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Los Angeles Air Force Base
(Los Angeles Air Force Station, Air Force Plant 82 El Segundo)
US Army Corps of Engineers History
Location: Los Angeles Air Force Base (LA AFB) is located just south of Los Angeles International Airport 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.
History: 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, not far from our current location. 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. For more information see LA AFB’s homepage.
Mission: 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.
Online Histories:
US Air Force Space and Missile Command
Douglas Aircraft Corporation, El Segundo Division

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