Meet the Team
Kris "Tanto" Paronto
Owner / Senior Instructor
Among the six security contractors was Kris Paronto, also known as Tanto. He and his teammates quickly gained fame as national heroes after the media filled our country with the details of the Battle of Benghazi, but they were American heroes long before then. Mr. Paronto diligently served our country for many years and became one of the most talented, well-crafted fighters and defenders our country has known.
Now that he is no longer doing government work, he is using his advanced knowledge and skillsets in combat and weaponry to train others through a company that he and his good friend and fellow teammate from Benghazi Dave "Boon" Benton started called Battleline Tactical.
Kris 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 has worked with the US government’s Global Response Staff, the US State Department Diplomatic Security High Threat Protection Program, and Blackwater Security Consulting conducting low profile security in high-threat environments throughout the world.
He is the coauthor of the book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, describing his experience responding to the 2012 terrorist attack on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, with Mitchell Zuckoff and the five surviving security team members. Tanto has started his own Tactical Training company along with Dave "Boon" Benton called Battleline Tactical Training.
Kris speaks regularly throughout the United States on leadership, faith, and motivation and can be seen regularly on Fox News and other national broadcasts. His new book, THE RANGER WAY, was released on May 23 2017 and is a USA Today Best Seller.
Meet the Battleline Tactical Hand-Picked Team of Highly Trained and Experienced Instructors
On-Site Chief Operations Officer
Ben Morgan is a former member of the 75th Ranger Regiment,1st Ranger Battalion and a former U.S. Army infantry officer. He served in the 19th Special Forces Group while earning his Bachelor's Degree in History from Colorado Sate University. Ben worked in Iraq as a Close Quarters Battle instructor, teaching Iraqi and coalitions forces, and also worked in Africa as part of the ACOTA (Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program), training battalion level staff officers to prepare for peace and support operations in Darfur. Ben worked for the U.S. State Department High Threat Protection program in Baghdad, Iraq and went on to invent the Dry Fire Pro Timer and establish Morgan Timing Systems, LLC to address a gap in the training needs he experienced while working overseas.
Go Check Him Out: Ben Morgan (Morgan Timing System)
Lead Combatives Instructor
Professor Benny Glossop has over 25 years of combined martial arts and combatives training and is a former professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter and kickboxer. He holds several ranks in the martial arts including: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 1st Degree Black Belt / 5th Degree Black Belt in American Kickboxing / and 3rd Degree Black Belt in Olympic Taekwondo. Along with those ranks, he has nearly 20 years of combatives training with Dave “Boon” Benton. Benny specializes in Active Shooter Response, In-Fight Weapons Access, Weapons Retention and Combative Grappling.
Benny has taught and trained with members of all branches of the U.S. Military, LEO SWAT & SRT Teams, Security Agents, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service. He is also a veteran firefighter and Emergency Rescue Technician and remains a first responder today as a licensed security professional and personal protection specialist.
Along with instructing for Battleline Tactical, Benny is also the owner of Integrated Combatives Group (ICG) where he teaches and consults in the areas of Active Shooter Response, Weapons Retention, Combative Grappling and Personal Protection. He is also the Head Coach of MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai at UFC GYM and is a certified Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Trainer, TRX coach, and CrossFit Kettlebell coach.
Benny is also a well-known television personality and actor. He has over 300 TV hosting credits and had a role in the feature film “The Favorite” (2017) where he played the role of fighter “Tank”.
Go Check Him Out: The Professor
"The Bearded Black Cowboy"
Lead LEO & CQB Instructor
Larry is a Former Gang Unit, SWAT/K9 Officer and Law Enforcement Officer Survival Skills Trainer, and specializes in Close Quarter Combat, Tactical Firearms and Hand-to-Hand Combat instruction.
Larry Stevenson AKA "The Bearded Black Cowboy" is a resounding community and national voice, preacher, teacher and motivational speaker; specializing and being sought after to speak on the topics of community, police, faith, family, fatherhood, U.S. Constitution Amendments 1 & 2, American History and leadership beyond color.
In the field of Martial Arts, Larry is considered among his peers as "a teacher's-teacher" or simply put SiGung, a Chinese term meaning, "a master's master." A multiple-time State, National and International Karate Champion in bare-knuckle full-contact, no pads-no gloves competition. Larry is a full-contact (bare-knuckle) kick-boxing, international kick-boxing, professional boxing and mixed martial arts Champion and Coach.
- - Former Police Officer
- - Former Gang Unit Officer
- - Former SWAT/K-9 Officer
- - Officer Survival Skills Trainer
- - Verbal Deescalation and Tactical Communications Trainer
- - 1994 First to introduce and train a major metropolitan police department (Denver Police Department) to Ground Fighting Techniques Utilizing Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, while combining Robert Koga arrest control techniques both on compliant and resistant individuals.
- - Expert at Close Quarters Combat Survival techniques
- - Defense Against Edged Weapons Trainer
- - Specializes is Weapons Retention and Weapons Access
- - Specializes in Drawing and Accessing Weapon (handgun) from Unorthodox Positions
- - Specializes in In-Fight Access, Control and Retention of Weapons
- - Specializes in Active Shooter Response with a niche in: Empty Hand Weapons and Suspect Forced Malfunction and Subduing Techniques
- - Owner & CO-Founder of 3D Martial Arts & Tactical Defense School
Go Check Him Out: The Bearded Black Cowboy
Lead Edged Weapons Instructor
Christopher Doner began his martial arts training in 1983 while growing up in Ohio. His passion for realistic training led him to Nebraska where he became a personal student of renowned martial artist, Robert Bussey. He earned black belts in both Robert Bussey’s Warrior International and Rosenbach Warrior Training Branches and ran an affiliated school in Omaha for several years where he met and developed his friendship with Kris “Tanto” Paronto.
In 1999 Doner began to train combatives under the tutelage of friend and former Army Ranger, Ethan Jensen. Doner holds instructor credentials in Jensen Knife Combatives and is a Certified Instructor of Martial Blade Concepts / Counter Blade Concepts under Michael Janich.
In 2012 Doner was one of a handful of people personally selected by the legendary Kelly McCann to beta test McCann’s pilot Civilian Training Program. This opportunity led to further training with McCann and his Kembativz Brand organization. Always a student, Doner continues to seek out training to maintain and improve his skills and the skills of his students.
Doner is an experienced security professional with over twenty-three years of service in commercial, industrial and corporate settings. He served twelve years as an armed officer of a nuclear site protection team trained in various small arms techniques, tactics and procedures before returning to the corporate sector. Today Doner is a Senior Specialist, Corporate Security & Safety for First National Bank of Omaha.
In addition to his regular duties, he serves as a defensive-tactics instructor for the bank.
Go Check Him Out: Chris Doner
Advanced Weapons & Tactics Instructor
James Zampier - also referred to as "The Mechanic" of the Battleline Team is an Army Veteran, starting out in life as a Mechanic in the Army and has since moved on to being a Crane Mechanic full time when he is not instructing Battleline Courses.
Zampier is skilled in CQB, Pistol/Carbine manipulations, Active Shooter Courses, Concealed Carry Tactics, Vehicular Counter Attacks, and PCC Sub Gun weapons and tactics. He also owns Breacher’s Custom Guns and specializes in mid-high end Custom AR Platform as well as integrally suppressed PCC systems.
Zampier is a God fearing family man and as a Veteran that takes pride in his country, fully supports our military service men and women and first responders. Lastly, he enjoys long walks on the beach dreaming about the second amendment and how taxation is theft.... and always brings a good sense of humor to the classes....as well, as great training.
GO Check Him Out: The Mechanic
Weapons and Tactics Instructor
Manager of Shootingclasses.com
Israel Matos is Marine combat veteran with multiple certifications in weapons and combative tactics. His real-world experiences and technical training are a great asset to the Battleline Tactical team. He is also one of the founding fathers and developers of Shootingclasses.com which is the primary system used by Battleline Tactical for classes scheduling and administrative needs.
He served with 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines Fox Company Weapons Platoon, Weapons and Field Training Battalion Quantico, 3rd Battalion 4th Marines Weapons Company 81 Millimeter Mortar Platoon. He was deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and the 26th MEU. He was awarded the Purple Heart June 15, 2011 and the Naval Commendation with Combat Distinguishing Device 23rd day of January 2012.
-NRA Tactical Law Enforcement Instructor course
-NRA Pistol Instructor
-NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
-Infantry Assaultman (0351)
-Infantry Anti-tank missleman (0352)
-Primary and Combat Marksmanship Coach (0931)
-Primary and Combat Marksmanship Trainer (0933)
-Marine Corps Foreign Weapons Instructor Course (November 2009)
-Foreign Weapons Instructor(FWIC)
-Marine Corps Martial Arts Brown Belt
-Competitive Shooter Uspsa, 2-gun and 3-gun
Go Check Him Out: Israel Matos
Special Protection Programs Instructor
KPI Merchandise Manager
Jeremy Mitchell retired as a Sergeant First Class from the United States Army as a Military Police. Jeremy was deployed several times during his 17 years of service before he retired due to injuries received while serving his country.
Jeremy has served and worked in many specialized fields.
• State Army Protection Program NCOIC
• Physical Security Inspector/Advisor
• Operation Security (OPSEC) Manager
• Antiterrorism Force Protection (AT/FP) NCOIC
• Domestic Operations Group (DOG) Knowledge/Information Manager
• Domestic Operations Group (DOG) Training NCO
• Joint Operation Center (JOC) Mission Tracking & Information Manager
• Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Mission Tracking
• Joint Operations NCO (J3) for Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) Operations
• Personal Security Detail (PSD) Escort & Driver
• Advanced Interview and Interrogation Specialist
• Neuro Linguistics Programing Specialist and Instructor
Jeremy is also the owner of Advance Defense Assessment Preparation Team (A.D.A.P.T) and developer of Operating Near Extreme Stress Drills (ONES-Drills) and the Simulated Combat Application Tourniquet Training System (SCATTS) check him out at: www.adaptsecops.com
Go Check Him Out: Voodoo Master