Fort Hood has the largest impact on the Texas economy of the state’s 15 installations, contributing $35.4 billion and employing more than 60,000 soldiers and civilians. The Central Texas post is the state’s largest single-site employer and provides about $12 billion in personal income.
Comptroller Glenn Hegar stopped at Fort Hood last week part of a statewide tour to raise awareness about the impact of the military in Texas, reported the Killeen Daily Herald. Even though troop levels have dropped recently, the low cost of living in Central Texas has attracted large numbers of retirees and other residents, he said.
“Fort Hood is the largest active-duty armored post in the U.S. military and has deployed and redeployed more than 850,000 soldiers in support of overseas military operations since 2003,” Hegar said. “Locally, Fort Hood contributes to the livelihood of a large portion of people in the area and has made the Central Region a Texas military hub.”
Pete Taylor, chairman of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance, praised the comptroller’s visit.
“For a number of years they’ve been working with us to define what the economic impact is of this ‘Great Place,’ and they are continuing to do that,” Taylor said. “As the Army goes, Fort Hood goes — as the Army goes down, Fort Hood has a tendency to go down. But it is certainly an enduring installation. It will be here forever.”