Commander John Houston, a graduate of Villanova University, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance as a ROTC midshipman in 2003 and was commissioned a Naval Officer shortly thereafter. In 2005 he was designated a Naval Aviator in Corpus Christi, TX.
Operationally, Commander Houston first served in Patrol Squadron FOUR FIVE at NAS Jacksonville, FL. As a pilot in Patrol Squadron FOUR FIVE, Commander Houston participated in numerous operational missions, detachments, and deployments working with U.S. and Allied forces on six continents. Commander Houston later served as the Flag Aide for Carrier Strike Group FOUR, based out of Norfolk, VA. As the Flag Aide, Commander Houston planned and executed the admiral’s daily and long-term schedule and activities. While a squadron department head, Commander Houston was detailed to Patrol Squadron FOUR based out of Kaneohe, HI and later Whidbey Island, WA. During his tour with Patrol Squadron FOUR Commander Houston acted as the Detachment Officer-in-Charge in Comalapa, El Salvador and later as the Maintenance Officer. Over the course of his operational tours Commander Houston deployed to the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOR, Operation CARIBSHIELD, and the Kosovo Campaign.
Commander Houston’s shore assignments include a tour with Patrol Squadron THREE ZERO at NAS Jacksonville, FL as a P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot, a tour as a student at U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, KS where he received a Master of Military Art and Science with a concentration in Military History, and, most recently, a tour with the Department of State in Washington, D.C. as the acting Deputy Director and Senior Aviation Advisor for the Man-portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) Task Force. In his role on the MANPADS Task Force, Commander Houston was tasked with managing and implementing programs that prevent the illicit proliferations of MANPADS to non-state actors.
Commander Houston returned to Jacksonville, FL in the summer of 2019 to receive refresher training in his primary aircraft, the P-8 Poseidon. In June 2020, he assumed duty as the Executive Officer of Patrol Squadron TEN.
Commander Houston is married to Leigh Ann Houston and has four children: Emma, twin sisters Olivia and Isabelle, and son Sam Grant.