Lead with the best version of yourself.

About the Team

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! And don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the blog!

“Nail your whispers to the wall. Conclude the trilogy of read…think..and write.  Is there ‘career risk’ in publishing? I suppose.  Hasn’t hurt me too badly over the years, I’d say.  But what matters is testing your ideas on the field of intellectual battle, so to speak.”

                                   -Admiral James Stavridis

Founder and Director, Joe Byerly

I’m passionate about leader development and want to help others to lead with the best version of themselves. I created this site to provide a platform for leaders to help each other by sharing lessons learned. Lessons that come from our own green notebooks.

I’m a combat arms officer with over 17 years of experience in combat and training environments and a Non-Resident Fellow with the Modern War Institute. I have been fortunate to have mentors who encouraged me to read, write, and publish throughout my career. I’ve published articles in ARMY Magazine, Military Review, Strategy Bridge, Small Wars Journal, Task and Purpose, Foreign Policy, and many others. I’ve also been featured on Forbes, have been lucky enough to talk about leadership on several podcasts, and have spoken at the Annual AUSA Conference, the Future of War Conference, and Defense Entrepreneurs Forum Annual Conference.

Editor-in-Chief, Dan Vigeant

I’m an Army Aviation Officer with more than 17 years of uniformed experience. I am passionate about reading, writing, and helping aspiring leaders reach their full potential. I’ve published articles in Army Aviation Digest, Modern War Institute, Marine Corps University Journal, and The Journal of Advanced Military Studies. In my spare time, you will find me outdoors, traveling, or playing obscure board games with my wife and three beautiful children.

Editor, Gary Klein

I’m an Army officer with over 12 years of experience in training and operational assignments, including multiple deployments. I am an active reader, writer, and Military Writers Guild board member. I’ve published articles in ARMOR Magazine, ARMY Magazine, Strategy BridgeSmall Wars Journal, and elsewhere. Soldiers must be both mentally and physically strong, which leads me to my other big hobby: competing in triathlons. As such, I am a member of USA Triathlon and a race ambassador in my local community.

Editor, Valerie Nostrant

I’m an Army combat arms officer with six years of experience in both training and combat operations. In my spare time, you will find me reading, throwing around heavy weights, running ridiculously long distances, nutrition coaching, and spending time with my husband, daughter, and puppy outside.

Editor, Jennifer Walters

I am an active duty Air Force Major serving as a speechwriter in the National Capital Region. As a KC-10A instructor pilot, I’ve led aircrew on air refueling, humanitarian, and contingency operations across the globe and deployed four times in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, INHERENT RESOLVE, and RESOLUTE SUPPORT, completing over 100 combat sorties. I am a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and hold a Master of Philosophy and PhD in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. I enjoy reading, tennis, running, travel and seeking out the best cup of local coffee wherever I find myself.

Editor, Kristen M. Griest

I am an Army Infantry Officer with over 10 years of Active Duty experience, including two tours in Afghanistan. As one of the first two women to graduate from Ranger School, I have been a keynote speaker for over a dozen events on topics such as leadership, motivation, and gender equality. I have also published articles through Modern War Institute and From the Green Notebook. In my spare time I enjoy working out, traveling, skiing, writing, and generally being outdoors with my pup Elke.

Social Media Editor, Connor Collins

I’m an Army officer with 9 years of experience in the Armor branch. I love the shared purpose the Army provides and I’m passionate about self development and team building. When I’m not chasing our two kids with my wife, I love spending time outdoors and making others look good on the golf course.

Podcast Editor, Katrina Faust

I am a media producer, video/audio editor, social media manager, and writer. I am also the editor of The LEADx Leadership Show Podcast. I recently started a small business on Etsy and in my free time, I stream games on Twitch, binge Netflix, and grow my online gaming community by making content on social media. I love to travel and one of my favorite hobbies is training my rescue dog to run agility courses.

What’s in a name?

image (2)

Walk into any organization in our military and there is one thing I guarantee you will find on a desk or in a cargo pocket: a small, green, government-issued notebook. it doesn’t matter whether a Soldier is a sergeant or a general officer, odds are they will have one of these military mainstays in their possession.

If you have any questions or feedback please email me at Joe.Byerly@fromthegreennotebook.com

If you are a military professional thinking about writing for publication, I would love to work with you on getting your ideas published.  Writing has opened many doors for me professionally, and I want to pay it forward.

Follow us on Facebook!

Joe Byerly is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point. The Modern War Institute at West Point generates new knowledge for the profession of arms, enhances the West Point curriculum, and provides the Army and the Nation with an intellectual resource for solving military problems. MWI has three mutually supporting functions: Research, Educate, and Integrate.



Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links contained on this site are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. This revenue is used to offset costs associated with maintaining this site. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”