This Friday evening November 4th it's our chance to honor those that sacrifice so much for us. Join CMU’s Student Veterans Association for a patriotic night with surviving Benghazi hero, Kris Paronto at the Two Rivers Convention Center.

The CMU Student Veterans Association is sponsoring the All Services Ball. They are a part of the national organization Student Veterans of America. Their mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and post-graduation.

Ray Michaels

The key-note speaker is Kris “Tonto” Paronto. He is true, local hero. He was born in Alamosa, Colorado and obtained his Associate Degree from Dixie College (now Dixie State University) in St. George, Utah, Bachelor’s Degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado and Masters Degree from The University of Nebraska at Omaha. He served 4 years in the US Army and an additional 4 years in the US Army National Guard reaching the rank of Sergeant then becoming a commissioned officer in 2003.

Kris possesses elite training skills received from the U.S. Army Ranger, 2nd Battalion, 75th Regiment and 5th Battalion, Special Forces Group. Mr. Paronto’s story is told in the book “13 Hours” written by Mitchell Zuckoff and his five surviving Benghazi, Lybia annex security team members.

This event is to honor all military, law enforcement, and first responders of Mesa County! Everyone is welcome. It's this Friday, November 4th at 6PM. Tickets are available online and at CMU’s Veteran Services Office. Call (970) 248-1739 for more info.