Los Angeles Air Force Base


Los Angeles Air Force Base (LA AFB) is located in the city of El Segundo, in Los Angeles County. The base is just south of Los Angeles International Airport and less than a mile west of the San Diego Freeway (I-405).

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LA AFB traces its history back to the Air Research and Development Command’s Western Development Division, which was activated July 1, 1954, in Inglewood, CA. The activities of the Space Systems Division moved to the intersection of Aviation and El Segundo Boulevards in the early 60’s, and the property was designated Los Angeles Air Force Station on April 10, 1964. The Space and Missile Systems Command’s predecessors have remained at Los Angeles Air Force Station, which was redesignated as Los Angeles Air Force Base in September, 1987. The base in El Segundo, which has no flightline, houses the main installation. Fort MacArthur, which is located 20 mile south of the main base, is actually part of Los Angeles Air Force Base.


LA AFB is headquarters to the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), part of Air Force Space Command. SMC is responsible for research, development, acquisition, on-orbit testing and sustainment of military space and missile systems. In addition to managing Air Force space and missile programs, SMC participates in space programs conducted by other U.S. military services, government agencies and North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies. SMC responds to user needs by developing and acquiring space systems. After launch and check-out, SMC turns these systems over to the appropriate operating command. SMC also serves as the integrating center for the Strategic Defense Initiative within AFMC. It monitors progress in more than 70 Space Defense Initiative efforts throughout AFMC. SMC itself has direct management responsibility for more than half of these efforts.

Population Served

LA AFB is the only active duty installation in Los Angeles County. In addition to persons assigned to SMC and the 61st Air Base Wing, LA AFB serves all Air Force personnel in the Greater Los Angeles area. They also serve Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard personnel who are stationed in this area.


When you first learn of your assignment, contact the Military Personnel Flight at your losing base to request a sponsor. Or you may call your Orderly Room to request a sponsor assignment.

Temporary Quarters

Families PCSing to LA AFB will be assigned to the Temporary Living Facility (TLF) located on Fort MacArthur in San Pedro about 20 miles south of the base. The fee is $30.00 a night for all ranks regardless of the number of occupants. Reservations for TLF can be made by calling toll-free 888-AF-LODGE. The installation code is LOS or 567.

Relocation Assistance

Go to the Airman and Family Readiness Center, in Building 272, Room C1-209, or call 310-653-5428 for community information and assistance.

Contact Information

483 North Aviation Boulevard  El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 653-1110