Northeast Indiana Base Community Council 

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  • 12 Apr 2019 12:24 PM | Anonymous member

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 12, 2019
    MEDIA CONTACT: Rachel Lott, Marketing Chair, (260) 267-7266,

    Fifth Annual Race For the Warrior raises money for the Military Support Fund

    FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Race For the Warrior, to be held April 27 at Fort Wayne International Airport, is the Northeast Indiana Base Community Council’s (NIBCC) primary annual fundraiser for the Military Support Fund. Established in 2012, the fund has provided grants to more than 1200 soldiers, veterans and their family members, totaling approximately $140,000 in emergency financial support.

    The fund was created to fill the gap some service members may encounter after returning from a deployment, experiencing a layoff, or facing other financial crises.

    “When we created the Military Support Fund, we wanted to help military families keep their lights on, pay their rent or mortage, and keep their families together in the event of urgent financial crisis,” Patrick Dooley, NIBCC president, said. “The one-time support we provide has given folks that little extra they need to avoid those life-altering situations.”

    In December 2018, the military support fund helped keep a family together on Christmas Eve. Along with his wife and young children, a soldier was being evicted from his home, which would have resulted in alternative custody arrangements for the kids due to homelessness. In partnership with the Associated Churches, the Military Support Fund paid for a temporary place for the family to stay and connected them resources to help them get back on their feet.

    “Our service men and women, who give so much for our families to enjoy freedom, should never have to fear losing their children or any similar devastating situation due to financial hardship,” Garry Pook, NIBCC board member and Associated Churches director of finance, said. “The Military Support Fund provides critical assistance in such unfortunate circumstances.”

    Local military leaders have recognized the support given by the Military Support Fund.

    “After our unit’s return from extended training in preparation for deployment, I learned that several

    soldiers in my platoon were in dire financial situations, some even at risk of losing their homes due to gaps in civilian pay and unusual expenses like extra childcare associated with their time away for duty,” a local platoon sergeant said. “A member of the Military Support Fund committee met with soldiers individually to assist with grant applications and to educate them about other local resources to immediately help them through their crisis. In one week alone, seven of our soldiers were awarded grants. The payments from the fund were critically needed to help our soldiers keep the lights on and keep their families under one roof.”

    In addition to grants, the NIBCC helps connect military families to needed resources to provide additional and longer-term assistance. These connections are often made directly by NIBCC board members like Tammy Kelly, immediate past president. After a local woman’s son, who served in the Indiana Air National Guard, attempted suicide last fall, Kelly assisted in connecting the family to additional resources after they received a grant from the Military Support Fund.

    “It was through Tammy I got the information I needed to qualify [my son] for Tricare insurance available to him through his service in the Indiana National Guard,” a local woman said. “I cannot express strongly enough what a difference this had made for [him]. Without this support, he would now likely be in a nursing home without the rehabilitation he needed to get better and quite possibly still would not be speaking or walking.”

    Brig. Gen. Patrick Renwick sees the support provided by the Military Support Fund as mission critical, because it minimizes excessive stress and distraction for soldiers.

    “My personal thanks go out to those who extend a helping hand and support a unit member through tough times, helping our Airmen stay resilient and focused on the mission,” Renwick said in a letter to the NIBCC board. “This support directly impacts our mission success by keeping our Airmen mentally and physically able to continue answering their nation’s call.”

    Rep. Jim Banks, a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserve, is participating in the race as the official race starter and will also lead the pledge of allegiance.

    To participate in the Race For the Warrior and the growth of the Military Support Fund, runners may register online at Non-runners who want to join in on the festivities can register for a 5K pedal trolley ride or to enjoy lunch with the runners after the race. Space is limited.


    About Race For the Warrior & the Military Support Fund
    Race For the Warrior (R4TW) is NIBCC’s primary annual fundraising event for the Military Support Fund, which provides emergency assistance to local military and veteran families in urgent financial need.  R4TW runners enjoy a 5K run/walk, 10K race or 5K/10K wheelchair race on the Fort Wayne International Airport runway.

    About the Northeast Indiana Base Community Council (NIBCC)
    Since its inception in 2011, NIBCC has served as a catalyst in unifying the military and civilian components of Northeast Indiana through education, collaboration, communication, and programs to build quality of life in the region. NIBCC is supported by its members and fundraising events.

  • 11 Nov 2017 4:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Saturday November 11,

    White Christmas musical is offered FREE for military service members, Veterans, and their families. This is a production of the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre​ and tickets are sponsored thanks to Raytheon​

    See the flyer for details on our Facebook page and how to reserve your free tickets. Contact the Box Office and present your valid military i.d. card for tickets.


  • 06 Nov 2017 9:36 PM | Anonymous member

    Local Sky Zone Fort Wayne business offers Military Appreication event on November 6, allowing Veterans, Military Service Members, and their families to attend free of charge and obtain free sky socks!

  • 04 Nov 2017 10:03 PM | Anonymous member

    The 4th Annual Veterans Dental Day will be held at the Grabill Family Dentistry on Saturday November 4th. They will be providing FREE dental services for Veterans. Call the office to make your appointment. Thank you!


  • 28 Oct 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Glad to welcome Scrapper's Rescue 2 to the Fort Wayne area and our community. Consider attending the Chili Cookoff Fundraiser they will have to help benefit Veterans and Animals. 

    When: October 28, 2017 

    Time and Location TBA - check their facebook page for an update.

  • 20 Oct 2017 6:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Dancing with the Heros - an event brought to you through the collaboration efforts of the Fort Wayne Ballroom Company helping to bring a fun talent to local veterans.

    On October 20, 2017 - you are invited to attend the event to watch the local veterans show off their skills.

    All proceeds from the event go to support Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana.

    Event held at Ceruti's

    See the flyer on Facebook for more details.

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  • 07 Jul 2017 2:02 PM | Anonymous member

    Northern Indiana VA will be hosting an event, open to public and all interested parties to attend.
    What: Mental Health Summit - Fort Wayne, IN
    When: August 23, 2017, all day
    Where: Parkview Mirro Center, Fort Wayne, IN
    Flyer on our Facebook page. 

  • 20 Oct 2016 1:54 PM | Anonymous member

    The October 7th Fort Wayne Base Community Council Luncheon was a smashing success, with nearly 400 community and military leaders, BCC members and supporters in attendance. Several local media outlets also covered the event. Our Guest Speaker was Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Sgt. Meyer spoke to attendees on his experiences in combat, as well as the importance of recruiting and retaining veterans to fill positions at local businesses. 

    Sgt. Meyer also congratulated the greater Fort Wayne area on being one of the most military-friendly communities he's visited. He complimented business leaders and the BCC on being closely engaged with military leaders and local military units, to help military members while still serving, and as they leave the military to join the local workforce.

    The Fort Wayne Base Community Council's mission is to “Bring Community and Military Service Together.” The BCC is a not-for-profit organization, and relies on membership dues for 96% of revenue. The BCC is always looking for new talent and willing hands. If you would like to become a member, make a donation, or sign up to become a volunteer at one of our events, you may do so online by visiting the links at the top of your screen. 

  • 21 Jan 2016 2:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click here: FWBCC Newsletter Jan 2016.pdf to access our first 2016 Newsletter!

    This issue is packed full of news reports, photographs, information on upcoming events and opportunities for our members and community partners to get involved! 

    Suggestions and support of our members and volunteers make it possible for the Fort Wayne Base Community Council to plan, host, and coordinate a variety of activities and programs throughout the year. Contact us to share your questions, concerns and ideas! 

    Our volunteer-led organization is focused on supporting military members and maintaining talent and resources that enhance quality of life in our community. As our organization grows and our members get more engaged in the mission, the sky is the limit on what we can accomplish! Thank you for your steadfast support and your part in "Bringing Community and Military Service Together!" 


  • 11 Jan 2016 11:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SAVE THE DATE: February 12, 2016 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

    The first quarterly luncheon of the New Year will feature guest speaker Major General Corey Carr, the Adjutant General who commands thousands of Indiana National Guardsmen. 

    Stay tuned for an invitation and registration information to be posted soon!

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Just released and packed full of news reports and information about upcoming events--Volume 1 Issue 1 of our 2016 Member Newsletter

 FWBCC Newsletter Jan 2016.pdf

Northeast Indiana Base Community Council

P.O. Box 25506

Fort Wayne, IN 46825


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