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Christopher S Strager, Acting Director
NWS Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services
Office of the Assistant Administrator for Weather Services
an AMS Member
is the Acting Director of the
National Weather Service
Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services.
His meteorological career began as an enlisted weather observer with the
United States Air Force
After tours as a weather officer at locations including K.I. Sawyer Air
Force Base in Michigan and the US Southern Command Headquarters in
Panama City, Panama, he left active duty in 1992 but continued to serve in
the reserves with the 146th Weather Flight of the Pennsylvania Air National
Guard until his retirement as its commander in 2012.
His military awards include the Bronze Star for his leadership of a deployed Special
Operations Weather Team during Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as several
Outstanding Unit Awards and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Mr. Strager's NWS career started at the Portland, Maine Weather Forecast Office.
In 1993, he transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Route Traffic
Control Center/Center Weather Service Unit in Oberlin, Ohio.
He returned to the NWS at the Grand Forks, North Dakota Weather Forecast Office
in 1995, where he received a Department of Commerce Silver Medal for work during
the Red River Flood of 1997.
He joined the Pittsburgh, Pensylvania Weather Forecast Office in the position of
Senior Meteorologist in 1998 and was promoted in 2003 to Regional Aviation
Meteorologist at the Alaska Region Headquarters in Anchorage. While in this position
he also served as the national program manager for the NWS's Volcanic Ash Program.
He became the Alaska Region's Deputy Regional Director in 2004 before returning in
2008 to the Pittsburgh Weather Forecast Office as the Meteorologist-in-Charge. He served
as the Pittsburgh MIC until his selection as the Director for NWS Eastern Region in 2010.
In 2011 Mr. Strager came to NWS Headquarters as the NWS Advisor for Science and
Service Integration to develop the NWS Roadmap, which will implement the
NWS Strategic Plan. This document will shape and guide NWS operations in the year
2020 and beyond.
In 2012 he was selected to be Director of the NWS Eastern Region, which is
headquartered in Bohemia, New York. As Eastern Region Director he was
responsible for 30 field offices in 16 states, covering the Eastern seaboard from
Maine to South Carolina and as far west as Ohio.
In 2013 he was asked to lead the Office of Climate, Water and Weather as Acting Director.
Mr. Strager has a BS degree in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University
(1983) and a MS degree in meteorology from Texas A&M University (1989).
2011 AMS Summer Community Meeting
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