Official photo for Admiral William J. Houston
Admiral William J. Houston

Admiral Houston is a native of Buffalo, New York, and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was commissioned via the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the College of William and Mary's Mason School of Business.

His sea tours include division officer assignments on USS Pheonix (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 King's Bay, Georgia.

His shore assignments include Flag Lieutenant for 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 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).

His Flag assignments include Deputy Director for Strategic Targeting and Nuclear Mission Planning (J5N) United States Strategic Command; Director of Operations, Naval Forces Europe-Africa; Deputy Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, and Commander, Submarine Group 8; Director, Undersea Warfare Division, Office of Chief of Naval Operations (N97); Commander, Naval Submarine Forces, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and Commander, Allied Submarine Command.

Admiral Houston assumed his duties as Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program in January 2024.