Public Affairs

Welcome to the Space and Missile Systems Center's Public Affairs web page. Our purpose is to provide trusted counsel to base leadership; build and maintain Airman morale and readiness; and help strengthen public trust and support. 

Our staff serves as the liaison between the commander, base personnel and their family members, civilian communities and American and International publics. News about SMC and Los Angeles Air Force Base is distributed to internal and external audiences.

Among the products and services the SMC/PA staff provides includes answering media and public queries, providing speakers for organizational and school events, photo and video services and website management. The director also provides advice and counsel to the base and center's leadership on Public Affairs matters and directly supports more than 30 partner units across the base.

Multimedia Services

SMC/PA specialist, photographers, videographers and graphic artists are trusted agents because they can create products that can be used in legal proceedings and for critical decision-making. As a result, all visual information images must remain truthful alteration of any visual information images (unless clearly marked as an illustration) is prohibited IAW AFI 35-109, para 2.3.

Also, IAW AFI 35-1009, para 2.2, official visual information products and services, visual information resources cannot be used for sale or profit, souvenirs, personal gifts, mementos. farewell gifts, support to, or documentation of, farewell parties or social events (unless certified as newsworthy or historical significance), creating products used for entertainment during farewell parties or social events and support to 61st FSS services-sponsored recognition programs.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(310) 653-5298

Our Art Services contractor provides Arts and Graphic support to base personnel for official military functions at LAAFB and to other USAF and DoD personnel whose organizations have specific support agreements. Normal day-to-day work will be turned around within five working days. "Over-and-above" services are services that are required outside of the normal operating hours. They do not qualify as emergency services or surge requirements. Over-and-above services can be acquired by contacting the SMC/PA Multimedia Manager at (310) 653-5598 who will contact the Contracting Officer to issue a modification to the contract authorizing the additional effort based on an hourly rate.

- Official Awards
Includes imprinting names on existing certificates or designing certificates specifically to fit your need. We also engrave nameplates on provided plaques for many awards presented on base (e.g., Quarterly, Annual, etc.)

- Publication brochures and posters
Provided using computer and traditional techniques. Whether you need specialized graphics, logos or cartoons for a publication, if it's official, we can do it.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(310) 653-5546

Photography Services provides its customers with high-quality digital and hard-copy images up to 20"x30". Normal turnaround time for photos is three working days. Prints on request with proper justification.

- Alert Photography
Provides 24-hour emergency support to Security Forces, Office of Special Investigations, Legal, Safety and Protocol. Please contact the 61st ABG Command Post at (310) 653-3070 if you need alert photography after the Multimedia Lab's hours of operation.

- Location Photography
Consists of, but is not limited to, award presentations, retirements, dining-outs, base sports events, change of command, group shoots and historic documentation.

- Photographic Archival Services
Retains a limited number of military-related images for historical documentation. These include the SMC Command Staff, satellites, rockets, missiles and space vehicle launches, historic public relations and quality-of-life imagery. These are available in both digital and hard-copy formats for use in briefings and public displays.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(310) 653-5594

Video documentation is available for important official mission, training or community events. a normal VIDOC turnaround period (without any editing) is five working days from completion of the event. NOTE: Per Air Force Instruction 35-109, coverage of ceremonies such as change of command, promotions and retirements is limited to Vice/Deputy Wing Commanders and above, General Officers and civilian equivalents. Self-help video cameras are available from Video Services for change of commands, retirement or promotion ceremonies for all other SMC personnel.

- Video Production
Requests for local and/or Air Force-wide video productions must be submitted through the SMC Multimedia Manager for approval. A normal turnaround period is 60 working days, but completion time may vary from one video production to another depending on mission requirements. This service may require producing, scripting, videotaping, editing and duplication.

- Video Editing
Services are available for video programs or projects that require editing services. A normal turnaround time is ten working days per program, depending on length and complexity. 

Contact Us

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

Phone: (310) 653-2369
DSN: 633-2369
Fax: (310) 653-5604 or

For more information about national Air Force Outreach programs, click here.

Hometown News Program

Hometown News Program: Air Force personnel achievements are reported to their home town newspapers and other news media through the Joint Hometown News Program. Complete a DD Form 2266 and return it to SMC/PA. The paperless form can be found and downloaded at the link above or Hometown News Release button below.
Click here to open and download a Hometown News Release form

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Media: Whether you're from the CBS News "60 Minutes" team or a weekly community newspaper, we serve both ends of the news media spectrum. All are important to us and treated equally! All news media queries should be sent to the SMC/PA media inbox where they are reviewed daily (Monday-Friday during normal operating hours)

Media Relations will staff the query to the appropriate Directorate or organization for a 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).


Due to federal budget sequestration, cutbacks and real-world mission constraints, aerial support for community events must be approved by the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs before aircraft from Edwards Air Force Base, Travis Air Force Base, Beale Air Force Base, March Air Reserve Base, Channel Islands Air National Guard Base or Fresno Air National Guard Base can participate. For information on request procedures or to check on upcoming eligible events, click here.

In general, flyovers must coincide with:
- Events specifically designed to highlight aviation;
- Events specifically designed to honor America's armed forces or substantially contribute to recruiting efforts, or;
- Ceremonial events scheduled within seven (7) days of one of the following nationally recognized patriotic holidays: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day or Veterans Day.

The process for requesting flyovers or static displays of B-2 Spirit, C-5 Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster III,  KC-10 Extender, C-130 Hercules, U-2 Dragonlady, T-38 Talon, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Falcon, F-22 Lightning II aircraft needs to begin a minimum of 90 days before the event.

For more information or to download and begin the process for requesting a flyover, please contact the Space and Missile Systems Center Public Affairs' Community Relations office at (310) 653-2369.

Community Relations

The Community Relations Division serves as the liaison between Los Angeles Air Force Base and neighboring South Bay communities and greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. The division also manages both the Los Angeles AFB Speaker's bureau and the Base tour program.

Speaker's Bureau: If you are looking for an Airman or civilian employee to address your group at a community event, we can help. The goal of the Speaker's Bureau is to keep the public informed about SMC, Los Angeles AFB and the Air Force.

The Speaker's 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. Our speakers can talk about a variety of Air Force topics, ranging from Los Angeles AFB's history and missions, to patriotism and Air Force core values. 

A minimum of 30 days notice is normally required for speakers, and we reserve the right to cancel requests due to mission requirements in support of real world 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 SMC/PA at the address listed below via mail, fax or e-mail. Please provide your name and contact information (daytime phone and e-mail), the name of the group you are representing, the anticipated audience size and composition, suggested topic(s), allocated length of time for the presentation, the date, the time and the location of the event.

Note: Submission of a request does not constitute a commitment of support until you receive confirmation from us.

Base Tours: The SMC/Public Affairs office or the Space and Missile Systems Heritage Center conducts tours for military groups whose visit fills a mission requirement and civic leader groups that want to learn more about what space-based capabilities SMC delivers to warfighters.

The SMC/Public Affairs office will not conduct tours for individuals or families or for groups of more than 40 people. ROTC detachments, Civil Air Patrol units and other student groups will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 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.

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 40.

To be approved, tour request forms must include an attachment listing the full names of the visitors attending.

Authority: 10 USC 8013 and 5 USC 552
Purpose: To ensure that visitors to Los Angeles Air Force Base do not pose a threat to the security or safety of the base.
Routine Use: To conduct National Criminal Information Center background checks for visitors to the installation.
Disclosure: Voluntary. However, failure to disclose names and Social Security Numbers will result in your tour request being disapproved.

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Los Angeles AFB Operator:
(310) 653-1110
LAAFB Base Locator:
(310) 653-3080
ID Card Customer Support:
(310) 653-6556 
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(310) 653-5787 
(310) 653-5664

   Media Queries:
(310) 653-1131 or

Public Queries or Event Requests:
(310) 653-2368 or