CO, Stargate Command
“As long as I am in command of the SGC, we will hold ourselves to the highest ethical standard.”
—George S. Hammond
George S. Hammond was a General in the United States of America most notable for his command of the SGC. Hammond was on the verge of retiring from this command when the Goa’uld System Lord Apophis launched an attack on Earth in 1997. In the aftermath, Hammond became the Commander-in-Chief of the newly reopened Stargate Command, serving in the role for the first seven years of its existence before he was relieved of command in 2004.
Hammond later took charge of the battlecruiser Prometheus during the Battle of Antarctica. Following the battle, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General while also becoming the head of Homeworld Command in 2004.
In 2005, nearly eight years after his intended retirement, Hammond finally retired from the military, presumably with the rank of Lieutenant General. Three years later, in 2008, Hammond passed away from a heart attack. In his honor, the newest BC-304 Phoenix was renamed the George Hammond.
Master Bra’tac has been known to call him “Hammond of Texas”, referring to Hammond’s home state (and occasionally gesturing with a palm over his head, referring to Hammond’s bald head). Hammond is a widower; his wife Margaret Hammond died of cancer in 1994. In her honor, Hammond continues to wear his wedding ring. He has two grandchildren, Kayla and Tessa, whose phone number is keyed to the 1 button on his office phone above the President of the United States. A former Air Force pilot during the Vietnam War, Hammond witnessed his best friend get shot down but his body was never recovered.