Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.
Established in 1801, Marine Barracks Washington, is the "Oldest Post of the Corps" and has been the residence of every commandant of the Marine Corps since 1806. The selection of the site for the Barracks was a matter of personal interest to President Thomas Jefferson, who rode through Washington with Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, the second commandant of the Marine Corps, in search of a suitable location. The site now occupied was approved due to its proximity to the Washington Navy Yard and because it was within easy marching distance of the Capitol.
8th and I
"The Oldest Post of the Corps"

Who we are

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.


Finishing Strong

Barracks Marines with Alpha Company, Marine Barracks Washington, execute “pass in review” during a Friday Evening Parade at MBW, Aug. 25, 2023. The...


Rampart Fanfare

Marines with “The Commandant’s Own,” U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, perform Rampart Fanfare during a Friday Evening Parade at Marine Barracks...


Friday Evening Parade

Marines with the Official U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard present the U.S. flag during a Friday Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., May...


Engage and Destroy

Marines with Bravo Company, Marine Barracks Washington D.C.maneuver for cover and concealment during military operations in urban terrain (MOUT)...


Tuesday Sunset Parade

Marines with Marine Barracks Washington march into formation during a Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, Va., June 28, 2022....


Musical Sequence

Marines with “The Commandant’s Own,” U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, conduct a musical sequence during a performance at V. Sue Cleveland High School,...


Bursting Bomb

Marines with The Silent Drill Platoon, execute the “bursting bomb” sequence during a Battle Color Detachment ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station...


Barracks Marines conduct M240B live-fire training

Corporal Clayton C. Dupuy, Guard Company, watches over the machine gunner during a support live-fire at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., June 15,...


In the shadow of Giants.

Staff Sgt. Benjamin Aird, ceremonial bugler, “The Commandant’s Own,” U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, plays “Taps” during a Sunset Parade at the...


Marine Barracks Leaders

Col. Carrie Batson
Commanding Officer

Colonel Batson began her military career after graduating from Pepperdine University in 1999. Commissioned as a 2nd Lt, she quickly advanced through diverse roles, specializing in public affairs and strategic communication. Her extensive service includes deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and humanitarian missions in Africa and East Timor. Throughout her career, Col Batson has held key positions such as Commanding Officer of Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and roles as a Marine Air Ground Task Force planner and communication strategy and operations officer. She holds multiple master’s degrees in communication, military studies, operational studies, and strategic studies.

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Lt. Col. Ryan C. Anness
Executive Officer

Lieutenant Colonel Ryan C. Anness is a native of in Beaufort, South Carolina. He attended Tarleton

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Sgt. Maj. Jimmy F. Richard Jr.
Sergeant Major

Sergeant Major Jimmy F. Richard Jr. was born in Fontana, CA. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in

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