Richard Sisk

Military.com Editor Richard Sisk

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.

US Commanders Depend on ROVERs to Target ISIS Airstrikes

Joint terminal attack controller, 2nd Lt. Brandon Pinto, left, examines the image on a Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver during Green Flag-East at Fort Polk, La. Air Force photo

"So on the ground, we had the peshmerga  and we had the counter-terrorist service from the Iraqi Security Forces," Dempsey said. "And then in an operation center in Irbil, we had our own folks, using Predator feeds and a system we call the ROVER to be able to help the Iraqis manage the battle on the ground." The operation was complex, inv... more

Military's Ebola Rapid Response Team Starts Training

Army Lt. Col. Kevin Baird practices donning protective gear on Fort Eustis, Va. as soldiers heading to West Africa are trained on Ebola outbreak precautionary measures. (DoD photo)

The 30-person military rapid response team for domestic Ebola cases began specialized training Wednesday at Fort Sam Houston in Texas and should be ready to be sent anywhere in the U.S. next week, the Pentagon said. The response team -- 20 critical care nurses, five doctors trained in infectious disease, and five trainers in infectious disease ... more

Military Forms Domestic Ebola Rapid-Response Team

A hazmat worker clean outside the apartment building of a hospital worker, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Dallas. (LM Otero/AP Photo)

It will take about a week to select the personnel, and they will then be sent to Fort Sam Houston in Texas for specialized training from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Kirby said. The formation of the response team was another indication of the growing military commitment to combating Ebola -- thu... more

Austin Defends Effectiveness of Airstrikes Against ISIS

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Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of the U.S. Central Command, outlined his "Iraq first" strategy Friday for defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria while sidestepping whether the White House had rejected his recommendation for U.S. ground troops to call in airstrikes. "My job is to assess the situation and provide my best advice," Austin said... more

Marine Quarantined at Home as Ebola Precaution

A hazmat worker clean outside the apartment building of a hospital worker, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Dallas. (LM Otero/AP Photo)

A Marine who was on a flight with a Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola has quarantined himself at his Texas home as a precaution, a Defense Department official said Thursday. The official did not identify the active duty Marine. He only said the Marine was assigned to Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Base, Texas. Military Times  first repo... more

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