During the last two stops on his tour of Texas’ military installations earlier this month, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar touted the role two West Texas Air Force bases — Goodfellow and Dyess — play in sustaining their regional economies and protecting the nation.
“As a center of education and training members of the U.S. military services, federal government and our global allies, Goodfellow Air Force Base welcomes thousands of students annually, which brings major economic benefits to the San Angelo community,” Hegar said, according to the Abilene Reporter-News. “Dyess Air Force Base is a significant employer in Taylor County and the Northwest Texas region, supporting one in every six people in the area.”
The two installations add about $6.7 billion to the Texas economy and support about 37,000 people in some capacity, Hegar said. In aggregate, the two bases contribute about $2.2 billion in disposable income to the two regions, he said.
Local leaders in San Angelo and Abilene underscored the importance of quantifying the economic impact of Texas’ installations to spur statewide support for the military.
“These figures are not just for the military community,” said state Rep. Susan King, chair of the Texas House Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee. “The only way we’re going to get statewide support is if we can see the numbers and see the data. If you don’t live in a military community, these are the numbers that need to be seen.”
Statewide, Texas’ 15 military installations contribute $81.3 billion to the gross domestic product annually, supporting about 804,000 jobs in the state and $48 billion in personal income.