John “Tig” Tiegen -– Former Marine Sergeant from 3rd Battalion 7th Marines India Company, Infantry Squad Leader from Colorado. Spent several years as a security contractor for Blackwater working for the company on missions in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq before going to work for the CIA’s Global Response Staff, with over 40 deployments conducting low profile security in high threat environment throughout the world.
Quiet and precise, the married father of twins was the most experienced Annex Security Team member in the city. In the midst of his third trip to Benghazi, Libya, for the CIA’s GRS when the attack of September 11, 2012, occurred and was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission. Tig directly saved the lives of many on his team, and was also paramount in saving of over two dozen lives while fighting off terrorists from the U.S. Special Mission and the CIA Annex for over 13 hours. Tig received the Award For Heroism and Valor in recognition of his bravery.
He is the co-author of 13 Hours along with members of the Annex Security team and NYT’s best-selling author, Mitchell Zuckoff.
He also consulted on the movie 13 Hours The Secret Solders of Benghazi, and helped with the set design and the movie script.