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Report Credits Joint Base San Antonio With Major State and Local Impacts

Eileen Pace

A new study indicates Texas receives greater economic benefits from San Antonio’s military installations than those in any other Texas community. 

The joint study by the Texas Comptroller and the Texas Military Preparedness Commission indicates Joint Base San Antonio’s three military installations provide more than $49 billion to the state’s economy each year.
Additionally, San Antonio benefits from 283,000 jobs – either direct or indirect employment – from Joint Base San Antonio -Fort Sam Houston, Lackland  and Randolph.

Some of the impacts of the military in the local community include Memorandums of Agreement allowing the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Flight to train with the San Antonio Police Department’s Bomb Squad.

The City’s Animal Care Services Department accepts stray animals found at local military installations. The city also waives impact fees to the tune of $5.8 million, which has enabled the San Antonio Water System to supply alternative water to Fort Sam, Camp Bullis and Lackland.

Military personnel also infuse the local and state economy with about $17 billion in disposable personal income each year.