United States Congressman Sam Johnson

Stars & Stripes Luncheon with former Army Ranger and Military Consultant Kris “Tanto” Paronto

We would like to invite you to support and be a special part of the fourth annual Stars & Stripes Luncheon Presented by Clay Cooley Auto Group and Film Festival presented by Stripe-A-Zone, benefitting Sons of the Flag and honoring our nation’s finest: our Military, Veterans and First-Responders.


Kris “Tanto” Paronto

The Luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017 at Dallas Country Club, and we are thrilled to announce former Army Ranger and Military Consultant Kris Paronto will be our keynote speaker.

“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.

The Stars & Stripes Luncheon and Film Festival will benefit Sons of the Flag, a Dallas based non-profit founded by former Navy SEAL Ryan “Birdman” Parrott. Sons of the Flag is committed to supporting Military, First-Responder and Civilian Burn Survivors and their families.

Major Richard Agnew

Sons of the Flag will also honor Major Richard Agnew with the Sons of the Flag Legacy Award.

Luncheon Chairs: Tricia Rippey Besing, Paige Rippey Locke & Billie Leigh Rippey

Luncheon Details

Dallas Country Club, 4155 Mockingbird Lane

The Luncheon Schedule will be as follows:
11:00 AM: VIP meet & greet reception
11:30 AM: Regular guest registration
12:00 PM: Luncheon begins
Around 1:30 PM: Luncheon event is over