Rear Adm. William Houston is a native of Buffalo, New York, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program. He holds a Masters 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 (SUBRON) 20 in Kings Bay, Georgia.
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 SUBRON-20; the principal director for nuclear matters within the Office of the Secretary of Defense; the 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).
Houston serves as the deputy director for Strategic Targeting and Nuclear Mission Planning (J5N) Commander, United States Strategic Command (CDRUSSTRATCOM), responsible for identifying strategic targets and conducting nuclear mission planning in support of CDRUSSTRATCOM operational plans in order to meet both deterrence and decisive national security objectives.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards.