Professional & personal development library opens at 45th Sustainment Brigade

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Story and photos by Spc. Erin Sherwood
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
8th Theater Sustainment Command

Soldiers of the 45th Sustainment Brigade have another resiliency tool at their fingertips: a brigade library.

The library, visualized by Col. Gregory Boyd, commander, 45th Sust. Bde., is a command team effort to encourage professional and personal development in the unit’s Soldiers.

“We want to send the message the brigade cares about you and your future goals and aspirations, while aligning with the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Campaign (CSF2), said Lt. Col. Gregory Wagnon, deputy commander of the brigade.

The library is located next to the staff duty desk at the brigade headquarters. This location provides access any time of the day for Soldiers of the brigade.

Wagnon, who maintained a library for his Soldiers as a battalion commander at Fort Bragg, N.C., jumped onboard immediately with the idea.

“My lieutenants wanted to cover stuff beyond military history during officer professional development classes like finance and career planning,” said Wagnon. “Reading up on those topics makes individuals well rounded.”

“Having a selection of books handpicked for us is pretty cool,” said Spc. Katherine Magnuson, intelligence analyst. “Once you read up on something, it changes your point of view and opens up a new way of thinking.”

Spc. Audrey Graham, 45th Sust. Bde., reads a book from the relationships/family section of the library during a staff duty shift.

Spc. Audrey Graham, 45th Sust. Bde., reads a book from the relationships/family section of the library during a staff duty shift.

The books are a mix of donations by officers and noncommissioned officers, thrift shop titles and titles selected from local retail stores.

Some of the sections, like “self help” and “relationships,” are topics requested by Soldiers; other sections, like “multicultural studies,” compliment the Equal Opportunity events observed by the Department of Defense throughout the year.

“Our command team, as a whole, has a very aggressive approach to resiliency and professional development,” said Wagnon. “This was another tool to add to our arsenal.”

With the convenient location and inviting shelves, it is common nowadays to see 45th Sust. Bde. Soldiers with their noses in books, taking advantage of their time on staff duty or reading up for their next college paper.

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