James R. "Jim" Pennino, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Command Civil Engineer, Installations and Mission Support Directorate, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He advises the AFMC Installations and Mission Support Director and the AFMC Commander on civil engineering and environmental management matters -- the two largest of three product lines under the installations and support mission area. In this role, he ensures the commands military civil engineers are fully prepared for worldwide deployment. Mr. Pennino develops and executes policy, plans and programs to operate and maintain a $37.6 billion physical plant, the largest for an Air Force major command. He acquires new and replacement facilities to support missions at 10 major AFMC installations, nine government-owned and contractor-operated bases, and at bases where AFMC units are tenants. He directs the command’s environmental protection programs that represent more than 30 percent of the Air Force’s environmental budget; and he oversees and manages the Foreign Military Sales facility acquisition and construction programs for Air Force.
Mr. Pennino was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force in 1966 and served on active duty as a civil engineering officer with assignments in the United States and overseas, including the 557th Red Horse Squadron in Kwang Ju, South Korea. In the early 1970s, he worked as a civil design engineer with Stearns-Rogers Corp. in Denver, Colo., later as Chief of Programs for Pacific Architects and Engineers at Athena Air Base, Greece.
Mr. Pennino began his civil service career in 1972 as a facility project programmer for Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe. He remained specialized in long-range facility planning and programming until his voluntary departure in 1984, when he left to start his own construction-related businesses. He returned to federal service in 1997 and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in March 2002.
1966 Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, Newark College of Engineering, N.J.
1975 Master's degree in public administration, University of Utah
2002 Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
1. 1972 - 1975, facility programmer, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces Europe, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany
2. 1975 - 1980, facility programmer and legislative liaison, Military Construction Program, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
3. 1980 - 1984, Chief, Programs Division, Directorate of Civil Engineering, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Md.
4. 1984 - 1997, President and Chief Executive Officer, Country Diversions Inc., and Pennino Construction Inc., Windsor, Vt.; New Bern, N.C.; and Camdenton, Mo.
5. 1997 - 1999, Chief, Programs Development and Financial Management Branch, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
6. 1999 - 2002, Director, Western Region Environmental Office, Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence, San Francisco, Calif.
7. 2002 - 2003, Deputy Command Civil Engineer, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
8. 2003 - present, Command Civil Engineer, Headquarters AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
1984 and 1999 Air Force Civilian Meritorious Service Award
Harry P. Reitman Civilian Excellence Award, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
1993 - 1994, North Carolina licensed general contractor
1995 - present, Professional building designer, American Institute of Building Design
1998 - present, Society of American Military Engineers
2003 - 2004, President, Kittyhawk Post, Society of American Military Engineers
(Current as of November 2005)