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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


Dyess Air Force BaseEstimated Contribution to the Texas Economy, 2015

At the request of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC), the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has analyzed the economic impact of Dyess Air Force Base (AFB) on the Texas economy. The Comptroller estimates that Dyess AFB contributed $3.7 billion to the Texas economy in 2015.

Data used in this analysis was provided by Dyess AFB to the TMPC, which forwarded it to the Comptroller’s Data Analysis staff. Dyess AFB also submitted additional data directly to Comptroller staff, at their request, for clarification. Exhibit 1 lists the data submitted by Dyess AFB for the purposes of this analysis.

Exhibit 1
Data Provided by Dyess Air Force Base

Data submitted to Texas Military Preparedness Commission:

  • Personnel and employment:
    • Full-time Department of Defense
      • Air Force — 4,783
      • Air Force Reserve — 11
      • Navy/U.S. Marine Corps — 11
      • Army Reserve — 4
      • Army National Guard — 4
      • GS civilian personnel — 456
      • NAF civilian personnel — 145
    • Part-time Department of Defense
      • Air Force Reserves (IMA) — 101
      • Army Reserve — 177
      • Army National Guard — 26
      • U.S. Marine Corps — 34
      • Civilian personnel — 79
    • Total population (including dependents) — 11,052
    • Compensation and base expenditures:
      • Active duty military personnel — $228,695,435
      • GS civilian personnel — $25,189,504
      • NAF civilian personnel — $2,421,180
    • Total expenditures and contracts — $69,541,269
    • Population:
      • Population of Dyess AFB — 11,580
      • Area retirees — 12,305

Data submitted to Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts:

  • Total authorized personnel (officers, enlisted and civilian) — 5,177
  • Total military personnel (officer and enlisted) and dependents — 9,594
  • Contractors employed — 192
  • Total contracts and expenditures (fiscal year 2015):
    • Minor construction — $39,637,117
    • Military construction program — $10,379,293
    • Services — $23,819,078
    • Commodities — $8,434,189
    • Government charge card purchase (GPC) — $6,625,819
    • Medical construction, facility maintenance and utilities — $493,148
    • Commissary — $1,268,400
    • AAFES — $641,452
    • Temporary travel to Dyess — $627,506
    • Health care — $1,793,880
    • Supplemental health care — 1,494,559
    • Education: impact aid — $434,033
    • Education: tuition assistance — $2,375,912

Source: Dyess Air Force Base 1

Comptroller Data Analysis staff applied data submitted by Dyess AFB as inputs using the REMI (Regional Economic Models, Inc.) model for the State of Texas to generate estimates of the installation’s contributions to state-level employment, gross domestic product, output and disposable personal income (Exhibit 2).2

Exhibit 2
Estimated Contributions of Dyess Air Force Base to the Texas Economy, 2015

Type Contribution
Total employment 3 20,208
Output 4 $3,654,130,000
Gross domestic product 5 $2,131,217,000
Disposable personal income 6 $1,218,833,000

Source: REMI Model for Texas

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts recognizes that military installations impact the state economy in tangible ways that may be difficult to measure. Each installation’s distinctive characteristics contribute to the Texas economy but, while instrumental to the state’s economic growth, cannot always be quantified. Although the estimated contributions presented above provide a strong indicator of the economic importance of Dyess AFB to Texas, the Comptroller acknowledges there is potential for additional positive economic impact to the state.

  • 1Document emailed from Maj. Kevin T. McGlone, Dyess AFB, to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, February 8, 2016; document emailed from Maj. Kevin T. McGlone, Dyess AFB, to Lisa Minton, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, March 7, 2016.
  • 2Estimate inputs and assumptions include the following: (1) all data submitted is for 2015; (2) input includes full-time, permanent employees; (3) contractors provide professional services; (4) dependents are associated with Dyess AFB; (5) expenditure inputs do not include "Commissary," "AAEFS" or travel; (6) all economic impact is in 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.

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