13 hour book background fire 1 - 13 Hours



  • Former Ranger, 2nd Battalion, 75th Regiment
  • Security and Military Consultant
  • Hero of Benghazi Attack

Kris Paronto – “Tanto” as he is affectionately known in security contracting circles – is a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor who has deployed throughout South America, Central America, the Middle East and North Africa. He also worked with the US Government’s Global Response Staff conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world.

Mr. Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the US Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya, September 11th, 2012, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for over 13 hours. Mr. Paronto’s story is told in the book “13 Hours” written by Mitchell Zuckoff and his five surviving annex security team members.

Ranger - 13 Hours

Mr. Paronto was born in Alamosa, Colorado and obtained his Associate Degree from Dixie College (now Dixie State University) in St. George, Utah, Bachelor’s Degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado and Masters Degree from The University of Nebraska at Omaha. He served 4 years in the US Army and an additional 4 years in the US Army National Guard reaching the rank of Sergeant then becoming a commissioned officer in 2003. He started contracting for Blackwater Security Consulting in 2003 and continued to deploy on various security contracts, to include the Global Response Staff until 2013.

Mr. Paronto has been involved in security operations in hostile environments for over 10 years. His team’s involvement with the September 11th, 2012 attack on the US special mission in Benghazi, Libya was paramount in the saving of US lives and assets. He is a proven leader, teammate and friend to those who have deployed with him, and a devout father to three children.

Speech Topics:


Kris Paronto tells the insider account of the attacks in Benghazi. The 13 hours of assault dramatically impacted the lives of those serving in Benghazi and resulted in the loss of an American diplomat, Ambassador Stevens. Kris shares the details of the moments, decisions and results of the historic day.


In this program Kris uses his experiences in Benghazi that taught him the importance of being able to depend and trust his team, especially in times of major crisis. From combat to business, Kris shares techniques, stories, and lessons he learned from having a strong team under fire.


Battered and beaten under a 13 hour battle Kris had to lean on more than just his own strength to get through the assault in Benghazi. His true power was found in his faith in God, overcoming the doubts and fears in the final hours to make it out alive. This talk will equip you for your own battles as Kris walks through his faith journey, and shares how the power of God brought him through the toughest fight of his life.


Kris will share how teamwork, preparation and fortitude gave his team the ability to stand strong in the face of adversity. He will provide the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. He will further parse out and share the lessons learned and how these leadership principles apply to professionals working in this new world.


Hero of the Benghazi Attack, Kris “Tanto” Paronto, serves as Chairman of Leading from the Front, an advocacy campaign of the American Legacy Center.

Through this project, Paronto will lead a national debate on the importance of defeating radical Islam and clearly define the choice that Americans face in 2016. It will involve aggressive advertising, a series of ongoing policy proposals, and events in target states.


General Information:


The Brownstone,  351 W Broadway, Paterson NJ 07522


November 1, 2016


  • VIP Ticket Package:  5pm-10pm
  • Main Event:  6pm-10pm

Dress Attire:

Business Casual

VIP Package: – Sold Out!

We are offering you a rare opportunity to spend a private hour in a limited setting (30 seats) with Kris himself. You will have the opportunity to talk with him, have your book (included with package) personally signed by Kris, as well as photo opportunities. VIP reception will include hor d’oeuvres and cocktails prior to the start of the Seminar, as well as preferred seating during the main event.

Main Event:

Spend four captivating hours with one of the Benghazi hero’s, Kris Paronto. Listen as he recalls in enthralling detail how events unfolded that fateful day. Tickets include a pre-signed copy of his book “13 hours”, and dinner during the Seminar. Limited seating will be available for the main event.

Disclaimer: As this event includes an independent guest speaker, no refunds will be provided.

If you have any additional questions please contact jimmy@gunforhire.com

This Event is Sold Out. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please send an email to jimmy@gunforhire.com