Los Angeles AFB FAQ

Installation Info: Zip Code: 90245, Area Code: 310, DSN: 833

It's the home of Star Wars. Los Angeles Air Force Base is the home of the people who design the missiles, rocket systems, early-warning systems, meteorological devices and various satellites that are sent into space. And it's not too far from Star Wars producer George Lucas' house. The Space and Missile Systems Center, a product center of the Air Force Materiel Command, began at the base in 1954 as a division to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles and created the first rockets of the 1950s, such as the Atlas, Thor and Titan. Since 1956, it has been the developing area for satellite design. The Space and Missile Systems Center 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 NATO allies.

All schools in the area are run by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Health care is provided by an on-base clinic that participates in the Tricare Program and requires appointments. There is another clinic at Fort MacArthur, about 10 miles away. It does not have emergency-care capacity. Anyone needing emergency care should go to the Little Company of Mary Hospital, San Pedro Peninsula Hospital or the Centinela Hospital Airport Medical Clinic Robert F. Kennedy Medical Center.

Seated in El Segundo, personnel can find relief in the sun, sand and beautiful weather of Los Angeles' beaches, or ride northeast into the city for a tour of Hollywood, a Dodgers or Lakers game, a museum, or one of a hundred other things to do. Residents of LAFB almost never run out of things to do or see, and find that one tour at LAFB isn't enough.