The top gun
San Antonio military base soars with $39 billion economic impact, says study
Economically speaking, Joint Base San Antonio is the top gun among Texas military installations.
A new study from the Texas comptroller’s office estimates Joint Base San Antonio — comprising Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, and Randolph Air Force Base — generated an estimated economic impact of $39.2 billion in 2021. Equally as important, Joint Base San Antonio accounted for 211,213 direct and indirect jobs last year.
Those economic impact and job numbers put the San Antonio installation first among U.S. military installations in Texas. The $39.2 billion economic impact of Joint Base San Antonio represented about one-third of the estimated $114.1 billion that U.S. military installations in Texas pumped into the state’s economy last year and about one-third of the 622,790 jobs.
Joint Base San Antonio was formed in 2010 when Fort Sam Houston, Randolph Air Force Base, and Lackland Air Force Base merged as part of the 2005 wave of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) initiative.
“The economic contribution of our military community is second to none, and the important military-civilian partnerships, including intergovernmental support agreements, economic assistance grants, public and private cooperation, and established and trusted friendships, are all keys to our success,” Richard Perez, president and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, tells CultureMap.
Fort Hood in Killeen ranks second behind Joint Base San Antonio for economic impact ($28.9 billion) and jobs (160,933) among U.S. military installations in Texas, the study shows.
“It is amazing to see the tremendous economic impact these military installations have in Texas,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar says in a news release. “The importance of these bases reaches far beyond direct jobs and personal income. The facilities, and the men and women who work and are stationed at them, form the backbone of communities and support countless businesses and induced jobs throughout the state.”