Los Angeles Air Force Base
483 N. Aviation Boulevard, El Segundo, CA 90245-2808
The Space and Missile Systems Center, a subordinate unit of Air Force Space Command, is the center of technical excellence for developing, acquiring, fielding, and sustaining military space systems. SMC’s mission is to deliver resilient, affordable, and sustainable space capabilities.
The center is responsible for on-orbit check-out, testing, sustainment, and maintenance of military satellite constellations and other Department of Defense space systems. SMC employs an estimated 6,300 people including military, civilians, and contractors at Los Angeles Air Force Base and other locations worldwide.
SMC’s portfolio includes GPS, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks; space based infrared systems and space situational awareness capabilities.
In the early, 1960’s the Air Force decided to merge the Space Systems Division and the Research and Development Center of the Aerospace Corporation. The Aerospace Corporation was created to support all Air Force space programs. During the same time, the Air Force purchased the land around an aircraft plant operated by the Navy near El Segundo and Aviation boulevards in Los Angeles. The properties were named Los Angeles Air Force Station in 1964. The name was changed to Los Angeles Air Force Base in 1987.
There are over 15,000 military personnel, DoD civilians, contractors, retirees, and family members assigned to Los Angeles Air Force Base.
Los Angeles Air Force Base is located two miles south of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and less than a mile west of the San Diego Freeway (I-405).
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.
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. They 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.
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, the Military 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
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.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a California school, a child must be 5 years old on or by September 1st of the school year. Check with the school for requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
Los Angeles Unified School District (213) 241-1000
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!
When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
California Department of Health and Human Services (800) 288-4584
Helps Californians live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families, and adults care services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Children’s Services (800) 478-4444
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Southeast Area Animal Control (562) 803-3301
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Safety (213) 974-1234
Airman and Family Readiness Center (310) 653-5428
Base Operator (310) 653-1110
Chaplain (310) 653-5080
Child Development Center (310) 653-6800
Dental Clinic (310) 653-6844
Family Child Care (310) 653-6802
Housing Services Office (310) 241-6184
ID/CAC Card Processing (310) 653-6556
Tricare (310) 653-6866
School Liaison Officer (310) 653-8631
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (310) 653-5789
Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255
Los Angeles AFB housing is privatized via TierraVista, a lend lease community. Units are available for rent to military, retirees, civilian personnel and DoD contractor employees. The housing area is located on the grounds of historic Fort MacArthur in San Pedro and many of the homes have ocean views. The Los Angeles AFB Housing Office is located in Bldg. 56 at Fort MacArthur. Base housing and off-base referrals for both military and civilian personnel are available through the office.
Los Angeles AFB Housing Office
Fax: (310) 241-6189
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In Los Angeles Air Force Base, the summers are pleasant and clear. The winters are long, damp, and partly cloudy. During the year, temperatures are normally between 50°F and 75°F. The temperature is seldom below 44°F or higher than 83°F.
The warmest season lasts a little over 3 months, from July 7 to October 15. During this time, the temperature is normally above 72°F. August 26 is the hottest day of the year, with a standard high of 75°F and low of 65°F.
The coolest season lasts for more than 4 months, from December 3 to April 15. During this season, the temperature is normally 66°F. December 28 is the most frigid, with a standard low of 50°F and a high of 64°F.
The overall cost of living in El Segundo is 36% higher than the California average and 88% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of transportation and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of El Segundo, the city’s goods and services are 1% lower than the California average and 9% higher than the U.S. average.
Los Angeles AFB is a short drive away from entertainment for the entire family. El Segundo has its own beach and several nearby. If kayaking, sailing, rowing and other water sports interest you, the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center is a few miles away. Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain will keep the kids busy for hours.
The area is not just for the kids. Shopping on Rodeo Drive includes Burberry, Cartier, Chanel and many more. After shopping, enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants in Hollywood. You may even catch a glimpse of your favorite star.
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