Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

 

Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

8th & I

"Oldest Post of the Corps"
Col. Benjamin T. Watson, commanding officer, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., presides over the cake cutting ceremony of the “Corps Oldest Post” 215 birthday ceremony, April 1, 2016. In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson rode through the Nation’s Capital with our second commandant, Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows in search of an appropriate site to build a new garrison for the Marine Corps. They selected the site, fondly known as “8th and I”, because of the proximity to the Washington Navy Yard and because it was within marching distance to the Capitol building. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Coleman/Released)
Happy 215 to the "Corps Oldest Post"
Col. Benjamin T. Watson, commanding officer, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., presides over the cake cutting ceremony of the “Corps Oldest Post” 215 birthday ceremony, April 1, 2016. In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson rode through the Nation’s Capital with our second commandant, Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows in search of an appropriate site to build a new garrison for the Marine Corps. They selected the site, fondly known as “8th and I”, because of the proximity to the Washington Navy Yard and because it was within marching distance to the Capitol building. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Coleman/Released)
A U.S. Marine with Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. carries the general officer’s flag through Arlington National Cemetery during a funeral for retired Gen. Earl E. Anderson, former assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, Arlington, Va., March 31, 2016. Anderson was the first active duty Marine Naval Aviator to be promoted to a four-star rank, and he became the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps on April 1, 1972. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha K. Draughon/Released)
Gen. Earl E. Anderson Funeral
A U.S. Marine with Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. carries the general officer’s flag through Arlington National Cemetery during a funeral for retired Gen. Earl E. Anderson, former assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, Arlington, Va., March 31, 2016. Anderson was the first active duty Marine Naval Aviator to be promoted to a four-star rank, and he became the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps on April 1, 1972. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha K. Draughon/Released)
A joint color guard, consisting of Marines from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., presents the colors during the Study of the Presidency and Congress Eisenhower Award dinner in Washington D.C., where Secretary of Defense Ash Carter was awarded the Eisenhower Award for leadership in national security affairs March 23, 2016. (DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)(Released)
SD receives the CSPC Eisenhower Award
A joint color guard, consisting of Marines from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., presents the colors during the Study of the Presidency and Congress Eisenhower Award dinner in Washington D.C., where Secretary of Defense Ash Carter was awarded the Eisenhower Award for leadership in national security affairs March 23, 2016. (DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)(Released)
Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, and a procession of Marines from Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., march through Arlington National Cemetery, Va. during a full honors funeral for Gen. Earl Edward Anderson, March 31, 2016. Anderson was the first active duty Marine Naval Aviator to be promoted to a four-star rank, and he became the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps on April 1, 1972.(Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Chi Nguyen/Released)
Honoring Gen. Anderson
Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, and a procession of Marines from Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., march through Arlington National Cemetery, Va. during a full honors funeral for Gen. Earl Edward Anderson, March 31, 2016. Anderson was the first active duty Marine Naval Aviator to be promoted to a four-star rank, and he became the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps on April 1, 1972.(Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Chi Nguyen/Released)
As part of a joint color guard, Marines from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.,  prepare for the French President’s arrival on the Joint Base Andrew’s flightline, March 31, 2016. More than 20 countries are scheduled to arrive for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington, D.C. The summit provides a forum for leaders to reinforce commitments to securing nuclear materials. (U.S. Air Force photo Senior Airman Nesha Humes)
France arrives for 2016 Nuclear Security Summit
As part of a joint color guard, Marines from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., prepare for the French President’s arrival on the Joint Base Andrew’s flightline, March 31, 2016. More than 20 countries are scheduled to arrive for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington, D.C. The summit provides a forum for leaders to reinforce commitments to securing nuclear materials. (U.S. Air Force photo Senior Airman Nesha Humes)
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Steven P. Verblaauw, platoon commander, left, Col. Benjamin T. Watson, commanding officer of Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. center, and Capt. Andrew T. Burger, platoon commander, stand at the position of attention during a funeral for retired Gen. Earl E. Anderson, former assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, at the Old Post Chapel, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., March 31, 2016. Anderson was the first active duty Marine Naval Aviator to be promoted to a four-star rank, and he became the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps on April 1, 1972. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha K. Draughon/Released)
Gen. Earl E. Anderson Funeral
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Steven P. Verblaauw, platoon commander, left, Col. Benjamin T. Watson, commanding officer of Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. center, and Capt. Andrew T. Burger, platoon commander, stand at the position of attention during a funeral for retired Gen. Earl E. Anderson, former assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, at the Old Post Chapel, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., March 31, 2016. Anderson was the first active duty Marine Naval Aviator to be promoted to a four-star rank, and he became the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps on April 1, 1972. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha K. Draughon/Released)
The “Commandant’s Own” Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps, executes precise close order drill at the conclusion of their performance during the Battle Colors Ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Mar. 17, 2016 . The Drum and Bugle Corps represents over 80 years of dedicated musicians who have served through relentless dedication to their craft and continuous practicing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Sean Berry/ Released)
BCD performs final spring ceremony
The “Commandant’s Own” Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps, executes precise close order drill at the conclusion of their performance during the Battle Colors Ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Mar. 17, 2016 . The Drum and Bugle Corps represents over 80 years of dedicated musicians who have served through relentless dedication to their craft and continuous practicing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Sean Berry/ Released)
The 8th and I Battle Colors Detachment perform at the Peatross Parade Deck on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., on Mar. 15, 2016. The Drum and Bugle Corps, Silent Drill Platoon and Marine Corps Color Guard perform annually on Parris Island. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Michael T. Kaneshige/ Released)
8th & I Performs at Parris Island
The 8th and I Battle Colors Detachment perform at the Peatross Parade Deck on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., on Mar. 15, 2016. The Drum and Bugle Corps, Silent Drill Platoon and Marine Corps Color Guard perform annually on Parris Island. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Michael T. Kaneshige/ Released)
Body bearers from Company B, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., conduct a flag folding sequence during the funeral service of Gen. Earl Edward Anderson at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Mar. 31, 2016. Anderson was the first active duty Marine Naval Aviator to be promoted to a four-star rank, and he became the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps on April 1, 1972. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Chi Nguyen/Released)
Honoring Gen. Anderson
Body bearers from Company B, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., conduct a flag folding sequence during the funeral service of Gen. Earl Edward Anderson at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Mar. 31, 2016. Anderson was the first active duty Marine Naval Aviator to be promoted to a four-star rank, and he became the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps on April 1, 1972. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Chi Nguyen/Released)
A Marine from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., salutes Gen. Earl Edward Anderson, during his full honors funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., March 31, 2016. Anderson was the first active duty Marine Naval Aviator to be promoted to a four-star rank, and he became the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps on April 1, 1972.
Honoring Gen. Anderson
A Marine from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., salutes Gen. Earl Edward Anderson, during his full honors funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., March 31, 2016. Anderson was the first active duty Marine Naval Aviator to be promoted to a four-star rank, and he became the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps on April 1, 1972.
U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presents the Legion of Merit to Chief of Defense for Italian Armed Forces General Claudio Graziano during a full honors ceremony at Whipple Field on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., March 31, 2016. DoD photo by Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp/Released
CJCS Welcomes Italian Chief of Defense
U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presents the Legion of Merit to Chief of Defense for Italian Armed Forces General Claudio Graziano during a full honors ceremony at Whipple Field on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., March 31, 2016. DoD photo by Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp/Released
Monthly Retrospect





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March 2016 Retrospect.pdf

Welcome Aboard Information

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Barracks News
Unit Leaders

Sgt. Maj. Joseph Gray
Sergeant Major
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Lt. Col. Justin S. Dunne
Executive Officer
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Col. Benjamin T. Watson
Commanding Officer
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Mission
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 second 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.