“Proud to be an American” was the theme for the 38th Annual Eagle Forum Luncheon held on March 16, 2018 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Naples Hotel and Beach Club located on 851 Gulf Shore Blvd North, Naples, FL 34102.
Pat Andrews, Florida Eagle Forum President and Doreen McShea, Naples Eagle Forum President, were co-chairs of the luncheon. Anne Schlafly Cori, Eagle Forum National Chairman, was also in attendance.
Special guests included Veterans, First Responders, homeschool students and local JROTC cadets.
The keynote speaker was Kris “Tonto” Paronto, Benghazi hero who 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 for over 13 hours. Special luncheon guest,
Pat Andrews, President of Florida/Naples Eagle Forum, said that all of Eagle Forums Chapters throughout America are carrying forth the mission of their fearless leader, Phyllis Schfaley, who passed away September 5, 2016. “Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life. She recognized America as the greatest political embodiment of those values. From military superiority and defense to immigration and trade; from unborn life to the nuclear family and parenthood, Phyllis Schlafly was a courageous and articulate voice for common sense and traditional values.”
Ms. Andrews added, “We know Phyllis would be thrilled with our speaker this year. She was ‘proud to be an American’ – just like Kris.”
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.