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Sheppard AFB adds $3.7 billion to Texas economy

Times Record News (Wichita Falls) logo Times Record News (Wichita Falls) 7/7/2022 Lynn Walker, Wichita Falls Times Record News

Sheppard Air Force Base contributed $3.7 billion to the Texas economy in 2021, according to a new biennial report from the Texas Comptroller’s Office. The base also was responsible for 19,928 direct and indirect jobs. That number includes employment at the base and jobs that service the base.

Sheppard’s contribution is part of the military footprint that “has grown economically and is now contributing over $114 billion to the Texas economy,” the report said. Texas is home to 622,790 direct and indirect employees at its 15 military installations and Army Futures Command.

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The report points out military installations still feel the effects of funding cuts from the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the state has invested billions of dollars in infrastructure to support military installations and their missions since a round of Base Realignment and Closure in 2005.

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The military economic impact and employment in Texas declined since a similar report issued for 2019-2020. At that time the impact was $123 billion with 633,892 direct and indirect workers. Impact related to Sheppard declined from $4.6 billion and direct and indirect employment declined from 22,323.

In 2020, Texas was named the No. 1 state in defense contract and personnel spending with $83 billion, according to the report.

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Seven Texas cities received more than $15 million in Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grants in 2022 to assist communities impacted by BRAC. Wichita Falls was not one of the communities.

Sheppard is represented on the Texas Military Preparedness Commission by Darrell Coleman, former publisher of the Times Record News.

Brig. Gen. Lyle Drew of Sheppard is chair of the Texas Commanders’ Council, whose mission is to discuss common issues and interests with Texas installations and communicate ways to add military value to Texas installations

This article originally appeared on Wichita Falls Times Record News: Sheppard AFB adds $3.7 billion to Texas economy

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