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Captain Jack Houdeshell, USN
Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine School

Command Officer

Captain Jack Houdeshell, a native of Iowa, received a NROTC scholarship after completing the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics.

Houdeshell later earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering Acoustics from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and completed Joint Professional Military Education via the Command and General Staff Course in Leavenworth, KS, and the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA.

At sea, Houdeshell served on five fast-attack submarines: as torpedo division officer,damage control assistant, and assistant combat systems officer aboard USS Houston (SSN 713) home ported in San Diego; navigation-operations officer aboard USS Toledo (SSN 769) home ported in Groton, Connecticut, including a surge deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; and as executive officer on USS Montpelier (SSN 765), home ported in Norfolk, Virginia.

He has served twice as commanding officer of USS Dallas (SSN 700) homeported in Groton, as well as temporarily for USS Springfield (SSN 761), also homeported in Groton.

He has deployed to the Western Pacific, Mediterranean, and five times to U. S. Central Command's area of responsibility. USS Houston, USS Montpelier, and USS Dallas were all awarded the Battle Efficiency "E" while he was aboard.

His shore tours include serving as Submarine Officer Advanced Course director at Naval Submarine School, deputy J-2 for innovation and development, U. S. Joint Forces Command, deputy commander for Submarine Squadron 4, and as the director of training at Naval Submarine School.

Captain Houdeshell assumed command of Naval Submarine School on March 6, 2018.

Lieutenant Commander Jon Cantor, USN
Executive Officer, Naval Submarine School

Executive Officer

Lt. Cmdr. Cantor enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear field electronics technician in 1997. He was accepted into the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program and attended North Carolina State University, earning a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. Following commissioning in 2002, he completed Nuclear Power School and Prototype in Charleston, South Carolina. He later graduated from the University of Maryland with a master's degree in Leadership, Education and Development.

At sea, his first tour was aboard USS West Virginia (SSBN 736 BLUE) as the chemistry and radiological controls assistant and the communications officer, completing four strategic deterrent patrols and earning the Battle "E" award. After completing Submarine Officer Advanced Course, he was a plankowner aboard USS Mississippi (SSN 782) as navigation and operations officer, seeing her through her maiden voyage, commissioning, and supporting dry deck shelter operations and testing. After completing the Submarine Command Course, he reported for his executive officer tour on USS Missouri (SSN 780), where he deployed to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility and executed a homeport shift from Groton, Connecticut to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

His shore tours include service as 16th Company officer at the U.S. Naval Academy and as the tactics director at Naval Submarine Training Center, Pacific in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

He reported as executive officer of Naval Submarine School in March 2018.

Cantor is honored to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal, as well as other unit awards earned by the fine people with whom he has served.

CMDCM (SS) Eric J. Murphy, USN
Command Master Chief, Naval Submarine School

Command Master Chief

Master Chief Murphy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Navy in 1992 and completed Basic Recruit Training at Recruit Training Command (RTC), San Diego, California, followed by Interior Communications Electrician "A" School in San Diego. He then attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) in Groton, Connecticut.

He reported for his first assignment to USS Providence (SSN-719) in April 1993. While assigned to Providence, he completed two EUCOM deployments.

In December 1996, he reported to Performance Monitoring Team New London as a NAVSEA inspector of Oxygen Generators and Steering and Diving systems. Following this assignment, he was converted to Navigation Electronics Technician and reported to USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720).

From November 1999 to March 2003, Murphy was assigned as the navigation leading petty officer (LPO). He completed two six-month deployments in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in September 2002.

In April 2003 he reported to Submarine Squadron Fifteen Performance Monitoring Team in Guam.

In April 2006, Murphy transferred to the USS North Carolina (SSN-777) as the 3M Coordinator. While there, he qualified and then served as the Assistant Navigator, was advanced to Senior Chief in 2009 and completed qualifications as Chief of the Boat.

He reported to USS New Mexico (SSN-779) in July 2009 as the Chief of the Boat where he successfully completed a shortened build cycle and the associated trials and testing. Murphy was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer in 2012 and received the Naval Submarine League Frank Lister Award for outstanding leadership as the Chief of the Boat.

In November 2012 he graduated the Senior Enlisted Academy and reported to Naval Submarine Support Facility where he served as the Command Master Chief. In June 2015 he reported to USS Virginia (SSN-774) for his second tour as Chief of the Boat and completed a EUCOM deployment.

In February 2017, he transferred to Naval Submarine School as the Command Master Chief.

Master Chief Murphy is entitled to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), Good Conduct Medal (seven awards) and various unit and campaign awards.