Captain James E. Horten
USS CHICAGO (SSN 721)
CAPT Horten was born in DuBois, PA and graduated from the United States Naval Academy with distinction in 1988 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering. He earned a Master of Science degree in Administrative Studies from Boston University in 1999.
After completing nuclear power training, he served as a staff pickup officer at the D1G prototype. He then reported to the USS Houston (SSN 713) in San Diego, CA where he served as the Communicator and Damage Control Assistant. During this tour he completed one Western Pacific deployment with the Kitty Hawk Battle Group.
Following duty as the Captain Submarine Group Two Flag Lieutenant and graduation from the Submarine Officer Advanced Course, CAPT Horten reported to the USS Buffalo (SSN 715) in Pearl Harbor, HI as the Engineer. He completed two Western Pacific deployments including three missions vital to national security and two Selective Restricted Availabilities. He then transferred to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium where he served as a situation center watch officer during the first eighteen months of Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo.
In November 2000, CAPT Horten reported to the USS Maine (SSBN 741 Blue) as the Executive Officer and completed three Strategic Deterrent patrols. He then served on the OPNAV staff from August 2002 until December 2004 as the Tomahawk Requirements Officer overseeing significant expenditures during Operation Iraqi Freedom and the fielding of the new Tactical Tomahawk Cruise Missile.
From August 2005 until April 2008, CAPT Horten commanded USS Olympia (SSN 717). The command tour was dominated by the Engineered Refueling Overhaul at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. CAPT Horten serves at the Submarine Squadron Three Deputy Captain for Training.
CAPT Horten’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with silver star, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the National Defense Medal with bronze star.