Benghazi co-author will speak at Bass Lake Nov. 14

Tickets are now on sale to hear Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto, co-author of the best seller book, “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi,” 10 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Nov. 14, at Little Church in the Pines, 39446 Road 434, Bass Lake.

Tickets cost $25 and must be pre-purchased before Nov 10. In addition to his presentation, Paronto will hold a book signing from noon - 1 p.m. An additional ticket can be purchased for $20 for the 1 - 2 p.m. lunch with Paronto.

The event is being sponsored by the Central Valley Historical Education Coalition.

Paronto is a former Ranger, 2nd Battalion, 75th Regiment, and security and military consultant 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.

He was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 11, 2012, helping to save more than 20 lives while fighting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for more than 13 hours.

Battered and beaten under a 13 hour battle, Paronto had to lean on more than just his own strength to get through the assault in Benghazi. He will share how his faith and the power of God brought him through the toughest fight of his life, overcoming doubts and fears in the final hours to make it out alive.

Paronto was born in Alamosa, Colo., and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado and Masters Degree from The University of Nebraska at Omaha.

He served four years in the US Army and an additional four 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.

Paronto has been involved in security operations in hostile environments for more than 10 years. His team’s involvement with the 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.

The movie, “Benghazi: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” will be released Jan. 15.

Details: To purchase tickets, contact Kim Buck, (559) 906-4832,

Central Valley Historical Coalition