Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh released his final reading list as the Air Force’s top uniformed officer on Friday. The 2016 list covers everything from books to TED Talks and journals, including Air Force Magazine and www.airforcemag.com. “This year’s list is curated to increase our understanding of past heroes as well as our current challenges while keeping an eye towards a future you make brighter by your service,” said Welsh, who will retire on July 1, in a message to airmen. “Use the reading suggestions to improve yourselves, your unit, and our Air Force.” This year’s list includes 12 books, one movie, two 60 Minutes episodes, several photo galleries, airpower journals, and for the first time military-focused blogs. Topics range from Air Force heritage and resiliency to the reliance on space capabilities. (Read the full list.) (See the 2015 reading list.)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.