Welcome to Los Angeles!

Welcome to Los Angeles Air Force Base, home of the Space and Missile Systems Center, the Air Force's space acquisition center of excellence and the 61st Air Base Group. Other tenant units include AFOSI Detachment 810 and the 369th Recruiting Squadron. It is the only active duty military installation in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Located in El Segundo, Calif., just two miles south of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Space and Missile Systems Center plays a major role in the local region. SMC has an annual budget of approximately  $8 billion and an annual payroll of more than $635 million -- much of which is spent in the local economy. The local economic impact is approximately $1.8 billion annually.

Your assignment at Los Angeles AFB provides the opportunity to work in the exciting field of space technology. The Space and Missile Systems Center is Air Force Space Command's "Center of Excellence" for the development and acquisition of space-based support to our operational fighting forces.

The Local "L.A. Scene"

Hit it!
This ain't no disco
And it ain't no country club either,
This is L.A.

--Sheryl Crow "All I Wanna Do"

In addition to being a great place to work, Los Angeles AFB and the surrounding South Bay beach communities from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach and the Palos Verde peninsula offer beautiful housing areas and a wide variety of choices for education and entertainment. Add to that the mild climate and scenic ocean views, and you have the formula for a wonderful assignment.

The local "L.A. scene" offers many unique cultural activities such as summer concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, a number of world-class college and professional sporting events, museums and the opportunity to attend TV show tapings. Family-friendly venues like Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm and Magic Mountain are all located within an hour's drive of the base. The mild Southern California climate makes it possible to enjoy a number of outdoor sports, such as golfing, fishing, boating and surfing year-round. Within a few minutes to a couple hours drive you can be at the beach, desert or mountains. It's possible to surf in the morning, dine in the desert and ski through some soft-powdered snow, all on the same day!

LAAFB by the numbers

Base Operator
(310) 653-1110 
DSN: 633-1110

Base Population
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.

Base Transportation:
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.

Base Services:
61st Force Support Squadron: Recreation at Los Angeles AFB includes a pool, two fitness centers, tennis, and outdoor activities.
Commissaries: Large commissary: (310) 414-9001 ext. 399
AAFES: Medium-sized Exchange and one Shoppette) (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 Services
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

Youth Programs:
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.

Got Orders to L.A.?

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:
Contact the Base Distribution Office to discuss your "Report No Later Than" date (RNLT). Upon arrival, you may pick up your mail in Building 271, Room B1-401. The office is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The forwarding address is:

Your Name
Newcomer's Mail
Los Angeles AFB
483 N. Aviation Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245-2808

To establish a Post Office Box before arriving at Los Angeles AFB, 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

Reporting in:
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.

Customer Support
(310) 653-5114
(310) 653-6556

SMC Command Post
(310) 653-3070
DSN 633-3070

Household Goods

Of great interest to newcomers is answering the question,"When will my household goods arrive?"

To check the status or arrange delivery for personal property shipment to Los Angeles, contact:

Joint Service Fleet & Industrial Supply Center 
800 Seal Beach Blvd.
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 626-6158 / 6159 / 6160
DSN 873-6158 / 6159 / 6160
Fax: (562) 626-6162

The Traffic Management Office or "TMO" at Los Angeles AFB will be able to help you with inquiries about your DITY (Do It Yourself) move: 

Traffic Management Office
Los Angeles AFB
Bldg. 272 (3rd floor)
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 653-5550 / 5547 / 5549
DSN 633-5550

Shipment of privately owned vehicles is also handled through an off-base provider. Questions about POVs arriving from overseas can be answered by: 

Los Angeles Vehicle Processing Center
23803 S. Wilmington Avenue
Carson, Calif. 90745
Toll-free: 1 (800) 887-3344

For more information about Los Angeles AFB and the local area, as well as information about other military installations, visit the Military Home Front website.

Chaplain Services

The Chaplain Office at Los Angeles Air Force Base provides a wide range of services and support for the military, their family members and Department of Defense employees. Comprehensive religious and pastoral services including daily ministry, visitation, counseling and weekday religious education and worship, are available through the Chaplain Office in Bldg. 272, 1st floor, Rm. C1-144.

Los Angeles AFB Chaplain Office
(310) 653-5080
DSN 633-5080

Social Media

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RIAT 2018 Recap - Another Successful Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. Thank you to all of our special guests and aeronautics fans for joining the 501st CSW and RAF in celebrating the Royal Air Force's 100th year anniversary. For more photos please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/501csw/albums/72157697433861941
#Pathfinders, A recent grass fire near one of our military family housing areas served as a reminder about fire safety. Though no individuals were hurt, it’s always important to know how to reach the various fire departments across the 501st. We've had unbelievably warm and dry weather these last four weeks. However, with it came the increased risk for fire. Monitor your BBQ grills and fire pits closely. Ensure cigarettes are extinguished and disposed of properly, not flicked into grass or out of a car window. Be vigilant if you burn your yard debris. A moment of carelessness can quickly get out of hand and put you, your family, and others at risk. Take a moment to inspect your home fire extinguisher. If you don't have one, local hardware stores carry them for £12-£25 based on bottle size. Also, ensure you and your family know how to reach the on and off base fire departments in the event of an emergency. If you’re not sure, you can visit the 501st Phone Directory at www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/Contact-Us/Phone-Directory. Enjoy the fantastic summer weather and be safe! From your 501st Combat Support Wing Fire and Emergency Services Flights
Today was the last day of the fantastic #RIAT18! The weekend was three nonstop days of airpower displays by the United States Air Force, Royal Air Force, and many other NATO partners, allied nations, and others from around the world. We'll see you all again next year at RAF Fairford for #RIAT19! U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa The Royal International Air Tattoo AFN Europe Royal Air Force
The 501st Combat Support Wing supported more than 170,000 people from around the world for the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, July 13 to 15. 501st CSW personal stood up and manned a fully operational Emergency Operations Team, provided meals and housing for volunteers working at RIAT and ran security for the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. To read more click the link below: http://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1575134/riat-2018-showcases-f-35a-us-uk-relations/
The past two days of #RIAT18 showcased incredible airpower, international partnership and the unique bond between the U.S. and the U.K. As the sun rises over the third and final day, we're #ready to see what's in store. #AirTattoo | U.S. European Command (EUCOM) | United States Air Force | U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa | U.S. Embassy London | The Royal International Air Tattoo
The skies are heating up at #RIAT18! RAF Fairford played host to impressive aerial displays celebrating the 100th birthday of the RAF and the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa AFN Europe The Royal International Air Tattoo Royal Air Force United States Air Force
American airpower is on display at #RIAT18! The F-35A Lightning II lit up the skies above RAF Fairford on Day 1 of RIAT! U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa AFN Europe
#Pathfinders, Please be advised of the demonstrations surrounding London July 12-14 and be cautious of the potential for delays and protests. Additionally, please plan ahead for potential delays in the area surrounding Blenheim Crescent. Continue to monitor STEP notifications and social media for more updates as they come.
Good afternoon! If you're planning to attend #RIAT18, please heed the message below about fire safety. Remember, no smoking on grass areas and no BBQs. Please make sure to dispose of any smoking materials appropriately. It looks like we'll have warm weather this weekend, so don't forget to bring sunscreen and stay hydrated for the best possible experience. See you soon!
RAF Fairford is about to get busy - just the way we like it! Stay tuned for all the up-close #RIAT18 action this weekend. ✈️
The 501st is crushing it on the Alpha Warrior rig right now! 💪👊
Lt. Col. Christopher Lovett relinquished command of the 426th Air Base Squadron to Lt Col. Shawn Beskar during the Change of Command Ceremony at Stavanger, Norway, July 6, 2018. To read more about the CoC please click the links below: http://www.jwc.nato.int/index.php/jwcmedia/news-archive/684-426th-air-base-squadron-changes-command http://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1569373/426abs-change-of-command/
It's here! RAF Alconbury's 4th of July celebration is happening tonight, fireworks and everything. We'll see you out there!
Congratulations to Lt. Col. Mathew Ramstack for taking command of the 422nd Air Base Squadron. Welcome to the 501st!
Congratulations to Maj. Chin Hsu for taking command of the 423rd Civil Engineer Squadron. Welcome to the 501st!
Congratulations to Lt. Col. Robert Heil for taking command of the 422nd Medical Squadron. Welcome to the 501st!
The 423rd Air Base Group is hosting a Bone Marrow Donors Recruitment Drive June 25 to 29. See the attached photo for more details.
RAF Alconbury - Civic Leader Tour: Civic leaders from across the districts of Cambridgeshire, East Northamptonshire and Fenland visited with members of the 423rd Air Base Group and U.S. mission partners, where they had the opportunity to build on relations and learn more about the 501st Combat Support Wing mission. A special thanks to all of the civic leaders for making it a memorable visit. For more photos please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/501csw/albums/72157670323178788
Congratulations to Lt. Col. Olexis Perez for taking command of the 422nd Communications Squadron!
Congratulations to SMC’s newest O-6 selects! Col (s) Laura Lewis Col (s) Richard Kieffer Col (s) Heather Bogstie… https://t.co/k9xQzGfsuT
The satellite is the second GPS III to be launched and is named after explorer Ferdinand Magellan. It is scheduled… https://t.co/M1YyDnbz3J
REACH was developed and fielded in less than three years at a fraction of the cost of a standalone capability. The… https://t.co/NoUK0YZDGB
ICYMI. Highlights from yesterday’s successful WGS-10 launch aboard a Delta IV from Cape Canaveral AFS. The satellit… https://t.co/0WgNcVXvUo
More shots from last night’s successful WGS-10 launch from CCAFS. https://t.co/qrzUR1XRfS
Spacecraft separation complete. Thanks to the great partnership between our government and industry team, #WGS10 wa… https://t.co/l37Tqt89tU
Liftoff occurred at 8:26 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida. https://t.co/AUM3X1to76
RT @ulalaunch: Jettison of the #DeltaIV payload fairing is confirmed from the edge of space. Another minute left in the first stage burn. F…
WGS International partners include Canada, Australia, Denmark, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and the Czech Republic.
Our government, industry and international partnerships embody SMC 2.0 ideas of speed and partnerships enabling the… https://t.co/ggmn9YmAw4
Liftoff! #WGS10
ULA reports that they continue to stand by on resolution to the TDRSS support constraint. A status update from the… https://t.co/Vdlr6fYWo5
RT @ulalaunch: An issue with NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, which provides mandatory collection of #DeltaIV ascent teleme…
ULA continues to assess a reported closure of a first stage helium bottle pressurization issue. Computer checked re… https://t.co/E8MqjG2iv5
Countdown hold is being extended for an indeterminate period of time the launch window lasts until 9:05 pm EDT. https://t.co/ug2yWhHaLN
Once the rocket launches, WGS-10 should separate approximately 36 minutes later. https://t.co/ZAughba6Rn
Countdown is in a planned hold at T-4 minutes. The launch remains scheduled for 7:11 p.m. EDT.
WGS-1 launched on Oct 7, 2007 from CCAFS ‘SLC 41. #WGS10 #SpaceStartsHere https://t.co/ZpLrkugwmQ
Upper level winds have been verified acceptable for launch at 7:11 p.m. EDT (2311 UTC). https://t.co/BrNLaYUISv
SMC's portfolio includes GPS, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch an… https://t.co/zKa4kmB0hf

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Numbers and E-mails

Los Angeles AFB Operator:
(310) 653-1110
LAAFB Base Locator:
(310) 653-3080
ID Card Customer Support:
(310) 653-6556 
(310) 653-5114

61st Security Forces Squadron 61st Security Forces Squadron
(Law Enforcement desk):
(310) 653-5787 
(310) 653-5664

   Media Queries:
(310) 653-2369
(310) 653-2367 orsmcpa.media@us.af.mil

Public Queries or Event Requests:
(310) 653-2368 or smcpa.outreach@us.af.mil