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{{Infobox Character
 
|name=W. O. West
 
|name=W. O. West
|image=[[Image:West.jpg|250px]]<br />{{Caption|General West heads an important briefing}}
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|image=[[File:West.jpg|250px]]<br />{{Caption|General West heading an important briefing.}}
|race=[[Human]]
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|race=[[Tau'ri]]
 
|gender=Male
 
|gender=Male
|rank=[[General]] (most likely [[Major General]])
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|rank= Major General (Retired)
 
|home planet=[[Earth]]
 
|home planet=[[Earth]]
|allegiances=Unknown, ''formerly [[Stargate Command]]''
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|appearances=''[[Stargate (movie)|Stargate]]''<br>''[[Stargate SG-1]]''<br>*"[[Children of the Gods]]" {{m}}<br>*"[[The Torment of Tantalus]]" {{m}}
|appearances=[[Stargate (movie)|''Stargate'']]
 
 
|actor=[[Leon Rippy]]
 
|actor=[[Leon Rippy]]
 
}}
 
}}
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'''W. O. West''' was a [[Major General]] in the [[United States Air Force]] and headed [[Project Giza]] (also known as the Stargate Project), the forerunner of [[Stargate Command]] at [[Cheyenne Mountain]]. He retired and hence was then replaced by George S Hammond.
   
'''W. O. West''' headed the [[USAF]]'s [[Project Giza]] (also known as the Stargate Project), the forerunner of the [[SGC]] at [[Cheyenne Mountain]]. He oversaw Dr. [[Catherine Langford]]'s experiments with the Stargate until selecting, recalling, and delegating Colonel [[Jack O'Neil]] as military commander when Dr. [[Daniel Jackson]] joined the team. Upon the successful connection of the Earth Stargate to [[Abydos]], West immediately militarized the program and locked out most of the civilian team previously under Dr. Langford. He then authorized the initial excursion to Abydos.
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==Biography==
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===Background information===
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A [[United States Air Force]] officer with experience in the [[Vietnam War]] and Southeast Asia ([[Gulf War]]), Major General West wore the wings of a senior pilot and a rather uninformative rack of ribbons. He is a qualified expert with small arms and served six months over deployed in conflicts in the country Vietnam.
   
Sometime after the first activation of the Stargate, he was replaced by General [[George Hammond]], who later assumed control of the newly-formed [[Stargate Command]] in [[1997]]. {{cite|SG1|Children of the Gods}}
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He has prior experience with [[Colonel]] [[Jack O'Neil]], trusting his judgment and his military expertise while having enough emotional distance from the man to select him for a [[suicide]] mission, despite O'Neill going through an emotionally difficult time considering how [[Charlie O'Neill|his son]] had just died. He knew O'Neill well enough to ask about his family, mainly [[Sara O'Neill|his wife]]. {{Cite}}
   
== History ==
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===1996===
An [[United States Air Force]] officer with experience in the Viet Nam War and Southeast Asia (Gulf War I), Major General West wears the wings of a senior pilot and a rather uninformative rack of ribbons. He is a qualified expert with small arms and has served at least six months in Viet Nam.
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West oversaw [[Dr.]] [[Catherine Langford]]'s experiments with the [[Stargate]] until selecting, recalling, and delegating [[Colonel]] [[Jack O'Neil]] as military commander when [[Dr.]] [[Daniel Jackson]] joined the team.
   
He has prior experience with Colonel Jack O'Neil, both trusting his judgment and his military expertise while having enough emotional distance from the man to select him for a suicide mission. He also knew Jack well enough to ask about his wife by name.
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After successful use of the [[Earth]] [[Stargate]] to [[Abydos]], West militarized the program, locked out most of the civilian team previously under Langford. He then authorized the initial mission to Abydos. {{Cite}}
   
The book describes him as a "stern soldier about fifty years old" (putting his birthday around 1940) and states the following:
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After the first activation of the Stargate, he retired, replaced by [[Major General]] [[George S. Hammond]], who assumed control of the newly-formed [[Stargate Command]] in [[1997]]. {{Cite|SG1|Children of the Gods}}
   
{{quote|Respected and feared by all who served under him, West was famous for three things: for always making the right decisions under pressure, for erupting into superhuman fits of rage when his orders were not executed exactly as he wished, and for being the best damn poker player in any branch of the armed forces.|Stargate novelization p. 56}}
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==Ribbons and Medals==
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*[[wikipedia:United States Aviator Badge|Senior Pilot Wings]]
== Ribbons and Medals ==
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*[[wikipedia:Air Force Distinguished Service Medal|Air Force Distinguished Service Medal]]
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*[[wikipedia:Meritorious Service Medal (United States)|Meritorious Service Medal]] (with one or more clusters)
*{{WP|United States Aviator Badge|Senior Pilot Wings}}
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*[[wikipedia:Air Force Commendation Medal|Air Force Commendation Medal]]
*{{WP|Air Force Distinguished Service Medal}}
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*[[wikipedia:Air Force Achievement Medal|Air Force Achievement Medal]]
*{{WP|Meritorious Service Medal (United States)}} (with one or more clusters)
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*[[wikipedia:Air Force Organizational Excellence Award|Air Force Organizational Excellence Award]]
*{{WP|Air Force Commendation Medal}}
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*[[wikipedia:National Defense Service Medal|National Defense Service Medal]]
*{{WP|Air Force Achievement Medal}}
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*[[wikipedia:Vietnam Service Medal|Vietnam Service Medal]]
*{{WP|Air Force Organizational Excellence Award}}
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*[[wikipedia:Southwest Asia Service Medal|Southwest Asia Service Medal]] (device?)
*{{WP|National Defense Service Medal}}
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*[[wikipedia:Overseas Service Ribbon|Air Force Overseas Short Tour]]
*{{WP|Vietnam Service Medal}}
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*[[wikipedia:Air Force Longevity Service Award|Air Force Longevity Service Award]] (with 2 clusters of unknown type)
*{{WP|Southwest Asia Service Medal}} (device?)
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*[[wikipedia:Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon|Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon]]
*{{WP|Overseas Service Ribbon|Air Force Overseas Short Tour}}
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*[[wikipedia:Air Force Training Ribbon|Air Force Training Ribbon]]
*{{WP|Air Force Longevity Service Award}} (with 2 clusters of unknown type)
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*[[wikipedia:Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal|Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal]]
*{{WP|Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon}}
 
*{{WP|Air Force Training Ribbon}}
 
*{{WP|Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal}}
 
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
Leon Rippy, who played General West, is a character actor who appears in many movies by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich.
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*[[Stargate (novel)|The book]] describes him as a "stern soldier about fifty years old" (putting his birthday around 1940) and states the following:
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{{Quote|Respected and feared by all who served under him, West was famous for three things: for always making the right decisions under pressure, for erupting into superhuman fits of rage when his orders were not executed exactly as he wished, and for being the best damn poker player in any branch of the armed forces.|Stargate novelization p. 56|Stargate (novel)}}
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*[[Leon Rippy]], who played General West, is a character actor who appears in many movies by [[Dean Devlin]] and [[Roland Emmerich]]. Rippy would later go on to appear in the TV series, "Leverage" alongside actor, Timothy Hutton.
   
==References==
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{{DEFAULTSORT:West, W. O.}}
   
* ''Stargate: A Novel by Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich'' (1994)
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| title = Commander of [[Project Giza]]
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| years = [[1995]]&ndash;[[1997]]
{{DEFAULTSORT:West, W. O.}}
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| before = New Office
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| after = [[George S. Hammond]]
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}}
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{{s-end}}
   
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Latest revision as of 01:35, March 7, 2020

W. O. West was a Major General in the United States Air Force and headed Project Giza (also known as the Stargate Project), the forerunner of Stargate Command at Cheyenne Mountain. He retired and hence was then replaced by George S Hammond.

BiographyEdit

Background informationEdit

A United States Air Force officer with experience in the Vietnam War and Southeast Asia (Gulf War), Major General West wore the wings of a senior pilot and a rather uninformative rack of ribbons. He is a qualified expert with small arms and served six months over deployed in conflicts in the country Vietnam.

He has prior experience with Colonel Jack O'Neil, trusting his judgment and his military expertise while having enough emotional distance from the man to select him for a suicide mission, despite O'Neill going through an emotionally difficult time considering how his son had just died. He knew O'Neill well enough to ask about his family, mainly his wife. (Stargate)

1996Edit

West oversaw Dr. Catherine Langford's experiments with the Stargate until selecting, recalling, and delegating Colonel Jack O'Neil as military commander when Dr. Daniel Jackson joined the team.

After successful use of the Earth Stargate to Abydos, West militarized the program, locked out most of the civilian team previously under Langford. He then authorized the initial mission to Abydos. (Stargate)

After the first activation of the Stargate, he retired, replaced by Major General George S. Hammond, who assumed control of the newly-formed Stargate Command in 1997. (SG1: "Children of the Gods")

Ribbons and MedalsEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The book describes him as a "stern soldier about fifty years old" (putting his birthday around 1940) and states the following:
"Respected and feared by all who served under him, West was famous for three things: for always making the right decisions under pressure, for erupting into superhuman fits of rage when his orders were not executed exactly as he wished, and for being the best damn poker player in any branch of the armed forces."
―Stargate novelization p. 56[src]
  • Leon Rippy, who played General West, is a character actor who appears in many movies by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. Rippy would later go on to appear in the TV series, "Leverage" alongside actor, Timothy Hutton.


Preceded by
New Office
Commander of Project Giza
19951997
Succeeded by
George S. Hammond
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