Captain William J. Houston
Commander, Submarine Squadron 20
A native of Buffalo, New York, Captain Houston graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned via the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program.
His operational tours include, junior officer USS PHOENIX (SSN 702), Engineer Officer USS HAMPTON (SSN 767), Executive Officer USS TENNESSEE (SSBN 734)(B), and Commanding Officer USS HAMPTON (SSN 767). He has completed six SSN deployments to various locations including the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, and Western Pacific. He has also completed three strategic deterrent patrols in the Atlantic.
His staff assignments include Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, the Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, Special Assistant to the Director of Naval Reactors for Personnel and Policy, Deputy Commander for Submarine Squadron TWENTY, and the Principal Director for Nuclear Matters within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
During his assignment as Flag Lieutenant he graduated with distinction from the Naval War College via its correspondence course. While assigned to the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board he earned a Master of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary graduating with highest honors.
Captain Houston is entitled to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal four awards, and has been privileged to serve on units that have been recognized with the Navy Unit Commendations and Meritorious Unit Commendations. During his last three submarine tours the units to which he was assigned were awarded the Battle Efficiency “E” award for the first time in several years. While in command HAMPTON was recognized as the Arleigh Burke award nominee for the Pacific Fleet for most improved warship and was recognized as having the best retention and fewest unplanned losses of any Pacific Fleet fast attack submarine.
He is married to the former Colleen Ann Noe of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, a Navy Commander who is currently serving in Washington, DC at the Commander, Navy Installations Command. They have two daughters, Lauren and Emily.