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
Upon notification of your assignment, you can contact your losing base Commander’s Support Staff (CSS) to assist with identifying a sponsor prior to departure. Or you may contact the 61st Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section (MPS) at LAAFB to determine where you will be assigned and obtain a sponsor. Once assigned, your sponsor will reach out and answer many of your questions by telephone, email or personal contact.
Reporting in to your assigned unit
Los Angeles AFB does not have a 24-hour reporting station. New arrivals are encouraged to arrive during duty hours Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. for easier check in at your assigned unit. If you arrive outside of core duty hours or on a holiday or non-duty day, report to your unit on the first duty day following your arrival to the local area. Be sure to communicate your travel and arrival plans with your sponsor prior to your arrival. You and your sponsor should have a means to correspond while you are in transit and upon arrival.
Individuals must report in to your unit Operations and Management office for SMC personnel or respective squadron CSS for 61st ABG personnel, prior to taking leave, permissive TDY for house hunting or starting work. During this step you will be given your internal unit in-processing checklist along with the initial duty assignment (IDA) worksheet. For 61st ABG personnel, your respective squadron CSS will also initiate your base in-processing.
For military personnel:
Following unit check-in, SMC personnel will report to the SMC/CSS Monday – Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding federal holidays, AFSPC Family Days, and the first Thursday of each month) to initiate base in-processing. You will receive the base in-processing checklist and will be required to complete certain actions prior to taking any leave/PTDY. Contact sponsor for details. Personnel must be in uniform and bring copies of PCS orders, sealed record from previous base, and completed initial duty assignment (IDA) worksheet from unit OM office.
All 61st ABG personnel will report directly to your respective squadron CSS to initiate unit and base in-processing. You will receive the base in-processing checklist and will be required to complete certain actions prior to taking any leave/PTDY. Contact sponsor for details.
For government civilian employees:
Newly arrived government civilian employees begin base in-processing by attending a two-day SMC Newcomer’s Orientation held on the first Monday from 8 .to 10 a.m. and Tuesday 8 a.m. to noon of each pay period excluding federal holidays and AFSPC Family Days. When a holiday falls on the first day of orientation, it will be likely rescheduled to the next duty day of that same week.
The base Civilian Personnel Staffing and Talent Management offices along with assigned sponsors will communicate in-processing guidance and instructions to recently hired civilians prior to arrival on LAAFB.
For contractor employees:
Contractor employees will only accomplish unit in-processing with your respective OM office for SMC personnel or respective squadron CSS for 61st ABG personnel. Contact your contract lead for instructions.
61st FSS Military Personnel Section
(310) 653-5114 (DEERS/ID Cards Customer Support)
(310) 653-6556 (Military Personnel Section phone tree)