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Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

8th & I

"Oldest Post of the Corps"
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Guard Company from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., went to Range 8A on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., to maintain proficiency with the M67 grenade, Aug. 20.
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An Introspective Look at Joining Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

By Maj. Paul W. Steketee | August 28, 2014

When I received orders to Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., I was overwhelmed and intimidated at first.  “How is this possible?” “Why me?” “Am I ready for this?” Were the questions that plagued my mind.  Considered hallowed grounds amongst most Marines, I was shocked that the Corps would consider me worthy of this distinct honor. Like most Marines MORE
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A Long Way from Home

By Cpl. Dan Hosack | August 28, 2014

Fresh dew wets the grass as the sun slowly rises over the countryside. The only sounds that can be heard are birds chirping and a lawnmower in the distance. It is a sharp contrast from the fast-paced life of Washington, D.C.    This is the type of difference Cpl. Megan Hancock, a native of Sheridan, Ill., has had to adjust to when she moved to the MORE
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Ceremonial marchers improve infantry skills

By Capt. Michael Bell, Staff Sgt. Guillermo Fargas | August 26, 2014

The primary mission of a Marine rifle squad is to locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver or to repel his assault by fire and close combat. Without a set of complementary warfighting skills, though, infantry units of all sizes would be unable to destroy any enemy. Marines from 3rd Platoon, Company B, Marine Barracks MORE
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Unit Leaders

Sgt. Maj. Angela M. Maness
Sergeant Major

Lt. Col. Justin S. Dunne
Executive Officer

Col. Benjamin 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.