|Name||Richard "Rick" Saccone|
|Address||404 Boston Hollow Rd |
Elizabeth, Pennsylvania , United States
Nov 19, 2017 01:59pm
|Info||Dr. Richard Saccone spent a career in the USAF as a Counterintelligence Officer and Special Agent, conducting felony criminal, fraud and counterintelligence investigations and operations worldwide. |
Saccone lived 14 years in North and South Korea. Along the way, he wrote scores of culture and travel articles for a local paper in Seoul and began writing books about the history, travel, and culture of South Korea to share his experiences with others. He appeared on the Korean episode on the Popular PBS show Full Circle with celebrity Michael Palin. He also taught English at a number of Korean institutes in his spare time.
After retiring from the USAF, Saccone stayed in South Korea to work as a TV news anchor on an English language station, and took several jobs working in international business for Korean and American companies in Seoul and Central America before returning to the U.S. to finish his Ph.D. During this period, he was asked to represent an international organization in North Korea building nuclear power plants as part of the Agreed Framework negotiated under the Clinton Administration. As the only American living in North Korea at the time, he gained valuable diplomatic experience working and successfully negotiating with North Koreans, resulting in two books about that enigmatic country, including “Negotiating with North Korea,” and “Living with the Enemy: Inside North Korea.”
Saccone completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh and continued teaching Political Science, Government, International Business and other international courses at St.Vincent College where he had instructed part-time in the past. While at St. Vincent College, Saccone has been very involved with the students. He served as faculty advisor to the Aurelius Scholars, a group of college students who take a more rigorous curriculum focused on the development of Western Civilization. He also served as faculty advisor to the Politics Club, a bipartisan group discussing political issues of the day. Twice a year, Saccone sponsors and leads a group of students to attend a Christian based live performance at the Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA.
When the war in Iraq began, Saccone decided to take his turn offering his years of interrogation and counterintelligence experience. Assigned to the U.S. Army as a civilian, he served in Baghdad and in the hotspot of Mosul, as a Senior Counterintelligence Agent identifying, capturing and interrogating insurgents.
Since returning, Saccone has enjoyed a Fulbright-Hayes summer scholarship to Egypt studying Islam, history and politics, and, most recently, an education and research scholarship to Africa. He has traveled to 66 countries and authored seven books on North and South Korea, and his eighth book on Iraq. He is an active member in the Association for the study of the Middle East and Africa and has written numerous articles concerning international politics, business and culture, appearing in top newspapers in the U.S. and abroad such as USA Today, the Baltimore Sun and the Korea Times.
Active in his community, he served on the EMS Ambulance Board, the Elizabeth Forward (EF) school board and many years as a church youth leader. While on the school board his group actually CUT taxes TWICE! He also fulfilled a campaign promise by eliminating a wasteful spending program the people did not want.
He graduated from Elizabeth Forward High School and was inducted into the High School Hall of Fame. Dr Saccone is also a graduate and member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, as well as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and a life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
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