Los Angeles AFB is the only active duty installation in Los Angeles County. In addition to persons assigned to SMC and the 61st Air Base Group, Los Angeles AFB serves all Air Force personnel in the Greater Los Angeles area. We also serve Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard personnel who are stationed in this area:
- 1,200 active duty
- 2,067 family members
- 1,600 civilians
Cost of Living:
This is not a "military town." Cost of living in the Los Angeles area is 50 percent above the national average. Compared to Colorado Springs, for example, Los Angeles is 54 percent more expensive in general and housing is 133 percent more expensive in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles AFB is located two miles south of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 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.
There is no shuttle bus service between Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo and base housing at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro. The Metrorail Green Line (from Norwalk to Redondo Beach) has a stop conveniently located one block from the main gate at the Douglas Street station with a connecting LAX shuttle bus at the Aviation/LAX station. See Metrorail's website for schedules, register with Los Angeles AFB's Rideshare Office for transportation vouchers, or sign up for one of the many Vanpool or Carpool services.
Shuttle service between Los Angeles AFB and LAX is operated by Aerospace Corporation and runs every 20 minutes from 5:40 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The shuttle travels from the Aerospace Corporation to LAX and back.
Some parking spaces at Los Angeles AFB are reserved during duty hours. There are 125 "numbered" reserved parking spots for key personnel and passes are set aside for those designated by commanders and directors. All other unnumbered/unlabeled parking spaces are open for employee/customer use. Parking by the BX/Commissary is for those customers only. POV overnight parking is only allowed at Los Angeles AFB for essential on-duty personnel or personnel approved by the 61 MSG/CD, and the 61st Security Forces Squadron must be notified of the approval.
- 61st Force Support Squadron: Recreation at Los Angeles AFB and Fort MacArthur includes a pool, two fitness centers, tennis, and outdoor activities.
- Commissaries: Large commissary: (310) 414-9001 ext. 399
- AAFES: Medium-sized Exchange on LAAFBand one Shoppette on Fort MacArthur (310) 414-9404
Child Development Centers:
Los Angeles AFB's Child Development Center provides care for children six weeks through five years of age. CDC programs include full time care and drop in care. The Family Child Care program offers home-based child care in licensed homes for children ages two weeks through twelve years: (310) 653-6800
Medical care for Los Angeles AFB members is provided by the 61st Medical Squadron in Bldg. 210. A satellite clinic is located at the Fort MacArthur military housing area. Emergency medical care is not available at either clinic. Appointments or information: (310) 653-2873
Students attend local schools based on where they live. Children living in base housing in San Pedro attend Leland Street Elementary School (if the family lives at Fort MacArthur), White Point Elementary School (if the family lives in the Crest or the Heights), Dana Middle School and San Pedro High School -- all part of Los Angeles Unified School District. For more information, contact the School Liaison Office: (310) 653-5428
The Teen Center/Youth Center at Los Angeles AFB are the best in the Air Force, a model for all other bases! The Junior Teen program is designed for youth 13-15 years old, while the Senior Teen Club is for youth 16-18 years old. Activities include: Competitive Sports, Aerobics, Table Games, Computer/Homework Center, Cultural Field Trips, Teen Chatter, and Youth Advisory Council Members. Both Junior and Senior Clubs are located at the Fort MacArthur Teen Center, Building 425.
Get a Sponsor:
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. You may also 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.
Set up a forwarding address:
To establish a Post Office Box before arriving at Los Angeles AFB, go online or pick up an application at your local Post Office. Call the U.S. Postal Service toll-free 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
2130 E. Mariposa Ave.
El Segundo CA 90245
U.S. Post Office
839 S. Beacon
San Pedro CA 90731
Individuals must report in prior to taking leave, permissive TDY for house hunting or starting work. You will be given an In-processing checklist which you must complete and return to Customer Service.
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 you arrive during duty hours Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for easier in-processing.
In an effort to better support SMC and Los Angeles AFB, theMilitary Personnel Section holds a mass in-processing in Bldg. 272, Room C2-203 Monday-Friday at 7:30 a.m. (excluding Holidays and AFSPC-designated Family Days). For personnel arriving after 7:30 a.m., the Customer Support Element (CAC/ID cards) will sign a copy of their orders and schedule them to attend the next duty day in-processing briefing. Military members are required to be in uniform when in-processing.
New civilian employees (Civil Service or Contractors) report to the Daedalian Room in Bldg. 270 at 8 a.m. for in-processing with Civilian Personnel.
If you arrive after duty hours, contact your sponsor or call the SMC Command Post for further instructions.
SMC Command Post
Los Angeles AFB Operator:
LAAFB Base Locator:
ID Card Customer Support:
61st Security Forces Squadron
(Law Enforcement desk):
(310) 653-1131 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Queries or Event Requests:
(310) 653-2368 or email@example.com