Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Goodfellow Air Force Base Economic Impact on the Texas Economy, 2021

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts estimates the population directly affiliated with Goodfellow Air Force Base, located in San Angelo, contributed at least $4.7 billion to the Texas economy in 2021. [1]

Working with the Texas Military Preparedness Commission, the Comptroller’s office collected data from each of the state’s 14 U.S. military installations using a survey designed to ensure consistency in determining the total direct and indirect contribution of the base’s populations to state-level employment, gross domestic product, output and disposable personal income (Exhibit 1).[2]

Exhibit 1
Estimated Total Contribution of Goodfellow Air Force Base to the Texas Economy, 2021
Contribution Value
Total direct employment 9,690
Total employment (direct & indirect)[3] 23,897
Output [4] $4,744,642,000
Gross domestic product [5] $2,801,133,000
Disposable personal income [6] $1,533,659,000

Source: Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) - model for Texas

The Comptroller’s economic impact analysis represents a conservative estimate of the economic importance of Goodfellow Air Force Base to Texas. Each installation’s distinctive characteristics contribute to the Texas economy in different ways. This analysis uses a consistent model to determine the economic impact of each of the state’s military installations to the state’s economic growth.


The following data were provided by Goodfellow Air Force Base.

Goodfellow Air Force Base occupies a total of 1,235 acres.

Employment and Other Populations
Description Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
Active Duty Army 877
Active Duty Navy & Marines 846
Active Duty Air Force 3,207
Active Duty Space Force 56
Active Duty Coast Guard 9
Active Duty National Guard 0
Appropriated 637
Non-Appropriated 18
Army Reserve 0
Navy & Marines Reserve 0
Air Force Reserve 1
Coast Guard Reserve 0
Appropriated 6
Non-Appropriated 82
Contractors, Total (staff) 483
Full Time Employees Not Listed Elsewhere 0
Average Daily Student Load 3,468
Total Direct Employment 9,690
Number of Dependents 3,058
Number Attending On-installation Schools 0
Number Attending Off-installation Schools 847
Military retirees accessing station/base/post/camp facilities or resources (e.g. hospitals, PXs, exchanges, etc.) 4,000

End Notes

  1. This study represents an analysis of the economic impact of the population and employees directly affiliated with the base. This includes active duty, visiting, and other military personnel, dependents, civilian employees and contractors directly affiliated with the base – as reported in documents emailed from William C Dowell, XP, Chief of Staff, Goodfellow Air Force Base, to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, February 28, 2022; and additional clarification interviews.
  2. Estimate inputs and assumptions include the following: (1) all data submitted are for 2021; (2) input includes full-time, permanent employees and a full-time equivalent (FTE) for any part-time employees; (3) dependents are associated with Goodfellow Air Force Base; (4) all economic impact is within Texas.
  3. “Total employment” refers to both direct and indirect employment.
  4. “Output” refers to the total value of all goods and services (both final and intermediate) produced in Texas.
  5. “Gross domestic product” refers to the total value of all final goods and services produced in Texas.
  6. “Disposable personal income” refers to post-income-tax income.