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Commanding Officer
Cmdr. Garett Houston
 


Cmdr. Garett Houston is a native of Pembroke Pines, Florida, graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 2005, and was designated a naval aviator in June 2007.
 
His first operational squadron tour was with Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii flying the P-3C Orion from 2008-2011.  During this tour, he deployed three times to the CENTCOM and PACOM areas of responsibility (AOR) supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Tomodachi.  He qualified Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot while serving as the aviation safety officer (ASO) and pilot training officer (PTO) with the “Skinny Dragons”.
 
Houston’s first shore assignment was at VP-30 aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) instructor from 2011-2014.  He joined the P-8A Poseidon Fleet Introduction Team upon his arrival to the “Pro’s Nest” serving as the squadron’s P-8A ASO and PTO during the first three P-8A squadron transitions.  During his tenure at VP-30, he qualified as a P-8A FRS instructor –under-training (IUT) instructor pilot, Fleet IUT instructor pilot, and NATOPS evaluator.
 
Following his FRS tour, Houston reported as the assistant navigator to USS Nimitz (CVN-68) based at Naval Station Everett in 2014 followed by a homeport change to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in 2015.  While on board Nimitz, he qualified as Command Duty Officer (Underway) and Officer of the Deck (Underway).
 
He subsequently joined VP-10 aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville for his department head tour from 2016-2018.  The “Lancers” completed two deployments to the PACOM and EUCOM AORs during his tour in which he served as the Commander Task Group operations officer, safety/NATOPS officer, and operations officer.
 
He most recently served as the operations officer at Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville from 2018-2019. Houston has accumulated over 2,400 pilot hours in the P-3C and P-8A, and his personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal Strike/Flight (5), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and various other unit, campaign, and service awards.
 
Houston reported to VP-26 as executive officer in May 2020. In May 2021, Houston assumed command as the 76th commanding officer of VP-26.

 

 
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