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"
Lt. Col. Paul W. Steketee

Lieutenant Colonel Steketee graduated from The Citadel in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and commissioned in May 2003 through the NROTC program.  After completing The Basic School and adjutant course, he served as the adjutant for 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division. 


Lieutenant Colonel Steketee’s experience in the operating forces includes combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2004-2005, humanitarian and disaster relief in September 2005 to Mississippi and Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina, and a Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) deployment in 2005-2006 as a part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU (SOC)). During the 24th MEU (SOC) deployment, Battalion Landing Team 1/8 conducted non-combatant evacuation operations off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon, bi-lateral training in Pakistan and Jordan, and theater support to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lieutenant Colonel Steketee also served as the manpower officer and deputy G-1, 2d Marine Logistics Group during 2011-2012 in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom. From the I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) G-1 plans section, he deployed in 2018 as the deputy commander, Task Force Al-Asad, the Combined Joint Task Force - Iraq brigade headquarters, regional targeting center for northern Al Anbar province and the advisory group to the 7th and 8th Iraqi Security Force Divisions.


His supporting establishment and Headquarters Marine Corps tours include executive officer of the Navy and Marine Corps Appellate Leave Activity, Washington Navy Yard, D.C from 2007-2010, operations officer and faculty advisor, Personnel Administration School, Camp Johnson, North Carolina, from 2012-2014, adjutant, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., from 2014-2017, and assistant chief of staff, G-1, Training Command from 2019-2021. He is currently assigned as the executive officer, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.


Lieutenant Colonel Steketee is a graduate of Expeditionary Warfare School (non-resident), the Manpower Officer Course, and Marine Corps Command & Staff College (Non-Resident). He is Lean Six Sigma (green belt) certified, and he has a Master’s in Business Administration – Strategic Leadership from New England College.