The FORCE Magazine - December 2020 Issue

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Give the Gift of

Membership New AFCU members can receive up to


Apply online with promo code HOLIDAY at

Give the Gift of Membership this Holiday! Membership to Aerospace Federal Credit Union is the gift that keeps on giving for a lifetime. Once someone becomes a member of AFCU they can remain a member forever, no matter where they live, work, or when they retire. They just need your help to sponsor their membership! When you refer a co-worker or family member to join Aerospace Federal Credit Union they can receive up to $200!* The $200 holiday gift is available on membership applications received November 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 that include promo code HOLIDAY, and will receive $50 for each of the following four services: 1. Open an AFCU Savings Account by December 31, 2020 2. Open an AFCU Checking Account by December 31, 2020 3. Make a direct deposit of $200 or more into the AFCU Savings or Checking Account by January 31, 2021 4. Sign up for eStatements by January 31, 2021 Apply online at with Promo Code: HOLIDAY or mention the Holiday Gift of Membership Promo when applying in the branch. *Holiday Gift of Membership promotion valid November 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020. New AFCU accounts opened November 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 will receive $50.00 per account (Savings and Checking) into their AFCU Savings Account. New members who make a direct deposit of $200.00 or more by January 31, 2021 into their AFCU Savings or Checking Account will receive $50.00 into their AFCU Savings account. New members who sign up for eStatements by January 31, 2021 will receive $50.00 into their AFCU Savings Account. A total of $200.00 is possible if all four items are completed. Verification of completed items and all payments into AFCU Savings Accounts will be made in February 2021. Offer does not apply to existing AFCU members. If applying online, the new member must enter the promo code HOLIDAY on the application, or mention the Holiday Gift of Membership promotion if applying in person at the branch. Offer subject to change at any time without notice. Standard field of membership requirements apply. Federally insured by NCUA.

All Military, Civil Service and Contractors who work for the Los Angeles Air Force Base can join Aerospace Federal Credit Union. 2

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“The Force” magazine is a monthly publication of the 61st Force Support Squadron designed to inform military and civilian members of events, programs and services offered to Los Angeles Air Force Base.


The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of Los Angeles Air Force Base, DoD or the U.S. Air Force. All program dates and times are subject to change. Visit us online at Commercial sponsorship and advertising are available, Advertisements and partnered sponsorships contained in this publication do not imply federal endorsement.

12 Bundles for Babies This class is designed to prepare families who are expecting a child with various resources such as budget planning with a baby, Family Advocacy, Air Force Aid Society, Public Health, Tricare and Nutrition while pregnant and after having a baby.


14 Jingle Mingle Drive-Thru 61FSS will host the annual Jingle Mingle event at Fort MacArthur providing free holiday treats and toys for military families.

Director, 61 FSS Ms. Ann Rodrigue Deputy Commander, 61 FSS Maj Karrie J. Haddad Marketing Director Mr. Steve Rosales Commercial Sponsorship Coordinator Mr. Saul Guevara Visual Information Specialist Mr. Raymond Coronel Mr. Jacques Humphrey

16 Notary Service


Webmaster Mr. Dave Buxton

For Appointments Message Community Center Facebook at 61FSSCommununityCenter.

22 Hot Cocoa & Cookie Day Join in to enjoy the traditional Holiday fare as we create Holiday Hot Coco with whipped cream, crushed peppermint and chocolate on top. Holiday cookies to dunk into your coco will also be included.

28 LA Star Awards Holiday Sale Same day on all Tumblers, Mugs and Coasters in stock! Call or stop by during business hours. Order must be placed by 12 p.m. on December 17 to receive same day. Large orders of 5 or more ready no later than December 18.

Marketing Assistant Ms. Morgan Barnes Additional photography provided by base Photo Services

Cover Design Mr. Raymond Coronel Don’t forget to check out great deals featured by


community businesses throughout our publication.






Base Lodging


South Bay Bar & Grill / Catering


Harborview Lounge / Catering


Fitness & Sports Centers


Airman & Family Readiness Center


Community Center


NAF Human Resources

• Visitors: Sponsor must come to the gate and sponsor their visitor on.


Outdoor Recreation


Information, Tickets & Travel

• Commercial Deliveries/Services (i.e. Fed Ex, Amazon, Cable, Trash, Newspaper, etc): There is no need for the individual to come to the gate, it can be delivered to the home.

21 Pool

• Food Deliveries: Personnel must come pick up their food at the gates.

@61FSS WWW.LAFSS.COM Housing Access/Sponsorship Guidance

• 100% ID checks are still in effect: This includes all passengers within vehicles; to include military dependents (age 10 or over).




Youth Programs


School Liaison Officer


Child Development Center


Family Child Care


LA Star Awards


Harborview Event Center


Visit or social media channels for the latest updates.

El Segundo

Fort MacArthur

Career Development & Force Management Bldg. 272 (C2-308)....................(310) 653-6556 Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Child Development Center Bldg. 281......................................(310) 653-6800 Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Club Membership Services Bldg. 270......................................(310) 653-2803 Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Customer Support (ID Cards) Bldg. 272 (Lobby).....................(310) 653-5114 Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. By Appointment Only Walk-ins for mission critical emergencies.

Fitness & Sports Center Bldg. 286.....................................(310) 653-6771 Monday - Friday 6 a.m. - 9 a.m.; 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Open for outdoor use by appointment only. Force Development Bldg. 272 (C2-302).....................(310) 653-5358 Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Appointments Preferred

LA Star Awards Printing & Engraving Services Bldg. 272 (C2-336)....................(310) 653-5334 Tuesday & Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Marketing & Sponsorship Bldg. 272 (C2-336)....................(310) 653-5333 Mortuary Affairs Bldg. 272 (C2-335)....................(310) 653-5121/5087 NAF Human Resources Office Bldg. 272 (C2-302)...............(310) 653-5085/5679 Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Resource Management Bldg. 272 (C2-336)..........................(310) 653-6040 South Bay Bar & Grill Bldg. 270............................................(310) 653-2803 • Grill (Open for Take-out) Monday - Thursday Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. • Bar & Lounge Closed South Bay Catering Bldg. 270............................................(310) 653-8255 Monday - Wednesday & Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Appointment Only)

Honor Guard Bldg. 272 (C2-335)....................(310) 653-5087

Special Morale & Welfare Funds Bldg. 272 (C2-336)..........................(310) 653-5249

Information, Tickets & Travel AAFES BX.....................................(310) 653-1304 Closed until Phase 2 re-assessment.

Private Orgs & Fundraising Bldg. 272 (C2-336)..........................(310) 653-5829

Base Operator (310) 653-1110

Base Security Forces (310) 653-5664

Tierra Vista (877) 830-0611

CLOSURES • COVID-19 Update: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and installation restrictions, most FSS facilities are currently closed or have limited hours of operation. Visit for the latest updates. • Federal Holidays: All 61 FSS facilities will be closed on Federal Holidays with the exception of Lodging. Closure of Food/Lounge operations will be determined on a case-by-case basis & advertised separately. • Family Days: On Family Days, Force Support facilities will support minimal manning for our employees and limited services will be available. The following facilities will be closed: AFRC, CDC, SouthBay Café, LA Star Awards & Youth Center and School Age Program.

Community Cohesion Coordinator .........................................................(310) 653-8531 Outdoor Recreation Bldg. 425 .........................(310) 653-8225/8226 Monday & Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Thursday 8:30 - 1:00 p.m. Family Child Care Bldg. 425..........................(310) 653-6802/8632 Fitness & Sports Center Bldg. 425 (2nd Floor).................(310) 653-8361 Closed until Phase 2 re-assessment. Harborview Event Center/Catering Bldg. 403......................................(310) 653-8255 Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Harborview Lounge Bldg. 403......................................(310) 653-2803 Closed until further notice. Information, Tickets & Travel Bldg. 425 .........................(310) 653-8225/8226 Monday & Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Thursday 8:30 - 1:00 p.m. Lodging (Air Force Inns) Bldg. 37........................................(310) 653-8296 Sunday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. NAF Human Resources Office Bldg. 410 .....................................(310) 653-8943 Picnic Area Reservations Pool Pavilion..............................(310) 653-8226 Pool Bldg. 400.....................................(310) 653-8226 Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. By Appointment Only Youth Programs Bldg. 425........................................(310) 653-8383 • School Age Program - OPEN Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Youth/Teen Programs - OPEN Monday - Friday 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. • Winter Break Monday - Friday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.










Report non-working phone numbers to










• Training Days (1st Thur of every month): The FSS Military Personnel Flight (Customer Service/I.D. Section, Career Development, Force Management & NAF Human Resources), Force Development Flight (Education & Training), A&FRC, Marketing, L.A. Star Awards and Resource Management will be closed every 1st Thursday of the month for training.

Community Center Bldg. 403..........................(310) 653-8341/8343 December 1 - 11: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. By appointment only after December 14





Airman & Family Readiness Center Bldg. 272 (C1-209).....................(310) 653-5428 Services are provided virtually. In-person services are by appointment only.

2400 S. Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, CA. 90731



200 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA. 90245








SMC 2.0 Intro p12 Craft Day (Every Tuesday) p16


Transition Workshop p13

Community Outreach Project p22






DOL Employment p13

Passport to Manhood p24

Holiday Decor (Every Monday) p16


Catalina Solo Backpacking p19


IC & Pre-Separation p12





EFMP Virtual Coffee Break p12



16 Managing Your Move p13

Key Spouse Mentor Training p13


Creative Hot Cocoa & Cookie Day p22

First Duty Officer Station p13

Holiday Lunch p8


Spirit Week p23

31 Family Day

24 Family Day

DOL Career & Credential p13

Holiday Movie p22

Bundles for Babies p12


Joke Day (Every Thursday) p16


Thursday 4

25 Holiday

We Own Friday Holiday Party p23



OOTD (Every Friday) p16




Boots to Business p12

Smart Girls p24

Dog Day (Every Wednesday) p16



December 2020 CC / OUTDOOR REC



Holiday Exclusive Giveaway p13


Catalina Solo Backpacking p19








• Healthy Lifestyle Cooking p24

• OOTD p14


• Keystone Club p24

THURSDAY • Joke Day p16 • BGCA Fine Arts p24

• Dog Day p16

• Post-Deployment Readiness p12


• Guitar, Drums, Piano Lesson p24

• Health and Wellness p24

• Torch Club p24

• Craft Day p16

• Post-Deployment Reintegration p12

• Capstone p12


• Explorers Club p24

MONDAY • Holiday Decor p16




I long to live on your fridge!

LODGING Fort MacArthur (Bldg. 37) 2400 S. Pacific Ave. 37 Patton Quadrangle San Pedro, CA 90731 Sunday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For reservations, call or email: (310) 653-8296 or

Fort MacArthur Inn is the lodging operation for Los Angeles AFB. It is located in the city of San Pedro, 20 miles south of LA AFB and offers 72 non-smoking units. We strive to ensure our guests have a clean, comfortable room to guarantee a good night’s rest and a pleasant stay. Space-Available reservations can be made up to 120 days in advance, depending on the base occupancy and at the lodging managers’ discretion. Space-A reservations for TLF can only be made up to 30 days in advance in accordance to AFI 34-135 Table 3.5. A confirmed reservation may not guarantee a specific room type.





DISTINGUISHED VISITOR QUARTERS (DVQ) ONE-BEDROOM November - December 2020: $158 January - September 2021: $164 TWO-BEDROOM

November - December 2020: $159 January - September 2021: $165


Effective January 2021:

Graduate tuition for Active Duty Military, Selected Reserve, and National Guard will be $380 for both classroom and online courses. Undergraduate for the same category will be $250 for both classroom and online classes. Spring 1: January 4 - March 5 Spring 2: March 15 - May 14

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SOUTH BAY BAR & GRILL South Bay Bar & Grill (Bldg. 270) Monday - Thursday (Open for Take-out) Breakfast: 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Club Member Services (Bldg. 270) (310) 653-2803 CLOSED DECEMBER 21 - JANUARY 6, 2021

The South Bay Bar & Grill is proud to serve quality meals, provide friendly service, and monthly events and programs to the LA AFB community. Breakfast and lunch is served daily and offers hot-line foods, special orders and made-to-order sandwiches, and assorted beverages. Catering services are also available for special functions such as conferences, luncheons, promotions, and retirements. Call (310) 653-8255 for more information.



Holiday Lunch DECEMBER 10 | 11 A.M. - 1 P.M. AT SOUTH BAY BAR & GRILL


Lunch Spe


FREE Meal for Active Duty Military, Reserve, Veterans & Club Members. Registration required at Sponsored by


No federal endorsement of sponsor(s) intended.

HARBORVIEW LOUNGE AT FORT MACARTHUR Harborview Lounge (Bldg. 403) (Located inside the Community Center) (310) 653-2803 Thursday - Friday: 4 pm - 8 pm Open for take-out and outdoor dining. CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

The Harborview Lounge offers relaxing views, friendly service, and monthly events and programs to the Fort MacArthur community. Join us on Friday Nights for drinks, cocktails, billiards, dancing and more. Catering services are also available for special functions such as conferences, luncheons, promotions, and retirements. Call (310) 653-8255 for more information.









Signing up to be a club member is easy! Even better, there is no longer a credit card requirement to join.

Sign up by visiting Experience the value of Club Membership! When you become an Air Force Club member, the benefits are exponential! The more you visit, the more benefits you enjoy. These benefits are offered at your Los Angeles AFB Club and includes the South Bay Café and Harborview Lounge. • • • • •

$1.00 Off Meal Purchase of $4.00 or More Free Food at Select Events Free Birthday Meal Discounts to Select FSS Events 10% Off Catering Food Purchases

• • • • •

Free Entry to Club Events Friday Signature Sandwich Pop-Up Member Only Contests Annual Scholarship Program Free Club Dues to Widows of Military Personnel


FITNESS & SPORTS CENTERS El Segundo (Bldg. 286) (310) 653-6771 Monday - Friday 6 a.m. - 9 a.m.; 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Open for outdoor use By appointment only CLOSED: DECEMBER 24, 25, 31 & JANUARY 1, 2021 Fort MacArthur (Bldg. 425) (310) 653-8361 CLOSED UNTIL PHASE 2 RE-ASSESSMENT

El Segundo Fitness Center Open for Outdoor Use Only

Active Duty, Reservist, and Security Forces Only Monday - Friday (Appointment Required) 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. | 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Must Reserve via SharePoint or by calling (310) 653-6771


Our facilities are fully equipped and free of charge. Friendly fitness staff are standing by to assist with any fitness or sports related questions. Military, Dependents, DoD Civilians & Aerospace employees are eligible to access both fitness centers. Ask About: Incentive Programs, Military Fitness Testing (310) 653-6771, Intramural & Varsity Sports Must Know Rules: 100% ID check at all times & Wear proper attire


Appointment Required

FREE ACCESS UNTIL JAN 31, 2021 GET STARTED IN 3 EASY STEPS FITNESS IS FOUNDATIONAL Stay in shape with fitness at your fingertips. Train your mind and body with fitness assessments, strength and muscle conditioning workouts, and more ondemand classes to help you perform your best.

STEP 1 Download the Wellbeats App or visit the website portal:

WHAT’S INCLUDED: • 500+ high quality, 1-60 minute videos • 31 channels, no equipment options, for every age, interest and ability • Recommendation engine used to personalize and serve up content • Goal-based challenges and fitness assessments • Highly certified, relatable instructors • Safe and education based • Track progress and results

STEP 2 Select ‘Register Via Code’ and enter invitation code



STEP 3 Play a fitness class!

The application is provided as a convenience to the Air Force Registrant. The use of the application is voluntary. The data (PII) is provided voluntarily to Wellbeats by the registrant. The Air Force and AFSVC assume no liability for the misuse, handling, data in storage/transit, potential breach, and 3rd party management of PII data given voluntarily to Wellbeats through the registration process. Wellbeats assumes all liability for the management and use of the data or the e disclosure by Wellbeats of any 3rd party sharing of data provided to Wellbeats by the registrant. Th he mobile app or desktop version of the Wellbeats application is not authorized for installation on government devices unless approval is granted in writing from the AFEN Approving Authority under the provisions of DODI 8510 and 8500. No federal endorsement of sponsor(s) intended nor implied.

AIRMAN & FAMILY READINESS CENTER El Segundo (Bldg. 272, C1-209) (310) 653-5290

Our team provides comprehensive work/life consultations, workshops, seminars and information.

Services are provided virtually.

Let us help with financial planning, employment, parenting & marriage enhancement, deployment, K-12 education, special needs support, casualty assistance, and relocation services.

In-person services are by appointment only. CLOSED: DECEMBER 24, 25, 31 & JANUARY 1, 2021

Supporting Airmen & their families, civilian employees & retirees. Non-Network Online Access Computer Lounge


December 2 | 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

December 9 | 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Tune into Facebook for your chance to talk to the EFMP Family Support Coordinator regarding various EFMP topics. Grab a cup of coffee and log into on November 4 at 10 a.m. to learn more about EFMP!

This class is designed to prepare families who are expecting a child with various resources such as budget planning with a baby, Family Advocacy, Air Force Aid Society, Public Health, Tricare and Nutrition while pregnant and after having a baby. Active Duty Air Force attendees will receive $50.00 Base Exchange Gift Card. Must sign up in advance.



Casualty Assistance Office

SMC 2.O INTRO Program

Location: Please email AFRC at or call us at (310) 653-5290 for location.

This office provides dignified & compassionate assistance to survivors of deceased active duty and retired Air Force members.

Personal Financial Counselor

Military personnel can call Airman and Family Readiness Center at (505) 231-3491 to discuss financial issues.

Military & Family Life Counselor

Need help with stressful issues? Call (310) 658-2334 for a confidential appointment


Location: Please email AFRC at or call us at (310) 653-5290 for location.

Location: Please email AFRC at or call us at (310) 653-5290 for location.

Tuesday, December 1, 8 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Newcomers are briefed on the exciting world of the Air Force and the cutting edge technology of SMC 2.0. They will be provided with informational briefings, as well as a base tour, and civilian members will be sworn in. Please be sure to register at the Airman and Family Readiness Center or call (310) 653-5290.

Boots to Business

December 2-3, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The small business administration delivers a very informative 2 day seminar focusing on creating your business plan.

Capstone (By appointment only)

Tuesdays, December 1, 8, 15 & 22, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Required for all military that are separating or retiring.

Post-Deployment Reintegration

Tuesdays, December 1, 8, 15 & 22, 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Workshop is intended for Service Members returning from deployment. Spouses are encouraged to attend.

Post-Deployment Readiness

Wednesdays, December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. This workshop will give you tips on how to prepare yourself and family members while you are deployed. 12

Initial Counseling & Pre-Separation Counseling

Monday, December 7, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Are you separating or retiring from military service? Fulfill your Initial Counseling and Pre-separation briefing requirement at this mandatory briefing preferably 18 months before separating and 24 months prior to retiring, but mandated NLT 365 days before leaving the service.

First Officer Duty Station

Thursday, December 10, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Learn budgetary basics, saving tips, and how to survive in this high cost area. This is a mandatory class for all O1 & O2 who are new to Los Angeles AFB. All military and civilians may attend.

Transition Workshop

December 14-16, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The three day format covers a broad range of topics from financial planning to job search to a VA benefits briefing. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend. This workshop is mandatory for all separating members, highly recommended for retiring military members.

DOL Employment Track (2 days)

December 21-22, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. This is a great new workshop part of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). It is a monthly workshop where Transitioning Service Members, Spouses, Retirees and Veterans can build a resume for a civilian or a federal job and learn interview techniques, salary negotiations and labor market information.

DOL Career & Credential Exploration Track (C2E)

December 16-17 , 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Department of Labor delivers a 2 day workshop to assist transitioning service members, veterans and spouses define career goals, identify required credentials, find career and technical training opportunities and identify resources.

December 19 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Key Spouse Mentor - Refresher Training

Thursday, December 17, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Key Spouses are appointed by a Commander to promote individual, family and unit readiness. Consult with the Commander, then call A&FRC to schedule the training.

For Pre-Registered Goldstar Families, Deployed Families and EFMP families. AFRC is doing a holiday giveaway to pre-registered Gold Star, EFMP and Deployed Families.

Managing Your Move

Deadline to register is no later than December 16, 2020. Please contact to sign up or (310) 653-5428 & leave a message.

Thursday, December 17, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Get good advice on planning your next PCS from the clinic, traffic management and finance.


Received initial RIP for PCS and enrolled in EFMP, what do I do?

Road Map to EFMP Screening Due to Orders STEP 3


Contact EFMP Medical Coordinator to initiate medical clearance. Who is that? Ms. Devyn Johnson (310) 653-6753

Get official orders

Complete Family Member Travel Screen

Travel recommended

Travel not recommended

Discuss options with EFMP Medical Coordinator

Contact EFMP Family Support Coordinator to complete DD3054. Who is that? Leah Goss (310) 653-5536


Obtain resources and gaining installation’s EFMP Family Support Coordinator contact information to prepare for PCS.

For more information on EFMP Medical, please contact Devyn Johnson at (310) 653-6753 For more information on EFMP Family Support, please contact Leah Goss at (310) 653-5536 13


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COMMUNITY CENTER Fort MacArthur (Bldg. 403) (310) 653-8341/8343 December Monday - Friday: 1 - 11: 99a.m. a.m.- -1 4 p.m. p.m. By appointment only after December 14 Notary Services By Appointment CLOSED: DECEMBER 21-25, 31 & Only Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. JANUARY 1, 2021 Closed: Dec 21-25, Dec 31 & Jan 1

Multi-purpose 22,000 sq. ft. facility offering magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. Located at historic Fort MacArthur, San Pedro. We offer a number of rooms for scheduling meetings, social and special events. Event catering services available, (310) 653-8341. Appointment Required


Visit @61FSS Community Center Facebook event for additional information

Letter to Santa Download and print this free template and drop it off at our Santa mailbox at the Jingle Mingle Drive-Thru event on Saturday, December 12!

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Every Monday:

Every Tuesday:

Show us your decorations.

Share creative ideas with us.



Every Wednesday: DOG DAYS

Show us your silly dog photos.

Every Thursday:

Every Friday:

Send us your funny jokes.

Share your warm winter style.




Message us on Facebook @61FSSCommunityCenter


NAF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE El Segundo, Bldg. 272, C2-302 (310) 653-5085/5068 Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Search current NAF openings worldwide Apply online! It’s never been easier.

Fort MacArthur, Bldg. 410 (310) 653-8943 Email:

CLOSED: DECEMBER 24, 25, 31 & JANUARY 1, 2021

How to f ind NAF Jobs: • Keywords: Type “NAF” • Location: Type “El Segundo” or “San Pedro” • Click “Search”


How to find NAF Jobs: • Keywords: Type “NAF” • Location: Type “El Segundo” or “San Pedro” • Click “Search”


OUTDOOR RECREATION Fort MacArthur (Bldg. 425) (310) 653-8225/8226

Outdoor Recreation is your one-stop center for year-round Southern California outdoor fun and adventure. Our experienced staff are devoted to bringing you exciting recreation opportunities, a wide variety of equipment rentals, guided adventures and discount tickets to area attractions. Learn more about RecOn and Single Airmen programs at

Monday & Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CLOSED: DECEMBER 21-25, 31 & JANUARY 1, 2021





Choose Combinations of . . . • • • • •

Camping Equipment Hiking Necessities Kayaks Standup Paddle Boards BBQ Grills & Cooler

CAMPING EQUIPMENT Camping Chairs Cooler (54 1t.) Cooler (100 qt.) Cooler w/ wheels (165 qt.) Cots Dispenser (5 gal.) Dispenser (10 gal.) Family Cook Set

Day Weekend Week 16.00 6.00 4.00 12.00 4.50 3.00 16.00 6.00 4.00 20.00 7.50 5.00 12.00 4.50 3.00 12.00 4.50 3.00 12.00 4.50 3.00 12.00 4.50 3.00

WATER SPORTS *** Stand Up Paddleboard **Kayak (1-Man Ocean) **Kayak (2-Man Ocean) **Kayak (Hobie Mirage 13') Life Jacket Surfboard Wet Suit Body Board YETI 35 Cooler YETI 65 Cooler YETI 105 Cooler

Day Weekend Week 15.00 35.00 50.00 10.00 15.00 40.00 15.00 22.50 60.00 25.00 35.00 100.00 1.00 1.50 4.00 8.00 12.00 32.00 4.00 10.50 28.00 4.00 6.00 12.00 12.50 18.75 50.00 15.00 22.50 60.00 17.50 26.25 70.00

Appointment Required

Sleeping Bag Therma Rest (Foam) Therma Rest (2”) Therma Rest (3") Tent (3-Man) Tent (4-Man) Tent (6-Man) Tent (8-Man) Roll Table (27”x27”) Roll Table (27”x58”)

**TRAILERS Day Weekend Week 6.00 16.00 4.00 0.75 2.00 0.50 4.50 12.00 3.00 7.50 20.00 5.00 10.00 15.00 40.00 15.00 22.50 60.00 20.00 30.00 80.00 25.00 37.50 100.00 7.50 20.00 5.00 7.50 11.25 30.00

Utility w/sides 4x8 Utility w/ sides Flat Bed 6x12 Kayak Small Kayak Large Hitch 2” & 1 7/8”

Day Weekend Week 15.00 23.00 80.00 15.00 23.00 80.00 30.00 45.00 90.00 15.00 25.00 60.00 30.00 45.00 90.00 5.00 5.00 20.00

**BBQ'S 6' Double Wide BBQ 7' Double Wide BBQ 8' Double Wide BBQ

Day Weekend Week 55.00 65.00 220.00 60.00 70.00 240.00 65.00 75.00 260.00

BACKPACKING EQUIPMENT Backpack MSR Stove MSR Cook Set Knife w/ Saw Head Lamp Bear Bell

Day Weekend Week 2.00 3.00 8.00 6.00 9.00 24.00 2.00 3.00 8.00 2.00 3.00 8.00 3.00 4.50 12.00 0.50 0.75 2.00

FORT MAC BBQ PICNIC AREA **Picnic Park w/ Cabana (by pool) Party Groups up to 100 People 100.00 Fort Mac BBQ Picnic Area requires a security deposit which will be returned if the area and restrooms are left clean and trash is disposed in dumpsters provided. All Items are first come, firstserved. Reservations on some items may be made up to 2 months in advance.

PricingPricing is subject is subject to change to change atat any anytime. time. Items Itemswith with * require * require a Deposit: a Deposit: *$25 Deposit *$25 Deposit **$50 Deposit **$50 Deposit ***$100 Deposit ***$100 Deposit 18

Los Angeles AFB Outdoor Recreation @61FSSOutdoorRecreation for the most up-to-date information on all things outdoor recreation.



Saturday, December 5-6 (Ages 13+) Location: Shark Harbor

Get back outside with ODR for an overnight introductory “solo” backpacking expedition from Shark Harbor (5 Dec) on Catalina Island. This trip will focus on teaching/guiding participants in the skills and gear needed to facilitate their own solo adventures in the backcountry. We will depart for Catalina on Saturday morning and arrive at Two Harbors, from there we will be hiking overland through the beautiful Catalina backcountry to a beach campsite (Pearson’s on the 21st, or Shark Harbor on the 5th) spending a night beach camping under the stars hiking back Sunday morning and departing Catalina. Both trails are strenuous and good physical condition is required. All the necessary gear (backpack, stove, tent, sleeping bag/pad etc.) will be provided.

• $50 for Active Duty Air Force, Dependents, & Guests • $125 for all other participants Learn about R4R program eligibility.


INFORMATION, TICKETS & TRAVEL El Segundo (AAFES BX) (310) 653-1304 Closed until further notice. Fort MacArthur (Bldg. 425) (310) 653-8225/8226 Monday & Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Thursday: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm CLOSED: DECEMBER 21-25, 31 & JANUARY 1, 2021

Discount tickets to theme parks, area attractions, hotels and more! Tickets & Tours is now located in the AAFES BX next to the furniture store. E-ticket sales are also available at Fort MacArthur. Visit Outdoor Recreation located inside the Community Center in building 403 across from the base swimming pool.

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IKON Base Pass

$609 IKON Pass


Save up to $361 on the IKON Base Pass* and $499 on the IKON Pass!

IKON Base Passes include unlimited* access to Winter Park Resort (CO), Big Bear Mountain Resort (CA), Copper Mountain Resort (CO), Snoeshoe (WV), Eldora Mountain Resort (CO), Crystal Mountain (WA), Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows (CA), Tremblant (QC), Mammoth Mountain Resort (CA), Blue Mountain (ON), June Mountain (CA), Solitude Mountain Resort (UT) PLUS up to 5 days each at select additional Global Destinations! IKON Passes include unlimited access (no blackouts) to Steamboat (CO), Big Bear Mountain Resort (CA), Winter Park Resort (CO), Stratton (VT), Copper Mountain Resort (CO), Snoeshoe (WV), Eldora Mountain Resort (CO), Crystal Mountain (WA), Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows (CA), Tremblant (QC), Mammoth Mountain Resort (CA), Blue Mountain (ON), June Mountain (CA), Solitude Mountain Resort (UT) PLUS up to 7 days each at select Global Destinations!


POOL Fort MacArthur (Bldg. 401) (310) 653-8226 Open for Lap Swim by Appointment Only Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. CLOSED: DECEMBER 22-27, 31 & JANUARY 1, 2021 Appointment Required

The Fort MacArthur swimming pool is open to all base members and Tierra Vista housing residents. Features include: • • •

Heated Pool Water Spray Park Dedicated 25 Yard Lap-Swim Area

Direct any questions or concerns to 61st Force Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation Management located at the Community Center.

OPEN DECEMBER 29 & 30 25 Yard Lap Swim Area Shallow & Deep Rec Swim Areas


• Only available for adult lap swim (18+) by reservation on • Swimmers must wear a face mask upon entry/exit • All swimmers must shower prior to entering the pool • Flotation devices must be USCG approved • No water-wings, floating swim suits, or inflatables • Lifeguard may require unsafe swimmers to wear one of our provided life vests or puddle jumpers • No food or drinks allowed on deck (water is ok) • All swimmers must wear proper swim attire • No t-shirts, tank tops, gym shorts, etc.


YOUTH PROGRAMS Fort MacArthur (Bldg. 425) (310) 653-8383 School Age Program - OPEN Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Youth/Teen Programs - OPEN Monday - Friday 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Winter Break Monday - Friday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. CLOSED: DECEMBER 24, 25, 31 & JANUARY 1, 2021

Thursday, December 10 | 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Youth Programs supports dependents of active duty military, retired military, active reservists, DoD personnel, and those living on base with a current contract with Tierra Vista. Youth Programs provides age appropriate activities, classes, trips, and events for youth ages 5-18 years. Youth Sponsorship: Are you new to base and interested in getting connected with a local youth from the program? Please go to this link to connect: *Open Recreation Program may be closed due to field trip/events. Please call Youth Programs for more information.

@61FSSYouthPrograms @LAAFB Youth Programs

Ages 9-18

Wednesday, December 9 | 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Join in to enjoy the traditional Holiday fare as we create Holiday Hot Coco with whipped cream, crushed peppermint and chocolate on top. Holiday cookies to dunk into your coco will also be included.

Members: FREE | Ages 9-18

December 15 | 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m FREE: Permission Slips Required | Ages 9-18 Keystone& Torch Club Members will create care bags for the homeless. Donations of the following items are appreciated: mini hand sanitizers, tissue packs, granola bars, non- perishable snacks, small water bottles, tooth paste, tooth brushes, Socks, gloves, masks, pens, and writing tablets. A Holiday Card signed by youth members with a positive note to be included. Youth will be stuffing donated items into bags to be given out to a homeless shelter here in San Pedro on December 15. Stuffing the bags: Monday, December 14 Bag Giveaway: Tuesday, December 15


Youth will be watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” while at youth they enjoy some hot apple cider and some grilled ham and cheese sandwiches at Youth Programs. The movie shows a great lesson in choosing the right path in life, and how communities come together to help each other in a time of need. It is a reminder of how we should participate in life in a giving manner.

December 14-18 | 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Ages 9-18 Get in the Holiday Spirit this week by participating in the daily activity. • • • • •

Monday, December 14: Crazy Holiday Socks Day Tuesday, December 15: Holiday Hats, Headbands or Hair Clips Wednesday, December 16: Holiday Pictionary Thursday, December 17: Holiday Character Costume Friday, December 18: Ugly Holiday Sweaters

Be the one to get the most points during Spirit Week and get a prize! Cost: Members free, non-members $2.00 per day Registration ends November 13

Friday, December 18 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5.00 Ages 9-18 To celebrate the final day of Spirit Week youth will be celebrating the Holidays with us. Unwrap the cellophane dice game, Cotton Ball Snowball Game, Rudolph Snowball Transfer, Christmas Bingo, and Ugly Christmas sweater contest are all part of the fun during the Holiday Party. Holiday hot dogs, chips, juice boxes and cookies are on the menu.

Youth & Teen Programs (Ages 9-18) School Age Care 2020 (Ages 5-12) Before and After School Program provides age-appropriate childcare with quality programming, youth activities and events. Clubs, Activities, and USDA approved meals and snacks are offered. Transportation to and from select schools is available. The program focuses on team building, cognitive growth, and development of social awareness and problem-solving skills. The staff offers homework support to youth enrolled in the School Age Program. Registration is ongoing and based on availability. Visit to create an account.

Transportation Program (Ages 9-18) CLOSED Youth Program members are eligible for transportation to and f rom select schools: Leland Elementary, Point Fermin Elementary, White Point Elementary, Dana Middle School and San Pedro HighSchool. Upon return, registered youth may enjoy our Open Recreation Program, or go directly home. $50 PER WEEK *Note: Participation in the transportation program does not automatically register youth for after school activities. Youth must be enrolled in Open Recreation and other programming separately.

This program provides recreational options for dependents of active duty, retired military, DoD employees, contractors, or residents living on base under a Tierra Vista lease contract. Youth must have current membership and be between 9-18 years of age. A current shot record is required to be provided when registering to include a current Flu vaccination. Community service programs, clubs, and classes are offered with focus on positive socialization, recreational activities, cognitive challenges, and team building skills. $30 PER MEMBERSHIP YEAR (AUGUST – JULY)

Congressional Award Opportunities The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and noncompetitive. The program is open to all 14 to 23-year-olds. Participants earn Bronze, Silver, & Gold Congressional Award Certificates & Bronze, Silver, & Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. For more information visit http:// or contact Youth Programs (310) 653-8383


YOUTH PROGRAMS Health and Wellness (Ages 9-18)

ALL PROGRAMMING AVAILABLE ON SITE OR VIRTUAL Call Youth Programs to Register for Zoom.

Tuesdays, December 1, 8 & 15, 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. We will be discussing what it takes to be healthy emotionally as well as physically.

Fine Arts Program (Ages 9-18)

Thursdays, December 3, 10 & 17, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Create Snow Globes, Rudolph Towels, and Pine Cone Holiday Trees.

Explorers Club (Ages 6-8)

Mondays, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Activities may include art, cooking and fitness. • December 7: Cookie Decorating • December 14: Christmas Tree • December 21: Holiday Bingo • December 28: Winter Holiday Scene

Keystone Club & Teen Council Meeting (Ages 13-18)

Thursdays, December 3, 10 & 17, 12 & 19, p.m. - 5 p.m. Keystone Club encourages community service, individual growth, and companionship. Join us weekly and become a great leader, join Keystone today!

Healthy Lifestyles Cooking (Ages 9-18)

Smart Girls (Ages 9-12)

Wednesday, December 2, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Learn “Smart Girl” skills to be the best you can be! Permission slips are required to participate in classes.

Fridays, December 4 & 11, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Join us and enjoy learning new skills in the kitchen when cooking and eating with friends. Youth are encouraged to bring in recipes from their family favorites, or from cultural family traditions. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to share their culinary skills with the team. • December 4: Chicken Pot Pie. • December 11: Ginger Bread Cookies.

Passport to Manhood (Young Men Ages 8-17)

Monday, December 7, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Come join in the discussion about what you think it takes to becoming a young man displaying positive behaviors in today’s ever changing society.

Torch Club (Ages 9-12)

Tuesdays, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Torch Club encourages community service, individual growth, and companionship. Join us weekly to become greater than yourself!

Guitar, Drums, Piano Lessons (Ages 9-18)

Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Are you interested in learning to play the piano, guitar, drums, or music lessons? Join us for a virtual learning experience to learn a new skill. Participants must have their own instrument. Register for limited half hour time slot. Ages 6-8 may be accepted with instructor’s approval.

Torch Club (Ages 9-12)

Tuesdays, December 1, 8 & 15, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Torch Clubs focus is on developing cognitive, leadership, socialization, and community awareness skills. Our foundation is based on teamwork and how to become a better team by improving our outlook. Join us weekly to become a part of this dynamic team. Your input is important to us. On site or virtual. 24

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Tae Kwon Do Instruction (Ages 6 and older)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Location: Fort MacArthur Fitness Center This self-defense technique is governed by the Five Tenets: Courtesy, Integrity, Self-Control, Perseverance and Indomitable Spirit. The program is “Family Style” it is open to males and females, children and adults, from 6 years and up. New students are accepted continuously. Register at the Youth Center: $40.00 per month

SCHOOL LIAISON PROGRAM Fort MacArthur (Bldg. 410) El Segundo (Bldg. 272, C1-209) (310) 648-9266 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Online tutoring and homework help for U.S. military and their families provided 24/7 at no cost by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance. • Closed every 1st Thursday of the month for training.


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FREE TUTORING AVAILABLE DoD Civilians and Activity Duty personnel.

SUPER Prepared: Kids Disaster Kit If you have children, it’s smart to have them put together their own “Kid’s Disaster Kit”. It can be fun for the child and it’s mainly recommended so they will have things to do and share with other kids and reduce anxiety during the disaster. These can all be stored in a backpack or duffel bag. Just make sure you or the child can carry it easily if evacuation is needed. Some suggested items for your child’s disaster kit: • • • • • • • • •

A few of their favorite books Crayons, pencils, or marking pens and plenty of paper Two favorite toys such as a doll or action figure One or two board games A deck of cards A puzzle (one with lots of pieces is good – it takes a long time to do!) Small people figures and play vehicles that they can use to play out what is happening Favorite blanket or pillow Pictures of the family and pets

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CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER El Segundo (Bldg. 281) (310) 653-6800 Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Open for children of personnel directed to the workplace. CLOSED: DECEMBER 24, 25, 31 & JANUARY 1, 2021

Full-time and hourly care to Active Duty, DoD and Active Reservists. We offer individual and group, age appropriate educational activities that stimulate social, cognitive and emotional growth for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. We are proud to participate in the USDA Food Program with basedietitian approved menus. Our facility is NAEYC accredited and features professional and caring staff. In accordance with Federal Law & US Dept of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Quarterly PAB meeting are being held via zoom. Information concerning dates/times and dial in information can be obtained from both the CDC and Youth Center front desks. (310) 653-6800 CDC & (310) 653-8383 YP

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FAMILY CHILD CARE Family Child Care Cheryl Richardson, FCC Coordinator (310) 653-6802


Interested in Becoming a Family Child Care Provider? COVID-19 has shut down much of our country. Most of us are working from home while schools and daycares are closed. This pandemic is disheartening on many levels, but have you secretly enjoyed all the time you are able to spend with your children? Reading in blanket forts, rediscovering how cool Legos are, cooking together? Seriously how cute was your little one doing push-ups with you this morning? How about that connection you made with your older child when you involved them in one of your favorite hobbies? Right now, is a great time to start the process of becoming a Family Child Care Provider. Get a head start now so when things return to normal, you’ll be ready for a new normal!

Are you in need of a Child Care Provider? FCC Homes are now open at Fort MacArthur! It’s a great time to conduct phone interviews with one of our licensed providers. Contact the Family Child Care Coordinator, Cheryl Richardson at (310) 653-6802 or for more information


ORDER FORMS & PRODUCT PRICES AVAILABLE ONLINE Tuesday & Friday 8:30 am - 2:30 pm Closed: December 14 - January 4, 2021 (310) 653-5334 | | Follow us @61FSS

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Call or stop by during business hours. Order must be placed by 10 a.m. on December 11 to receive same day.






Weddings • Corporate Events Promotions • Retirements • & More Exclusive Use of Entire Facility. Private & Secure Location at Fort MacArthur. For more information, please contact Hayley Strozier 310.653.8341

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