In this episode of the Mandatory Fun podcast, we speak with Scott Huesing, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Major with 24 years of service as an enlisted and commissioned officer.
During his career spanning ten deployments, he operated in over 60 countries worldwide. Throughout his numerous deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa, he planned, led, and conducted hundreds of combat missions under some of the most austere and challenging conditions.
Scott Huesing as he speaks to Marines stationed in 29 Palms..
Before the Marines on-the-ground could consider fighting an unconventional war, they first had to demonstrate using unconventional tactics to fight the War on Terror in Iraq — that's exactly what retired Marine Scott Huesing did.
"When I say 'unconventional,' I was willing to think outside of the box to some degree," Scott Huesing states. "If there was a Marine, soldier, sailor, airman, contractor that had a rifle, knew how to shoot it, I didn't care. If they wanted to come out in the combat zone and fight with us, that was an enabler."
Then-Capt. Scott Huesing in Ramadi, Iraq, 2006. (Image: Scott Huesing's Facebook)
The Marine veteran is a published author since 2005. His upcoming book, Echo in Ramadi, is a ten-month snapshot in time that changed the face of operations on the battlefield. It promises to be a captivating story of Echo Company, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines during the Second Battle of Ramadi in support of the Multi-National Forces (MNF) Surge Strategy in 2006.
Echo in Ramadi's book cover. (Image: Amazon)
His true-life account provides keen insights into what may be an unfamiliar world to readers, but very familiar to those, like Scott, who lived it and endured this historic fight.
Echo in Ramadi was written to honor the sacrifices and spirit of his Marines and the families they supported – it's his way of honoring and paying tribute to troops he served next to.
Blake Stilwell: Air Force veteran and Managing Editor
Tim Kirkpatrick: Navy veteran and Editorial Coordinator
Orvelin Valle (aka O.V.): Navy veteran and Podcast Producer
Special Guest: Retired U.S. Marine, Scott Huesing