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Commander Joseph Houser, a native of El Paso, Texas, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2001 with a degree in Mathematics. Commissioned a Naval Flight Officer, he later transitioned to the Information Professional (IP) community.
Afloat he was assigned to VAW-123 Screwtops from 2004-2007 in Norfolk, Virginia. He also deployed aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN65) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. After transferring to the IP community, he served as the Combat Systems Information Officer aboard USS AMERICA (LHA6) during its pre-commissioning period in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and San Diego from 2012 to 2015. From 2019 to 2021, he served as Carrier Strike Group NINE Deputy Information Warfare Commander and Staff N6 aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN71), executing two Western Pacific deployments.
Shore tours include a 2007 to 2010 assignment to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific as the Fleet Liaison for the E2-C Hawkeye community for mission computer software development and the Ballistic Missile Defense C4I Operations Officer in support of testing for the Missile Defense Agency. From 2015 to 2018, he was assigned to United States Strategic Command Joint Force Global Strike in Omaha, Nebraska, as an Information Operations planner. In 2018, he completed a follow-on assignment to Naval Information Warfare Training Group San Diego as the director of training supporting Pacific Fleet assets through the Optimized Fleet Response Plan across the Information Warfare disciplines. He also served as the executive officer for Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station San Diego as a temporary assignment. From 2021 to 2023, he supported the stand up of Project Overmatch as the Fleet Liaison. Most recently, Houser was assigned as executive officer for Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific in March 2023.
Houser holds master’s degrees in Space Systems Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School and Government Information Leadership (Chief Information Officer) through the National Defense University. He is designated a Joint Qualified Officer and is Space Cadre and Acquisition qualified. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
Master Chief Richards is a native of Houston, Texas and graduate of Kashmere Senior High School. She enlisted in the United States Navy in September 1997 and reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. Master Chief Richards earned an Associate in Science in Computer
Networking from Coastline Community College and graduated from the Senior Enlisted Academy Class 201.
Upon graduation from Service School Command, Great Lakes, IL., Master Chief Richards reported to USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), as an undesignated Seaman Apprentice. While aboard Kitty Hawk, homeport Yokosuka, Japan, she participated in the Navy Wide Advancement Exam
and was advanced to Radioman Third Class Petty Officer. She later advanced to Information Systems Technician Second Class Petty Officer before receiving following on orders to USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS3) at Naval Base Guam. She served aboard Niagara Fall for one year before reporting to her first shore duty command at Navy and Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) Detachment San Diego. While assigned to NMCI, she was selected as the 2002 Enlisted Woman of the Year, advanced to First Class Petty Officer, and completed her tour as a Microsoft Certified System Administrator. Headed back to sea duty, she selected orders to USS Tarawa (LHA 1), where she served as Automated Data Processing Leading Petty Officer. After leading her team through various operations in U.S. 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleets, she promoted to Chief Petty Officer and shortly afterwards, executed temporary assigned duty order to Head Quarters International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Upon return from Afghanistan, she helped decommission the Eagle of the Sea and received orders to Center for Information Dominance (CID) Learning Site San Diego. At CID, she served as the Journeyman Communications Course Manager and Department Leading Petty Officer before accepting duty aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5). On the Iron Nickle, she was assigned as Leading Chief Petty Officer for the Automated Data Processing division and later promoted to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer before departing San Diego, and relocating to New Orleans, LA. Upon transfer, Master Chief Richards reported to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center New Orleans and assumed duties as the detachment’s Senior Enlisted Leader. In 2018 Master Chief Richards transferred to Commander Destroyer Squadron FIFTEEN in Yokosuka, Japan to server as Communications Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. During her tour she was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer.
Master Chief Richards has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Updated: Reflect current date Achievement Medal (5 awards) along with various unit and campaign awards. Additionally, she is designated as a Master Training Specialist and qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, and Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist.
In February of 2022 Master Chief Richards assumed duties as the Command Master Chief for Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific San Diego.