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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


Sheppard Air Force Base Economic Impact on the Texas Economy, 2017

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts analyzed the economic impact of Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB) on the Texas economy at the request of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC). The Comptroller estimates that population directly affiliated with Sheppard AFB contributed at least $3.95 billion to the Texas economy in 2017.[1]

Sheppard AFB provided the data used in this analysis to the TMPC. Starting with this information, the Comptroller's office collected additional data from each of the state’s 13 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.[2] Below is the economic contribution derived from these data of the population associated with Sheppard AFB.

Estimated Contribution of Sheppard Air Force Base to the Texas Economy, 2017
Metric Value
Total direct employment 9,000
Total employment [3] 24,026
Output [4] $3,950,220,000
Gross domestic product [5] $2,420,642,000
Disposable personal income [6] $1,488,519,000

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

Although the estimated total contributions presented above provide a strong indicator of the economic importance of Sheppard AFB to Texas, the Comptroller acknowledges there is potential for additional positive economic impact to the state. Each installation’s distinctive characteristics contribute to the Texas economy but, while instrumental to the state’s economic growth, cannot always be precisely quantified. Sheppard Air Force Base provided the following data, which were used for the analysis.

Sheppard Air Force Base

419 G Avenue Suite 1
Sheppard AFB, Texas 76311
Description Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
Active Duty Army 30
Active Duty Navy & Marines 10
Active Duty Air Force 1,500
Active Duty Coast Guard 0
Active Duty National Guard 72
Civilian Personnel Appropriated 1,203
Civilian Personnel Non-Appropriated 575
Army Reserve 0
Navy Reserve 0
Air Force Reserve 0
Coast Guard Reserve 0
Part-time Civilian Personnel Appropriated 0
Part-time Civilian Personnel Non-Appropriated 0
Contractors, Total (staff) 1,360
Average Daily Student Load 4,250
Total Direct Employment 9,000

Other Populations
Description Number
Dependents 4,000
On-installation School Attendance 250
Off-installation School Attendance 1,000
Military retirees accessing station/base/post/camp facilities or resources
(e.g. hospitals, PXs, exchanges, etc.)

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 George Woodward, Chief of Public Affairs, Sheppard AFB, to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, Feb. 1, 2018; and additional clarification interviews.
  2. Estimate inputs and assumptions include the following: (1) all data submitted is for 2017; (2) input includes full-time, permanent employees and a full-time equivalent (FTE) for any part-time employees; (3) dependents are associated with Sheppard AFB; (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.

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