“In war, destruction is everywhere. It eats everything around you. Sometimes it eats at you.” —Major Scott Huesing, Echo Company Commander

From the winter of 2006 through the spring of 2007, two-hundred-fifty Marines from Echo Company, Second Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment fought daily in the dangerous, dense city streets of Ramadi, Iraq during the Multi-National Forces Surge ordered by President George W. Bush. The Marines’ mission: to kill or capture anti-Iraqi forces.

Today I’m talking with Maj. Scott Huesing,  the commander who led Echo Company through Ramadi. He discussing retaking the city street-by-street in the dead of night, what it was like to fight 4-5 skirmishes a day for months on end, and the challenges of assymetrical warfare where the frontline is everyone and no enemy wears a uniform.

We discuss how the military shifted tactics from Cold War-style combat to effective street fighting, why he thinks women belong in combat units, his relationship with Iraqi translators, and the battle to overcome post-traumatic stress in the years following service.



Echo in Ramadi: The Firsthand Story of US Marines in Iraq’s Deadliest City