Northeast Indiana Base Community Council 

  "America's Most Engaged Military Community!"



The date for the 6th Annual Race for The Warrior (R4TW) has been changed from Saturday, April 25 to Saturday, Aug. 1, based on the Back on Track plan prescribed for the state by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

This 5k/10k run/walk/roll traverses the runway at Fort Wayne International Airport. The event is the NIBCC’s main fundraiser for the year, with proceeds benefiting the Military Support Fund, a program that awards grants to military families experiencing financial emergencies. The pandemic and its respective shutdown will have lasting effects for our military community, making the need for this fundraiser greater now more than ever.

“We take our responsibility seriously to our supporters and Race for the Warrior participants to err on the side of safety as we prepare for this year’s race,” said Patrick Dooley, NIBCC president. “The committee set a commitment to conduct Race for the Warrior while observing CDC and State of Indiana COVID-19 guidelines, or not conduct the race. Tremendous planning has been put into race setup and operations to meet, and in some cases exceed, the guidelines to create a safer race that still has the fun of past events.”

Even with these protocols it is important for participants to recognize that there are inherent risks in any public event or gathering.

Our COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols include:

  • Extra cleaning and sanitation procedures throughout the event area
  • Requiring all participants and volunteers to wear face coverings or masks at all time except when eating, drinking or running the race after crossing the starting line
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the event area and on the racecourse
  • Temperature checks when entering the event area
  • Social distancing markers at registration, the race start-que area and at food and beverage lines
  • Extra restroom facilities with sanitation stations immediately available

Guidance to runners and volunteers:

1. If you are ill or demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19, do not attend

2. If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within 14 days, do not attend

3. If you become ill or demonstrate COVID-19 symptoms during Race for the Warrior

a. Immediately put on a mask

b. Go to the Medical Isolation Tent for assistance

To register, visit

For more information, contact Runner Relations Chair Lyticia Emery via email at

More details on the steps we are taking:


  • will have temperature checks when reporting to volunteer for the event
  • will wear a face mask when in the event area
  • will wear latex gloves when having direct contact with race participants
  • will have access to hand sanitizer, face masks, face shields and gloves throughout the event

Runners and guests:

  • will have temperature checks prior to entering parking
  • will always be required to wear face mask in the event area except when running on the racecourse after crossing the starting line, or when eating, drinking or in a family group.
  • will be asked to maintain social distancing;
  • The starting line is 150-feet wide
  • The racecourse is 150-feet wide on the taxiway
  • The racecourse is 200-feet wide on the runway

Pre/post race area:

  • will be enlarged with setup to promote social distancing
  • tables placed with 6-foot distancing
  • food and beverage will be pre-packaged or served for touchless distribution
  • tables and chairs will be routinely sanitized
  • additional restrooms will be sanitized throughout the event
  • sanitation stations will be placed throughout the event area for hand sanitizing

Race registration pick-up for early pickup and on-site pickup

  • volunteer will wear masks and gloves and safety shields at registration pickup table
  • hand sanitizer and masks will be available at packet pickup at early pick up and race day
  • face mask are required to pick up runner packets
  • registration tents will be divided by last name letters and distanced apart
  • registration lines will have social distancing markers

Race Starting Que area

  • will be marked to place participants in a 6-foot grid to position runners in a social distance format.


  • The race start will be conducted with multiple starting heats to allow for a social distancing start
  • Racecourse water & safety stations
  • Volunteers will wear face masks and gloves
  • Touchless water bottle pickup tables
  • Disposable face masks and hand sanitizer available

For more information, visit

Race for the Warrior changes race date to Aug. 1

For immediate release: March 18, 2020

Media Contact: Eric Flores via email at:

After careful deliberation, the Northeast Indiana Base Community Council (NIBCC) has rescheduled Race for the Warrior (R4TW) from Saturday, April 25 to Saturday, Aug. 1 when we believe the impact of COVID-19 will have subsided. 

NIBCC is interested in public health and it remains our most immediate priority. Due to recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, we believe it is in the best interest of all involved to shift dates in order to facilitate a safe race for our runners, walkers and volunteers.

We are encouraged and excited by the advanced registrations for R4TW and hope the date change does not affect anyone's ability to support the race and help raise funds for the NIBCC Military Support Fund, a program that awards grants to military families experiencing financial emergencies.

If you have already registered for Race for the Warrior, your options include:

  • Remain registered and automatically participate in the race on Saturday, Aug. 1.
  • Decline participation but still donate your registration fee to the NIBCC Military Support Fund.
  • Receive a credit towards next year’s Race for the Warrior, scheduled for Saturday, April 24, 2021.
  • Participate in a “Race for the Warrior 2020 Virtual Race”

Runners that are registered will receive an email with a link to select one of the above choices.  If you have additional questions, use our “Questions” link on the race page and we will get you the answer.

For more information, visit:

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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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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