Los Angeles Air Force Base (LA AFB) is located just south of Los Angeles International Airport and less than a mile west of the San Diego Freeway (I-405) in the city of El Segundo, a part of Los Angeles County. Beach, mountain, and desert recreation opportunities are just a short drive away. World renowned theme parks and the glamour of Hollywood are right here as well. The automated base operator's phone number is 310-653-1110, or DSN 312-633-1110. This is not a “military town.” The cost of living is 50% above the national average.
LA AFB traces its history back to the Air Research and Development Command's Western Development Division, which was activated July 1, 1954, in Inglewood, not far from our current location. The activities of the Space Systems Division moved to the intersection of Aviation and El Segundo Boulevards in the early 60’s, and the property was designated Los Angeles Air Force Station on April 10, 1964. The Space and Missile Systems Command’s predecessors have remained at Los Angeles Air Force Station, which was redesignated as Los Angeles Air Force Base in September, 1987. The base in El Segundo, which has no flightline, houses the main installation. Fort MacArthur, which is located 20 mile south of the main base, is actually part of Los Angeles Air Force Base. For more information see LA AFB’s homepage.
LA AFB is headquarters to the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), part of Air Force Space Command. SMC is responsible for research, development, acquisition, on-orbit testing and sustainment of military space and missile systems. In addition to managing Air Force space and missile programs, SMC participates in space programs conducted by other U.S. military services, government agencies and North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies. SMC responds to user needs by developing and acquiring space systems. After launch and check-out, SMC turns these systems over to the appropriate operating command. SMC also serves as the integrating center for the Strategic Defense Initiative within AFMC. It monitors progress in more than 70 Space Defense Initiative efforts throughout AFMC. SMC itself has direct management responsibility for more than half of these efforts.
LA AFB is the only active duty installation in Los Angeles County. In addition to persons assigned to SMC and the 61st Air Base Wing, LA AFB serves all Air Force personnel in the Greater Los Angeles area. We also serve Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard personnel as well as the many retirees of all services in the surrounding area.
Some parking spaces on Los Angeles AFB are reserved during duty hours. There are 125 "numbered" reserved parking spots for "Key Personnel" passes that are set aside for those designated by commanders and directors. All other unnumbered/unlabeled parking spaces are open for employee/customer use. Carpools and Vanpools also have spaces available for their use but are not reserved and are first come first served for those with a valid Carpool pass. Please note that parking by the BX/Commissary, Medical Center, Gym, and CDC are for those customers only.
Overnight parking is allowed at LAAFB with approval from 61 CELS.
When you first learn of your assignment, contact the Military Personnel Flight at your losing base to request a sponsor. This may be an automated process, whereby Los Angeles AFB will be contacted electronically to assign a sponsor for you. Or you may call your Orderly Room to request a sponsor assignment. Your sponsor will answer many of your questions by telephone, email, or personal contact. He/She will send you a sponsor packet that contains maps of the area and the base as well as other information that will assist you and your family members.
To set up a forwarding address, call the Base Distribution Office, 61 CS/SCBA, 310-653-3639/3079, DSN 312-633-3639/3079, and discuss your Report No Later Than Date (RNLTD). Upon arrival you may pick up the mail in Building 271, Room B1-401. The office is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The forwarding address is: Your Name, Newcomer’s Mail, 483 N. Aviation Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245-2808.
To establish a Post Office Box before arriving at Los Angeles Air Force Base, pick up an application at your local Post Office. Call the U.S. Postal Services at 800-275-8777 for prices on the size of box you want. Send the application and a copy of your orders to either of these addresses:
- U.S. Post Office, 200 Main Street, El Segundo CA 90245
- U.S. Post Office, 839 S. Beacon, San Pedro CA 90731
Los Angeles AFB does not have a 24-hour reporting station. If you are flying into the area, please arrange for your sponsor to greet you at the airport. We recommend that you arrive during duty hours Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 4:00pm, for easier in-processing. If you are assigned to the Medical Squadron, report to the Clinic in Building 210. Those assigned to all other units will go to the Customer Service Office in the lobby of Building 272 between the hours of 8:00 and 10:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. If you arrive after duty hours, contact your sponsor or call the SMC Command Post at 310-653-3070, DSN 312-633-3070.
Families PCSing to LA AFB will be assigned to the Temporary Living Facility (TLF) located on Fort MacArthur in San Pedro about 20 miles south of the base. These units can accommodate a family of five. Inbound and outbound PCSing personnel have priority and may stay up to 30 days. When all base quarters are occupied or reserved, the Lodging Office will provide commercial contract lodging. Reservations for TLF can be made by calling toll-free 888-AF-LODGE. The installation code is LOS or 567. Your sponsor can also make reservations/requests by phone. Pets are not allowed in TLF.
Go to the Airman and Family Readiness Center, in Building 272, Room C1-209, or call 310-653-5428 for community information and assistance. Military/Civilian INTRO is held monthly. This is a time to greet the commanders, hear about base services, and attend mandatory trainings. Spouses are encouraged to attend. Los Angeles AFB does not have a loan closet.
Critical Installation Information
Housing and Transportation in Los Angeles can be the single biggest concern for members and their families. Single first term airman must contact their First Sergeant for housing arrangements. For those wishing or required to live in the community there are many opportunities to rent both apartments and houses in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. Unfortunately, Southern California also has the reputation of having one of the most expensive real estate markets in the United States. Both rental and purchase prices will exceed most other areas in the continental United States by an average of 15% to 40%. However, the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for LA AFB is also higher when compared to other areas. The Housing Management Office can assist with off-base referrals. Call 310-653-5347/8460/8469 for their assistance if needed.
Passports and Visas
Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.