Richard Sisk has more than 40 years experience in journalism as a reporter and editor for the wire services and the N.Y. Daily News. He has embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and reported from Beirut, Tel Aviv, Bosnia, Kosovo, Panama, Haiti, Guatemala, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, Eritrea and other conflict zones. He has also covered five presidential campaigns while working from Washington, D.C.
Sisk was born in Brooklyn and is a 1965 graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., with a degree in political science. He served with the 2nd Battalion Fourth Marines in Vietnam in 1967-68.
Iraq's army has been devastated by political purges of its senior ranks but new recruits offer the chance to rebuild its ranks over time into an effective fighting force, U.S. trainers said Thursday. "They want to fight," Army Col. John Reynolds III said of the recruits he trained as part of the U.S. advise-and-assist mission. The 18 and 19-ye... more
The ISIS fleet of captured U.S. military vehicles, including M1A1 tanks, grew by more than 100 when Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) fled the provincial capital of Ramadi 60 miles west of Baghdad and abandoned their equipment , Pentagon officials said Tuesday. In addition, "there were some artillery pieces left behind," said Army Col. Steve Warren,... more
The fall of Ramadi overlooked the "bigger picture" in Iraq that showed military gains in other areas and ISIS fighters on the defensive, a U.S. Central Command official said. While acknowledging the major setback in Ramadi, "We are confident that the Iraqis with coalition support will recover Ramadi" although there was no timeline for a cou... more
A second Marine has died of injuries suffered in the training exercise crash of an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, the Marine Corps said Wednesday. The Marine's family was notified but his name was not immediately released. He died early Wednesday at a hospital in Oahu, the Marine Corps said. Two other Mari... more
A 24-year-old Osprey crew chief was identified Tuesday as the sole fatality aboard an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft that crashed and burned on a training mission in Hawaii with 21 Marines and a Navy Corpsman aboard. One Marine was critically injured in the accident Sunday at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows on the island of Oahu and t... more