Los Angeles Air Force Base
Los Angeles Air Force Base (1964-Active) - The United States Space Force Base was first established in 1964 as Los Angeles Air Force Station at El Segundo, Los Angeles County, California. Renamed Los Angeles Air Force Base in 1986. Located just south of Los Angeles International Airport. Became a Space Force Base in 2019 but has not officially been renamed yet. Active military installation.
* became a space force base but not officially renamed
In 1961 the Air Force developed a plan to consolidate its Space Systems Division and the Research and Development (R&D) Center of The Aerospace Corporation, which was created in 1960 to support Air Force space programs. The plan involved acquiring two pieces of real estate adjoining the R&D Center. An aircraft plant owned by the Navy, at the northwest corner of Aviation and El Segundo Boulevards, was transferred to the Air Force in October 1962. Another site, at the southwest corner of the same intersection, was owned by a mining company. The Aerospace Corporation purchased that property in November 1962, and between February 1963 and April 1964, it constructed its new headquarters there.
On 10 Apr 1964, the new headquarters at the intersection of Aviation and El Segundo Boulevards was designated as the Los Angeles Air Force Station.
In Sep 1987 the station was re-designated as Los Angeles Air Force Base. The base did not have an airstrip of its own but it was located just south of LAX. In 2006 Area A of the base was permanently closed after a deal with a local builder to exchange the land in Area A for the creation of the Schriever Space Complex in Area B and other new facilities. In February 2007, a new base exchange opened in Area B.
A portion of historic Fort MacArthur, a former U.S. Army Coast Defense post in San Pedro, is now a sub-base of Los Angeles Air Force Base. The Middle Reservation was transferred to the United States Air Force in 1982 for use by Los Angeles Air Force Base for administration and housing. Fort MacArthur is in the Los Angeles San Pedro district, approximately twenty miles southeast of Los Angeles Air Force Base.
On 20 Dec 2019, following the establishment of the United States Space Force, Air Force Space Command was also redesignated as United States Space Force (USSF) and served as the transitional headquarters of the new service, but remained a component of the U.S. Air Force. On 21 October 2020, the United States Space Force was redesignated as Space Operations Command and officially transitioned from a U.S. Air Force major command to a U.S. Space Force field command.
Los Angeles Space Force Base is the headquarters of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), a command of the United States Space Force. SMC is responsible for the research, development, acquisition, on-orbit testing, and sustainment of military space systems. In addition to managing Space Force space systems development, SMC participated in space programs conducted by other U.S. military services, government agencies, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies. SMC turns these systems over to the appropriate operating command.