Christopher S. Strager is the Director of the National Weather Service (NWS) Central Region in Kansas City, MO. The Central Region contains 45 NWS offices with nearly 1,000 employees spread across 14 states. Mr. Strager spent over 10 years on active duty as a meteorologist with the Air Force, and another 20 years with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. His military awards include the Bronze Star for his leadership of a deployed Special Operations Weather Team during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Chris began his time with the NWS in 1992 in Portland, ME. His career has taken him to varied assignments across the country, including Anchorage, AK where he served as the Deputy Regional Director of the Alaska Region. He returned back to the lower 48 to serve as the Director for NWS Eastern Region in 2010.In 2011 Chris came to NWS HQ as the NWS Advisor for Science and Service Integration. He developed the agencys Weather-Ready Nation Roadmap, published in April, 2013. This document serves to shape and guide NWS operations through the year 2020 and beyond. He started his current position as the Central Region Director in October 2014.Chris is currently on detail to NWS HQ in Silver Spring MD through December 2018 to lead the agencys Evolve NWS initiative, a key part in the NWS efforts to build a Weather-Ready Nation.