Erik Swabb served in Iraq as a Marine infantry officer from
September 2004 to March 2005. He led a platoon in Alpha Company,
2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and participated in
combat operations in the Fallujah area, including Operation Al
Fajr. After the battle for Fallujah in November 2004, he was in
charge of a U.S.-Iraqi combat outpost in a town near the city.
Swabb planned and executed counterinsurgency operations in
partnership with the Iraqi Army that engaged local tribes and
dismantled three insurgent cells. He was awarded the Navy and
Marine Corps Commendation Medal for Valor and Combat Action Ribbon
for his service in Iraq.
After ending active duty in 2006, Swabb enrolled at Harvard Law
School, where he is now a third-year J.D. candidate. Since
returning from Iraq, he has published articles and op-eds on the
war in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Christian Science
Monitor, Baltimore Sun, and Marine Corps Gazette. He has also made
television and radio appearances regarding the Iraq War on BBC
World News, BBC Radio, National Public Radio, New England Cable
News, and local radio stations. Swabb holds a B.A. in political
science from Columbia University.