01/12/2015 LEANDER, TX.
LaRue Tactical is proud to announce our special guests at SHOT Show 2015 (Booth #15079). Mark “Oz” Geist, John “Tig” Tiegen and Kris “Tanto” Paronto. Their story is told in “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi”. All three of them will be joining us on Thursday, Jan 22 at 1100, and staying just a few hours. We’ll have plenty of books on hand, but get there early to avoid the crowds!
Mark “Oz” Geist
At forty-six the oldest member of the team, the laid-back Oz spent a dozen years in the Marine Corps, including work in an intelligence unit, then became the police chief in the Colorado town where he grew up. After running a private investigation company, in 2004 he became a security contractor to the State Department in Iraq. Twice married, Oz had a son with his first wife and a teenage step-daughter and an infant daughter with his second wife.
John “Tig” Tiegen
Tig was thirty-six, a former Marine sergeant from Colorado who spent several years as a security contractor for Blackwater. He worked for the company in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, before going to work for the CIA’s Global Response Staff. Quiet and precise, the married father of infant twins, Tig was in the midst of his third trip to Benghazi for GRS, making him the team member with the most experience in the city.
Kris “Tanto” Paronto
A former member of the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, the voluble Tanto had a personality as colorful as the many tattoos on his muscular body. At forty-one, he’d spent a decade working as a contract security operator—a job he considered part of a battle between good and evil—in countries throughout the Middle East. Tanto held a master’s degree in criminal justice, owned an insurance adjusting business, and had a son and a daughter with his second wife.
“13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi” is 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, where a team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there.
"A minute-by-minute account of what they saw, thought and did on the night of Sept. 11-12 in Benghazi...nerve-wracking."—The Washington Post
"A crisply written, gripping narrative of the events of the battle in Benghazi that adds considerable detail to the public record of what happened there...[an] authoritative account."—The Wall Street Journal
"A great number of journalists and government instrumentalities have tilted at Benghazi...All of those efforts look fragmentary when placed side-by-side with 13 HOURS.'"—The Washington Post
"13 HOURS provide(s) a moving reminder of the sacrifice made by these men who had voluntarily put themselves in harm's way, and who 'believed in their work and their country.'"—The Boston Globe
"13 HOURS...sets the record straight for historians to ponder."—-The Buffalo News
SHOT Show 2015 Special Guests