The Los Angeles Air Force Base (LA AFB) is home to the Space System Command Center (formerly the Space and Missile Systems Center), a subordinate unit of the Air Force Space Force. It is the center of technical excellence for research, development, and the acquisition of military space systems. The center is responsible for on-orbit checkout, testing, sustainment, and maintenance of military satellite constellations and other Department of Defense space systems. The installation spans six locations: the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, CA; Fort MacArthur, Pacific Heights and Pacific Crest in San Pedro, CA; Camp Parks Communication Annex in Dublin, CA; and the Defense Contract Maintenance Agency in Carson, CA.
For decades, due to vendor underperformance, L.A. Air Force Base’s leadership cycled through operations and maintenance contractors every three to five years. However, in 2007, when their contract was awarded to PRIDE Industries, they found a facilities management partner who was up to the challenge.
At the start, because necessary repairs had been deferred by previous contractors, a substantial backlog existed. This included several critical pieces of infrastructure in need of repair: large air handlers which had corroded, landscaping that was not drought-tolerant, a base pool which had been closed due to safety issues, and the Child Development Center whose gravel presented a choking hazard to children.
The base also needed support in its environmental and engineering departments, including coordination with regulatory agencies, design layout, inspection, real property management, and base-asset tracking.
In PRIDE Industries, the Los Angeles Air Force Base found a partner that could meet their rigorous maintenance requirements in operations, engineering, and environmental services. Since 2007, our excellent work has resulted in completion of critical repairs, implementation of optimal maintenance processes and timetables, the meeting of engineering and environmental requirements, and four contract renewals. Our work has included and surpassed the following: