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Marine Barracks MCB Washington, DC

Company A (Alpha Company Ceremonial Marchers), The United States Marine Corps Color Guard, Silent Drill Platoon, Company B (Ceremonial Marchers), Body Bearers, Battle Color Detachment, Headquarters and Service Company, Marine Corps Enlisted Aide Program, US Marine Band, Guard Company, US Marine Drum & Bugle Corps
8th St SE & I Streets, Washington, DC 20003

Washington D.C.

Marine Barracks MCB Washington is also known as “8th & I”. It 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.


Marine Barracks is established in some of the oldest buildings in Washington. The construction was tightly connected with the president of the United States of America back then – Thomas Jefferson. The president spent a few days riding around with one of his most trusted commandants to find a suitable place for a new installation. The installation was supposed to be in the immediate proximity of the Washington Navy Yard. As soon as the location was picked, George Hadfield was the architect who took this huge responsibility on his shoulders. The installation was established and commissioned in 1801.


It went through some harsh times during the War of 1812, when the British armed forces burnt down Washington. The installation was not affected though. It was taken over and left untouched. The British hoped to turn it into a command post, but they left the country without fulfilling this mission. Most of the original buildings were renovated and rebuilt at the beginning of the 20-th century. These days, there is just one original building left out there – the commandant’s house. Marine Barracks can brag with the oldest government building in Washington, although plenty of historians debate whether the commandant’s house is older than the White House or not. According to some studies, it seems the White House might be one year older.


The facility is more popular in the area when it comes to the objectives with a less obvious military purpose. It is responsible for escorting official funerals of Marines, as well as other officials coming from other armed forces. As for the country functions, the troops on site deal with honor guard during specific ceremonies and parades too. There are two popular parades hosted on site that attract thousands of civilians.


In order to fulfill its mission, Marine Barracks selects and hosts the military troops after strict standards. They must meet the weight and height, while their professional background must be clean. This is because they perform in official ceremonies, parades and funerals. Some of the parades are held with presidential purposes, therefore there is no room for failure.

Arriving at Marine Barracks MCB Washington
The nearest major airport is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – located about 3 miles from the base. Another major airport is the Washington Dulles International Airport which is located about 22 miles from Marine Barracks D.C.


If arriving by car, go straight toward Airport Exit/I-395. Merge onto Washington Memorial Parkway and then onto I-395 N/US-1 North toward Washington. Keep left to take US-1N via Exit 1 toward the National Mall. The Marine Barracks D.C. will be on your right.


For those military personnel who need temporary lodging, local hotels and motels in the nearby Washington D.C. area offer a variety of temporary accommodations.


For military personnel reporting for in-processing at Marine Barracks D.C., check in at the Family Readiness Office for more instructions regarding in-processing procedures. Be sure and bring all personnel records including medical and dental records as well as any financial paperwork that needs to be reimbursed along with several copies of your orders. For more information, contact the office at 202-433-4881.

Base Population
There are over 1,100 active duty, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to Marine Barracks MCB Washington.