8th Engineer Support Battalion

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8th Engineer Support Battalion
8th ESB logo.jpg
8th ESB insignia
CountryUnited States
AllegianceUnited States of America
BranchUnited States Marine Corps
RoleEngineering support
Part of
2nd Marine Logistics Group
II Marine Expeditionary Force
Garrison/HQMarine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Motto(s)“Whatever it Takes”
”Engineers Up”
EngagementsOperation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
LtCol R.P. Gerbracht[1]

The 8th Engineer Support Battalion (8th ESB) is an engineering support unit of the United States Marine Corps and is headquartered at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The unit falls under the command of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group and the II Marine Expeditionary Force.


To provide general engineering support to Marine Expeditionary Forces encompassing mobility enhancement, including the employment of standard bridging, survivability, explosive ordnance disposal, the provision of tactical utilities support, production and storage of bulk water, and general supply support incident to the handling, storage and distribution of bulk fuel. To be prepared to support missions surpassing the organic engineer capability of the Marine Division and Marine Air Wing.

Current units[edit]

The 8th Engineer Support Battalion consists of the following Companies

  • Headquarters and Service Company
  • Engineering Support Company
  • Alpha Company
  • Bravo Company
  • Charlie Company
  • Bulk Fuel Company
  • Bridge Company
  • 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company


Marines of the 8th ESB work at night to lay concrete as they reconstruct a damaged section of road during a route repair mission in the Tharthar region of Al Anbar, Iraq. August 2007


Activated 11 December 1950 at Camp Geiger, North Carolina, as 8th Engineer Battalion, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic, Relocated to Camp LeJeune, North Carolina in 1958

Assigned during September 1962 to Force Troops, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic

Redesingated 1 January 1976 as 8th Engineer Support Battalion, Force Troops/ 2d Force Service Support Group, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic

Provided combat service support to Marine Amphibious Units in the United States, Caribbean, and Mediterranean

Elements provided disaster relief support to Charleston, South Carolina, after Hurricane Hugo, September–October 1989


Participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, December 1990-April 1991

Elements participated in Haitian refugee operations, Cuba, November 1991-October 1992

Elements provided disaster relief support to southern Florida after Hurricane Andrew, September–October 1992

Elements provided bridging support to the State of Florida, Volusia County, during wildfires, July 1998.

Elements provided disaster relief support to Puerto Rico after Hurricane George, September–November 1998 (CSSD-68)

Elements provided disaster relief support to Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala after Hurricane Mitch, November 1998-April 1999 (CSSD-69)


Deployed during February 2003 to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, March–May 2003

Elements participated in Operation Secure Tomorrow, Haiti, February–June 2004

Elements returned to Iraq in February 2004 for continued operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom 2-1.

Elements participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, January 2005-March 2006

Participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, March–October 2007

Participated in Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, February 2008

Elements participated in Operation Unified Response, Haiti, January–March 2010

Participated in Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, November 2010-June 2011

See also[edit]


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