“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 16 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.
Social Media Director Megan Jantos
I’m an Army Major and professional communicator who cut my teeth as a combat military police officer. I’ve managed brands ranging from startup to global enterprise. I believe in exercising my mind and body alike. I’ve qualified for the Obstacle Course World Championships twice and competed once. I’ve spoken at the Annual AUSA Conference and Georgetown University’s OWN IT Summit.
Lead 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 Bridge, Small 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, Cassie Crosby
I’m an Army Logistician with more than 20 years of uniformed experience ranging from the tactical to strategic level. When I’m not writing, reading, editing, or spending time with my kids, you can find me lifting heavy things, gardening, or arguing with my husband about a broad range of topics.
Editor, Joshua Bowen
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, 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.
What’s in a name?
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.
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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.
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