Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth Economic Impact on the Texas Economy, 2021

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts estimates the population directly affiliated with Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) Fort Worth, located in Fort Worth, contributed at least $2.6 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
NAS JRB Fort Worth to the Texas Economy, 2021
Contribution Value
Total direct employment 5,199
Total employment (direct & indirect)[3] 15,164
Output[4] $2,696,550,000
Gross domestic product[5] $1,589,164,000
Disposable personal income[6] $1,068,397,000

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

The Comptroller’s economic impact analysis represents a conservative estimate of the economic importance of NAS JRB Fort Worth 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 NAS JRB Fort Worth.

NAS JRB Fort Worth occupies a total of 2,300 acres.

Employment and Other Populations
Description Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
Active Duty Army 12
Active Duty Navy & Marines 1,623
Active Duty Air Force 174
Active Duty Coast Guard 0
Active Duty National Guard/Reserve 307
Appropriated 466
Non-Appropriated 243
Army Reserve 67
Navy & Marines Reserve 830
Air Force Reserve 580
Coast Guard Reserve 0
Appropriated 0
Non-Appropriated 0
Contractors, Total (staff) 280
Full Time Employees Not Listed Elsewhere 587
Average Daily Student Load 30
Total Direct Employment 5,199
Number of Dependents 7,310
Number Attending On-installation Schools 0
Number Attending Off-installation Schools 2,907
Military retirees accessing station/base/post/camp facilities or resources (e.g. hospitals, PXs, exchanges, etc.) 40,000

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 Edward Spurlin, Mission Sustainment Officer, NAS JRB Fort Worth, to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, February 24, 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 NAS JRB Fort Worth only; (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.