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U.S. Military Installations and the Texas Economy

Texas is home to several major military bases and installations serving all branches of the United States military.

These facilities not only play a vital role in training our troops and defending our nation, they also provide a significant boost to our state's economy and the local communities in which they are located.

Our wide-open spaces and natural resources enable the military to conduct a wide range of land and air training.

Projects on bases and surrounding communities help bring jobs, investments and opportunities for healthcare, education and real estate to Texans. And more retired military men and women make Texas their home after their years of service than any other state.

Texas' military installations:

  • Provide an economic impact of more than $148 billion to the Texas economy
  • Account for 6 percent of the state's economic activity
  • Employ more than 255,000 military and defense-related civilian personnel

U.S. Military Installations and the Texas Economy Fact Sheet


To learn more about the individual bases around the state, just click the stars on the map below.

Texas Military Installations

Corpus Christi Army Depot

Corpus Christ Army Depot has a $2.9 billion economic impact to the state.

Dyess Air Force Base

Ellington Field

Ellington Field is home to the 147th Reconnaissance Wing, providing surveillance, reconnaissance, and air support for US and Allied forces.

Fort Bliss

Fort Hood

Fort Sam Houston

Goodfellow Air Force Base

Lackland Air Force Base

Laughlin Air Force Base

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi has an economic impact of $2.8 billion to the state.

Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base

Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base and co-located facilities have a $9.3 billion annual economic impact to the state.

Naval Air Station Kingsville

Randolph Air Force Base

Red River Army Depot

Red River Army Depot has an economic impact of $1.9 billion to the state.

Sheppard Air Force Base