John Tiegen


John “TIG” Tiegen was born on October 2, 1976.  He attended Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  John is one of the co-authors of 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi; a collaboration with members of the Annex Security Team and New York Times’ best-selling author, Mitchell Zuckoff.

John served as a rifleman with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines, India Company.  From 1995 – 1999, he served as a battalion assault climber, company MOUT instructor, team leader, and squad leader.  After leaving the Marine Corps, he pursued careers in HVAC, pipe fitting and then 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 environments throughout the world. 

John continues to share his knowledge and skills with organizations and the military community as a consultant, trainer, and professional speaker.  To contact John regarding speaking presentations visit his website:

If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie 13 Hours, you can click on the images below or check them out on Amazon.