• 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.

  • NIDIA Announces MEGA Conference on April 17, 2015

    Fort Wayne, Ind.—The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association has announced the agenda and speakers for its semi-annual NIDIA Mega Conference, which will take place on Friday, April 17, at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). The all-day conference is being co-sponsored by the Northeast Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), the Northeast ISBDC, and the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies. The spring 2015 NIDIA Mega Conference will take place in the IPFW Walb Student Union’s International Ballroom from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with sign-in starting at 9 a.m. This all-day event is open only to members of the Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association (NIDIA) and includes a complimentary lunch courtesy of NIDIA and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership (NEIRP). The theme of the conference is “Collectively Solving the DoD’s Innovation Challenge: Key Enablers, Leaders and Strategies.” The event will include a welcome by the new NIDIA President, Retired Colonel David L. Augustine, and various speakers, including Major General Omer “Clif” Tooley, commander of the Atterbury-Mascatatuk Urban Training Center of the Indiana National Guard, and Shane Springer, executive director of the Indiana PTAC, among several other key figures. Opportunities for networking with the event speakers and other NIDIA members will be recurring throughout the day. (For more details on the day’s schedule, see the agenda included on the second page of this announcement). NIDIA members wishing to attend the NIDIA Mega Conference can register by clicking on this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nidia-mega-conference-tickets-15822372141. For additional information on becoming a NIDIA member or renewing your membership, visit www.NIDIAonline.org. Inquiries about the event may be directed to Gil Perry, Northeast Indiana PTAC counselor/trainer, at 260-205-3624 or fperry@osbe.in.gov. Click Here To View Agenda

  • NIDIA Announces 2015 Board of Directors

    The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association, NIDIA, is excited to announce its 2015 Board of Directors. The Chairman of the Board, David Augustine stated “As we go into the future and significantly grow our defense industry in Northeast Indiana, we need to have the best and brightest leading the way — this group of seasoned executives will make that happen!”

    THE NIDIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    • David Augustine, Stryke Industries, Chairman
    • Joe Peters, USSI, Vice Chairman
    • Scott Maddox, Riverside Manufacturing, Treasurer
    • Rich Howard, Raytheon
    • Pete Thiel, Exelis
    • Bob Hoffman, BAE
    • Jeff Uhey, AM General
    • Chris Straw, Team Quality Services
    • Eric Grotness, PHD Inc.
    • Van Gardner, GCG Industries
    • Ed Hendler, Auburn Gear
    • Stacey Smith, Prairie Quest
    • Gil Perry, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

    All of our NIDIA members are invited to attend the 19 March NIDIA Membership / Steering Committee Meeting held at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) at 8am. This event is designed to address the issues and concerns of our NIDIA members. And please “save the date” for the 17 April NIDIA Mega Conference – sign up details will be sent out in the near future. Please visit www.nidiaonline.org for further details.