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Base economic impact grows 4 percent, a $2.86 billion boon to Peach State!

(U.S. Air Force graphic by Geoff Janes)

(U.S. Air Force graphic by Geoff Janes)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Robins Air Force Base contributed $2.86 billion to the Georgia economy in fiscal year 2016, according to the installation’s latest economic impact statement. That represents a 4 percent increase over fiscal 2015, which was 2 percent greater than fiscal 2014.

Published annually, the statement provides general information about the economic impact the installation has on the state of Georgia. The report is also distributed to federal, state and local officials.     

The fiscal 2016 statement sizes Robins’ workforce at 21,462 – a figure that is made up of 13,313 appropriated fund civilians, 5,563 military members, and 2,586 other employees. The statement also says Robins doled out $1.3 billion in salaries. 

The largest chunk of that money – $931 million – went to civilians working on base, while military members accounted for $375 million, and non-federal civilians and contract employees accounted for just above $15.9 million.

 Additionally, the base awarded $6.7 billion in contracts during fiscal 2016. Of that amount, the base awarded $490 million to Georgia firms, with the lion’s share – $264.9 million – to firms in Houston County. 

 The top five contractors in terms of contracts awarded were   Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and General Atomics.