PITTSBURGH - Sgt. Christopher Gschwendtner of Duncansville recently represented the U.S. Army Reserve at the National Hockey League Winter Classic at Heinz Field. Gschwendtner is assigned to the 298th Maintenance Company in Altoona, where he serves as a nuclear biological chemical non-commissioned officer. Gschwendtner was selected based on combat awards he received as a result of his deployment to Iraq from January 2007 through April 2008 with Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart twice for his service. "The seats were amazing; it was in an enclosed suite. I couldn't have asked for a better view," he said.
Gschwendtner attended the game and the NHL-sponsored New Year's Eve celebration with his girlfriend, Cori Seedenburg, and two invited friends. He is a full-time student in Stevensville, Md., where he is learning to fly fixed wing aircraft with an ultimate goal of earning his private pilot's license.
He is a 1998 graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Altoona. He also holds a bachelor's degree in business from Penn State University. Gschwendtner is the son of Michael and Margie Gschwendtner of Duncansville.
Sgt. Christopher Gschwendtner is shown with Duff Goldman of Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes,’’ who also was at the National Hockey League Winter Classic at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh.