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Economic impact of Fort Worth's military base: $3.7 billion

Posted July 16, 2020

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Within the base's 2,300 acres, there are approximately 40 commands and 10,000 personnel, making it one of Fort Worth's major employers.

Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) Fort Worth is responsible for total employment of 20,042 people and contributes $3.7 billion to the local economy.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced the results of a study completed by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts at the request of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission analyzing the impact on the state’s economy of the various U.S. military installations in Texas. The comptroller estimates these military installations contributed at least $123.6 billion to the Texas economy in 2019 and supported more than 630,000 jobs in communities across the state.

“Texas is the proud home to 15 military installations and the U.S. Army Futures Command,” Abbott said. “Not only are these military installations critical for the defense of our nation, they support more than 630,000 jobs in communities across this great state and are a key driver of the Texas economy. Now more than ever, these jobs add critical stability for communities focused on economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.”

NAS JRB Fort Worth is made up of approximately 40 separate commands. There are approximately 10,000 active duty military, guardsmen, reservists and civilian employees at the base in west Fort Worth. It was established Oct. 1, 1994, as the first joint reserve base in the country. Its mission is to “provide unsurpassed support and quality training for the Reserve and Guard ‘war fighters’ in all branches of the Armed Services.”

The comptroller’s study represents an analysis of the economic impact of the population and employees directly affiliated with the military installations in Texas. This includes active duty, visiting and other military personnel, dependents, civilian employees and contractors directly affiliated with the base.

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