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Brig. Gen. Jeffrey T. Pennington is the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander and President, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He assists in providing full spectrum education, research and outreach at every level through professional military education, professional continuing education and academic degree granting. He assists in leading the intellectual and leadership center of the U.S. Air Force, graduating more than 50,000 resident and 120,000 non-resident officers, enlisted and civilian personnel each year. Additionally, he assists with officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.


General Pennington graduated from the Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering. His active duty assignments include completion of undergraduate pilot training at Williams AFB, Arizona, in 1989. He was initially assigned to the 344th Air Refueling Squadron at Seymour-Johnson AFB, North Carolina, flying KC-10s and T-38s. General Pennington joined the Air Force Reserve in 1997 as an Air Reserve Technician. He has served both as a group and wing commander.


As a civilian, General Pennington is the Director of Staff, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Georgia.



1988 Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan

1995 Squadron Officer's School, distinguished graduate, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2004 Air Command and Staff, by correspondence

2005 Air War College, by correspondence

2010 Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.

2012 Master of Arts, National Security Studies, American Military University, Manassas, Va.

2014 Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

2016 Senior Joint Information Operations Applications Course, LeMay Center, Maxwell AFB, Ala.



1. November 1988 - November 1989, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 99th Flight Training Squadron, Williams AFB, Ariz.

2. December 1989 - April 1991, Pilot, KC-10, 344th Air Refueling Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.

3. April 1991 - July 1992, Standardization/Evaluation Liaison Officer, 344th Air Refueling Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.

4. July 1992 - July 1993, Aircraft Commander, KC-10A, 344th Air Refueling Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.

5. August 1993 - April 1994, Instructor Aircraft Commander, 344th Air Refueling Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.

6. April 1994 - August 1994, Standardization/Evaluation Aircraft Commander, 744th Air Refueling Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.

7. September 1994 - September 1995, Standardization/Evaluation Aircraft Commander, 9th Air Refueling Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif.

8. September 1995 - March 1997, Combat Crew Training School Instructor Aircraft Commander, 60th Operations Support Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif.

9. March 1997 - May 2001, Aircraft Operations Officer, 70th Air Refueling Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif.

10.May 2001 - February 2007, Operations Officer, 70th Air Refueling Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif.

11. February 2007 - October 2010, Commander, 452nd Operations Group, March Air Reserve Base, Calif.

12. October 2010 - May 2012, Commander, 911th Airlift Wing, Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pa.

13. May 2012 - January 2014, Commander, 433rd Airlift Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas

14. January 2014 - May 2015, Director of Staff, 22nd Air Force, Dobbins ARB, Ga.

15. May 2015 - August 2016, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Commander, 78th Air Base Wing, and Installation Commander, Robins AFB, Ga.

16. August 2016 - February 2018, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
17. March 2018 - present, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander and President, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.



September 2011- April 2012, Division Chief, Plans, Programs and Analysis, U.S. Central Command Deployment Distribution Operations Center, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, as a colonel



Rating:  Command pilot

Flight Hours:  more than 5,600

Aircraft Flown:  T-37, T-38, KC-10A, KC-135, C-17, C-130H, C-5A



Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Air Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Outstanding Unit with "V" device, silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters

Combat Readiness Medal with silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters

Air Force Recognition Ribbon

Southwest Asia Service Medal with three stars

Kosovo Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border and two oak leaf clusters

Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Kuwait Liberation Medal, government of Kuwait



Second Lieutenant Aug.12, 1988

First Lieutenant Aug. 12, 1990

Captain Aug. 12, 1992

Major Aug. 1, 2000

Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 30, 2004

Colonel Feb. 22, 2008

Brigadier General Dec. 2, 2017


(Current as of March 2018)


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