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Name:Leroy Jethro Gibbs


About Gibbs

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs is a retired Marine sniper and now head of the NCIS Major Case Response Team stationed at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

Gibbs has worked at NCIS for nearly two decades. He joined NCIS (then the NIS) in 1992 as a Junior Agent. He was typically referred to by his boss, Mike Franks, as "Probie" or "Gunny", a reference to his military rank of Gunnery Sergeant, something that continues to this day. Gibbs rose through the ranks until he was put in charge of the Major Case Response Team. He is often referred to as "Boss" or other humorous variations thereof by the members of his team.

Leroy Jethro Gibbs was born in 1958 in the rural town of Stillwater, Pennsylvania. His father, Jackson Gibbs, named him after his business partner and friend, Leroy Jethro. At the age of eighteen, Gibbs joined the Marine Corps before the Bicentennial but, during which he met his first wife, Shannon.

Gibbs attended the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, in South Carolina. His first assignment was Infantry at Camp LeJeune. At some point during that tour, he was selected or applied for sniper training, which he completed. His weapon was the Marine M-40A1 Sniper Rifle with hand-loaded Lapua 308 Boat tail, full metal jacket, and molybdenum (or "moly")-coated rounds. After training, he participated in Operation: Just Cause in 1989 and Operation: Desert Storm in 1991, where he served under the command of Colonel William Ryan and Ryan's executive officer, Lieutenant Cameron. Cameron died in Gibbs' arms after being mortally wounded in an engagement. Gibbs was severely wounded in Desert Storm and spent nineteen days in a coma as a result.

In early 1991, Gibbs' wife, Shannon, and eight-year-old daughter, Kelly, were murdered by a drug dealer, Pedro Hernandez, who then fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution. Shortly thereafter, Gibbs, consumed with a strong burning desire for revenge followed Hernandez and killed him in Mexico with a sniper rifle in retaliation, a crime he kept secret for many years.

Soon after his revenge, Gibbs came under investigation for the murder of Hernandez by a Marine Corps Lieutenant Lara Macy. After heavy interrogation, Macy compiled the evidence against Gibbs and buried it because she felt that the killing was justified, and protected Gibbs for the next twenty years. Her murder, in connection to the Hernandez case, was designed to affect Gibbs by the death of one of his close friends and as a reminder that Hernandez's death would still haunt him, twenty years on.

Prior to joining NCIS, Gibbs was attached to a military operation involved in performing interdiction of the drug trade in Colombia. During the course of the operation, Gibbs was wounded and nursed back to health by a Colombian woman, Rosa Tamayo. Mike Franks was also somehow involved in the operation, as indicated by his evacuation of Tamayo to Washington D.C. The exact nature of the operation and Gibbs' role in it were classified. The only facts disclosed were revealed when Director Leon Vance read Gibbs classified marine file which showed that Gibbs was sent on a black op to assassinate a Columbian drug dealer. Gibbs accomplished his mission with a single sniper shot to the heart from 1200 yards. Gibbs was wounded on the way to extraction.

Gibbs joined NIS in June 1992, shortly before the name changed to NCIS in August 1992. He served under Special Agent Michael "Mike" Franks until the man's retirement in 1996, following the terrorist attack on Khobar Towers. Gibbs then served in various assignments, including one possibly in Kosovo and one in Paris in 1999, which brought him into contact with NCIS Special Agent Jenny Shepard, who later became the NCIS Director. The NIS of the time was somewhat different from the NCIS of the present, as Gibbs and Shepard, rather than investigating Navy-related crimes, were instead given black-ops style missions, including the assassination of a Russian couple, the ramifications of which continued to haunt both Gibbs and Shepard for years afterward. During this time Gibbs was also involved in a number of operations in Serbia and Russia which brought him into contact with Special Agent G Callen and it was also pointed that during their time in both countries, Gibbs had saved Callen's life.

In 2001, Gibbs finished an "Agent Afloat" assignment aboard a ship in the Mediterranean Sea. In that same year, he was given his own MCRT at the Washington Field Office of NCIS, where he hired former Baltimore Police Department Detective Tony DiNozzo. Doctor Donald "Ducky" Mallard and forensic scientist Abby Sciuto were already employed by NCIS at this time, but worked especially closely with Gibbs and his team. After foiling a terrorist attack on the President a couple of years later, Gibbs recruited former Secret Service Agent Caitlin "Kate" Todd. A year later, he transferred Special Agent Timothy McGee from the Norfolk Office, completing his team. In 2005, Kate was fatally shot by Ari Haswari, and, after assisting Gibbs in avenging Kate's death, Mossad Officer Ziva David was attached to his team as a Mossad Liaison Officer.

Roughly a year after Ziva's arrival, Gibbs was caught in an explosion while undercover, and when he awoke he had no memory of the events following his first coma in 1991. Through the efforts of Jenny Shepard, Ziva, and Mike Franks, he recovered his memories, but was unable to avert an attack on a U.S. Navy vessel, due in part both to his memory loss and secrecy concerns from higher up the chain of command. Gibbs' anger over the loss of the sailors and Marines led him to retire to Mexico with Mike Franks, leaving his team behind. His retirement did not last long. Two different cases involving both Ziva and his friend, FBI Special Agent Tobias Fornell, led Gibbs to return from Mexico to render his assistance. After the case involving Fornell was solved, Gibbs was permanently reinstated as head of the MCRT, relieving Tony of the position, who had taken it at Gibbs' request when he retired.

During his time as an NCIS agent, Gibbs has won seven Meritorious Service Medals, the most recent of which was awarded for capturing a serial killer. Gibbs, however, never appears at the ceremonies, and the awards are usually accepted by Tony on Gibbs' behalf.

Gibbs' Rules

Rule #1: Never let suspects stay together.
Rule #1: Never screw over your partner.
Rule #2: Always wear gloves at a crime scene.
Rule #3: Don't believe what you're told. Double check.
Rule #3: Never be unreachable.
Rule #4: The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person - if you must. There is no third best.
Rule #5: You don't waste good.
Rule #6: Never apologize. It's a sign of weakness.
Rule #7: Always be specific when you lie.
Rule #8: Never take anything for granted.
Rule #9: Never go anywhere without a knife. (Sometimes listed as "Never leave home without a knife.")
Rule #10: Never get personally involved in a case.
Rule #11: When the job is done, walk away.
Rule #12: Never date a co-worker.
Rule #13: Never, ever involve a lawyer.
Rule #15: Always work as a team.
Rule #16: If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it.
Rule #18: It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission.
Rule #22: Never, ever bother Gibbs in interrogation.
Rule #23: Never mess with a Marine's coffee... if you want to live.
Rule #27: There are two ways to follow someone. (1) First way, they never notice you. (2) Second way, they only notice you.
Rule #35: Always watch the watchers.
Rule #36: If you feel like you are being played, you probably are.
Rule #38: Your case, your lead.
Rule #39: There is no such thing as coincidence.
Rule #40: If it seems someone is out to get you, they are.
Rule #44: First things first, hide the women and children.
Rule #45: Clean up the mess that you make. (Also stated as, "Never leave behind loose ends.")
Rule #51: Sometimes - you're wrong.
Rule #69: Never trust a woman who doesn't trust her man.

(there are two for #1 and #3 due to the fact Mike Franks had his three Golden rules he taught Gibbs as well.)


Disclaimer: Gibbs belongs to CBS, Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill who created Gibbs and his world with NCIS. Muse and mun are both over 18. There may be adult content inside these journal walls.
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