Joey Gibson, phony SEAL

| April 9, 2017

The folks at Military Phonies send us their work on West Virginian Joey Gibson who claims to be a former member of Navy SEAL Team 2 and a 22-year veteran of the Navy with eight deployments to the global war on terror;

From his LinkedIn Profile;

Since he can afford the uniforms, you know he’s legit;

The Navy remembers his service differently;

If you look in block 12 of his DD214 you’ll see that his term of service was from July 1990 to December 1997 but the math says that he had 3 years and 10 months of service. I’m guessing that he had a couple years worth of “bad time” AWOL and/or jail time. His last unit was listed as TPU PSD Norfolk. According to the Navy website, that means Transient Personnel Unit, Personnel Services Detachment;

TPU Norfolk consists of five departments: Administrative Services, Operations, Discipline, Maintenance and Training. Each of these departments is responsible for specific types of Sailors.

I’d guess that the department that dealt with Mr Gibson was the discipline portion of the TPU. The folk at Military Phonies found a record on Mr Gibson that wasn’t military in origin;

There is no SEAL Training in his records and it looks like he sailed through the Persian Gulf during the period which the Navy awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal (between August 2, 1990 and November 30, 1995) but he’s not a real Gulf War veteran because he was in boot camp during the actual shooting portion of the Gulf War.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Daisy Cutter says:

    The place of separation listed on his DD-214 was NAMALA WASHINGTON DC. Sounds like the brig to me.

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    Twit. eeeggh.

  3. Instinct says:

    Oh, look, He included that SEAL bullshit on his Linkedin profile too!

    “Operated all radar onboard ship to track and identify all contacts on the surface or in the air. Air detection and tracking supervisor. Combat decision center supervisor. Manager of top secret manuals and crypto. SEAL Team 2 Special Warfare Operator.”

    Looks like he’s now a kiln operator at a lumber company. Here’s their contact page:

    • Instinct says:

      Looks like the purge has begun. Linkedin is gone.

      • Eden says:

        Nope, still there, and still claiming SEAL Team 2.

        • Instinct says:

          Huh, I’m just getting a log in page.

          • Daisy Cutter says:

            In order to see some profiles, you have to be logged into LinkedIn. It just depends on whether the person made them public or not.

            WARNING: If you view a non-public profile on LinkedIn once you are logged in, LinkedIn will identify you to that person as having looked at their profile. If you want to remain anonymous, always stay logged off of LinkedIn or create a generic profile in which to view POSer profiles.

            • Instinct says:

              Ah, that’s why then. I don’t do Linkedin.

              His profile was showing before on Linkedin and now it’s the home page. He must have changed the access I guess.

            • Eden says:

              I don’t even have a LinkedIn account and I can still see it. It’s still public. Just scroll down past the “View joey’s profile free” box.

  4. Mick says:

    OK. Another phony SEAL. Here we go again.

    — sigh —


    Another phony SEAL in the open this morning. Target is marked by the usual pile of phony SEAL poser bling and associated bullshit.

    You’ll want to bring it in low and get in close on this run, because you’ll have a special interest in this target: this assclown is a former Navy Operations Specialist.

    You are cleared hot.

  5. OldManchu says:

    The brig time was just his cover while he was across the globe being launched out of submarine torpedo tubes with nothing but his skivvies and a knife.

  6. STSC(SW/SS) says:

    So this Con is really a Con.

    • Hondo says:

      Extensive “lost time”, NAMALA separation authority, and separated as an OSSR (E1, if I recall correctly). Sure sounds to me like the result of a court-martial conviction w/sentence including incarceration and punitive discharge.

      • Silentium Est Aureum says:

        BCD or DD, in his case, Hondo.

        Appellate leave is the authorized absence of a service member (appellant) from the physical presence of the command, in a non-pay status, pending completion of the appellate review of their court-martial conviction where a dismissal or unsuspended dishonorable or bad conduct discharge was adjudged.

        • Hondo says:

          Yep. BCD, DD, and Dismissal are the only forms of punitive discharges; they can only be imposed as part of a court-martial sentence. Since this LSoS wasn’t an officer, that rules out Dismissal. (Dismissals are imposed commissioned officers only, including WOs with commission.}

          • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

            Take Bradley Manning and Hasan as examples, Manning was given a DD while Hasan was Dismissed.

      • AW1Ed says:

        You are correct, Hondo. Operations Specialist Seaman Recruit (OSSR).

      • HMC Ret says:

        Here is the scoop on OS: “Operations Specialists provide to their shipboard or shore-based command a wide range of technical information and assistance related to anti-surface warfare, anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, amphibious warfare, mine warfare, naval gunfire support, search and rescue operations, radar and dead reckoning …”

        It’s a highly demanding, critical rating.

        Here’s the scoop on SR: Seaman Recruit, AKA an E1. At one time he was almost certainly higher than E1, but stepped into it and, presto, became an E1, the same as he was when he joined the Navy.

        Every OS I knew was a smart, squared away Sailor. I never met an OS who was a slug. This guy may have been really squared away at one time, but he sure screwed the pooch. Now he’s replaying his many imaginary exploits in his mind for all to see.

      • Hondo says:

        Addendum: there is also another scenario that fits here: extensive civilian incarceration, followed by an admin discharge board action including an OTH discharge. As I recall, the latter, when executed, also includes a reduction to E1 for enlisted personnel.

        At least, if I recall correctly that’s how it worked in the Army. I presume it’s the same in other services.

        In any case: leaving service as an E1 after nearly 7 1/2 years with credit for barely half that as “good time” doesn’t exactly scream “Soldier/Sailor/Airman/Marine of the Year” material.

      • Bobo says:

        His DOR on the DD-214 (I’m assuming to OSSR) was in 1995 and he was discharged in 1997, about two and a half years later. I’m guessing that he was court-martialed in 95 and did the time to 1997 in a prison. I don’t think that you can get that much time without getting a BCD.

      • John l McCue/USN (SS) Ret. Non Combat vet Viet Nam says:

        I agree with you he got either a BCD or a DD. 7 1/2 half years and gets out as a E-1, yea he did hard time maybe Portsmith too.

  7. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Joey “Nutsack Inspector” Gibson… Phony SEAL and Real Deal Cockmeat Sammich Connoisseur!


  8. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    OS. At least Sealy McChippendale made E-3, you worthless little fuckstain.

    And about the only thing you supervised was the scullery, bitch.

    Now take those cammies off before we find out if they really are flame retardant.

  9. Instinct says:

    Wow, and according to his picture up there he rocketed to 1st class in four years.

    That’s amazing!

    I’m just shocked that someone with his extensive background and experience is now a kiln operator instead of some kind of Super Secret Squirrel job in the private sector.

  10. David says:

    Anyone asked the NRA? This is right outside their headquarters. Although, to be honest, they really don’t give much of a damn if you endorse the NRA position (coough cough Ted Nugent cough) about your background.

    • Ret_25X says:

      is there something about Ted’s background that is somehow strange for an artist in the USA?

      I mean, look at Roman Polanski…

      I mean, other than not being a neofeudalist?

      • David says:

        There are a couple of interviews (which now that he is a born again conservative he disavows) about how he was rejected for the draft. Actually, much of what comes out of Ted’s mouth alone is enough to make him a less-than-ideal spokesman. The man has very few filters, to put it kindly. I appreciate his general stance but he is a bit of an idiot.

        Polanski is just a child molester trying to get over. Ted is ‘way above him in any rational universe. Which excludes Hollywierd.

  11. Combat Historian says:

    If I didn’t know anything, I would think that every sailor in the Navy is BUD/S-qualified, and the Navy is composed of nothing but SEAL teams…

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      You’d think the US Navy is always short in every specialty from Hash-Slinger to Nuke because nearly everyone becomes a SEAL in no time at all.

  12. Green Thumb says:


  13. Ret_25X says:

    on his LinkedIn profile? Who does that? Most of us invest a lot of time in civilianizing our resume so that it sounds less military…

  14. Guard Bum says:

    Yet another one who could not have predicted the US being attacked and entering 15 years of warfare and that military members are generally held in high esteem by the public.

    He is now in the phase of “Grandpa, did you ever serve in the military?” or “Hey Joey, did you see the news about the Carl Vinson returning to the Yellow Sea last night? Weren’t you in the Navy?”

    Sometimes choices you made as a young man haunt you for the rest of your life and poor Joey here will go to his grave knowing he is a fraud, a failure and valor thief. Every time he looks at his wife, his kids, his grand kids he knows that they know he is a fraud, he has a burning in his stomach knowing he could be exposed, and he lives in fear every day of his life that the public ridicule and embarrassment he desperately does not want will come his way. Because he has nothing else.

    Here you go Joey, enjoy.

    • HMC Ret says:

      Guard Bum: Ditto. As much as these valor thieves bother me, I also ‘feel’ for some of them. One mistake, early in a career, usually, and everything that comes after is tarnished. When I read these stories I’m reminded of my brother who got a general but probably didn’t work two consecutive days during his +/- one year in the Navy. He occasionally plays “I was on a submarine” game with those who don’t know his background. I know the truth he doesn’t play it with me, but others ask me about his exploits. Well, he at least wasn’t a SEAL. Actually, I don’t think he made E2. The Navy discharged him with a general as a service to the Nation, just to rid themselves of him. But he does have VA benefits. If not, I would probably be supporting him. No disability, just medical, which he doesn’t pay. They waive the cost b/c he doesn’t have two dimes to rub together.

    • Hack Stone says:

      Hack has seen quite a few young Marines display their inability to adapt to military standards without realizing the long term consequences. Way back in the day, when Hack was with 3rd Combat Engineers, one Friday morning he had to take one of the Comm Marines from Camp Hansen to Camp Foster so that he could transfer the title of his car to another Marine before he got sent off to the brig. On the drive down, we had that Father/Son talk about him pissing away his future with his series of bad decisions. He asked me whether his BCD would jeopardize his chance of becoming a DEA agent. Hack told him most likely it would. “What if I don’t tell them?” I informed him that honesty was the best policy, and they would probably already know the character of his service. His father ended up sending the Battalion Commander a letter apologizing for his shitbird son. It must have killed his old man when his buddies down at the VFW asked how is Marine son was doing, and he had to say that he was booted.

  15. Ex-PH2 says:

    Floor buffer operator. Coffee grounds inspector. Scuttlebutt purveyor.
    Perfectly honorable work and he tried to one-up hisself.


    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Methinks you forgot expert Police Call performer and Rock Painter, Milady!

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      There’s an entire list of specialties that have no Navy designation, but probably have something in the other services. For example: potato peeling specialist (Beetle Bailey’s primary occupation), and lawn mower mechanic.

      • Hack Stone says:

        Back in the mid 1990’s, Hack was down at Ft. Gordon for a few week comm class. Someone asked the Mr. Knowitall in the base newspaper why Staff Sergeants were cutting the grass on base, and the answer was that you had to be a SNCO to obtain a lawn mower operators license. I wish that I knew that growing up, when Poppa Stone would yell at Hack to cut the damn grass, he could reply “I will when you promote me.”

  16. thebesig says:

    Originally posted by Joey Gibson

    Why not take a break from negativity and learn about each other?
    1. Who are you named after? No idea
    2. Last time you cried? Long ago
    3. Do you like your handwriting? Sure
    4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Bologna

    Yes, because Joey Gibson, phony Navy SEAL, kicked out of the Navy as an E1, is full of baloney. 🙄

  17. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Damned if posers and embellishers aren’t popping up like panhandlers on Beale Street in Memphis!

  18. HMC Ret says:

    “Operated all radar onboard ship to track and identify all contacts on the surface or in the air. Air detection and tracking supervisor. Combat decision center supervisor. Manager of top secret manuals and crypto. SEAL Team 2 Special Warfare Operator.”

    He’s the air detection and tracking supervisor? Manager of top secret manuals and crypto? He couldn’t manage a good shit. Well, in his defense he did rocket from E1 to, uh, E1 during his career and has the highly coveted NDSM. Not many can make that claim. Or would want to do so.

    He couldn’t hack the real world Navy (and, folks, it ain’t that difficult) but he has mastered the imaginary Navy since discharge. A really 4.0 Sailor.

    • AW1Ed says:

      HMC Ret, you must have been out for a while. The Navy changed from the 0.0-4.0 scale, seems it might hurt some feelings to get a 0.0 on the old Eval no matter how well deserved. So they went to 1.0-5.0 scale. See? Much better!

      No, they really did. I’m sure the impact study cost millions, and wound up in some Congress Critter’s brother-in-law’s pocket.

  19. Friend S. Wilkins says:

    I see Joey did some time with Personnel at Norfolk.

  20. OAE CPO USN Ret says:

    What’s he wearing on the collars of those cammies?

    *puts on glasses*

    That bag of shit is sporting a set of Chief’s Anchors as well.

    Maybe he’ll join up with those Dandy Regular Guys.


  21. HT3 '83-'87 says:

    Checking his FB page, I see he likes to sport a USS Eisenhower CVN-69 hat. He also has some stock photos of the Ike too. My guess is that shipboard life on a bird farm was not much to his liking, so he decided to go UA/AWOL. He’s got serious regrets, so he decided that being just a radar operator wasn’t enough…go big or go home! Joey Gibson is just another loser that couldn’t handle regular Navy life, so he just made himself a phony SEAL instead. CPO Shipley, he’s all yours.

  22. mr. sharkman says:

    On Linkedin, but not a member of the ‘UDT/SEAL Connect’ group (a closed group, IDs checked closely to join).

    Seems legit.


  23. ChipNASA says:

    Joey Gibsob Phoney SEAL does not rate the infamous Wall Of Insults.

    Because you’re a dickless little BITCH. That’s why.
    Shiteating AWOL fucknozzle.

  24. Dennis - not chevy says:

    Look at upper right corner of the crow for a second; it looks as if it’s not attached, just lain there to make it look legit. Now, who would do that?

  25. MrBill says:

    UNITED STATES v. Joey R. GIBSON, ***-**-**** Operations Specialist Seaman (E-3), U.S. Navy

    NMCM 96 02430


    1997 CCA LEXIS 496

    September 18, 1997, Decided

    PRIOR HISTORY: Sentence adjudged 16 May 1996. Military Judge: Steven L. Seaton. Review pursuant to Article 66(c), UCMJ, of Special Court-Martial convened by Commanding Officer, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).

    DISPOSITION: Affirmed.


    The appellant contends that Prosecution Exhibit 1, a Court Memorandum (NAVPERS 1070/607) documenting a prior nonjudicial punishment, should not have been admitted against him during the sentencing portion of his special court-martial because there is no evidence in the record that he was advised of his right to speak to counsel before deciding to accept or refuse mast. United States v. Booker, 5 M.J. 238 (C.M.A. 1977). The appellant insists that he is thereby entitled to a new sentencing hearing. The Government agrees that the military judge erred, but would conclude that, because the appellant failed to object at trial and there is no plain error, he is entitled to no relief.

    We do not agree that the military judge erred on the facts of this case. On its face the document indicates that at the time of the mast the appellant was attached to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-69). Under the express language of Article 15(a), Uniform Code of Military Justice, 10 U.S.C. § 815(a) (1994), the appellant had no right to refuse mast and insist that his case be resolved at a court-martial. See United States v. Kelly, 45 M.J. 259, 264 (1996). As our superior court stated in United States v. Mack, [*3] 9 M.J. 300, 320 (C.M.A. 1980), “in view of the purpose of our requirement and the practical necessities which induced Congress to apply a special rule to such nautical persons as to their right to decline nonjudicial punishment, we conclude that Booker’s right to counsel requirement was not intended to apply in such instances.” The assignment of error is without merit.

    Accordingly, we affirm the findings and the sentence, as approved on review below.

    • MrBill says:

      The opinion doesn’t say what he was charged with or convicted of, nor does it say what his punishment was. All we know for sure is that he was convicted of something at a special court-martial, and that he had a previous NJP. He’s referred to as an E-3 here. We know he was discharged as an E-1; it’s possible that his conviction did no include a kick, and that he may have been reduced to E-1 as part of a subsequent OTH administrative discharge.

    • Airdale (AW) USN ret. says:

      USS Enterprise CVN-65, CVN-69 is the Eisenhower.