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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

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Goodfellow 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 Goodfellow Air Force Base (AFB) on the Texas economy. The Comptroller estimates that Goodfellow AFB contributed $3.0 billion to the Texas economy in 2015.

Data used in this analysis was provided by Goodfellow AFB to the TMPC, which forwarded it to the Comptroller's Data Analysis staff. Exhibit 1 lists the data submitted by Goodfellow AFB for the purposes of this analysis.

Exhibit 1 Data Provided by Goodfellow Air Force Base

Total supported population:

  • Students — 2,446
  • Permanent party military — 1,196
  • AF Reservist/Air National Guard — 447
  • Civilians — 924
  • Contractors — 429
  • Dependents — 1,828
  • Retirees — 4,399
  • Base Employees:
    • Air Force - active duty permanent party — 907
    • Air Force - military students — 1,425
    • Army - active duty permanent party — 183
    • Army - military students — 578
    • Marine Corps - active duty permanent party — 67
    • Marine Corps - military students — 335
    • Navy - active duty permanent party — 38
    • Navy - military students — 98
    • Coast Guard - active duty permanent party — 1
    • Coast Guard - military students —10
  • Civilian Service/Contracted Civilians:
    • Air Force - civil service — 573
    • Air Force - civilian contractors — 362
    • Army - civil service — 14
    • Army - civilian contractors — 65
    • Marine Corps - civil service — 4
    • Marine Corps - civilian contractors — 0
    • Navy - civil service — 2
    • Navy - civilian contractors — 2
  • Other Civilians:
    • Non-appropriated fund employees — 189
    • AAFES/DECA employees — 189
    • AAFES concessions — 41
    • 1st Community Federal Credit Union — 8
  • Annual payroll by classification (FY14):
    • Appropriated fund military
      • Active duty — $69,908,718
      • ANG/reserve — $23,647,339
      • Trainees/cadets — $59,829,220
    • Appropriated fund civilians
      • General schedule — $37,875,476
      • Federal Wage Board — $4,582,835
    • Non-appropriated fund contract civilians and private business
      • Civilian NAF — $4,600,000
      • Civilian BX — $2,041,749
      • Contract civilians (not elsewhere) — $0
      • Private businesses on base:
        • Branch banks/credit union — $175,253
        • DECA — $1,609,000
  • Expenditures (FY14):
    • Construction expenditures - O&M — $3,600,000
    • Services contracts — $15,502,513
    • Other services — $493
    • Materials, equipment and supplies
      • Commissary — $95
      • Base exchange (BX) — $310,181
      • Health (CHAMPUS, government cost only) — $32,766,692
      • Education (impact aid and tuition assistance) — $864,008
      • TDY — $248,645
      • Other materials, equipment and supplies — $580,586

Source: Air Force Base 1

Comptroller Data Analysis staff applied data submitted by Goodfellow 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 Fort Hood to the Texas Economy, 2015

Type Contribution
Total employment 3 16,605
Output 4 $3,003,318,000
Gross domestic product 5 $1,750,277,000
Disposable personal income 6 $975,677,000

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 Goodfellow AFB to Texas, the Comptroller acknowledges there is potential for additional positive economic impact to the state.


  • 1Document emailed from Charlie Rehburg, Goodfellow AFB, to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, February 8, 2016; telephone call from Joyce Jauer, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to Lt. Tisha Wilkerson and Joseph Mather, Goodfellow AFB, May 3, 2016.
  • 2Estimate inputs and assumptions include the following: (1) all data submitted is for 2015; (2) includes permanent employees and average daily students; (3) contractors are standard support; (4) dependents are associated with the Goodfellow AFB; (5) all expenditures were inputs except "Commissary" and "TDY;" and, (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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