Texas’ 15 military installations contribute $136.4 billion in total output and $81.3 billion to the gross domestic product, Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Monday during a news conference in Fort Worth as part of a statewide tour to raise awareness about the impact of the military.
“I think we need to stay on our guard,” Hegar said in reference to the possibility of a new BRAC round. “It’s really important to get out the word to our congressional delegation so they know what the economic impact is here in Texas and they can stay on top of it because there will be probably be another round at some point. Now what comes out of that, nobody knows.”
The military would qualify as the sixth largest industry in Texas, Hegar said, reported the Star-Telegram.
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth contributes $6.6 billion to the economy, a drop from the installation’s $9.3 billion impact in 2012.
“The economic impact is significant,” Hegar said. “If you live right next to the naval base, you understand it. If you’re a little bit farther away in Fort Worth, you know it’s here but you probably don’t appreciate it.”
At the base in Fort Worth, there are 9,723 employees, including 5,957 National Guard and reserve personnel, 1,886 active duty personnel and 1,880 civilians.
The installation is well positioned to face a prospective round of base closures, said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.
“This community stands ready to always fight a BRAC if we need to,” Price said. “I think we’re in good shape now because our joint reserve base is a model base with a lot of people there.”