The move comes just weeks after the Air Force announced it would finalize the planned closure of the 911th and each of its military and personnel positions.
Pennington will take his position at the 433rd in May. He has served with the Moon-based 911th since 2010. It is unclear who will lead the 911th until its planned closure in 2013.
Pennington will be the senior officer at the Texas-based wing, overseeing 1,663 Air Force Reserve members and 320 civilians, according to an Air Force statement.
Pennsylvania lawmakers and local military supporters have said they will work to the closure of the 911th Airlift Wing. The Air Force is slated to the wing as a part of a $4.7 billion nationwide initiative aimed at cutting federal defense spending. The plan also includes the re-alignment of the neighboring 171st Refueling Wing in Moon.