Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert introduced the newest edition of the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program (CNO-PRP) in NAVADMIN 309/12, in conjunction with the Navy’s 237th birthday.
When speaking of the program, Admiral Greenert said, “Reading, discussing and understanding the ideas found in the CNO-PRP will not only improve our critical thinking skills, but will also help us become better sailors, citizens, and most importantly leaders.”
The revamped program organizes recommended books under the three tenets of the CNO’s navigation plan: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready.
Each book was selected to illustrate key points about ways the Navy has contributed to national security in the past, and how it will operate in the future.
The Seventh Angel was chosen for the Be Ready category, and copies of the book were sent to every ship, squadron, and station in the U.S. Navy. Other books in this category include Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian, Pacific Crucible by Ian Toll, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James Hornfischer, and Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein.
It’s a great honor to know that my book is considered worthy to sit alongside the works of such distinguished authors, but to me it’s an even greater honor to know that the Navy chose to deliver The Seventh Angel directly to the men and women in the fleet. Because, when you come right down to it, that’s where the real heroes are…