Professional Development Library

loanlibrarySenior Members of the Civil Air Patrol are encouraged to train and develop along a deliberate Professional Development Track.  In the process of this training and development, there are often books and articles to be read.  Fredericksburg Composite Squadron has developed a Professional Development Library to assist you on the Professional Development path.  

Resources in the library include links to online resources and books available at the squadron along with resources available for loan from other members of the Squadron.  Please take a moment to peruse the list below and discover resources that might be of assistance in your progression along the Professional Development pathway you see before you. 

Resource Sections:

New Members  -   CAP Resources  -  Leadership  -  Flight  -  Emergency Services  -  Communications  -  Aerospace Education  -  Other  -  Member-Owned Books  -  Member-Owned Videos


New Senior Member Kit:

Great Start:

Level I:

Senior Member Fast Start:

Uniform Posters (within this booklet):

New Horizons: Guide for Cadet to Senior Transition:

Organization of CAP:

How to Become a CAP Pilot:

CAP RESOURCES (additional publications available at

Specialty Track Study Guides (CAPPs 200-228):

Read to Lead:

Lending Library:

Free Management Library:


Respect on Display:


Professional Development (CAPR 50-17):

Promotions (CAPR35-5):

Awards (CAPR 39-3):

Testing (CAPR 50-4):

Uniforms (CAPR 39-1):


Chief of Staff of the AF Reading List:

Air University Concepts for AF Leadership: (AU-24):

Air University Leadership, Ethics, and Command Readings:

DoD and Military Electronic Journals:

Air Force Speeches:

Air University Strategic Leadership Studies:

Federal Teaching Resources:

Air Force Drill and Ceremonies:

Air University Catalog:


CAP Aircraft Operations:

FAA Regulations:

How to Become a CAP Pilot:


(in addition to those on the ES pages)

FEMA NIMS Training:

FEMA ISP Courses:

FEMA Smartphone App:

Virginia EM Resources:

Ready Virginia (preparedness):

Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) Knowledge Center (to register for in-person ICS courses):


FCC Website:

CAP Communications Resources: login to eServices/bottom of page


Aerospace: The Journey of Flight (for Yeager Award and Cadet Officers): (eServices login)

Aerospace: The Journey of Flight (published book): available at squadron to borrow

Aerospace: The Journey of Flight (Teacher's Guide):

NASA Website: 

NASA Astronaut Skype:


Air Force Publications:

Air Force Tongue and Quill:

CSAF Reading List:

(Contact the individual)


American Generalship, Character is Everything: The Art of Command, Edgar F. Puryear Jr (Lt Col Sydow)

Becoming a Person of Influence, John C. Maxwell (Lt Col Sydow)

Developing the Leaders Around You, John C. Maxwell (Lt Col Sydow)

Lincoln on Leadership, Donald Phillips (Lt Col Sydow)

The Winning Attitude, John C. Maxwell (Lt Col Sydow)

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, John C. Maxwell (Lt Col Sydow or Capt Fletcher)

The 360-Degree Leader, John C. Maxwell (Lt Col Sydow)

Effective Leadership in Voluntary Organizations: How to Make the Greatest Use of Citizen Service and Influence - Brian O'Connell (Capt Fletcher)

Who Moved My Cheese? - Dr. Spencer Johnson (Capt Fletcher)

Principle-Centered Leadership - Stephen R. Covey (Capt Fletcher)

The Heart of Leadership: 12 Practices of Courageous Leaders - Robert E. Staub, II (Capt Fletcher)

The Leadership Challenge - Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner (Capt Fletcher)

Good to Great - Jim Collins (Capt Fletcher)

Spiritual Leadership - Henry & Richard Blackaby (Capt Fletcher)

Upside Down: The Paradox of Servant Leadership - Stacy T. Rinehart (Capt Fletcher)

The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development - Robert Clinton (Capt Fletcher)

Leadership Jazz - Max DePree (Capt Fletcher) 

Leaders on Leadership - George Barna (Capt Fletcher) 

Glory* (Lt Col Sydow)

Miracle* (Lt Col Sydow)

Red Tails (Lt Col Sydow)

The Right Stuff* (Lt Col Sydow)

Rudy* (Lt Col Sydow)

Thirteen Days* (Lt Col Sydow)

* Used in SLS 

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