Northeast Indiana Base Community Council 

  "America's Most Engaged Military Community!"

Upcoming events

    • 11 Mar 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Zoom


    Los Angeles-based comedian, musician, and U.S. military veteran and advocate Thom Tran comes to Fort Wayne via Zoom March 11 as the keynote speaker for the virtual luncheon of the Northeast Indiana Base Community Council.

    Tran started his career as a standup comic after a combat injury ended his career as a soldier.

    He enlisted in the United States Army at 18 years old before he even finished high school. After joining the Army, Tran spent his entire career as a Communications Sergeant as well as a Civil Affairs Sergeant within the United States Army’s Special Operations Community. In 2003, four days after crossing the border into Iraq, Thom was wounded during a firefight when a sniper’s bullet found its way to the back of his skull. He bandaged himself up, continued the mission, and finished his 12-month tour in Iraq. But his wounds would eventually bring an end to his military life. After redeploying to the United States, Thom was medically retired in 2005.

    Post-combat, comedy saved his life. After touring the United States as a road comic, Tran moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and two years later created The GIs of Comedy Tour, a Comedic Troupe of Troops that has toured all over the United States and to nearly two dozen different countries performing to audiences both military and civilian, bringing the healing power of laughter to those who need it the most. In 2019, Thom & several members of the GIs of Comedy appeared on the Netflix series, “Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy" toured nearly 30 US Air Force bases across the continental US. The group has raised over $20,000 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a charity that raises college scholarship funds for the children of fallen US Special Operations personnel.

    When Tran isn’t on the road, he makes his home in Hollywood, CA performing at The World Famous Laugh Factory and clubs all over Southern California, and occasionally does some acting, co-starring on Black-is on ABC and SEAL Team & NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS.

    Recently, Tran’s love of rock and roll finds him back on stage playing lead guitar for a heavy metal band and cover band he co-founded called, The Thom Tran Band, playing bars and nightclubs in Southern California!

    The March 11 event will take place over Zoom, so guests can enjoy the presentation from anywhere. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. and lasts until 12:30 p.m. Registration is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

    There will also be networking opportunities for guests to mingle with each other.

    To register, go to

    Sponsorship opportunities are available as well.


    Your logo will be displayed in all marketing materials for the event. You will receive a social media shout-out as a Gold Sponsor, and mentioned in the opening and closing of the presentation as a Gold Sponsor.


    You will receive a social media shout-out as our Silver Sponsor, and mentioned in the opening and closing of the presentation as a Silver Sponsor.


    You will be mentioned at the closing of the presentation as a Bronze Sponsor.

    To sponsor the NIBCC virtual luncheon, or for more information on the event, contact Nicole Keesling at

    • 16 Jul 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Brookwood Golf Club

    Save the date! Our inaugural Military Golf Challenge will take place July 16, 2021 at Brookwood Golf Club. Details soon. Stay tuned! 

    • 24 Jul 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Fort Wayne International Airport

    Join us on Saturday, July 24, 2021 for the 7th Annual Race for the Warrior that supports the Military Support Fund and the Northeast Indiana Base Community Council. The race will take flight on the runways at the Fort Wayne International Airport. The race run will occur rain or shine (no refunds will be issued). Race t-shirt/swag not guaranteed for registrations made after 7/17/2021.

    Registration fee is $30 for 5K and $40 for 10K. Price includes race event, family entertainment, R4TW t-shirt (for registration made before July 17), lunch, water and 1 beer (must be 21+ years). Race options include walk, run, ruck, or roll.

    Day registration and packet pickup on race day begins at 7:30 am and race start is at 9 am.

    After your event, stay on site to enjoy the festivities:

    • Amazing food and beer (race registration includes lunch and 1 beer). Additional beverages can be purchased
    • Take a selfie by the A-10 courtesy of the 122nd Fighter Wing
    • Get inside an Army tactical vehicle and learn about weapons systems courtesy of the 1-293rd IN Battalion
    • Dance with Dancing Brent

    In addition to the traditional 5K and 10K walk, run, ruck or roll, we also have the following options:


    We are incorporating a parallel 'lane' for those that wish to bring their leashed K9 friend for fun at the airport. Dogs are encouraged to participate in the run as long as they are leashed at all times, current on rabies and distemper vaccines, and have excellent temperament with other dogs and children. Price is $30.


    From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., guests can enjoy all events and displays on the race site they encourage runners and enjoy the DJ and live band. Price is $10 and includes lunch and water.

    VIRTUAL RACE (5K or 10K)

    Our second year offering a virtual run as a way for you and your group to still participate in these trying times. A virtual run is done on your own time and pace with the ability to submit your results online after completion. This event will have its own award category, male/female, overall and 1st place for each age group will be awarded. Also, if you wish to receive your shirt and swag bag, you will still need to pick up at a physical location, as shipping isn't a viable option at this time. Locations and times will be announced soon. You can text or email your times into the results; you will be sent an email on how to do that when you register. Your results will be included in a report of all the virtual runners. Race fee is $30.

    For all races, registration ends July 22, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT. To register or sponsor the 7th Annual Race for the Warrior, visit

Northeast Indiana Base Community Council

P.O. Box 25506

Fort Wayne, IN 46825

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