Marine Barracks Washington 8th & I

Marine Barracks Washington 8th & I Official Marine Corps page of Marine Barracks Washington "8th & I" Marine Barracks Washington, 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.This is an official Marine Corps page. However, the appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Holiday CheerYesterday, Marines and Sailors with Marine Barracks Washington participated in a children's holiday party a...
12/16/2021

Holiday Cheer

Yesterday, Marines and Sailors with Marine Barracks Washington participated in a children's holiday party at St. Elizabeth's East in Washington, D.C. The party was an opportunity for volunteers from the Barracks to spread some holiday cheer by handing out donated gifts, playing games, and enjoying some good food with children from the local community.

#holidaycheer #8thandI #oldestpost

#SalutetoserviceSunday, Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed their last Salute to Service halftime show for t...
12/01/2021

#Salutetoservice
Sunday, Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed their last Salute to Service halftime show for the year during the Houston Texans vs. New York Jets National Football League game at NRG Stadium in Houston. This performance not only marked the last show for many Marines in the platoon, but also was the first performance for some of the SDP Marines.

Take a look at some of the photos from their performance!

#SalutetoServiceLast Thursday, Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed during the halftime show of the Atlanta F...
11/23/2021

#SalutetoService

Last Thursday, Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed during the halftime show of the Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots National Football League game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Take a look at some of the photos from their performance!

Last Week, “The Commandant’s Own,” U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps performed a small concert for the students of Discov...
11/18/2021

Last Week, “The Commandant’s Own,” U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps performed a small concert for the students of Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia! After the concert, the students had a chance to meet with Marines of the Drum and Bugle Corps to ask them questions about what it’s like being in the Marine Corps, and “The Commandant’s Own.”

Check out some highlights from their performance!

#ICYMI Last week, the 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David H. Berger, and the 19th Sergeant Major of the Mari...
11/17/2021

#ICYMI

Last week, the 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David H. Berger, and the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, hosted a wreath laying ceremony at the Marine Corps War Memorial. Marines with Marine Barracks Washington supported this honorable ceremony, in addition to multiple wreath laying ceremonies at several gravesites across the National Capital Region. The gravesites included former commandants and sergeants major of the Marine Corps, and repatriated Marines who were killed in action serving our great nation. The ceremonies are held to honor these Marines’ love, sacrifice, and devotion to Corps and country, and to celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday.

Semper Fi, Marines!

Marines with “The Commandant’s Own,” U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, performed a very special and extraordinary show f...
11/16/2021

Marines with “The Commandant’s Own,” U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, performed a very special and extraordinary show for Afghan evacuees at Upshur Village on Marine Corps Base Quantico. The Drum and Bugle Corps supported Operation Allies Welcome by marching through Upshur Village, followed by a small ensemble concert, and ended the day spending time with the evacuees.

The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan.

#SalutetoServiceLast Thursday, Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed during the halftime show of the Miami Dol...
11/15/2021

#SalutetoService

Last Thursday, Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed during the halftime show of the Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens National Football League game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

Take a look at some of the photos from their performance!

Happy Birthday Marines!Yesterday, Marine Barracks Washington conducted a cake cutting ceremony for the 246th Marine Corp...
11/11/2021

Happy Birthday Marines!

Yesterday, Marine Barracks Washington conducted a cake cutting ceremony for the 246th Marine Corps Birthday. The ceremony is a long held tradition where Marines celebrate by reading the birthday message of Gen. John A. Lejeune, the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, presenting a piece of cake to the oldest and youngest Marine, and playing the Marine's Hymn.

Take a look at some photos from the time-honored tradition here, and Semper Fi!

#MarineCorpsBirthdayYesterday, Marines with Marine Barracks Washington conducted wreath laying ceremonies at several gra...
11/11/2021

#MarineCorpsBirthday
Yesterday, Marines with Marine Barracks Washington conducted wreath laying ceremonies at several gravesites across the National Capital Region. The gravesites included former commandants and sergeants major of the Marine Corps, and repatriated Marines who were killed in action serving our great nation. The ceremonies are held to honor these Marines’ love, sacrifice, and devotion to Corps and country, and to celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday.

From all of us here at #theoldestpost, Happy 246th Birthday Marines and Semper Fidelis!

#MarineCorpsBirthdayYesterday, Marines with Marine Barracks Washington conducted wreath laying ceremonies at several gra...
11/11/2021

#MarineCorpsBirthday
Yesterday, Marines with Marine Barracks Washington conducted wreath laying ceremonies at several gravesites across the National Capital Region. The gravesites included former commandants and sergeants major of the Marine Corps, and repatriated Marines who were killed in action serving our great nation. The ceremonies are held to honor these Marines’ love, sacrifice, and devotion to Corps and country, and to celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday.

From all of us here at #theoldestpost, Happy 246th Birthday Marines and Semper Fidelis!

11/09/2021

Please join us on Wednesday, November 10 at 10:00 AM EST, for a special wreath laying ceremony at the Marine Corps War Memorial!

This Sunday, Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed during the halftime show of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los...
11/08/2021

This Sunday, Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed during the halftime show of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Chargers National Football League game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Take a look at some of the photos from their performance!

11/08/2021
11/05/2021
Yesterday, Marines with Marine Barracks Washington had the honor of conducting a funeral for repatriated WWII Marine PFC...
10/28/2021

Yesterday, Marines with Marine Barracks Washington had the honor of conducting a funeral for repatriated WWII Marine PFC Harold W. Hayden at Arlington National Cemetery. In November 1943, Hayden was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. Hayden died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22, 1943.

Semper Fi, Marine.

#ICYMILast week, officers and staff noncommissioned officers at the Barracks completed the final evaluation of Ceremonia...
10/26/2021

#ICYMI

Last week, officers and staff noncommissioned officers at the Barracks completed the final evaluation of Ceremonial Drill School. This evaluation was the culminating event after three weeks of learning ceremonial drill, in keeping with the high standards upheld at Marine Barracks Washington.

Take a look at some of the photos from last Friday!

#theoldestpost

10/25/2021

#CeremonialExcellence

Congratulations to our SNCOs and officers who completed Ceremonial Drill School. Watch Staff Sgt. Mendez and Lt. Jones complete their final evaluation and hear their thoughts on what it takes to uphold the standard at #theoldestpost.

Be sure to congratulate our Marines in the comment section below!

10/22/2021
Draw SWORD

Tune in Monday for the final video of our Ceremonial Drill School series, and congratulations to the Staff NCOs and Officers on their successful completion of the course!

#theoldestpost

#bestofthebarracks The votes are in for this week's best photo.  Silent Drill Platoon performs at Montford Point, Camp L...
10/21/2021

#bestofthebarracks

The votes are in for this week's best photo. Silent Drill Platoon performs at Montford Point, Camp Lejeune, NC. MBW Marines practice long hours to perfect drill movements and maintain ceremonial excellence, no matter the occasion. (U. S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mark A. Morales)

Thank you all for your participation and support!
Keep an eye out for our next "Best of the Barracks" competition!

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#bestofthebarracks

The votes are in for this week's best photo. Silent Drill Platoon performs at Montford Point, Camp Lejeune, NC. MBW Marines practice long hours to perfect drill movements and maintain ceremonial excellence, no matter the occasion. (U. S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mark A. Morales)

Thank you all for your participation and support!
Keep an eye out for our next "Best of the Barracks" competition!

#theoldestpost

#CeremonialExcellence Graduation day is near! Today marks the last week of Ceremonial Drill School. Check in this Saturd...
10/19/2021

#CeremonialExcellence

Graduation day is near! Today marks the last week of Ceremonial Drill School. Check in this Saturday to see our Marines graduate and details on how they learned to perfect the precision drill movements only done at #TheOldestPost.

Check out some highlights of today’s training!

#BestoftheBarracksHelp us choose this week's “Best of the Barracks” photo.  Comment #1801 under your favorite photo to v...
10/18/2021

#BestoftheBarracks

Help us choose this week's “Best of the Barracks” photo. Comment #1801 under your favorite photo to vote.

We will reveal your pick this Thursday. Tune in weekly for photos and videos of our Marines and Sailors at #theoldestpost.

Last night, the Marines performed a very special parade for the 35th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Gary...
10/16/2021

Last night, the Marines performed a very special parade for the 35th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Gary L. Thomas. The parade was held to celebrate and honor the retirement of Gen. Thomas after a long, dedicated career of 37 years.

Semper Fi, Sir!

10/15/2021

#CeremonialExcellence

As we’re coming to the end of Ceremonial Drill School, Lt. David Jones and Staff Sgt. Kassandra Mendez tell us what drill means to them and how they have grown since the start of Ceremonial Drill School.

Catch a glimpse of their progress in mastering MBW drill movements!

Serving side-by-side with us, in every clime and place.  Thank you.Happy birthday Sailors!
10/13/2021

Serving side-by-side with us, in every clime and place. Thank you.

Happy birthday Sailors!

#CeremonialExcellence Today, marks the second week of Ceremonial Drill School and an introduction to new drill technique...
10/12/2021

#CeremonialExcellence

Today, marks the second week of Ceremonial Drill School and an introduction to new drill techniques. Tune in this Friday to check out what Lt. David Jones and SSgt. Kassandra Mendez learned this week.

Check out some highlights of today’s training below and in case you missed it, follow the link to last week's video!

https://fb.watch/8BwA4wq55d/

10/08/2021

#CeremonialExcellence

Today, we introduce 1st Lt. David Jones and Staff Sgt. Kassandra Mendez, as they tell us what it's like to be a student in Ceremony Drill School. During the first week they were introduced to unique drill movements that are only done here at Marine Barracks Washington.

Catch a glimpse of the many hours of practice they put into maintaining #ceremonialexcellence

#CeremonialExcellenceThis week, officers and staff-noncommissioned officers at the Barracks started  annual Ceremonial D...
10/06/2021

#CeremonialExcellence

This week, officers and staff-noncommissioned officers at the Barracks started annual Ceremonial Drill School. During the 3-week course, Marines will spend countless hours perfecting drill movements to ensure that every Tuesday Sunset Parade and Friday Evening Parade is flawless. Catch a small glimpse of the preparation that goes on before parade season below, and tune in Friday for an inside look at CDS from two of it’s newest students!

Earlier today, Barracks Marines paid their final respects to Sgt. Nicole Gee during a full honors funeral at Arlington N...
09/29/2021

Earlier today, Barracks Marines paid their final respects to Sgt. Nicole Gee during a full honors funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. Gee, assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was killed as the result of an enemy attack while conducting non-combatant evacuation operations in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2021.

Barracks Marines had the solemn and honorable duty of conducting Gee’s Dignified Transfer at Dover Air Force Base, and today escorted her to her final resting place.

This Sunday, Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed for over fifty-five thousand spectators during the halftime...
09/28/2021

This Sunday, Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed for over fifty-five thousand spectators during the halftime show at the Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks National Football League game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis .

Take a look at some of the flicks from their performance!

#ICYMIOn Tuesday the Silent Drill Platoon carried out an exceptional performance for veterans with the Honor Flight Netw...
09/25/2021

#ICYMI

On Tuesday the Silent Drill Platoon carried out an exceptional performance for veterans with the Honor Flight Network at the Lincoln Memorial. The Honor Flight Network is dedicated to transporting as many United States military veterans as possible to see the memorials in D.C. of the respective wars they fought in at no cost to the veterans.

Earlier today, Barracks Marines paid final tribute to Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover Jr. during a full honors funeral at Arl...
09/24/2021

Earlier today, Barracks Marines paid final tribute to Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover Jr. during a full honors funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. Hoover, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, was killed as the result of an enemy attack while conducting non-combatant evacuation operations in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2021.

Barracks Marines had the solemn and honorable duty of conducting Hoover’s Dignified Transfer at Dover Air Force Base, and today escorted him to his final resting place.

Tuesday, Virginia Waller-Torres, the woman who shot the viral video of the Marine Corps Body Bearers pushing her vehicle...
09/21/2021

Tuesday, Virginia Waller-Torres, the woman who shot the viral video of the Marine Corps Body Bearers pushing her vehicle out of flood waters, had the opportunity to personally thank some of the Marines who came to her assistance that day. Corporals Jared Tosner and Mitchell Wojtowicz met with her and presented her with a unit coin.

#CrackinSticksOn Saturday, Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed as a part of the Patriot’s Day Remembrance Ce...
09/13/2021

#CrackinSticks

On Saturday, Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed as a part of the Patriot’s Day Remembrance Ceremony at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

The Patriot’s Day Ceremony is an all-day event that encourages reflection and recognition of the lives lost on September 11, 2001.

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Who can tell me the history of this version of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor at the 8th & I barracks?
Niels "Nationals Man" Pemberton is horrified by the horrendous events of 1-6-2021. I am also very angry with the people who did this obscenity and the people who egged it all on. I'm also upset at those who voted against the will of the people. The whole thing is very disturbing and I want to see everyone who participated, egged on, or approved of these horrible events prosecuted to the full extent of the law. This is not the America that I know from my 12th grade government class. Something is wrong in America. When I was a small kid I lived @ 142 D Street SE near the Capital--the People's House from 12-62 to 12-69. I never dreamed that people would think of attacking the US Capital. ( Then there was United Airlines flight # 93 on 9-11-01....)
The events of 1-6-2021 have HORRIFIED Mr. Niels "Nationals Man" Pemberton. who was born in Washington DC and is a patriot who loves America, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the rule of law. The storming of the Capital is un-American and evil. The people who did this atrocity are deluded fools. We want the people who did this be found, charged and punished to the full force of the law. I know the majority of Americans and ALL Marines @ MBW agree with me. You may be interested to know that on Christmas AM I went to Marine Barracks Washington and I went to all the guard posts wishing the Marines on duty a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It was the way I celebrated Christmas. not being able to see family due to COVID restrictions. Because of that I wanted to do something memorable to me and to bring some happiness to people who really deserve it. I've celebrated Christmas in the USA, in Denmark in 1969, 1973 and in an African village in Togo West Africa in 1982. This is the first time I've spent Christmas with US Marines. Sincerely, Mr. Niels W. Pemberton. Eagle Scout, World Traveler, and Nationals Wonk. [email protected].
When do you normally announce the schedule for the Sunset Parade?
I was stationed at 8th & I after my 1st of 3 tours Vietnam 1969 in B barracks. My assignment main gate Navy yard. Rex C McBee Sgt USMC 67-73 .
Merry Christmas and happy new year, thank you guys for your unselfish sacrifice and dedication !! you are greatly appreciated you make 🇺🇸 USA OF AMERICA PROUD. BTW On Christmas Day, I, Mr. Niels "Nationals Man" Pemberton went from Reston VA to Marine Barracks Washington. He arrived in the vicinity @ around 10AM. He went to every guard post and wished the marines standing guard duty a very merry Christmas. This was because he could not visit family in North Carolina, let alone his mother's family in Denmark for Christmas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So he had to come to Marine Barracks Washington instead. This is not the only time that I've observed Christmas in a special way. In December 1982 I was in Togo West Africa......Respectfully sent by Mr. Niels W. Pemberton. Yes, I'm on Facebook. Leave a message. Thank you.
" I am sure I have always thought of Christmas-time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys." Charles Dickens. Mr. Niels "Nationals Man" Pemberton wishes ALL @ Marine Barracks Washington a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Merry Christmas My Friend. T’was the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, In a one-bedroom house made of plaster & stone. I had come down the chimney, with Nationals tickets & Nationals clothes to give and to see just who in this home did live As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree. No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with dirt, mud and sand. On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands. A;'stan Iraq & Montenegro With medals and badges, awards of all kind, a sobering thought soon came to my mind. For this house was different, unlike any I'd seen. This was the home of a U.S. Marine. I'd heard stories about them, I had to see more, so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door. And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone, Curled upon the floor in his one-bedroom home. He seemed so gentle, his face so serene, Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine. Was this the hero, of whom I'd just read? Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed? His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan. I soon understood, this was more than a man. For I knew well the families that I saw that night, owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight. Soon around the Nation, the children would play, And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day. They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year, because of Marines like this one lying here. I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone, on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home. Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye. I dropped to my knees and I started to cry. He must have awoken, for I heard a smooth but rough voice,, "Santa, don't cry, this life is my choice I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more. My life is my God, my country, my Corps." With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep, I couldn't control it, I continued to weep. I watched him for hours, so silent and still. I noticed he shivered from the cold night's chill. So I took off my Nationals post-season jacket, the one made of red, and covered this Marine from his toes to his head. Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold, with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold. And although it fit me, I began to swell with pride, and for one-shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside. “Whew!” Then I tactfully but sympathetically changed out of it. I didn't want to leave him so quiet in the night, this guardian of honor so willing to fight. But half-asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure, said "Carry on, Nationals Man, it's Christmas Day, all secure." One look at my swiss army watch and I knew he was right, Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight. "It's Christmas time, and there's no need to be afraid At Christmas time, we let in light and banish shade And in our world of plenty, we can spread a smile of joy Throw your arms around Marines at Christmas time !" (With my apologies to the members of UK’s Band Aid who performed and recorded Do They Know It is Christmas on 11-25-1984.And my apologies to Bob Geldof and Midge Ure who wrote this song in reaction to television reports of the 1983–85 famine in Ethiopia) Sincerely, Mr. Niels William “Nationals Man” Pemberton Eagle Scout 5-15-1980 AD @ 20:00 EDT. Troop 1970 Reston. Fairfax County. JMU’92. NVCC’ 2011. The Shortest Day. By Susan Cooper with help from Eagle Scout Niels W. "Nationals Man. "Pemberton. And so the Shortest Day came and the year died And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world since 1801. Came Marines @ Marine Barracks Washington singing, dancing, To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees; They hung their homes with evergreen; They burned beseeching fires all night long To keep the year alive. And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake They shouted, reveling. Through all the frosty ages you can hear them Echoing behind us — listen! All the long echoes, sing the same delight, This Shortest Day, As promise wakens in the sleeping land: They carol, feast, give thanks, And dearly love their friends,And think of those less fortunate. And hope for peace. And now so do we, here, now, This year and every year. WELCOME YULE ! Respectfully Sent, Mr. Niels W. "Nationals Man: Pemberton.http://www.linkedin.com/pub/niels-pemberton/65/509/736 [email protected]
Hello to ALL @ Marine Barracks Washington on the USMC 's 245th birthday. From Mr. Niels W. "Nationals Man" Pemberton. Eagle Scout and World Traveler. REM fan. An Alumnus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg VA.
My Brother William DiCesare 'Bill' was Stationed There I Believe as a Body Bearer and other duties around 1966 or 1967.Later killed in an auto accident in Virginia 1969 while still active.I was wondering if anybody remembered him. Would love to chat with anybody that remembers him or could give me information how to get more information about marines that my have been serving with him. Thanks to all who maybe able to help
My name is Darren Dayton. I served in the United States Marine corps from 1987 to 1991. I served under a sergeant by the name of Jimmy Blair at NWS Yorktown Virginia. The information I have been able to gather is he served as a sergeant major of eighth and I barracks sometime in the early 2000s. I am looking for information to try to locate the sergeant major. Ifanyone is able to help me or point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated. Semper Fi my Brothers
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