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

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts estimates the population directly affiliated with Sheppard Air Force Base, located five miles north of the Wichita Falls central business district, contributed at least $3.6 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
Sheppard Air Force Base to the Texas Economy, 2021
Contribution Value
Total direct employment 8,638
Total employment (direct & indirect)[3] 19,928
Output[4] $3,675,309,000
Gross domestic product[5] $2,183,933,000
Disposable personal income[6] $1,236,660,000

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

The Comptroller’s economic impact analysis represents a conservative estimate of the economic importance of Sheppard 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 Sheppard Air Force Base.

Sheppard Air Force Base occupies a total of 5,736 acres.

Employment and Other Populations
Description Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
Active Duty Army 20
Active Duty Navy & Marines 40
Active Duty Air Force 1,778
Active Duty Coast Guard 0
Active Duty National Guard/Reserve 73
Appropriated 1,201
Non-Appropriated 318
Army Reserve 0
Navy & Marines Reserve 0
Air Force Reserve 0
Coast Guard Reserve 0
Appropriated 0
Non-Appropriated 0
Contractors, Total (staff) 1,456
Full Time Employees Not Listed Elsewhere 0
Average Daily Student Load 3,752
Total Direct Employment 8,638
Number of Dependents 4,633
Number Attending On-installation Schools 275
Number Attending Off-installation Schools 2,400
Military retirees accessing station/base/post/camp facilities or resources (e.g. hospitals, PXs, exchanges, etc.) 3,300

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 Kimberly Parker, Chief, Business Management Office, Sheppard Air Force Base, to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, April 20, 2022.
  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 Sheppard Air Force Base 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.