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Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

8th & I

"Oldest Post of the Corps"
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Barracks News
Marine Barracks welcomes new sergeant major

By Cpl. Alexandria Smith | October 29, 2014

Sgt. Maj. Angela M. Maness passed all duties and responsibilities as the senior ranking enlisted Marine of Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., during a relief and appointment ceremony here to Sgt. Maj. Joseph C. Gray, Oct. 29. MORE
Behind the scenes of the Passage of Command

By Cpl. Dylan Bowyer | October 24, 2014

Guests entered the gates of Marine Barracks Washington, walking over freshly swept walkways toward their seats overlooking the perfectly manicured grass and Marines stationed strategically in their dress blues. MORE
Perks of the Job

By Lance Cpl. Gunnar Welch | October 08, 2014

For the ceremonial marchers of Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.’s Alpha Company, the long hours of MORE
Unit Leaders

Sgt. Maj. Joseph Gray
Sergeant Major

Lt. Col. Justin S. Dunne
Executive Officer

Col. Benjamin T. Watson
Commanding Officer

Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., also known as "8th & I," is the oldest active post in the Marine Corps. It was founded by President Thomas Jefferson and Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, the third commandant of the Marine Corps, in 1801.

Located on the corners of 8th & I Streets in southeast Washington, D.C., the Barracks supports both ceremonial and security missions in the nation's capital.

The Barracks is home to many nationally recognized units, including the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Band, the official Marine Corps Color Guard, and the Marine Corps Body Bearers. It is also the site of the Home of the Commandants, which, along with the Barracks, is a registered national historic landmark.