Fort Huachuca (an active U.S. Army installation located in Sierra Vista) is the largest employer in Cochise County. The fort provides critical resources, infrastructure, and services to more than 50 unique tenant units and missions with national-level requirements, including three of the fastest-growing missions in the Army and Department of Defense: military intelligence, cybersecurity, and unmanned aircraft systems.
As of September 2018, approximately 2,300 active duty military personnel were assigned to Fort Huachuca. There are also approximately 2,700 trainees (students) temporarily assigned to the fort for training on any given day (with more than 8,000 trained on site each year). Fort Huachuca directly employs approximately 2,700 civilian workers with an additional 400 civilians employed by other agencies operating on the installation, including U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Fort Huachuca Accommodation Schools, Army & Air Force Exchange Service, and others. The fort also contracts with numerous area firms employing several thousand workers.
The resident population of Fort Huachuca (those residing on post) was 6,160 as of January 2019, which includes 1,054 military personnel and 2,600 family members residing in on-post family housing, as well as 2,506 unmarried or unaccompanied military personnel residing in troop billets (including students assigned temporarily for training).
In 2017, the Maguire Company released its Economic Impact of Arizona’s Principal Military Operations report, which estimated the annual direct, indirect, and induced impact of Fort Huachuca on Cochise County at $2.9 billion. The employment impact was estimated at 21,327 jobs countywide with $999.2 million in associated earnings.