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W. O. West
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General West heads an important briefing
Biographical information
Race

Tau'ri

Home planet

Earth

Gender

Male

Political information
Rank

Major General

Allegiances

Unknown
formerly Stargate Command

Out of universe information
Appearances

Stargate

Actor

Leon Rippy

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.

BiographyEdit

Background informationEdit

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 O'Neill well enough to ask about his wife by name. (Stargate)

1996Edit

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 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")

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

ReferencesEdit

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


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

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