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8th Engineer Support Battalion
8th ESB logo
8th ESB insignia
Country United States
Branch United States Marine Corps
Allegiance United States of America
Service history
Role Engineering support
Part of Combat Logistics Regiment 25
2nd Marine Logistics Group
II Marine Expeditionary Force
Motto “Whatever it Takes”
”Engineers Up”
Battles Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Commanders Lt. Col. Ferdinand F. Llantero

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.


Provide general engineering support of a deliberate nature to the II MEF, to include survivability, counter-mobility and mobility enhancements, and explosive ordnance disposal; and general supply support incident to handling, storage, and distribution of bulk Class I (water) and bulk Class III and III(A)..

Current unitsEdit

  • Headquarters and Service Company
  • Engineering Support Company
  • A Company
  • B Company
  • C Company
  • Bulk Fuel Company
  • Bridge Company
  • 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company


8thESB USMC Aug2007

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 Lejeune, North Carolina, as 8th Engineer Battalion, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic

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 disaster relief support to Puerto Rico after Hurricane George, September–November 1998

Elements provided disaster relief support to Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala after Hurricane Mitch, November 1998-March 1999


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, April–November 2009

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

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

See alsoEdit


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