KRIS “TANTO” PARONTO
- 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 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.
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.
AUTHOR OF THE RANGER WAY
Thousands of people have heard Kris “Tanto” Paronto speak about his experiences in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. But before he was a security contractor, Tanto was a US Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. Rangers are trained to lead by being pushed to their physical and mental limits so that they can perform against impossible odds in punishing situations.
In THE RANGER WAY, Tanto shares stories from his training experiences that played a role in his team’s heroic response in Benghazi as he explains the importance of demanding excellence when you commit to improving your life. He shows you how to define your mission, set goals that are in alignment with your values, and develop a battle plan that will maximize your chances of success. You will learn why you should never quit and why that is different from never failing. Tanto uses his experiences in Basic and Ranger Training to explore how to deal with mistakes and disappointment like a leader, accept responsibility, and turn every obstacle into an opportunity for growth. You will learn why being of service to others, and being willing to sacrifice, will help you succeed, and how the power of humility, strength, faith, and brotherhood will sustain you on the road to accomplishing your mission.
First-hand Details of the Attack on Benghazi
The harrowing, true account from the brave men on the ground who fought back during the Battle of Benghazi.13 HOURS presents, for the first time ever, 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. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. This is their personal account, never before told, of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack.
13 HOURS sets the record straight on what happened during a night that has been shrouded in mystery and controversy. Written by New York Times bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff, this riveting book takes readers into the action-packed story of heroes who laid their lives on the line for one another, for their countrymen, and for their country.
13 HOURS is a stunning, eye-opening, and intense book…but most importantly, it is the truth. The story of what happened to these men…and what they accomplished…is unforgettable.
MAMA LOU: AMERICAN STRONG WOMAN
Mama Lou has conquered hearts and phone books in both hemispheres. She has performed all over North America, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and in 2008 was honored to perform for President Josefa Ilolio of Fiji. She even went toe to toe with “Australia’s Weapon of Mass Destruction” pro-wrestler Chris Knight! Mama Lou has been featured in several reputable publications such as: The New York Times, The New Zealand Herald, The Fiji Times, The Lawrence World -Journal, X-Press Weekly, The Fayetteville Feed & Ink Magazine. When Mama Lou is not performing, she is hard at work developing world records to smash and “impossible” feats of strength to keep her audience on the edge of their seat.
Mama Lou knows it is imperative to push yourself to achieve the unimaginable. After all, not everyone can rip telephone books in two, make applesauce with their biceps and break chopsticks in half with their butt muscles. But, Mama Lou knows that anyone can because if you believe in yourself, you can do ANYTHING!
Today it is rare to find a solo female entertainer who isn’t singing & dancing. Seeing a physical & emotional Strong Woman in command sends a positive message to women of all ages. Mama Lou’s can-do attitude is empowering to all. Mama Lou teaches audiences being strong is cool.