Northeast Indiana Base Community Council 

  "America's Most Engaged Military Community!"



After a regional search for the right leader to take over the reins of the Northeast Indiana Base Community Council, the board of directors named longtime board member Carl Huber as its president. Huber was sworn in at the group’s meeting Sept. 9. His term will run through March 2022. He has served on the board since 2014.

Huber replaces outgoing president Patrick Dooley who will remain on the board as immediate past president.

“Carl brings a wealth of business and nonprofit experience to his role as president,” Dooley said. “His years of service as an NIBCC board member, combined with his work with the USO, will serve our organization as we continue to bridge the civilian and business community with our military community.”

Huber worked for 32 years at WaterFurnace International and recently retired as vice president of quality and sustainability. He now works part time in that same capacity for WaterFurnace. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tulsa. He is a board member of Northeast Indiana Honor Flight and former president and CEO of USO Indiana. He currently serves on the USO Advisory Board. He was honored this past year with the American Society of Heating Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers’ Distinguished Public Service Award for his work with these organizations.  

“I am humbled and deeply honored to be elected president of the NIBCC,” Huber said. “The NIBCC has special meaning to me as one of the most respected nonprofits in Indiana. It has a very passionate and dedicated board of directors that wants to support active-duty military personnel. I hope to continue that tradition to expand the outreach and synergy within the region.” 

Also during the meeting, the board expanded its executive committee and elected board member Jim Garigen to serve as member-at-large. Garigen served as the co-chair for the organization’s Race for the Warrior fundraiser for the past four years and founded Invisible Vets, an organization that serves to reduce veteran homelessness.

Other appointments made that day were Nicole Keesling as events chair, and Lisa Mungovan as membership chair. 

Since 2011, the Northeast Indiana Base Community Council has served as a catalyst in unifying the military, civilian and business communities of the 11 counties of Northeast Indiana. Its mission is to create the most engaged military region in the United States through awareness, collaboration, advocacy, workforce development and leadership. That mission is accomplished by connecting people to programs, building a network of support for service members and their families.

For more information on the Northeast Indiana Base Community Council, visit

Special offer for R4TW racers!

ProTailored Physical Therapy, a Silver Sponsor for Race for the Warrior, is offering a special just for R4TW racers.

In addition to offering pre- and post-race stretching and physical therapy tips during Race for the Warrior on Aug. 1, ProTailored has blocked two full days at their offices in order to offer free evaluations to all racers interested. Available dates are Aug. 5 or Aug. 10. Are you ready to improve your move and live pain free? Call (260) 739-0300 to schedule your free evaluation — don't forget to tell them you're a racer! They will be accepting free evaluation sign-ups during the event as well. Look for the ProTailored booth.

ProTailored Physical Therapy is located at 12722 Tonkel Road Suite 102 in Fort Wayne. Visit their website at


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

Northeast Indiana Base Community Council

P.O. Box 25506

Fort Wayne, IN 46825

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