Benghazi defender, portrayed in ’13 hours,’ coming to Bremerton

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Kris “Tanto” Paronto

A former Army Ranger and private security contractor who helped defend American lives during the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attack will appear in Bremerton next weekend. 

Kris “Tanto” Paronto, whose actions that day have been chronicled in the book “13 hours” by Mitchell Zuckoff and have since been adapted into a big screen production and directed by Michael Bay, will speak at the Kitsap Conference Center Sept. 10.

Janet Christopherson, a Tracyton resident, spearheaded efforts to bring Paronto to Bremerton after she saw him in Green Valley, Arizona. She was struck by his harrowing first-hand account and felt her hometown would be too. Tickets, which are $55 for lunch and $100 for an opportunity to meet him personally, have gone fast.

“It has really taken off,” Christopherson said.

The Benghazi attack ignited a political firestorm that has continued into this year’s presidential election. Christopherson and fellow members of the Silverdale-Seabeck Republican Women are supporting the event. Paronto himself has been critical of Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton. But she hopes that partisan politics will give way to his riveting recounting of the events.

“You’re listening to this story, what happened that day from beginning until the end,” she said of his Green Valley presenation. “At the end you wonder, ‘Is this fiction?’

For tickets or more information, call (360) 509-0606 or email SSRW2016@gmail.com. Sales will close at the end of the weekend.

One thought on “Benghazi defender, portrayed in ’13 hours,’ coming to Bremerton

  1. Bremerton is privilege that Kris “Tonto” Paronto, American Patriot and Hero, has agreed to reflect his personal Benghazi encountered experiences. Regardless of the reporter’s reference to political or non-political beliefs, what is most astounding is that precarious opportunities did avail and supervene for the terrified individuals that did escape with twenty known lives saved under narrowing impossible circumstances and challenging unyielding conditions. Kris will surely provide the audience a candid insightful riveting narrative. Thank You !

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