• Don’t Miss Next Week’s Steering Committee Meeting

    We will be holding our quarterly Membership/Steering Committee meeting next week, on the March 19th at 8:00am, in the Cole Auditorium at the NIIC (3201 Stellhorn Road in Fort Wayne).  This quarterly meeting is an opportunity to address your issues, determine concerted NIDIA plans to address and track them and integrate with our Executive Steering Committee from across Indiana.  We hope to see each of you there!

    As a reminder, we encourage any/all NIDIA members to attend our Steering Committee meetings, as they are not just for the core Steering Committee, but for all members. 

    Also, please sign up on our Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nidia-mega-conference-tickets-15822372141 for the upcoming mega conference on the 17th of April (signup is required to attend).  If any of you signed up via a link that took you to the PTAC site, please advise and we’ll get you added into Eventbrite.

    For more information about the MEGA Event, visit the following news post: http://nidiaonline.org/nidia-announces-mega-conference-on-april-17-2015/

  • Inaugural ‘Race for the Warriors’ kicks off at the Airport

    The Fort Wayne Base Community Council will be hosting the inaugural ‘Race for the Warriors’ 5k/10k charity fundraiser race and walk, May 23, 2015, at the Fort Wayne International Airport. 

     Race day registration starts at 7:30 a.m., with the race at 9 a.m., and will follow a course through the airfield’s taxiways, runways and cargo ramp. Timing for runners will be provided by Fleet Feet, Inc. from Fort Wayne.

    Free event parking, check-in and pre / post-race activities will all take place at the Fort Wayne International Airport’s Air Trade Centre. A $25.00 registration fee for the 5K and $30.00 for the 10k will provide runners with a commemorative T-shirt, featuring a race logo created by Viridian Architectural Design, as well as other items donated by FWBCC members and supporters.

    “Signing up for the ‘Race for the Warriors’ is a way everyone can show their support for local military families on Memorial Day weekend,” said Patrick Dooley, director of airport development with FWA and base community council board member. “Our all-volunteer committee is working to make every aspect of this run unique and fun for the entire family.”

    Both Dooley and retired Capt. Eric Flores, senior mortgage consultant with Union Home Mortgage, will co-chair the run and lead the team of volunteers working to manage production of the event.

    The proceeds from the race will benefit the FWBCC’s Military Support Fund, which assists military families in times of need.

    The council’s Military Support Fund is managed in partnership with The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, and has helped more than 120 local military families during its first two years of operation.

    “One unique aspect of our Military Support Fund is that it is available to enlisted members of the Armed Forces who are currently serving but not deployed,” said FWBCC president Tammy Kelly. “While there are many wonderful organizations supporting our Nation’s defenders, service members may not qualify for other programs, or there is a lengthier application process and wait time for relief. Our support fund can provide immediate short-term aid to military members when emergencies arise, allowing them to stay more focused on their mission and care of their families.”

    The FWBCC held a race name selection contest in late 2014, and Donna L. Sark of Fort Wayne came up with the winning event title.

    To sign-up and register, or for more information, visit www.raceforthewarrior.com or see the Fort Wayne Base Community Council’s website (www.fortwaynebcc.org).

  • Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Summit

    Come see speakers with more than 300 years of combined military experience at the Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Summit – March 16-18, 2015 at the MGM Grand Detroit in Detroit Michigan.

    Benefits of Attending

    • Exposure and understanding of the next generation of lightweight tactical vehicles
    • Understand and influence requirements in order to provide “best value” parts and components
    • Gain clarity on the limitations of offensive weaponry and terrain
    • Learn best practices to increase speed to market

    View Event Overview Document Get directions to the MGM Grand in Detroit, MI

  • Small Technology Firms and Innovators, America’s Largest Seed Fund is Coming to a City Near You

    The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Over the course of this year individual program managers from the 11 participating agencies representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding will embark on a 20 state road tour, participating in a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States. If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm, don’t miss this opportunity. Every SBIR Road Tour stop provides an in-depth understanding of agency technology funding priorities, and one-on-one meetings with high level decision makers. Register TODAY! North Central Tour – the week of July 13th: Indianapolis, IN Chicago, IL Learn more by visiting www.sbirroadtour.com NIDIA will work with the Road Tour team to bring this tour to Fort Wayne in the future.

  • SORDAC TE 15-3 Event at Muscatatuk Urban Warfare Center in June

    SORDAC (Special Operations Research Development Acquisition Center) will have their TE 15-3 (Technical Experimentation) at Muscatatuk Urban Warfare Center on or about 16 to 26 June 2015 with an emphasis on urban/unconventional warfare. This is an opportunity for business to show off their products and gain feedback from real SOF operators. This may lead to a future government contract but is designed to be more of a venue to showcase, test and improve various products through collaboration (think engineers attending versus marketing). Once the RFI is posted (end of February to the middle of March )on the SORDAC web site (listed below), businesses will have approximately one month to do a short 1 page white paper. Once you submit your white paper, SORDAC will condense them into a “white paragraph,” and send to Special Operation Forces (SOF) units. If a minimum of one unit is interested in seeing in the product/technology, the business will be invited to the event. Once at the event, businesses will be reviewed/assessed by at least one SOF member (often many others as well). This is an Unclassified event. For more information on this event, please visit the SORDAC website: http://www.socom.mil/sordac/Pages/ExpWithUS.aspx