DCC welcomes home Rep. Matt Gabler

Photo by Brian Stockman – Representative Matt Gabler thanks the students in grades 3 and 4 for holding up signs welcoming him back to DCC.Photo by Brian Stockman – Third and fourth grade students at DCC displayed welcome placards for Rep. Matt Gabler.
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Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

DuBOIS –– DuBois Central Catholic School recognized one of its own on Friday, Jan. 4, during a “Welcome Home” event for state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk). The program began at 1:15 p.m. in the high school auditorium, located at 200 Central Christian Road, DuBois.
"Matt Gabler is much cooler than me," said Rep. Tommy Sankey as he served as master of ceremonies in the event for Gabler. "A few years ago he was on National Guard Duty when the governor ordered him to Harrisburg for an important vote. He showed up at the capital, with all of us bustling through the halls in our suits and ties, and he comes striding through in full camo. I knew at that point that I would never be as cool, or as tall as Matt Gabler." Sankey ended to a round of laughter and applause.
Gabler, who was valedictorian of DCC’s 2002 graduating class, recently returned from spending nearly all of 2018 in the Middle East with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He was promoted to the rank of major during his deployment and sworn into office Tuesday to begin his sixth term in the State House, representing the residents of the 75th Legislative District. Gabler attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg on a four-year Army R.O.T.C. scholarship and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 2006 with a minor in physics. Upon graduation, Gabler’s commitment to serving others continued through his commissioning as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. He served as commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 424th Multifunctional Medical Battalion before becoming a medical logistics officer with the Headquarters, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard.  During that period of time, he was in charge of over 10,000 troops in six different countries throughout the Middle East. In the time he was overseas, he was also re-elected to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives. 

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