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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


Naval Air Station Corpus ChristiEstimated 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 Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi on the Texas economy. The Comptroller estimates that NAS Corpus Christi contributed $2.1 billion to the Texas economy in 2015.

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

Exhibit 1
Data Provided by Naval Air Station Corpus Christi

  • Tenant command personnel:
    • Chief of Naval Air Training — 187
    • Corpus Christi Army Depot — 3,921
    • National Air Security Operations Center — 175
    • U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi — 352
    • Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi — 318
    • Marine Air Training Support Group-22 — 35
    • Defense Logistics Agency — 199
    • Naval Operational Support Center — 380
  • Employment population (active military, civilians and contractors): 7,923
    • Active military personnel: 1,462
      • Navy — 988
      • Marine — 182
      • Army — 14
      • Air Force — 1
      • Coast Guard — 277
    • Reserve military personnel: 502
      • Navy — 256
      • Marine — 129
      • Army — 53
      • Air Force — 0
      • Coast Guard — 64
    • Government civilians 4,164
      • APF — 3,848
      • NAF — 316
    • Government contractors 1,795
    • Retired military personnel accessing installation facilities — 18,750
  • Base population (includes Corpus Christi Army Depot): 12,172
    • Military — 1,925
    • Civilian/contractor — 7,021
    • Dependents — 3,226

Education Impact Aid1 — $124,933

Source: Naval Air Station Corpus Christi2

Comptroller Data Analysis staff applied data submitted by Laughlin 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). 3

Exhibit 2
Estimated Contributions of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi to the Texas Economy, 2015

Type Contribution
Total employment 4 12,949
Output 5 $2,136,273,000
Gross domestic product 6 $1,284,181,000
Disposable personal income 7 $798,824,000

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 NAS Corpus Christi to Texas, the Comptroller acknowledges there is potential for additional positive economic impact to the state.

  • 1Education Impact Aid data provided by Marilyn Hall, Texas Education Agency, February 16, 2016.
  • 2Document emailed from Francoise Kieschnick, NAS Corpus Christi, to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, April 13, 2016; email from Lt. Ben Polak, NAS Corpus Christi, to T.J. Costello, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, April 11, 2016.
  • 3Estimate inputs and assumptions include the following: (1) all data submitted is for 2015; (2) employment is based on report for full facility minus Corpus Christi Army Depot data; (3) dependents are all associated with NAS Corpus Christi; (4) non-federal employees provide professional services; and (5) all economic impact is in Texas.
  • 4"Total employment" refers to both direct and indirect employment.
  • 5"Output" refers to the total value of all goods and services (both final and intermediate) produced in Texas.
  • 6"Gross domestic product" refers to the total value of all final goods and services produced in Texas.
  • 7"Disposable personal income" refers to post-income-tax income.

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