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'''W. O. West''' headed the [[United States Air Force]]'s [[Project Giza]] (also known as the Stargate Project), the forerunner of [[Stargate Command]] 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. {{Cite}}
   
'''W. O. West''' headed the [[United States Air Force|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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Sometime after the first activation of the Stargate, he was replaced by [[Military rank|Major General]] [[George S. Hammond]], who later assumed control of the newly-formed [[Stargate Command]] in [[1997]]. {{Cite|SG1|Children of the Gods}}
 
Sometime after the first activation of the Stargate, he was replaced by [[Military rank|General]] [[George S. Hammond|George Hammond]], who later assumed control of the newly-formed [[Stargate Command]] in [[1997]]. {{Cite|SG1|Children of the Gods}}
 
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
A [[United States Air Force]] officer with experience in the Vietnam 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 Vietnam.
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An [[United States Air Force]] officer with experience in the [[Vietnam War]] and Southeast Asia ([[Gulf War]]), 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 Vietnam.
   
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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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. {{cite}}
   
 
== Ribbons and Medals ==
 
== Ribbons and Medals ==
 
 
*[[wikipedia:United States Aviator Badge|Senior Pilot Wings]]
 
*[[wikipedia:United States Aviator Badge|Senior Pilot Wings]]
 
*[[wikipedia:Air Force Distinguished Service Medal|Air Force Distinguished Service Medal]]
 
*[[wikipedia:Air Force Distinguished Service Medal|Air Force Distinguished Service Medal]]
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
*The book describes him as a "stern soldier about fifty years old" (putting his birthday around 1940) and states the following:
 
*The book describes him as a "stern soldier about fifty years old" (putting his birthday around 1940) and states the following:
 
 
{{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}}
 
{{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}}
*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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*[[Leon Rippy]], who played General West, is a character actor who appears in many movies by [[Dean Devlin]] and [[Roland Emmerich]].
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
 
* ''Stargate: A Novel by Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich'' (1994)
 
* ''Stargate: A Novel by Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich'' (1994)
 
   
 
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Revision as of 19:14, March 28, 2011

W. O. West headed the United States Air Force's Project Giza (also known as the Stargate Project), the forerunner of Stargate Command 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. (Stargate)

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

History

An United States Air Force officer with experience in the Vietnam War and Southeast Asia (Gulf War), 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 Vietnam.

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. (Stargate)

Ribbons and Medals

Trivia

  • 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

References

  • Stargate: A Novel by Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich (1994)


Preceded by
New Office
Commander of Project Giza
19941997
Succeeded by
George S. Hammond
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