Peppe Alexander Hibbert; the phony warrior chaplain

| January 19, 2016

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We wrote about this Chaplain Peppe Hibbert back in November. The National Personnel Records Center shorted us some information on him, so Hondo went back and got more. Some folks who were familiar with his case contacted us, and, of course, we only report that which we can document. So here is his updated FOIA;

Peppe Hibbert FOIA

He was indeed, discharged as a Captain (Chaplain) eventually. But that was after his initial service for four years as an Eleven Charlie infantry mortarman in the 101st Division with whom he deployed to Desert Storm. He was discharged as an E-3 (Private First Class) and he went into the Tennessee National Guard where he served as an MP and then went on to be commissioned in the Chaplain Corps.

Peppe Hibbert Assignments1

Peppe Hibbert Assignments2

In 2006, he was commissioned and began his service as a chaplain. Somewhere along the line, he was able to alter his records and he added a bunch of awards that he didn’t earn. he did deploy to the War Against Terror, but as a chaplain. Hibbert figured that he deserved more stuff – like another Combat Infantryman Badge, two Bronze Star Medals, 8 ARCOMs, 9 Army Achievement Medals, 3 National Defense Service medals, 3 Good Conduct Medals, and 3 NCO Professional Development Ribbons. He was discharged as an enlisted soldier after 4 years, since officers don’t get Good Conduct medals, he didn’t have enough time in enlisted service to earn three Good Conduct Medals (he would need at least nine years). The NCOPD ribbon is awarded when an enlisted soldier completes an NCO training course. In order to have three NCOPDRs Hibbert would have needed to attend the Advanced NCO Course (for promotion to the rank of Sergeant First Class) – that wouldn’t be possible for a Private First Class.

Hibbert did earn a Combat Infantryman badge when he was a Combat Infantryman in Desert Storm, but he was a chaplain when he deployed to the war against terror, so he wasn’t eligible for another award of the CIB. But his problem was that he added all of that stuff to his records down there in Section VIII of his ORB;

Peppe Hibbert ORB

Somehow, it all got added to his DD214;

Peppe Hibbert DD214a

Peppe Hibbert Forged DD214 annex

However, the NPRC has been able to sift through the BS and provide us with a more credible FOIA. But, notice on the DD214, down there in Block 28, it says that he was discharged for “Unacceptable Conduct”. Altering his records was one of those behaviors that was unacceptable. I know more stuff, but I can’t document it, so this is what you get. According to folks who know him say that he’s still engaged in unacceptable conduct.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Sapper3307 says:

    Third National Defense medal that’s kind of rare. That might be harder to find than a third CIB.

    • NormanS says:

      Service member would have to have served since Vietnam for three awards.

      (Red is an eyecatcher; I hit the wrong button at first. Damn.)

  2. GDContractor says:

    Behold the power of HONDO!
    //no sarc
    //pure respect

  3. Trent says:

    A Chaplain with unacceptable conduct? Where did he get his divinity degree? Jimmy Swaggert University?

  4. Jarhead says:

    Somehow this leaves me confused. So what else is new at my age? The second paragraph begins saying Peppe was discharged as a Captain. Next sentence says he was discharged as an E-3.
    Peppe is normally a short abbreviation for “Pepper”, which happens to be a climbing plant. So was this a climbing plant or a downwind plant? I’m so worried about being P. C., don’t you know?

    • Hondo says:

      The discharge as an enlisted soldier was after his first (Desert Storm) period of service. The discharge as a CPT was when he was discharged – presumably involuntarily – due to “unacceptable conduct”.

  5. Terrorologist says:

    Ah, a man of the cloth…

    Dr Giduck and I need a spiritual leader for our team of frauds & liars, I mean devoted money grabbers, I mean…
    Ah sh*t you know what I mean.

    I think the good Chaplin will be a fine addition.

  6. rb325th says:

    I would say something a bout a perfectly honorable career, but apparently he didn’t have one.
    A Chaplain too…

  7. Don H says:

    The DD-214 is now fed automatically rfom the same database as the Officer Record Brief. So if he convinced somebody to put it on his ORB, it will automatically show up on the DD-214. I suspect the Army’s intent was to prevent people embellishing their ORBs, since you’re supposed to have a source document to get it on the ORB, but obviously the system failed in this case.

    I did know a retired Army doctor who had a complete set of NDSMs. Was an enlisted Marine during Korea (didn’t deploy), got out, went to college and medical school, came back in as a Medical Corps Officer in the 1960s (and got sent to Vietnam), and was extended on active duty (they can do that with physicians). Had roughly 40 years of active duty when he finally retired in the 2000s.

    • Don H says:

      Sorry. Embellishing their DD-214s, since the ORB is fed from a database that requires source documents.

    • Bobo says:

      I’m guessing that the chaplain school was handed a bad NGB-22 from his TN ARNG discharge. Who in the Chaplain School G-1 is going to assume that a chaplain officer has a bad NGB-22?

      I guess that the next step would be to deep dive his 2-1, but I doubt that anyone at HRC cares enough to further disgrace a disgraced chaplain. On the plus side, I’m sure that his veteran status and his ethical stature will make him an appealing apprentice to Sharpton or Jackson.

    • Green Thumb says:


      I have seen some screwed up ORB’s/ERB’s before. And a lot of times it is not the Officers/NCOs fault.

      It has more to do with units returning and everyone heading out the door at the same time or change of leadership without a proper data collection and handoff.

      And the longer one waits, the more difficult it is to track folks/information down for a ORB/ERB correction.

      That’s why it pays to have a strong S-1 or G-1.

      Just an observation.

      • Twist says:

        Somehow my ERB got screwed up and they added random things to it. It had me with a secondary MOS of 92Y and gave me a tour in Jamaica. Since I was just removing stuff it didn’t take too long to fix thankfully.

        • RPEasy says:

          I still have a medal on my 214 that I never received, and ceased being awarded 6 years prior to my initial enlistment…

          It’s a major pain to fix it, so I just don’t wear it, don’t claim it, and don’t need to worry about it.

          • RPEasy says:

            I should note that in the Navy we don’t have an ERB.

            And the 214 this errant award lurks on is a discharge from AD Mobilization to Reserve Status, so presumably there will be another one down the line.

      • Don H. says:

        Yeah, but when your ORB gets messed up, you fix it. You don’t buy a set of ribbons to match it . . .

  8. ChipNASA says:

    What a dickhole.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      I don’t know, Chip. It could be his throbbing manroot that misbehaved. He couldn’t possibly control it at all times.

      • Just An Old Dog says:

        “Throbbing Manroot” Are you sure you don’t do some ghost writing for Penthouse forum?

  9. Brown Neck Gaitor says:

    Separation authority 600-8-24 para 4-2B

    b. Misconduct, moral or professional dereliction, or in the interests of national security.

    (1) Discreditable or intentional failure to meet personal financial obligations.
    (2) Mismanagement of personal affairs that are unfavorably affecting an officer’s performance of duty.
    (3) Mismanagement of personal affairs to the discredit of the Army.
    (4) Intentional omission or misstatement of fact in statements or records for the purpose of misrepresentation.
    (5) Acts of personal misconduct (including but not limited to acts committed while in a drunken or drug intoxicated state).
    (6) Rescinded.
    (7) Intentional neglect of or failure to perform duties.
    (8) Conduct unbecoming an officer.
    (9) Conduct or actions that result in the loss of a professional status, such as withdrawal, suspension or abandon-
    ment of professional license, endorsement, or certification that is directly or indirectly connected with or is necessary for the performance of one’s military duties. (For AMEDD officers, this includes the partial or complete suspension, limitations, withdrawal, or denial of clinical practice privileges.)
    (10) The final denial or revocation of an officer’s Secret security clearance by appropriate authorities acting pursuant to DODD 5200.2-R and AR 380-67.
    (11) Unless precluded by paragraph 4–18d(4), elimination action will be initiated against an officer who is medically diagnosed as drug dependent or identified as having committed an act of personal misconduct involving drugs.
    (12) Conduct or actions by a warrant officer resulting in a loss of special qualifications (such as withdrawal/ revocation of Criminal Investigation Division accreditation, revocation of marine qualification license, removal from the Personnel Reliability Program, withdrawal of clinical privileges or loss of flying status) that directly or indirectly precludes a warrant officer from performing in MOS and is necessary for the performance of those duties. Eliminations based on these reasons may not be utilized if reclassification action is feasible and in the best interest of the Service or if the loss of special qualifications was due to medical reasons beyond the control of the warrant officer.
    (13) Failure to respond in a reasonable length of time to rehabilitation efforts regarding repeated acts of child/spouse maltreatment or abuse and/or other acts of Family violence.
    (14) Failure of a course at a service school by an RA officer because of misconduct, moral or professional dereliction. For failure by an RC officer, see paragraph 2–33.
    (15) Conviction by court martial that did not impose a punitive discharge for a sexually violent offense listed in AR 27-10, chapter 24.
    Discreditable or intentional failure to meet personal financial obligations.
    Mismanagement of personal affairs that are unfavorably affecting an officer’s performance of duty. Mismanagement of personal affairs to the discredit of the Army.
    I n t e n t i o n a l o m i s s i o n o r m i s s t a t e m e n t o f f a c t i n o f f i c i a l s t a t e m en t s o r r e c o r d s f o r t h e p u r p o s e o f misrepresentation.

  10. Claw says:

    Peppe Hibbert, the up close and personal spiritual advisor to Deserea Hopkins and the officiating Chaplain at the (east coast) Paul Tillson’s and the Round Ranger’s weddings.

  11. Green Thumb says:

    Unquestionable moral character.


  12. Doc Savage says:

    That, my friends, is the power of God working through him…..

  13. IDC SARC says:


    • Hack Stone says:

      WWDBD? Daniel Bernath would somehow blame it on Don Shipley’s hair, that is what he would do.

  14. Bobo says:

    Like every good poser, he was too busy awarding himself CIBs and BSMs to worry about tacking on the 2 ARCAMs that he should have for his ARNG time.

  15. Skippy says:

    no Big deal but his Social Security Number is on his Fake 214 if it’s Even Real of course

  16. C2Show says:

    Wonder if he was involuntary discharged or resignation in lieu of unacceptable behavior/conduct…

  17. Martinjmpr says:

    A chaplain faker? I’ve never heard of such a thing!

    Oh, wait, yes I have.,3063648&hl=en

    I was in 1st Group when this was going down, it was a big deal at Fort Lewis at the time.

    • Skippy says:

      I can’t believe this… But I remember this story when I was going to school in the PRC. it was on the news in Sacramento but then… Holy Cow What A Trip.

    • Skippy says:

      I’m wrong it was about someone at the old fort ord, wrong post

    • Green Thumb says:

      I think this is the same guy.

      I cannot currently access the link, but was not this the guy that married all of those people?

      One couple filed for divorce just to find out they were never legally married. Another had a child and the church wound up getting pissed because it was born out of wedlock even though they thought they were married.

      All kinds of wild shit.

      • Martinjmpr says:

        Green Thumb: No, Chaplain Probst was a real chaplain. He just wasn’t a real Vietnam war hero like he claimed.

        Probst was held in very high regard at 1st Group because of his supposed exploits in VN. Remember that at this time – 1990 – there weren’t a lot of actual combat experienced soldiers in the Army. Grenada and Panama involved only a small number of troops and Desert Shield hadn’t started yet. The Vietnam War veterans were getting older and most of them had retired by 1990 since even the ones with a break in service were over 20 years by then.

        Actually the story I heard is that it was the high regard that caused his downfall. Probst was entering the zone for promotion to LTC. Officer records at that time were managed by the installation G1, which was up the road from 1st Group HQ.

        In the story I heard, the 1st Group commander was so determined to make sure that Probst got promoted ahead of his peers that he personally sent one of his officers down to review Probst’s file. It was then that the officer discovered that contrary to his claims around Group, Probst had not even entered the military until 1980 and was a student at BYU at the time he claimed to have been in Vietnam.

        That was when the house of cards fell down, but Probst had been able to pull it off for a number of years.

  18. John says:

    You left his SSN on his DD214 – XXX-XX- ….

  19. Combat Historian says:

    Heh, an embellishing lying sack-of-shit Sky Pilot; oh the humanities…

  20. Just An Old Dog says:

    He and Larry Gugle would have made a great CO-1st Sgt Team

    • Claw says:

      JOAD, I think an even greater CO-1SG team would be Peppe and Tammy McPherson, the Phony 1SG/Paratrooper.

      You remember her, right? She of the mustard stain on the jump wings and the glider rider badge.

      She is still rocking the lie on her FB page. All the pictures of her in uniform are still there along with her 194 Army Recruiters as FB friends.

      Besides she claimed to be a Flight Nurse, so whenever Peppe’s FTS flares up, she would be right there to administer some TLC and first aid.

      • Just An Old Dog says:

        I was comparing how Pepe la Douchebag and Larry Gugle both tampered with their awards and records while on active Duty.
        Gugle changed his SRB and awards to reflect 2 more years in service and a combat tour in Vietnam with 1/9, along with valor awards. While it was in his SRB it didnt jive with the real records in HQMC.
        He got caught, busted a rank and retired at 20 as a Gunnery Sgt. In the early 2000s he popped up in a 1/9s veterans group claiming the same shit,, plus Desert Storm service and the rank of Sergeant Major. Tammy McPherson was just a hose-beast who like to play dress-up and flap her yap on the internet. Gugle and Peppe hear pulled that shit on active duty.

  21. Tony180a says:

    Wonder if Chief of Chaplains is aware a Chaplain was awarded the CIB (2nd award)? Old Peppe Lapeuw must have engaged the enemy in hand to hand as Chaplains are not allowed to carry weapons.

  22. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Who were his mentors, Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart?

  23. Old 1SG, US Army (Retired) says:

    Cpt PeePee will resurface again and again, you can bet on that!

    What a dirt bag… I wonder who he is scamming now out there in civilian land?