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Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

8th & I

"Oldest Post of the Corps"
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Barracks News
Barracks Marines visit Civil War battlefields

By Lance Cpl. Christian Varney | November 25, 2014

A recent trip to the battle grounds of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Md., by the officers and staff noncommissioned officers of Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., exemplifies that very trait. MORE
Honoring legacy with solemn ceremonies

By Sgt. Melissa Karnath | November 18, 2014

The Marines’ shiny black shoes stepped upon the early morning, dew-covered grass as they walk toward MORE
Pride in Fitness

By Lance Cpl. Gunnar Welch | November 04, 2014

Marines pride themselves on being able to operate in any clime and place, regardless of the terrain 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.