Captain Houston Mills

Houston began his UPS career in May 1994 as a DC-8 Flight Engineer in Louisville, KY. In May 2000, he was promoted into management and has held positions of increasing responsibility in human resources, flight training, flight standards, and flight operations. In January 2002 he was promoted to 757/767 Captain and subsequently accepted assignments as a 757/767 international check airman / instructor, and assistant chief pilot in Louisville, Ky. In June 2005 he accepted a relocation/lateral assignment to Ontario, CA where he served as an assistant chief pilot. 

In May 2006, he was promoted to Ontario/Western U.S. Chief Pilot, managing the company’s second largest pilot domicile. In June 2007 he relocated to Louisville, KY and was promoted to Flight Training Division Manager where he assumed responsibilities for the airline FAA approved Flight Training program covering all UPS pilot training. In January 2011 he accepted the assignment as International Chief Pilot responsible for all international flight activity, regulatory oversight, and the Ontario, Miami, and Anchorage pilot domiciles. 

He accepted his current assignment to the Airline Region Staff as Director of Airline Safety in January 2013. He is currently responsible for the integration and quality of the Airline Safety Management System, the airline’s emergency response program, and serves as an interface to the FAA Certificate Management Office (CMO), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and other safety and compliance related organizations to include employee unions. 

Houston holds a bachelor’s of art in English literature from Wabash College and Masters of Business Administration from Webster University. He holds a Professional Human Resources designation, Airport Transportation Professional (ATP) license, Commercial Pilot license, and Flight Engineer license. He also served 9 years as a Marine Corps officer and F/A-18 fighter pilot, where he severed as an air combat tactics instructor and supported ground units during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Restore Hope and flew missions during Operation Southern Watch. He has more than 100 aircraft carrier landings to his credit.

Houston currently serves on the board of Trustees for the Lincoln Foundation of Louisville, KY, Auburn University’s Aviation Advisory Board, and is President of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky. 

In the past, he has held leadership roles with the Metro United Way, Center for Women and Families, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice of Louisville, Chairman Board of Directors Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, Black Executive Exchange Program, 100 Black Men of Louisville, Medal of Honor Convention Planning Committee, and the Marine Corps League.