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Below, you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, or Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, Calif. If your question relates specifically to Air Force Space Command, please see the AFSPC Questions section.

If you have a question which is not addressed here, you may be able to find your answer by visiting the Air Force Link Questions page. If you have a general military question, please refer to the Department of Defense Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Does Los Angeles AFB have a Commissary and Exchange?

Yes. Besides offering a huge selection of grocery items at discount prices and no sales tax, the Defense Commissary Agency or DeCA/Los Angeles AFB Commissary features fresh sandwiches-to-go, a deli, plant department, rotisserie chicken and sushi. Self-serve bagging or bagging and carry-out service is available. Baggers are not salaried DeCA employees and offer bagging and carry-out service for tips.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service sells a variety of items and has a Class Six store. The mini mall within AAFES' Los Angeles AFB Exchange features a barber/beauty shop, jewelry and watch repair, dry cleaners, furniture shop and food court. The food court includes Starbucks Coffee, Burger King, Anthony's Pizza, Charley's Grilled Subs and Robin Hood Sandwich Shoppe. Local commercial vendors also operate kiosks throughout the mini mall area. 

Additionally, a 24 hr. self-service gas station is located next to the Exchange. It offers unleaded, mid-grade and premium grade gas, but no diesel. Use of the MilitarySTAR credit card offers a five cent per gallon savings off the posted price, which is typically lower than other gas stations located off base.

For more information:
DeCA/Los Angeles AFB Commissary: (310) 414-9001 
AAFES Los Angeles AFB Exchange: (310) 414-9404
AAFES Food Court: (310) 414-9697

 

Does Los Angeles AFB have a Thrift Shop?

Yes. The Thrift Shop is located on the base near the parking structure. Shop proceeds benefit theLA Military Charitable Fund, including scholarships for military dependents. Come in and enjoy the great buys and incredible savings!

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday-Thursday 9:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
(See calendar for specific dates and times)
Thrift Shop: (310) 653-6255

The Thrift Shop accept consignments as well as donations at two locations:

Los Angeles AFB
Bldg. 285
El Segundo, Calif.

Fort MacArthur
Tierra Vista Housing Office
Bldg. 31 (Container located inside playground area)
San Pedro, Calif.

 

Does Los Angeles AFB have an Auto Hobby Shop or Car Wash for self-service work?


No. Los Angeles AFB is not large enough to support an Auto Hobby Shop or Car Wash facility on base. There is, however, an Auto section in the AAFES Exchange to get some of your basic supply needs. For tires, brakes, oil changes, car washes and other repair services, there are numerous dealerships and local independent auto repair businesses located throughout the South Bay area.   

Is there a Base Theatre?

No, However, "Movie Nights" are held every third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Garden Room of the Community Center, located in Bldg. 403 at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, Calif. A concession stand offers popcorn, candy and drinks (soda and juice boxes) from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

What are the Commissary and Exchange operating hours?

Hours of Operation:
Los Angeles AFB Commissary
Mon Closed
Tue-Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ("Early Bird" hours 9 to 10 a.m.)

AAFES Exchange
Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Gas StationOpen 24 hours

Food Court 
Anthony's Pizza
Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sat-Sun Closed

Burger King
Mon-Fri 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat-Sun 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Charley's Grilled Subs
Daily 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Robin Hood Sandwich Shoppe
Mon-Fri 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sat-Sun Closed

Starbucks Coffee
Mon-Fri 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat-Sun 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

What's the value to shopping at the Exchange?


Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and their families shopping and dining in the Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores and restaurants at the Los Angeles Air Force Base Exchange generated $14,155 last year for Army and Air Force quality-of-life programs.

Over the past decade, AAFES has provided more than $2.4 billion in dividends to Los Angeles AFB programs including Fitness Centers, Day Care, Fort MacArthur Pool, Recreational Center, Tickets and Tours.

"Roughly two-thirds of AAFES earnings are paid to the Services' morale, welfare and recreation programs, while the other third goes toward building new stores and renovating facilities," said Los Angeles AFB Exchange general manager Amanda Hartfield. 

AAFES's mission of providing quality goods and services at competitive low prices while generating earnings to support quality-of-life efforts means the Exchange benefit is more than finding a good price on merchandise. This structure ensures that shoppers who take advantage of their benefit at the Los Angeles AFB Exchange or online at www.shopmyexchange.com are working to better their communities.

"100 percent of AAFES earnings serve our service members and their families," said Hartfield. "When service members shop or dine at their Los Angeles AFB Exchange, they're investing in their own community, making it a better place to live and work."

Who do I call to get a phone number for an office or an individual?

For directory assistance, call the base operator at (310) 653-1110. To locate a specific person, call the base locator at (310) 653-3080.

What are bugle calls?

Bugle calls consist of retreat played at 4:30 p.m. and Taps played at 9 p.m. They are played on the main base in El Segundo and on Fort MacArthur in San Pedro.

 

What is the military custom when bugle calls are played?

Retreat: Military members should face the flag, if visible, or the music and stand at parade rest. Civilians should face the flag, if visible, or the music.

The National Anthem: Military members in uniform come to attention and salute the flag or the direction of the flag or music if the flag is not visible. If in civilian clothing, military members should stand at attention and either place their right hand over their hearts or render salutes. Salutes should be held through the duration of the music. Civilian members should face the flag, if visible, or the music. Civilian hats should be removed. All vehicles must stop at the first note of Retreat, if consistent with safety and mission requirements, and the driver and all passengers should sit quietly until the music ends.

SPECIAL NOTE: The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow un-uniformed servicemembers, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag.

A later amendment further authorized hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel. This was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed on Oct. 14, 2008.

Here is the actual text from the law:

SEC. 595. MILITARY SALUTE FOR THE FLAG DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
                        BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES NOT IN
                        UNIFORM AND BY VETERANS.

    Section 301(b)(1) of title 36, United States Code, is amended by
striking subparagraphs (A) through (C) and inserting the following new
subparagraphs:
                    ``(A) individuals in uniform should give the
                military salute at the first note of the anthem and
                maintain that position until the last note;
                    ``(B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who
                are present but not in uniform may render the military
                salute in the manner provided for individuals in
                uniform; and
                    ``(C) all other persons present should face the flag
                and stand at attention with their right hand over the
                heart, and men not in uniform***, if applicable, should
                remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it
                at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.

***Note: Part (C) applies to those not in the military and non-veterans. The phrase "men not in uniform" refers to civil service uniforms like police, fire fighters, and letter carriers -  non-veteran civil servants who might normally render a salute while in uniform.

Taps: There are no prescribed customs for Taps when played at the end of the day.

 

Why aren’t bugle calls played in the Pacific Heights and Pacific Crest housing areas? What is the rationale behind the decision to only play them on Fort MacArthur?

Fort MacArthur is a historic military installation and hosts various mission activities and the parade field in addition to military family housing. Because the Pacific Crest and Pacific Heights areas are family housing areas only, base leadership decided bugle calls would be played only at the fort.

I'm active-duty/military retiree visiting the local area in an RV. Is there a FamCamp on base?

Unfortunately, no.  Additionally, there are no parking spaces available to accommodate RVs larger than 18-21 feet in length on base, and no AAFES Exchange services after 6 p.m., other than the 24 hour gas station.

The closest RV park available is operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors at Dockweiler State Beach. It is approximately 3.8 miles from Los Angeles AFB at the western end of Los Angeles International Airport:

Dockweiler RV Park Reservations
12001 Vista del Mar
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Toll-free: (800) 950-7275
Phone: (310) 322-4951

The six closest FamCamps to Los Angeles AFB are:

Seabreeze RV Resort (25 miles to the south)
Bldg. 35, Code N92
800 Seal Beach Blvd.
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Phone: (562) 626-7106
Fax: (562) 626-7893
Website

Point Mugu Recreation Facilities (55 miles to the northwest)
Bldg. 774 MWR Dept. Code 836300E 3
11 Main St., Suite 1
Point Mugu, CA 93042-5001
Website

March ARB FamCamp (77 miles to the east)
Outdoor Recreation
1870 Graeber Street, Bldg. 434
Moreno Valley, CA 92518-5000
Phone: (951) 655-3983
Website

Edwards AFB FamCamp (107 miles to the northeast)
95 SPTG/SVRO
36 N Wolfe Avenue, Bldg 7211
Edwards AFB, CA 93524-1510
(661) 275-CAMP

Big Bear Recreational Facility (113 miles to the east)
Miramar Marine Corps Air Station
P.O. Box 1664
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Reservations: (858) 271-7111 ext. 1 
Info only: (909) 522-2639
Website

Vandenberg AFB FamCamp (159 miles to the northwest)
PO Box 5247
Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437
(805) 606-8579
E-mail
Website

For listings of other FamCamps and RV parks that cater to military and DoD personnel, visit U.S. Military Campgrounds and RV Parks

I'm going TDY and need to catch a flight out of LAX. Is there any long-term parking at Los Angeles AFB? 

Yes for TDY travel but no for leisure travel. If TDY, you must obtain a permit from 61 CELS and park your vehicle in the parking structure, level 5 or higher.  Due to current operational security concerns, there is no long-term or overnight parking allowed on Los Angeles AFB. The only exception at present is for personnel considered "mission essential" who work overnight shifts and must have the approval of the 61st Air Base Group commander and 61st Security Forces Squadron.

Does Los Angeles AFB have a Fitness Center? What does it offer?

Yes! The Fitness Center at Los Angeles AFB and Fort MacArthur in San Pedro are absolutely free of charge and fully functional with free or fixed weight equipment, all types of cardiovascular machines, group fitness room, racquetball courts, gymnasium, locker rooms, showers, saunas and more. Specialized fitness equipment (heart-rate monitors, jump ropes, etc.) and other sporting equipment are available for checkout. All you have to do is register your name, show your I.D. card at the service desk and bring your own towel.

Hours of Operation
Los Angeles AFB
Bldg. 286
Monday-Friday 5 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
(310) 653-6771

Fort MacArthur in San Pedro
Bldg. 425
Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-8 p.m.

 

Does Los Angeles AFB have any organized (Intramural) sports teams?

Yes! Intramural sports or intramurals are recreational sports organized within a particular institution, usually an educational institution, or a set geographic area. The term, which is chiefly North American, derives from the Latin words intramurosmeaning "within walls", and was used to describe sports matches and contests that took place among teams from "within the walls" of an institution or area.

The Air Force Sports Intramural program is the cornerstone of the Air Force Sports Program. Intramural sports are offered through each base's unit at more than 120 Air Force Fitness Centers worldwide, including Los Angeles AFB. If you stand out in the intramural program you may have the opportunity to participate in the base varsity program, competing in a competitive atmosphere against other military varsity teams or local community teams.


Los Angeles AFB Men's & Women's intramural/varsity sports teams include:

·Basketball
·Flag Football
·Soccer
·Softball
·Volleyball


For more information, contact the Los Angeles AFB Fitness Center at (310) 653-6671, or the 61st Force Support Squadron at (310) 653-5358.

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I'm a bicyclist. Any good bike paths at Los Angeles AFB?

Unfortunately, there are no bike paths on base, but there are plenty of stationary bike stations in the Los Angeles AFB Fitness Center.

However, if you're the outdoors type who likes to pedal around, the South Bay beach cities share an inviting paved beachside path. Officially named the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, but still known locally as The Strand, it is a 22-mile system that runs along the Pacific Coast, from Will Rogers State Beach/Pacific Palisades in Santa Monica to Torrance County Beach. It is open year-round.

The County of Los Angeles Beaches and Harbors maintains approximately 14.9 miles of the path from the northern boundary of the city of Santa Monica to its southern terminus in the city of Torrance. Within these limits, the County does not maintain the bicycle lane on Washington Blvd. from north of Admiralty Way to Venice Beach, or the portion from 1st Ave. at Hermosa Beach to the southern end of the Redondo Beach Pier. Bike storage lockers are available at two locations in Marina del Rey.

Other bike paths and challenging mountain bike trails abound throughout the "City of Angels." Some SMC personnel actually commute by bike to and from Los Angeles AFB on a daily basis from as far away as Long Beach. Click here for a map of other recommended routes in southern California.

 

Is there a running track at Los Angeles AFB? Athletic field?

Yes. There is a running path that circles the outside perimeter of the Schriever Space Complex at Los Angeles AFB. One lap is 1/2 mile, so two laps around the complex will equal one mile.

There is also an athletic field with artificial turf located between the Fitness Center and the 61st Medical Squadron Clinic. Wind sprints, Soccer and Volleyball are typically done on the field. At Fort MacArthur, there are natural grass athletic and softball fields available.

Can I get a DOD vehicle decal on base?

The Air Force no longer issues decals for vehicles.

 

Can I or a family member get a military ID card on base?

The ID Card office is open for base personnel from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but customers are encouraged to decrease their wait time by scheduling an appointment online via the RAPIDS Appointment Scheduler .

This site has lots of information about eligibility, specific documents that will be required for your appointment and other servicing facilities in the area.

If you have any questions, please contact Customer Support at (310) 653-6556 or (310) 653-5114.

How do I get to Los Angeles AFB?

Los Angeles Air Force Base is located in the South Bay beach city of El Segundo, Calif., approximately two miles south of Los Angeles International Airport (also known as LAX), and three miles east of the Pacific Ocean. The major cross streets are El Segundo Blvd., Douglas St. and Aviation Blvd.

From Interstate 405, also known as I-405 or "the 405", follow the signs and exit El Segundo Blvd. The base is west of the freeway and east of Sepulveda Blvd. (California Highway 1). The main gate is located off Douglas St.

Does Los Angeles AFB have on-base lodging?

Yes, the Fort MacArthur Inn, located approximately 20 miles south of the main base in San Pedro is the lodging operation for Los Angeles AFB. Offering 72 non-smoking and four pet-friendly units, the Fort MacArthur Inn is within minutes of Cabrillo Beach, the Aquarium of the Pacific, cruise and ferry terminals, the HMS Queen Mary and USS Iowa in neighboring Long Beach.

The front desk is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (310) 653-8296 or email fortmacarthurinn@gmail.comor visit www.DODLodging.net for more information.  

 

How do I make a reservation?

The Inn accepts space available reservations up to 120 days in advance of the date arrival for up to a three night stay. For more information or make a reservation, call (310) 653-8296.

 

What types of rooms are available?

There are visiting quarters; one, three and four bedroom temporary lodging units; and one and two bedroom distinguished visitor suites. Rates run from $53.25 to $83.50 per night.

 For more information, visit the LAAFB Clinic webpage

Are there Medical / Dental facilities available at Los Angeles AFB?

Yes. Medical care for Los Angeles AFB personnel is provided by the 61st Medical Squadron. A satellite clinic is also located at the Fort MacArthur military housing area in San Pedro. All patients are seen by appointment only.

Both the Los Angeles AFB clinic and the Fort MacArthur satellite clinic are open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both clinics are closed on weekends, federal holidays and/or AFSPC-designated Family Days.

Additionally, both clinics are closed on the first Thursday of every month for mandatory currency and proficiency training until 1 p.m. For additional information, call (310) 653-CURE (653-2873).

After hours care: To obtain authorization for non-emergency care or for out-of-area care, call United Healthcare Military & Veterans toll free at 1-(877) 988-9378.

Emergency medical care is not available at either clinic. For life threatening injuries or illnesses, call 911 or proceed to the nearest Emergency Room or Urgent Care Center listed here.

 

Does the Los Angeles AFB Clinic and the medical staff ever get inspected? If so, how often?

Yes. The 61st Medical Squadron is regularly visited by the Air Force Inspector General's Health Services Inspection. The HSI is typically held every 36 months. Its purpose is to "... assess the function and execution of Air Force Medical Service programs and processes at the local level in order to provide senior leadership with accurate data upon which to base policy decisions." These inspections serve to keep up the standards of both the medical clinics and the AFIG activities.

The nine-member inspection team from the Air Force Inspection Agency at Kirtland AFB, N.M., works directly for the Secretary of the Air Force. These inspectors perform an in-depth evaluation of 109 elements in 14 areas, which the 61st MDS has consistently earned ratings of "Satisfactory", "Excellent" or "Outstanding" over the years. In all, the AFIG inspection team review 1,053 criteria.

The 61st MDS is also visited by a three-member inspection team from Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, a civilian accrediting agency. AAAHC inspects 4,000 ambulatory agencies world-wide, including all Air Force outpatient facilities, checking for their compatibility with the civilian health care organizations. AAAHC's 18 chapter check list consists of 875 standards by which the 61st MDS is measured.

 

I need a refill on my medicine, but I can't pick it up before you close. What can I do?

The Los Angeles AFB pharmacy system will tell you when your prescriptions will be ready for pick-up. Please wait until that date and time before you attempt to pick up your order.

You will have the option to pick up your refills at one of the following locations:

- The main Los Angeles AFB pharmacy
- ScriptCenter at the AAFES Exchange
- Fort MacArthur (located in San Pedro, approximately 20 miles southeast from Los Angeles AFB)

NOTE: The Los Angeles AFB pharmacy has a mandatory call-in refill policy. The Refill line is (310) 653-CURE (653-2873)

ScriptCenter
The ScriptCenter Express Prescription Refill and Pickup Center is an automated refill dispensing machine located in the AAFES Exchange's Food Court area.

Refills can be picked up Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. New, controlled (narcotic), and refrigerated prescriptions can't be sent to the ScriptCenter.

NOTE: A prescription number is required to register for ScriptCenter; registration is required one time during initial use. Once a prescription is ordered through the ScriptCenter, it will be available for pick-up the next duty day after 2 p.m.

U.S. Medicine.com articleNew prescription dispensing machine allows for after hours pick-up at Los Angeles AFB

Another option is mail order home delivery via Express Scripts: TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery is a safe, convenient and low cost option to get maintenance drugs. You can get up to a 90-day supply, as opposed to a 30-day supply from a retail pharmacy. You save up to $176 a year for every brand name drug you switch to Home Delivery. Military pharmacies offer up to a 90-day supply of drugs at zero copay, but not all drugs are available. Check with your Los Angeles AFB pharmacy to see if they carry your prescription.

NOTE: Starting Oct. 1, 2015, a new law requires all TRICARE beneficiaries, except active-duty service members, to get select brand name maintenance drugs through either TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or from a military pharmacy. Beneficiaries who keep using a retail pharmacy for these drugs will have to pay the full cost.

Read the full article here: Changes coming to TRICARE Pharmacy benefit

 

I need to get my prescription filled. What medications are available from the pharmacy?

All civilian/off-base prescriptions will be filled if the Los Angeles AFB pharmacy stocks the item. If it's in stock, the patient must submit their paper prescription to the pharmacy. 

NOTE: We do not accept called-in or faxed prescriptions. However, we do accept electronic prescriptions. Let your health care provider know our electronic pharmacy name is, "DoD Los Angeles AFB E-Pharmacy."  

To see what medications are available, click this link: /Portals/16/documents/AFD-130920-043.pdf?ver=2016-05-03-153724-583/Portals/16/documents/AFD-130920-043.pdf?ver=2016-05-03-153724-583Current as of March 2015)

 

I'm having (chest pains/difficulty breathing/contractions): What do I do?

For life-threatening medical emergencies: Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. There are no emergency services available at either the Los Angeles AFB or Ft. MacArthur clinics.

For urgent after-hours care: Contact TRICARE Urgent Care toll-free: 1 (888) 874-9378

Within 24 hours of being seen: Contact the Los Angeles AFB Clinic during normal duty hours at (310) 653-CURE (653-2873) and ask to be transferred to your primary care manager to leave a message, stating your name, social security number, the date you were seen regarding urgent care, where and why.

 

If I need highly specialize care, and don't want to go to a civilian hospital, can I be referred to another military treatment facility? 

Yes. TRICARE and VA sharing agreement patients can be referred to other military treatment facilities for specialized care, such as David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis AFB.

Joint Commission-accredited teaching hospital, DGMC is the Air Force Medical Service's flagship medical center in the United States, providing a full spectrum of health care and patient-centered treatment to a prime service area population of more than 130,000 TRICARE eligible patients in the immediate San Francisco-Sacramento vicinity and more than 377,000 Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System eligible patients.

DGMC provides postgraduate training programs in family medicine, radiology, surgery, transitional year, dentistry, oral surgery, nurse anesthesia, pharmacy, clinical social workers, technicians and clinical nurses. In fact, many of your healthcare providers at the Los Angeles AFB Clinic most likely received their medical training at DGMC. The campus includes the VA Fairfield Outpatient Clinic, a Clinical Investigation Facility, two community-supported Fisher Houses, the largest Hyperbaric Medicine chamber on the west coast and the Armed Services Whole Blood Processing Laboratory. 

To begin the process, simply have your health care provider contact DGMC's Admissions Call Center.

If I'm not satisfied (or I'm very happy) with the level of care provided by the Los Angeles AFB Clinic, who do I talk to?

Have a complaint or want to pass along a compliment? Contact the 61st Medical Squadron's Patient Advocate at (310) 653-6544 Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. All military treatment facilities have a Patient Advocate who can address your concerns about access, patient care, or other medically-related subjects that may be important to you. 

 

What qualifications/educational backgrounds/certifications/accreditations do your medical staff have?

All health care providers at Los Angeles AFB are credentialed to provide medical care. Before they are allowed to care for patients, we certify their licenses and verify their education and the appropriate level of training. We also ensure that all health care providers stay current and get their continuing medical education. If any of them lapse on their CME or licenses, their patient care privileges could be revoked. This process is very similar to the process used by civilian hospitals accredited by independent, civilian agencies like the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care or theJoint Commission

Each provider undergoes a thorough process of verifying their education and training history. Evaluations are also obtained from previous hospital assignments. Each attending provider is individually awarded clinical practice privileges (credentialed to provide medical care). These processes are standardized across the Air Force Medical Serviceand are equal to, or better than processes used in civilian hospitals

Attending providers are required to maintain unrestricted state licenses and comply with their licensure state's requirement for on-going continuing medical education as any civilian doctor. Air Force medical standards are not any different than the civilian community.

 

Where can I find a record of how good the Medical Clinic is doing in providing healthcare services?

The most recent survey of the Military Health System (Aug 2014, with Appendices) is available for review here (To "cut to the chase" for the 61st MDS, go to page 203). 

 

Why are no emergency services available at the Los Angeles AFB or Fort MacArthur clinics?

The simple answer is: Funding  The Los Angeles AFB and Fort MacArthur installations are not large enough to support a multi-bed military treatment facility (MTF) with emergency or operating rooms. 

Physician allocation decisions by the Air Force Medical Service are made based on patient population, local area capabilities within and outside the MTF, and in coordination with the MTF commander, executive staff, Air Force Surgeon General's medical consultants, and the Air Force Personnel Center. 

Just as pilots repeatedly train/practice landings, maneuvers, etc., to be proficient, Air Force physicians must also have an appropriate patient load to ensure they can maintain their currency and proficiency. However, even if there is a sufficient patient load, AFMS resources are precious and must be used wisely, so if a specialty can be better used at another location, it is the prudent thing to do. In some cases, MTFs regularly partner with civilian providers to increase capabilities at a given location. For more information, contact your TRICARE Operations and Patient Administration, or TOPA office at (310) 653-2873 or download this list of Emergency rooms and Urgent Care Centers in the South Bay area.

How does a reporter submit questions or requests for interviews?

All news media queries should be sent to the media inbox where they are reviewed daily. The e-mail address is:smcpa.media@losangeles.af.mil 

Media Relations will staff the query to the appropriate SMC or 61st Air Base Wing office for response. Normal response time is 48 to 72 hours. 

However, SMC interests and media deadlines may prompt faster reaction -- or could take longer. This depends upon the complexity and nature of the query, or the number of multiple Directorates with responsibility for a certain program (i.e., a satellite built by one organization may be flown on a launch vehicle built by another company from a launch complex managed by a military, civilian or commercial agency).

Is there an Officer/Enlisted Club on base for social gatherings or "Happy Hour" activities?

Yes. The Launch Pad (formerly the Orbiter Lounge) is a co-located "all ranks" club in the Schriever Space Complex at Los Angeles AFB. Operated by the 61st Force Support Squadron, it is located at the south end of Bldg. 270. The area is easily identified by its array of outdoor tables and chairs under wide, white umbrellas.

The indoor area of The Launch Pad includes a spacious bar, pool table (for billiards or sporting games of "Crud"), shelve space for maintaining Directorate, Squadron and Unit mugs and tankards, unit emblem bar tables, couches and high-definition televisions.

The Launch Pad is open Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The club is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday.

Of course, if you're a card-carrying member of USAF Club Services, membership has its benefits! Monthly dues are among the lowest in the Air Force. AF Club member benefits include:

- Free monthly breakfast buffet
- Free birthday lunch
- Complimentary food for members and their families at monthly themed parties
- $1.00 discount off food/drink purchases over $5.00 in the South Bay Café
- $2.00 discount off meals at official LAAFB/SMC functions
- Eligible to win prizes at club events
- Eligible to enter in the $25,000 scholarship program


For more information, contact us at 61FSS.FSV.SouthBayCafe@us.af.mil, or call Food Services at (310) 653-1305 or AF Club Membership at (310) 653-1306.

What about Launch Pad availability any other time of the week?

Yes. The Launch Pad, along with the adjacent Gordon Conference Center in Bldg. 270 of the Schriever Space Complex is available for booking special events, such as commander's calls, promotion ceremonies, retirement parties, wedding receptions, etc. For more information, e-mail us at LAAFB.ClubTalk@us.af.mil or call Food Service at (310) 653-1305 or AF Club membership at (310) 653-1306.

 

What if I had a little too much "fun" and don't want to get a DUI/DWI; What do I do?

First of all, don't forget what the "0-0-1-3" Air Force policy stands for:
0 Underage drinking offenses
0 Drinking and driving incidents (DUI's)
1 Drink per hour
3 Drinks per evening

The Launch Pad has a Designated Driver program where the driver in your party is provided complimentary non-alcoholic drinks.

If your primary plan falls though and you don't have your Wingman watching out for you, let us help you save a life -- your own. Even just one Airman driving under the influence is one too many. To help Airmen not break the law by drinking and driving, the "Rising 6" operate the Airman Against Drunk Driving taxi service. Call AADD at (310) 653-3070.

The "Last Line of Defense" against DUI/DWI are the following:

Taxi Service - El Segundo (Toll free): 1 (800) 829-4222
LAX Taxi Cab (Toll free): 1 (877) 733-3305 

I'm a retiree, but I still want to serve. What's available at Los Angeles AFB?

The Retiree Affairs Office is constantly in need of volunteers to provide counseling to retirees. If you are a retiree, spouse of a retiree, widow or widower (with previous military retiree spouse), and would like to assist retirees with their benefits, please contact us! 

RAO volunteers are asked to work three hours per week in Bldg. 272, Room C1-204 in the Schriever Space Complex where they counsel other retirees. Each volunteer will be fully trained.

Address:
Los Angeles Air Force Base Retiree Activities Office
483 N. Aviation Blvd
Bldg. 272, Room C1-204
El Segundo, CA 90245

Phone:
(310) 653-5144
DSN: 633-5144

E-mail:
RAO.LAAFB@Gmail.com

Hours of operation:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Weekends, Federal holidays and AFSPC-designated "Family" Days: Closed

 

What resources are available for retirees?

The following is just the "tip of the iceberg," but a good place to start:

US Government search engines (Click highlighted links to be taken directly to their sites)

FirstGov
The official government search engine, this site consolidates 20,000 government web sites and arranges them by topic, such as Money and Taxes, Healthy People and the U.S. in the World.

Google Search: Uncle Sam
Searches .gov and .mil sites. When a site is inaccessible, a cache feature pulls up a backup version.

Government Guide
Search AOL's government directory.

FedWorld.gov
Search U.S. Government Information Servers using The Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval/U.S. Business Advisor govbot database. You can also view a list of predefined searches by category.

GPO Access
Search GPO full-text databases, including the Federal Register, Congressional Bills and the U.S. Code.

SearchGov.com
Searches .gov sites. Like Google it, offers a caching feature.

SearchMil.com
Searches .mil sites. it offers a caching feature

Air Force Retiree Services (Afterburner)

Retirees - Those members in receipt of or entitled to retired pay, including retirees whose pay (part or all), comes from the VA or from Civil Service because of combined federal service), mail to:

DFAS
U. S. Military Retirement Pay
P.O. Box 7130
London, KY 40742-7130
Phone: 1 (800)321-1080 or FAX: 1(800) 469-6559 

SBP/RSFPP annuitants - Those surviving spouses who are in receipt of or entitled to a Survivor Benefit Plan/Retired Serviceman's Family Protection Plan annuity (this includes surviving spouses of retirees who were enrolled in SBP/RSFPP but who are receiving SBP in lieu of the SBP/RSFPP, mail to:
 
DFAS
U.S. Military Annuitant Pay
P.O. Box 7131
London, KY 40742-7131
Phone: 1(800)321-1080 or FAX: 1(800) 982-8459
Include your Social Security number and sign your request.

Non-SBP/RSFPP annuitants -- Surviving spouses of retirees who were not enrolled in either the Survivor Benefit Plan/Retired Serviceman's Family Protection Plan (but who may or may not be receiving a DIC pension from the VA), mail the new address and include the sponsor's retired grade and SSN to:

HQ AFPC/DPPRT
550 C Street West, Suite 3
Randolph AFB TX  78150-4713

This office is not manned to take changes of address by telephone but they may be faxed to (210) 565-2322. Your telephone number should also be included.

Be sure to also visit the Los Angeles AFB Retiree Activities Office page for additional info.

Can I catch a Space-A flight from Los Angeles Air Force Base?

Since Los Angeles AFB doesn't have a flight line, no Space-A flights are available from here or at LAX. The nearest location is March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif. The March ARB passenger terminal is manned only when there are incoming or outgoing flights. 

Mission passengers have first priority, followed by active duty emergency leave, environmental leave, active duty on leave, unaccompanied dependents on environmental leave, permissive TDY and command sponsored dependent then retired military/Reserve. 

Call 951-655-2397 or 951-655-2913, to reach the March ARB terminal. 

If you don't mind driving 6-8 hours north via Interstate 5, Travis Air Force Base in Solano County, located halfway between Sacramento and San Francisco is the Air Mobility Command's primary West Coast Aerial Port. It provides Traffic Management Services, Worldwide Deployment Capability, and Passenger and Cargo Movement on Channel, Special Assignment, Joint Training, Exercise, and Contingency Airlift Missions

60th Aerial Port Squadron (AMC)
Passenger Operations
400 Bergan Blvd, Bldg. 3
Travis AFB, CA 94535-2941
 
24 Hour Flight Recording:  DSN 837-1854 or Commercial: (707) 424-1854
Fax: (707) 424-2048 or DSN 837-2048
E-mail:  60aps.websa@amc.af.mil
Hours of Operation:  0400 - 2200 (4 a.m. - 10 p.m.)

Sponsor's E-mail must include: Name, Rank, and Service affiliation; Social Security number is not mandatory.

NOTE: All dependents traveling with the sponsor must be identified by name (Social Security or passport number is optional).

To apply for Space-A, please email the Passenger Terminal: 60aps.websa@amc.af.mil

Print a copy of your sent e-mail and keep it in your possession during your travels.

For additional AMC Travel information to include Space-A categories, baggage allowances, dependent travel example letters, frequently asked questions and a complete listing of all AMC terminals please visit the AMC travel website here.

Additional resources:
Air Mobility Command - Space-A Travel
Military Hops: Space-A Military Travel
Military Travel Center - Travel Privileges 
Regional Space-A LIVE Schedule Feeds
Space-A Travel on Military Flights - Military OneSource
The Space-A Guide for Beginners 
Welcome to Space-A.net 

How do I obtain a speaker for an event?

The goal of the Speakers Bureau is to keep the public informed about SMC, Los Angeles Air Force Base and the Air Force. The Speakers Bureau includes military and civilian personnel who are available for speaking engagements at a variety of venues including schools, community organization meetings and special events. Audiences typically range in size from 25 to 100 persons and range in age from elementary school students to senior citizens.

To request a speaker, call (310) 653-2368 or send a written request to:

Space and Missile Systems Center
Office of Public Affairs
483 N. Aviation Blvd.
Los Angeles Air Force Base
El Segundo, CA 90245

Phone: (310) 653-2368
DSN: 633-2368
Fax: (310) 653-5604
E-mail: SMCPA.OUTREACH@us.af.mil

 

How does a school / civic group request a tour of Los Angeles AFB?

We offer assistance to Reserve Officer Training Corps, Junior ROTC, recruiting and Civil Air Patrol groups planning to visit Los Angeles AFB and the Space and Missile Systems Heritage Center. If your group is interested in visiting the base, Outreach personnel can assist with your request. Itineraries are individually tailored based on each group's requirements. Tours are conducted Monday through Friday only during the business day. A minimum of 30 days notice is required for all tours and requests are taken on a first come, first served basis. Schedules fill up quickly. You can contact us to check the availability of a specific date but a written request is required to schedule the tour. Tours are available for groups high school age and older.

To request a tour, contact the Community Relations Division at (310) 653-2368, or download and complete a tour request form and mail, fax or e-mail it to SMC/PA. When calling, please provide your name and contact information (daytime phone and e-mail), the name of the group you are representing, the size of the group, and proposed dates for the visit. Keep in mind, due to the size of the facilities being toured, group sizes are limited to no more than 25.

 

Is there anything to do or see on Los Angeles AFB?

Yes. Absolutely. Don't let our small size fool you!

Despite its small "footprint" in comparison to your typical military installation, Los Angeles AFB is the home to Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center. SMC is the U.S. Air Force's center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes the Global Positioning System, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space based infrared systems and space situational awareness capabilities.

Self-guided walking/audio tours are available around the Schriever Space Complex and SMC Heritage Center which contains various indoor and outdoor exhibits and monuments that document and span more than 60 years of Air Force space and missile history.

In fact, we're looking for volunteers to serve as docents in visitor service, technical and administrative positions.

Don't have a Ph.D. in history? Not a problem! All you need is lots of enthusiasm, a little time and a willingness to learn and relate museum information to the general public-at-large (schools, civic/service organizations, ROTC programs).

SMC Heritage Center Volunteer Program
Space and Missile Systems Center
Los Angeles Air Force Base
SMC/HO
483 N. Aviation Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245-2808

Can I buy tickets to Disneyland and other Los Angeles area attractions?

Discount tickets for theme parks and other local Los Angeles attractions, including movie theaters, ski lift tickets, hotels and other special events are available at the Information Tickets and Travel window in Bldg. 270, located in between the South Bay Café and The Launch Pad.

Operating hours are Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Closed for lunch from 1-2 p.m.) For more information, call IT&T at (310) 653-1304

Tickets are also available at the Outdoor Recreation office in Bldg. 403 on Fort MacArthur in San Pedro.

Operating hours are Monday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Tuesday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call (310) 653-8226

Depending on what theme parks or attractions you select, the average savings can be anywhere from $2 to $50 off regular gate prices.

I can only eat so much fast food. Are there other choices on base where I can eat?

If you don't want to "brown bag" it to work, the South Bay Café and The Launch Pad are an integral part of the Schriever Space Complex at Los Angeles AFB. Operated by the 61st Force Support Squadron, it is located at the south end of Bldg. 270. The area is easily identified by its array of outdoor tables and chairs under wide, white umbrellas. The indoor dining area of the South Bay Café is complimented by The Launch Pad (formerly known as the Orbiter Lounge), complete with a spacious bar, pool table, couches and high-definition televisions.

The South Bay Café offers a reasonably-priced breakfast selection from 6 to 9:30 a.m. Lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and consists of a daily themed Hot line, Grill, self-serve soup, salad bar, drink fountain and made-to-order Deli sandwiches. Members of USAF Club Services receive a $1.00 discount off food/drinks over $5.00, as well as free monthly breakfast and a free lunch on your birthday. 

Daily Lunch Themes: Call us or stop in to see what delicious dish we are cooking today! Below are a few examples:

MONDAY: Asian Day
· Beef & Broccoli
· Crunchy Asian Garlic Chicken Bowl
· Pan Fried Noodles

TUESDAYLatin Day
· Tostadas
· Chicken Tamales
· Baja Fish Tacos

WEDNESDAYComfort Food Day
· Beef Stroganoff
· Rotisserie Chicken
· Baked Potato Bar

THURSDAYItalian Day
· Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken
· Ravioli Two-Ways
· Chicken Parmesan

FRIDAYChef's Choice
· It will be a delicious surprise!

The South Bay Café is closed on Weekends, Federal holidays and AFSPC-designated Family Days.

Other options include 61st Air Base Group-approved commercial vendors with food trucks that rotate their offerings Monday-Friday around the perimeter of the Schriever Space Complex during breakfast and lunch hours. The DeCA/Los Angeles AFB Commissary also offers a selection of fresh sandwiches, sushi and rotisserie chicken from the Deli.

For those with access and business across El Segundo Blvd. from Los Angeles AFB, the Aerospace Corporation also offers a cafeteria and dining area for its employees.