Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.


Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

8th & I

"Oldest Post of the Corps"
Equal Opportunity




Equal Opportunity Manager, Marine Barracks Washington, DC

Master Sgt. Enrique Hernandez

Work:  202-685-7496



The concept of "equal opportunity" is pretty straightforward. Everyone will have an equal opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in their MOS and assigned billet. Everyone will have an equal opportunity to conduct themselves in accordance with the high standards expected of United States Marines.  Proficiency and conduct are the only standards by which we will judge those assigned to Marine Barracks Washington. Discrimination based on any other factor, such as age, color, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin or sexual orientation is contrary to our Core Values, and we will not tolerate it.

We will treat everyone here with dignity and respect. We cannot afford to degrade our own cohesion and combat effectiveness through mistreatment of our fellow Marines and Sailors. Everyone in this unit, regardless of age, rank or experience, has already earned the right to be here; they do not have to prove themselves worthy again. We need everyone we have in order to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

Anyone who engages in -- or fails to actively counter - discrimination or mistreatment of any kind is contributing to the problem and will be subject to administrative and/or disciplinary action.

The Informal Resolution System (IRS) allows for quick and full resolution at the lowest possible level by addressing the issue directly with the person demonstrating the behavior or by seeking a third party to intervene. In the event the IRS does not resolve the inappropriate behavior, then the formal method of Request Mast should be used. I will personally ensure all reports of discrimination, sexual harassment, hazing, and/or any type of inappropriate behavior are immediately investigated and dealt with accordingly.

Each individual at "The Oldest Post" has the same opportunity to succeed and will do so based upon performance alone. We need every Marine and Sailor focused on the mission and the important tasks ahead of us, confident that their flanks and rear are secure. I expect leaders to be vigilant and to ensure that all act in accordance with both the letter and the spirit of this document. Semper Fidelis.

Benjamin T. Watson
Colonel, USMC
Commanding Officer, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

What Does Your EOA Have To Offer

  • DOD Certified Mediator
  • Provide guidance, advice, or assistance in all EO matters
  • Provide briefings or training on EO issues for assigned and tenant commands
  • Assist EORs with EO program information on complaint reporting and other reporting requirements
  • Identify trends and areas of concern, and develop methods for improving the EO climate