Published April 28, 2015
Krista Strider is the Deputy Director and Senior Curator of the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In this position, Strider helps guide the museum in its mission of preserving the heritage of the U.S. Air Force and helps to formulate and determine its interpretation to the American public and to international audiences. She serves as the subject matter expert for professional museum principles, practices and preservation of material culture for the U.S. Air Force Heritage Program.
Strider helps provide strategic direction, long term vision and management oversight to the institution's exhibit planning, collection management, archival stewardship, restoration efforts, educational programming, public outreach, special events planning and facility expansion. Strider received formal appointment to her current position on March 8, 2015.
Strider is responsible for maintaining intellectual and physical control of approximately 135,000 artifacts for the oldest and largest military aviation collection in the world. Before becoming Senior Curator, Strider served as Chief of the museum's Collection Management Division since March 2001. In that role, she was responsible for the acquisition, management and accountability of the historical property collection of the U.S. Air Force Heritage Program. Strider joined the Collection Management Division in February 1992 and served as the museum's Registrar from April 1995 to February 2001 until being elevated to the Collection Management Chief.
Prior to joining the National Museum of the United States Air Force, she worked for three and a half years in the Registrar's office at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Strider holds a bachelor's of science degree from Kentucky Christian University, Grayson, Ky., a bachelor's in university studies from Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky., and a master's of arts degree in history from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.