Leroy Jethro Gibbs is a former NCIS Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team which operates out of the Navy Yard in Washington D.C.
He held this position up until March 2021 when he was suspended with his second-in-command, NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee succeeding him as the agent in charge of the MCRT.
In June 2021, Gibbs resigned from the team and NCIS for good, opting to remain in Alaska instead of returning to Washington D.C. and ultimately resuming his career as the leader of the MCRT and also an NCIS Special Agent.
He is a former Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, the son of Jackson and Ann Gibbs, the widower of Shannon Gibbs, father of Kelly Gibbs, ex-husband of Diane Sterling, Rebecca Chase and Stephanie Flynn, the godfather of Amira Shakarji and the son-in-law of Joann and Mac Fielding.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Pre-Series
- 1.2 JAG Season 8
- 1.3 NCIS Season 1
- 1.4 NCIS Season 2
- 1.5 NCIS Season 3
- 1.6 NCIS Season 4
- 1.7 NCIS Season 5
- 1.8 NCIS Season 6
- 1.9 NCIS Season 7
- 1.10 NCIS: Los Angeles Season 1
- 1.11 NCIS Season 8
- 1.12 NCIS Season 9
- 1.13 NCIS Season 10
- 1.14 NCIS Season 11
- 1.15 NCIS Season 12
- 1.16 NCIS: New Orleans Season 1
- 1.17 NCIS Season 13
- 1.18 NCIS: Los Angeles Season 7
- 1.19 NCIS: New Orleans Season 2
- 1.20 NCIS Season 14
- 1.21 NCIS: New Orleans Season 3
- 1.22 NCIS Season 15
- 1.23 NCIS Season 16
- 1.24 NCIS: New Orleans Season 5
- 1.25 NCIS Season 17
- 1.26 NCIS Season 18
- 1.27 NCIS Season 19
- 2 Personality
- 3 Physical Appearance
- 4 Abilities
- 5 Personal Relationships
- 6 Non-NCIS Friendships
- 7 Past and Current NCIS Colleagues
- 7.1 Donald "Ducky" Mallard-
- 7.2 Jennifer "Jenny" Sheppard
- 7.3 Leon Vance
- 7.4 Stanley "Stan" Burley
- 7.5 Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo
- 7.6 Abigail "Abby" Sciuto
- 7.7 Caitlin "Kate" Todd
- 7.8 Timothy "Tim" McGee
- 7.9 Ziva David
- 7.10 Eleanor Bishop
- 7.11 Alex Quinn
- 7.12 Nicholas "Nick" Torres
- 7.13 Clayton Reeves
- 7.14 Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane
- 8 Awards and decorations
- 9 Appearances
Born in the small town of Stillwater, Pennsylvania on November 21, 1954, Gibbs was the only child of US Army Air Force veteran Jackson Gibbs and civilian housewife Ann Gibbs with Gibbs receiving his first two names in honor of Leroy Jethro Moore, Jackson's best friend and business partner.
Gibbs had a very quiet upbringing but suffered a tragedy at the age of 14 when his mother died of cancer. It was revealed that she had actually committed suicide so that her husband and son would not have to watch her suffer, leaving Jackson a widower and also forcing him to raise young Gibbs all by himself.
Jackson blamed Moore for her death as she had confided in him about what she was going to do and he had not stopped her, with this secret breaking apart their friendship and neither Gibbs nor his father seeing Moore again for many years.
As a teenager Gibbs faced confrontations with Chuck Winslow and Ed Gantry and became captivated by local girl Shannon Fielding, later Shannon Gibbs, who he would properly meet for the first time before being deployed. It is later revealed that Shannon inspired Gibbs to create his rules as she was creating her own set of rules to live by. They later married in 1982 and had a baby girl in 1984 whom they would name Kelly Gibbs.
After graduating from high school, Gibbs was given the option of going to college but chose to join the United States Marine Corps instead. Gibbs enlisted in 1976 and shipped to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island for recruit training. There he befriended fellow marine Joan Matteson, but she was one of several marines killed in a helicopter crash in 1977 after she was deployed to Japan.
Gibbs's early years in the Marine Corps were with the military police. He rose to non-commissioned officer rank and was stationed at Camp Lejeune at one point. Later, Gibbs became a Scout Sniper and saw several overseas deployments. In 1989-1990, Gibbs deployed to Panama as part of Operation Just Cause, and then in 1990-1991, he deployed to Kuwait with the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines during Operation Desert Storm.
Around 1991, Shannon witnessed the murder of a marine by Mexican drug cartel leader Pedro Hernandez and agreed to testify against him, with her and their daughter Kelly being placed under the protection of a NIS Special Agent Kurt Mitchell. However, Mitchell was killed by Hernandez while driving them and died instantly with both Shannon and Kelly dying in the crash.
During his deployment in Desert Storm, Gibbs received the news that both Shannon and Kelly had been murdered. Despite being grief-stricken and devastated, Gibbs opted to stay and fight. He was wounded during an engagement and was left comatose for nineteen days. As he had been wounded in combat with an enemy force, Gibbs was awarded the Purple Heart medal.
During his recovery process, Gibbs visited the graves of his dead wife and daughter. He also met NIS agent Michael Franks who was investigating their deaths.
Once he had recovered, Gibbs personally traveled to Mexico and shot dead Pedro Hernandez in revenge. He was investigated for the shooting by Lieutenant Lara Macy of the USMC Military Police but she closed her investigation after learning about the circumstances that led to the shooting.
In 1992, Gibbs was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
Following that, Gibbs joined the Naval Investigative Service presumably having been impressed and inspired by Franks' actions. He subsequently became a Probationary Agent with Franks handling most of Gibbs' training.
As a probationary agent, Gibbs worked alongside Dwayne Cassius Pride, Dan McLane, Felix Betts and Michael Franks. The posse were dubbed the "Fed Five" and gained national recognition for their work on the Privileged Killer case.
Gibbs also met Vera Strickland, Franks's partner at the time.
After Franks had retired from NIS/later NCIS in 1996, Gibbs began working as an undercover agent. He also traveled the world while serving as a training officer to NCIS Special Agent Stanley Burley.
In 1999, NCIS Special Agent Riley McCallister sent Gibbs to Europe, the destination being Paris, France where Gibbs met NCIS agents William Decker and Jennifer Shepard, as well as Medical Examiner Donald Mallard
During their time in Paris, Gibbs and Jenny participated in a mission with Decker serving as their handler with the objective being to eliminate Russian arms dealer Anatoly Zhukov and his fiancée, Svetlana Chernitskaya. Gibbs managed to kill Zhukov but Jenny hesitated and let Svetlana escape.
Gibbs and Shepard became partners and eventually lovers with the relationship soon ending after Jenny left Gibbs a "Dear John" letter.
Gibbs was later assigned to Moscow where he worked alongside NCIS Special Agent G. Callen.
Later, Gibbs served as an Agent Afloat on board an unnamed Navy ship in the Mediterranean.
Upon his deployment ending, Gibbs returned home and found his then-wife, Rebecca Chase in bed with another man. As such, Gibbs and Rebecca divorced.
In 2001, Burley became an Agent Afloat while Gibbs was assigned to the NCIS Headquarters located in the Navy Yard in Washington D.C.
While there, Gibbs formed his own team originally composed of former Baltimore Police Department Detective Anthony DiNozzo, Forensics Specialist Abigail Sciuto and Ducky with former FBI agent Vivian Blackadder later joining the team a few months after the attack on the U.S.S. Cole that had killed her brother, Rex.
JAG Season 8
Gibbs made his debut appearance in the JAG Season 8/NCIS backdoor pilot episode, Ice Queen (episode).
NCIS Season 1
NCIS Season 2
NCIS Season 3
NCIS Season 4
NCIS Season 5
NCIS Season 6
NCIS Season 7
NCIS: Los Angeles Season 1
NCIS Season 8
NCIS Season 9
NCIS Season 10
NCIS Season 11
NCIS Season 12
NCIS: New Orleans Season 1
NCIS Season 13
NCIS: Los Angeles Season 7
NCIS: New Orleans Season 2
NCIS Season 14
NCIS: New Orleans Season 3
NCIS Season 15
NCIS Season 16
NCIS: New Orleans Season 5
NCIS Season 17
NCIS Season 18
NCIS Season 19
A man of few words, Gibbs is known for his glare which can have others whether it be his fellow NCIS colleagues or criminals talking in seconds. He is a gruff man who speaks his mind and has a dislike towards political red tape as well as politics.
Gibbs is a tall man in his late fifties, early sixties with silver or white hair and blue eyes.
As a former Marine and current NCIS Special Agent, Gibbs is a man with a unique range of abilities, many of which have made him a great asset to the NCIS agency.
Hand to Hand Combat
During his time in the Marines, Gibbs presumably learnt how to fight and is an exceptionally skilled fighter, able to subdue opponents.
Having served as a Marine sniper, Gibbs is an ace sharpshooter.
Other romantic relationships
Past and Current NCIS Colleagues
Donald "Ducky" Mallard-
Jennifer "Jenny" Sheppard
Stanley "Stan" Burley
Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo
In Season 7, Episode 12 Flesh and Blood when Gibbs first met Tony's father he gets "defensive" over Tony. Gibbs also "Interrogates" Tony's father about his relationship with his son. In Tony’s last scene of NCIS, he tells Gibbs, “I would say thank you, but I don’t think it quite cut it.” The relationship Tony has with Gibbs is one of a special kind.
Abigail "Abby" Sciuto
The relationship with Gibbs and Abby is one of a kind. Gibbs treats Abby as his daughter and loves surprising her.
Caitlin "Kate" Todd
Timothy "Tim" McGee
Nicholas "Nick" Torres
Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane
Awards and decorations
United States Marine Corps
Here is a list of awards and decorations worn by GySgt. Gibbs:
- Silver Star (later gifted to Damon Werth)
- Purple Heart
- Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, w/2 gold award stars (3rd award)
- Combat Action Ribbon
- Navy Unit Commendation
- Meritorious Unit Commendation, w/1 bronze service star (2nd award)
- Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, w/1 silver service star (6th award)
- Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
- National Defense Service Medal, w/1 bronze service star (2nd award)
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
- Southwest Asia Service Medal, w/ bronze service star (2nd award)
- Humanitarian Service Medal
- Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, w/3 bronze service stars (4th award)
- Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
- United Nations Medal
- Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
- Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
- Diver insignia
- Naval Parachutist insignia
- Marine Corps Expert Rifle Badge
- Marine Corps Expert Pistol Badge
Gibbs also gave a Bronze Star to Ruby Lemere, the widow of Marine Sgt. Ted Lemere, on behalf of the sergeant's military dog Dex, admitting that it had not been "officially" awarded, indicating the medal was, like the above-mentioned Silver Star, originally awarded to Gibbs.
Here is a list of awards and decorations received by Sp. Agt. Gibbs:
- Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award (7th award).
For a more detailed list, see Leroy Jethro Gibbs/List of Appearances.