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Hero of Benghazi Attack to Speak at Denton Republican Party Event August 30th


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Hero of Benghazi Attack to Speak at Denton Republican Party Event August 30th

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Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto, hero of the Benghazi attack and a former Army Ranger, will headline an event hosted by the Denton County Republican Party on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.  The evening will begin with a VIP reception at 5:15p.m held at Witherspoon Distillery in downtown Lewisville. Following the reception, the general session will take place at the Shepherd’s House located at 225 Milton Street, Lewisville, TX 7505.  Doors will open at 7:00p.m. and the event will begin at 7:20p.m.  Tickets for the VIP reception can be purchased at General session tickets can be purchased by visiting  Veterans receive special seating and recognition during the evening. For special seating reservations, veterans can contact

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Paronto to Denton County.” stated Denton County Republican Party Chairman Lisa Hendrickson, “It is an honor and privilege to have him with us.  Come be a part of this memorable evening and bring your family and friends!”

Kris Paronto,“Tanto” as he is affectionately known, is a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and a private security contractor who has deployed throughout South America and the Middle East, among other locations. 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 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.

Kris was born in Alamosa, Colorado.  He served four years in the US Army and an additional four years in the US Army National Guard reaching the rank of Sergeant and then becoming a commissioned officer in 2003. He started contracting for Blackwater Security Consulting in 2003 and continued to deploy on various security contracts, including the Global Response Staff until 2013. He is a proven leader, teammate and friend to those who have deployed with him, and a devout father to his three children.


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