NBS is proud to announce that John “Tig” Tiegen will be joining NBS on Saturday, February 18, for the Member & Vendor Reception during our Spring Semi-Annual Market here in Fort Worth, Texas.
John “Tig” Tiegen is a former United States Marine Corps Sergeant and Infantry Squad Leader. Wanting to continue serving his country once his military service concluded, Tig spent several years as a security contractor with Blackwater Security on missions in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. He then joined the Central Intelligence Agency’s Global Response Staff where he was tasked with conducting low profile security in high-threat environments throughout the world.
When Islamic militants attacked the American Diplomatic Compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2011, Tig, along with his other teammates, rushed into burning buildings to defend the Consulate and fought arm-in-arm in defense of the Annex, holding off the radical Islamic terrorists until CIA employees could be safely evacuated. Tig personally saved the lives of many of his team and was paramount in rescuing over two dozen others. He received the Award for Heroism and Valor for his bravery that night. Tig teamed up with other members of the Annex Security Team and New York Times best-selling author, Mitchell Zuckoff, to write 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi. In 2015, the book was made into a movie. Tig, his wife, Margaret, and their twins reside on their ranch in Colorado.
Following his message, Tig will be signing books, and socializing with our guests. Feel free to bring your copy of 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi for Tig to sign. There will be books available for purchase. In addition, Tig will have challenge coins and dog tags that honor the brave Americans who died in the Battle of Benghazi. Proceeds from the coins and dog tags support the HALO for Freedom Warrior Foundation’s Colorado chapter. HALO is a non-profit that provides support for wounded warriors as they face the many challenges encountered during their rehabilitation, reintegration and healing process. HALO’s focus is to lift spirits while reminding our nation’s heroes that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.