Sgt. Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a native of Alamosa, Colorado, is an 8-year veteran of the United States Army Rangers 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and has spent an additional 10 years as an CIA Operative. Along with a small team of ex-Special Forces operatives, Sgt. Paronto was with the CIA during the 2012 Benghazi Attack which culminated in the deaths of then US Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, US Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and CIA Contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty, both former Navy SEALs. Kris has since become a prolific writer, businessman, and philanthropist. Kris and his brothers-in-arms story can be found in the book-turned-movie 13 Hours.
Attendees of the Mesa County Fair 2022 won’t want to miss this, as Kris offers a firsthand account of what happened that fateful day in September 2012 when he and men of the same stoic character stood together, shoulder-to-shoulder, in the face of tyranny and despair. And thus, by acts of valor and compassion, through thunderous moments of conflict and peaceful waves of harmony, Kris relates his story as you have never heard it before.