NEWPORT, R.I. (Sept. 3, 2013) Professor John Jackson, program manager for Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Professional Reading Program, Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., president, U.S. Naval War College, and Lisa Ballejo, general manager, Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport, Navy Exchange (NEX), participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony highlighting the grand opening of the CNO Professional Reading Program display at the NAVSTA Newport NEX. The CNO Professional Reading Program was developed to facilitate professional development and encourage a life-long habit of reading and learning among all Sailors. Books include history, fiction, inspirational and patriotic titles, biographies and classics on military strategy and theory. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl/Released)

By Daniel S. Marciniak, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Sept. 3, 2013

NEWPORT, R.I. – The Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program (CNO-PRP) celebrated the grand opening of its new book display at Navy Exchange (NEX) Newport, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on board Naval Station Newport, Sept. 3.

In a ceremony that featured U.S. Naval War College (NWC) president Rear Adm. Walter “Ted” Carter and professors Toshi Yoshihara and James Holmes, co-authors of reading list book, “Red Star over the Pacific,” the NEX unveiled the display and sales area to a small crowd of Sailors, patrons and Navy Reading enthusiasts.

“We wanted to create a space where our Sailors and patrons could browse and add to their collection of the Navy Reading program,” said Lisa Ballejo, general manager of NEX Newport. “It’s a good way to learn about the heritage and history, of not just about the Navy, but about world events that happened in the past and what analysts are predicting for the future.”

Established in 2006, the CNO-PRP has grown from a simple idea of “let’s put books of quality in the hands of our Sailors,” to a large-scale effort that has distributed more than 100,000 books to ships, squadrons and bases around the world.

The NEX has played a significant role in that effort.

“At every point since the program was established, the Navy Exchange has been there with us as our strongest partner,” said NWC professor John Jackson, the program’s manager.

Developed to facilitate professional development and encourage a life-long habit of reading and learning among Sailors, the program includes 42 books organized under the three tenets of the CNO’s navigation plan: “warfighting first,” “operate forward,” and “be ready.”

“The beauty of this program is that we’ve gotten the books to the ships,” said Carter, who oversees the program on behalf of CNO. “They’re in the wardrooms, they’re in the ready rooms.”

Carter said the reach of the program and the quality of books selected are part of what makes the Navy’s reading list stand out.

“The CNO is very interested in the books that are in this program,” said Carter. “We’re going to continue to look at what are the most relevant books out there to put in the hands of our Sailors.”

Sailors can help to shape the list by sharing their book suggestions and general feedback with the Navy Reading team, via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NavyReading or email at navyreading@usnwc.edu.

“We’re all working towards a common goal, and that’s to enhance the professionalism of our Navy,” said Jackson. “As the program’s motto says, we should all ‘read to be ready.’”

A full list of titles can be found at http://www.navyreading.navy.mil.

Edited by Cmdr. Carla M. McCarthy
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