ECONOMIC IMPACTS

The Military in Texas and the Region

Texas is home to 15 major military installations, including NAS Fort Worth, JRB. These installations’ combined economic impacts include:
 

  • $136.4 billion annually in economic activity

  • $81.3 billion annually in gross domestic product

  • 804,268 jobs

  • $48 billion in post-income-tax personal income
     

Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
 

About 3,200 airmen belong to the Texas Air National Guard.
 

About 19,000 soldiers belong to the Texas Army National Guard.
 

Source: Texas Military Biennial Report, December 2014

In the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth region, veterans make up 6.5 percent of civilians age 18 or older. In Lamar County, home of Camp Maxey, veterans make up 9.8 percent of civilians age 18 or older.
 

Source: 2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

NAS Fort Worth, JRB provides direct employment to 17,466 people, and direct and indirect employment to 47,256 people. Of the base’s direct employees:
 

  • 66 percent are civilians and tenants whose employers are located on the base

  • 25 percent are part-time members of the National Guard or Reserves

  • 9 percent are active-duty military personnel

In 2015, the base and companies or agencies located on the base made the following contributions to the economy:
 

  • $6.6 billion in goods and services

  • $4.3 billion to Texas’s gross domestic product

  • About $2.7 billion in post-income-tax personal income

From 2004 to 2014, the percent of employment in Tarrant County attributed to the military increased by 6 percent.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, which uses the runway and airspace at NAS Fort Worth, JRB, employs 13,700.
 

Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and NAS Fort Worth, JRB

The impact of smaller installations can be seen in their intensity of usage:
 

Camp Maxey has experienced a 67 percent increase in use from Fiscal Year 2012 to Fiscal Year 2014, with 32,516 military and non-military personnel using the site’s training area in FY 2014.
 

Fort Wolters has experienced a 68 percent increase in use from Fiscal Year 2012 to Fiscal Year 2014, with 48,745 military and non-military personnel using the site’s training area in FY 2014.
 

Source: Camp Maxey and Fort Wolters Range Facility Management Support System (RFMSS), 2012-2014

In 2015, NAS Fort Worth, JRB and companies or agencies located at the base made the following contributions to the economy:

$6.6 billion

in goods and services

$4.3 billion

to Texas's gross domestic product

$2.7 billion

in post-income-tax personal income

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Joining Forces is a study conducted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments with funding from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment

 

This study is being prepared under contract with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, with financial support from the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense. The content reflects the views of the North Central Texas Council of Governments and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment.

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