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 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 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:

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

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

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Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day! It marks the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees all American women the right to vote 100 years ago.
Happy #FairfordFriday! This week's history tidbit has to do with the mighty British-built #Concorde ‘002’, which made its maiden voyage from Filton to RAF Fairford in early 1969. The momentous 22-minute flight was piloted by Brian Trubshaw and John Cochrane. Emerging from the cockpit at Fairford, Brian Trubshaw remarked ‘It was wizard – a cool, calm and collected operation’. For the next two and a half years, there was an extensive development programme at RAF Fairford, enabling it to quickly achieve Mach 2 flight – twice the speed of sound. #Fairford75th #LightTheWay
You've heard of #USAFEGRIT by now. You've heard our senior leaders discuss its importance. But how are our Airmen being personally impacted by #GRIT, and how is it connecting Airmen to each other and to the mission? “Operation GRIT is something that needs to be taken outside of the training environment and be applied daily in and out of the work center,” said Staff Sgt. Laura Gonzalez, 501st Combat Support Wing Emergency Management specialist. ”It will help Airmen, but only if the principles and concepts are actively applied and not just a soundbite. Each and every Airman is a leader, which the Air Force needs now more than ever. It takes actions, not a title, to be a leader.” Gonzalez stays #resilient through maintaining balance mentally, spiritually, and physically, focusing on controlling the things she can control, and practicing daily gratitude. Thanks for sharing your perspective! #LightTheWay U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa
Last Thursday, we had the pleasure of sitting down with our new 501st CSW Command Chief, CMSgt Dan Keene and his wife, Tina, for an interview as part of our new Leader Talk series. Check out the interview below and watch for our next interview with Col. Jason Schmidt, 501st CSW Vice Commander. #LeaderTalk #Pathfinders #LightTheWay
#LeaderTalk Say hello and congratulations to our newest Airman Leadership School graduates! These Airmen advanced to the next level of their professional military education with flying colors last Friday and are #ready to take on new challenges and responsibilities in the wing. #LightTheWay grads! - Col Wendt Staff Sgt. Esteban Sereseres Senior Airman Brandon Shippee Senior Airman Adam Theriault Senior Airman Garret Gosselin Senior Airman Noah Klink Senior Airmen Scott Marvin (Distinguished Graduate 🌟) Senior Airman Damian Monreal
Congratulations to all of our MSgt Selects! Last Friday, we celebrated their induction into the SNCO tier. Also, a large thank you to everyone that made this event such a success. To view more photos from the ceremony, please click the link below. https://www.flickr.com/photos/501csw/albums/72157710412319781
Welcome to #FairfordFridays, where we'll share a little bit of Fairford's storied history each week in honor of the base's 75th anniversary. Did you know that 54 years ago, the beloved RAF Red Arrows formed at RAF Fairford? The Royal Air Force’s world famous aerobatic team started life in the Cotswolds in 1965. They performed their first display there, and were based at the Gloucestershire airfield until moving just up the road a year later to RAF Kemble in 1966. Stay tuned for more next Friday 😎 #Fairford75th #LightTheWay
Yesterday marked the official start to a unique new program at the 422 Air Base Group. Congratulations to Staff Sgt. Elder, Staff Sgt. Stevens and Senior Airman Diaz, who have been selected to participate in the Brackley Town Council Mayor's Cadet Programme! This is the first time U.S. Visiting Forces in the 501st Combat Support Wing have been given this unique opportunity to serve the commuity of Brackley. The chosen cadets will proudly represent the U.S. military by accompnaying the Mayor at civic and community events throughout the year. We look forward to the start of a unique and lasting partnership! #LightTheWay #StrongPartners Photo credit: Brackley Town Council
Here’s a lesson that CMSAF Wright had to share about making mistakes and being there for our fellow Wingman. #USAFEGRIT
A big shoutout to our 420th Munitions Airmen for their participation in the 2nd annual USAFE Combat Ammunition Production Exercise in Aviano Air Base, Italy last week. Way to represent a Championship Team! #Pathfinders #LightTheWay
#LeaderTalk Had a great day with the 421st Air Base Squadron at RAF Menwith Hill! Thanks to our amazing Pathfinders we’ve visited all 7 of our Main Operating Bases in the first 3 weeks…no surprise, across the wing our team is doing amazing things. Looking forward to many more opportunities to see our Airmen in action… incredibly proud to be part of the 501st!! -Col Wendt #LightTheWay
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A heartfelt thank you to all the 501st Combat Support Wing #Defenders for keeping us safe! #Pathfinders #LightTheWay
The 501st paid their respects on August 3rd at the re-dedication memorial for the crew of the B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty Bell." The ceremony commemorates the brave men who lost their lives when they crashed near the village of Wymington returning from their mission over Germany 75 years ago. Thank you to the community of Wymington for treating our fallen service members with the same honor and respect as your own. #Pathfinders #LightTheWay #WymingtonRemembers
Today is the 30 day countdown to RAF Fairford's 75th anniversary celebration! RAF Fairford has been utilized by the U.S. Air Force nearly continuously since it was built in 1944 and continues to support the B-52, KC-10, KC-135, B-2, B-1 and other aircraft. We look forward to celebrating the 75th with our RAF counterparts and mission partners! #Fairford75th #LightTheWay
#LeaderTalk Thanks for our Airmen at RAF Fairford and RAF Welford for hosting Chief Keene and I last week. The work you do is incredibly far-reaching - from enabling global strike out of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa’s only bomber forward operating location to equipping the theatre’s second largest munitions storage facility. It’s great to see the pride you each take in your work on a daily basis. -Col Wendt #LightTheWay
#LeaderTalk Get to know your leadership team! Over the past few weeks, our new wing leadership team visited airmen across the 501st learning the #Pathfinder mission. Now, it's your turn to get to know them. Send us a Facebook message with your questions and we'll select some to ask them in our upcoming #LeaderTalk video series. We'll be accepting questions through the end of the day tomorrow. Ask away! #LightTheWay
#LeaderTalk The immersions continue! Chief Keene and I visited with Airmen from the 422nd Air Base Group yesterday at RAF Croughton. This team fuels our mission by delivering worldwide communications, enabling strike operations and developing combat-ready Airmen. Thanks for all you do. -Col Wendt #LightTheWay
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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) 653-1131 or smcpa.media@us.af.mil

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