John ‘Tig’ Tiegen

The Battle of Benghazi: On September 11, 2011, Islamic militants attacked the American Diplomatic Compound in Benghazi, Libya. Quiet and precise, Tig was the most experienced Annex Security Team member. Defying a stand down order, he along with his team, rushed into burning buildings to defend the Consulate and fought arm-in-arm in defense of the Annex, holding off the radical Islamic terrorist until CIA employees could be safely evacuated. No American forces showed up to assist the security team during those 13 hours of combat and four Americans lost their lives. If not for the heroic acts of Tig and his team that number would be much greater.