…we must continually challenge the status quo and realize the power of change.


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.


The Strategist

by Bartholomew Sparrow

Brent Scowcroft has been a central figure in shaping American foreign policy for almost half the time our Air Force has been a separate service.  He’s influenced a number of critical decisions at the national level that have impacted when and where our leaders have used Airpower to meet our national security objectives.  It’s vital that our Airmen spend time understanding the roles our civilian leaders play in developing and executing national security policy—how they must look at holistic solutions that combine our nation’s economic, diplomatic and military tools to protect our countries and allies.