The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts estimates the population directly affiliated with Laughlin Air Force Base, located just east of Del Rio, contributed at least $1.5 billion to the Texas economy in 2021.
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).
|Total direct employment||3,290|
|Total employment (direct & indirect)||8,694|
|Gross domestic product||$946,857,000|
|Disposable personal income||$595,740,000|
Source: Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) - model for Texas
The Comptroller’s economic impact analysis represents a conservative estimate of the economic importance of Laughlin 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 Laughlin Air Force Base.
Laughlin AFB occupies a total of 5,347 acres.
|Description||Full Time Equivalent (FTE)|
|FULL-TIME DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE|
|Active Duty Army||0|
|Active Duty Navy & Marines||0|
|Active Duty Air Force||1,294|
|Active Duty Coast Guard||0|
|Active Duty National Guard/Reserve||63|
|FULL-TIME CIVILIAN PERSONNEL|
|PART-TIME DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE|
|Navy & Marines Reserve||0|
|Air Force Reserve||0|
|Coast Guard Reserve||0|
|PART-TIME CIVILIAN PERSONNEL|
|Contractors, Total (staff)||247|
|Full Time Employees Not Listed Elsewhere||0|
|Average Daily Student Load||503|
|Total Direct Employment||3,290|
|Number of Dependents||1,190|
|Number Attending On-installation Schools||140|
|Number Attending Off-installation Schools||206|
|Military retirees accessing station/base/post/camp facilities or resources (e.g. hospitals, PXs, exchanges, etc.)||0|