About Me

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“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 Stravridis


I’m a combat arms officer in the United States Army with over thirteen years of experience in garrison and combat environments. Throughout my career, I’ve been extremely fortunate to have mentors who have positively influenced my professional development and have encouraged me to “nail my whispers to the wall.” I’ve published articles at ARMY Magazine, Military Review, Strategy Bridge, Small Wars Journal, Task and Purpose, and many others.  This blog represents only my personal views. I do not plan on using this space as a platform to complain or provide satirical observations. I want to use this medium to add my thoughts to an already existing expert body of knowledge.

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From the time I was a second lieutenant, I’ve kept a green notebook which I’ve used to capture notes from professional reading, lessons learned, and observations as I’ve progressed in the Army. Many of the posts on this site are an outgrowth of this practice.  As you read these posts, I hope you find something useful and that I am able to make a positive contribution to your green notebook.

If you have any questions or feedback please email me at JByerly81@gmail.com. Also, if you are a military professional and are thinking about writing for publication, I would love to work with you on getting your ideas published in one of the numerous journals.  Writing has opened so many doors for me professionally, and I want to pay it forward.

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Joe Byerly is a proud member of The Military Writers Guild, a group dedicated to supporting the study of military affairs, spreading the knowledge of the military profession, and assisting those writing in the national security space. Click the image for more information.



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10 responses to “About Me

  1. You are doing a great job here. I really appreciate it. Keep at it. I have been a fan of ADM Jim Stavridis’ for some time. Following his lead will take you far and you’ll develop quite a following along the way.

  2. I was fortunate enough to have Chuck White both as a faculty advisor and as instructor over twenty years ago–and his book, ENLIGHTENED SOLDIER, was a major inspiration and comfort to me when the military instituation seemed to do things that deeply disappointed. I applaud your efforts in creating this “virtual Military Society” and I look forward to participating in the future.

  3. Jay Brown

    Reading, writing and discussion with others are key to developing one’s knowledge, skills and abilities. Throughout my military career, I was encouraged to read professionally from a prescribed reading list and only discussed what was read within my unit of assignment. The discussions were guided and creative thought was quickly put back into the box. It wasn’t until life after the Army, I was introduced to the trifecta of self development.

    Blogs and discussion forums like this are where today’s generation and young leaders communicate. Great initiative Joe!

    Unfortunately, senior leaders I interact with want “one stop shopping” for all professional discussion so they don’t have to monitor a multitude of foums, blogs, social media, etc. This creates a communication divide between senior leadership and todays young soldiers/leaders. My team manages several discussion forums and usage metrics validate the divide. Our metrics reflect that leaders from battalion command and above don’t interact in blogs, forums and social media.

    As Joe highlights in his article on the Defense Entrepeneur Forum 2013, diversity within his work group offered unique perspectives and opportunities for interaction with individuals from other services and civilian industry. This is where I believe we’re heading as the “green notebook” (no offense Joe) carriers are replaced with digital natives who are adept in navigating professional and social media to read, write and expand their profession through interactive discussion where there are no uniforms, rank, and doors being closed due to creative thought and free flowing opinions.

  4. Kaleb

    Sir – saw the link to this from another blog. As soon as I saw “From the Green Notebook” I knew it was you. Look forward reading more from you! -Kaleb

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  7. Good afternoon.
    Very interesting blog. I hope you will not mind if I translate (in the future) a few of your texts in Russian?
    And another question. You are not a relative of the former US ambassador to Russia?

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  9. David Singleton

    I would like to use one of the pictures you used on your post. Can you get back to me and let me know.

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