Rear Adm. Houston is a native of Buffalo, New York . He is a 1990 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned via the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary.
His sea tours include, division officer assignments on USS Phoenix (SSN 702), engineer officer onboard USS Hampton (SSN 767), and executive officer onboard USS Tennessee (SSBN 734)(B). He commanded USS Hampton (SSN 767) in San Diego and was commodore of Submarine Squadron 20 in Kings Bay, Georgia.
His staff assignments include flag lieutenant to Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board; special assistant to the Director of Naval Reactors for Personnel and Policy; deputy commander for Submarine Squadron 20; principal director for Nuclear Matters within the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Submarine and Nuclear Community manager, Military Personnel Plans and Policy (N133) and division director of Submarine and Nuclear Propulsion Distribution, Navy Personnel Command (PERS-42), and deputy director for Strategic Targeting and Nuclear Mission Planning (J5N) United States Strategic Command.
Houston is currently serving as director, Plans and Operations, U.S. Naval Forces Europe – Sixth Fleet/deputy commander, Sixth Fleet/commander, Submarine Group Eight, responsible for the operational oversight and readiness management of forward deployed maritime forces in support of U.S. European Command and U.S. African Command.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards.