Cmdr. Jack Houdeshell, a native of Iowa, received a NROTC scholarship after completing the BOOST program. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics.
After completing initial training, Houdeshell reported onboard USS Houston (SSN 713) in San Diego, California. During this tour, Houston conducted two Western Pacific deployments. The ship was awarded the Battle Efficiency "E" and the Navy Unit Commendation. In January 1999, Houdeshell reported to Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Upon completion of training, he was awarded a Masters of Science Degree in Engineering Acoustics.
Houdeshell completed the Submarine Officer Advanced Course (SOAC) in September 2001 and relieved as Navigation/Operations Officer onboard USS Toledo (SSN 769) in Groton, Connecticut. During his tour, the ship completed a Mediterranean deployment, CENTCOM deployment, and a surge deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The ship was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation.
Following his tour on Toledo, Houdeshell served as the SOAC director at Naval Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut from January 2005 through June 2006. Prior to reporting to the Submarine Command Course, he attended the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where he completed his JPME phase I requirements.
Houdeshell then reported aboard USS Montpelier (SSN 765) as Executive Officer. While onboard, Montpelier he completed a successful CENTCOM deployment leading to the ship being awarded the Battle Efficiency "E".
Prior to reporting as Commanding Officer of USS Dallas (SSN 700), Houdeshell served on the headquarters staff of U.S. Joint Forces Command in the Intelligence Directorate from June 2009 until May 2011.