This article is about the Tau'ri general. For the ship named in his honor, see George Hammond.
George S. Hammond
Portrayed by: Don S. Davis
Aaron Pearl (young Hammond)
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Gender: Male
Status: Alive
"As long as I am in command of the SGC, we will hold ourselves to the highest ethical standard."
―George Hammond[1]

George S. Hammond[2] was the Commanding Officer of Stargate Command for seven years, before becoming head of Homeworld Command.


Background informationEdit

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. 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. [citation needed]


In 1969, Lt. Hammond was stationed at Cheyenne Mountain when SG-1 traveled back in time. While searching through their gear, he discovered a note that he had written to himself asking him to help them. After he set up a flat tire for the truck transporting SG-1, he helped them break out of military custody. Colonel Jack O'Neill shot Hammond with a Zat'nik'tel in order to protect Hammond from a court-martial for helping the team escape. [citation needed]


Commanders of Stargate Command

Major General George S. Hammond (1997-2000)

Major General Henry Bauer (2000)

Major General George S. Hammond (2000-2004)

Dr. Elizabeth Weir (2004)

Brigadier General Jack O'Neill (2004-2005)

Major General Henry Landry (2005-201?)

Brigadier General Samantha Carter (201?-)

Major General George S. Hammond was the head of the United States Air Force's Stargate Command. He replaced Major General W. O. West who commanded Project Giza during the original excursion to Abydos. An Air Force officer since the mid-1960s, shutting down the Stargate program was to have been his last assignment before retirement. When Apophis and several Serpent Guards came through the Stargate and killed four Air Force personnel and kidnapped Senior Airman Carol Weterings, he led a team of reinforcements to Level 28. They arrived just before Apophis stepped through the gate. He sent his second in command, Major Bert Samuels, to retrieve Colonel Jack O'Neill. He questioned O'Neill about the accuracy of his report but O'Neill insisted he set off the bomb and destroyed the Abydos gate. He then ordered a BFMB Mark V bomb be sent to Abydos but stopped after O'Neill came clean that Dr. Daniel Jackson was alive and living on Abydos. After dialing Abydos, O'Neill took a Kleenex box and threw it through the Stargate. Sometime later, it was returned with the message 'Thanks. Send More.'. Hammond authorized O'Neill, Major Charles Kawalsky and Major Louis Ferretti to return to Abydos, along with the scientist Captain Samantha Carter. After the team left, he had an Iris installed on the gate. When the team returned after an attack with the discovery that the gate went to countless worlds, he established 9 teams whose duties would be to preform reconnaissance, determine threats and make peaceful contact with alien races. He placed O'Neill in charge of SG-1 along with Jackson and Carter and Kawalsky in command of SG-2. After Ferretti regained consciousness, he was able to give them the address for Chulak and he sent SG-1 and 2 with a 24 hour deadline. After 24 hours, he gave Samuels the order to lock out the IDC and seal the gate but SG-1 dialed in. After the team evacuated with refugees and the Jaffa Teal'c, O'Neill requested that Teal'c be allowed to join SG-1 but he was reluctant. [citation needed]

During the next few days, the Goa'uld attacked through the Stargate but were stopped by Stargate Command's Iris. When he was about to send SG-2 to Prakiti, Major Charles Kawalsky began to experience headaches and he ordered him to the infirmary. Later, he informed Colonel Jack O'Neill that his request to have Teal'c join SG-1 was denied and that Colonel Martin Kennedy of The Pentagon was arriving to interview Teal'c. After it was discovered that Kawalsky was infested with a Goa'uld, he ordered Dr. William Warner to remove it at all costs. The operation appeared to be a success but the symbiote was not removed and took full control of Kawalsky and tried to escape through the gate after setting the self-destruct. He and O'Neill are able to shut down the self-destruct and Teal'c held Kawalsky's head in the event horizon and O'Neill shut down the gate killing Kawalsky. Later, he approved Teal'c's assignment to SG-1 and sent them to Prakiti. [citation needed]

After the symbols that the refugees from Chulak saw on the Dial Home Device were entered into the Dialing computer and it came up with an address, he sent SG-1 and SG-3 to P3X-797. When they returned and began the debriefing, Lt. Daniel Johnson attacked Teal'c and he had him restrained. Later, other members of SG-1 and SG-3 began to act strangely and Dr. Janet Fraiser determined they were infected with a virus from the people of 797. He called the President of the United States and recommended that the mountain be sealed and anyone attempting to escape be shot and their body burned. When Fraiser realized Dr. Daniel Jackson and Teal'c were not infected, he sent them back to the planet to get a blood sample from the Untouched. Eventually, he became infected as well and was later cured with Antihistamines. [citation needed]

When Colonel Jack O'Neill became infected with Nanites on the planet Argos and the nanite samples almost broke containment, he ordered the samples destroyed and gate travel to Argos off limits. Luckily, Captain Samantha Carter was able to shut down the nanites. [citation needed]


When SG-1 was captured by Hathor he went to great lengths to try to rescue them. He sent every team he could to the rescue not even making it an order, asking for volunteers (they all volunteered before he could even finish asking them), trying to get the President of the United States to let him send more men as reinforcements, and, when that failed he went into battle himself to help his people out. He traveled to Chulak and joined Teal'c and Master Bra'tac in gathering Jaffa to help out. When Teal'c piloted the Needle Threader, Hammond joined him with the job of firing the weapons. With Teal'c flying it and Hammond firing the weapons the two took out the Staff cannon emplacements that were causing trouble. After Hammond and Teal'c defeated the staff cannon emplacements he let out a victorious "yeehaaa" and joined SG-1, and the other teams, on the ground, much to their surprise. [citation needed]


As time went on, however, Hammond came to realize the benefits of Gate travel. He would sometimes butt heads with Colonel Jack O'Neill on some points, but he relied on O'Neill and SG-1 more than any other unit, trusting their respective judgments and more than once showing a willingness to go along with their suggestions regardless of the limited evidence available, such as when he sent SG-1 to Abydos to defend the Abydonians against an attack from Anubis, based on information that O'Neill had allegedly acquired from the currently-Ascended Dr. Daniel Jackson. [citation needed]


After Henry Hayes was inaugurated as President of the United States, Hammond, a former Air Force colleague of Hayes's, was assigned as one of his advisers during the conflict with Anubis, and commanded the Prometheus at the Battle of Antarctica. After the Battle, Hammond was promoted to Lt. General and appointed the first commander of Homeworld Security, a department which was in control of Stargate Command, the Prometheus project, Area 51 and the Alpha Site. [citation needed]

An alien on M5S-224 in the Pegasus Galaxy impersonated Hammond while making contact with Major John Sheppard's team assigned to Atlantis. He attempted to trick them into believing that they had returned to Earth, but it was really hallucinations brought on when they attempted to dial the Stargate on the alien's planet. The Stargate drew energy from the life forms on the planet, who existed in a naturally gaseous state, and the energy required to send the team to Earth was the equivalent of millions of the creatures. The alien was convinced to let them go when Sheppard assured him that they wouldn't take the opportunity to go home at the cost of millions of innocent lives. [citation needed]

During his term as Head of Homeworld Security, he was asked to pick a commander for the Prometheus on a rescue mission to Atlantis. He decided to command that mission himself. He took CMSgt. Walter Harriman and Dr. Daniel Jackson along with him but due to Vala Mal Doran hijacking the ship, he was stranded aboard a disabled Al'kesh along with everyone else except Daniel. Knowing that they needed new control crystals to fix the engines, he risked his life to ring over to a disabled Tel'tak nearby that had almost no oxygen on board. He got the crystals and managed to ring them back but collapsed before he could ring back himself. He was rescued by Colonel Albert Reynolds and recovered with no apparent ill effects. Later, he led the crew in the Al'kesh in retrieving the Prometheus, somehow tracking it through hyperspace and arriving just in time to drive off an attacking force and save the ship from destruction. Afterward, due to the damage that the ship took, the crew was forced to return home without ever making it to Atlantis. [citation needed]


He later took a political position in President Henry Hayes' administration, and was later succeeded as commander of Homeworld Security by Major General Jack O'Neill. [citation needed]

Hammond appeared in a civilian suit during the Ori plague outbreak on Earth addressing military personnel where he was rushed away by Secret Service, later appearing at Stargate Command talking to Major General Henry Landry and SG-1 before being called back to Washington D.C.. His retired status is confirmed by Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter during a meeting with an alternate Hammond. [citation needed]


George Hammond died of a heart attack sometime in 2008. The Daedalus-class warship, Phoenix, was renamed the George Hammond in his honor. [citation needed]

Alternate realitiesEdit


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Service Awards and DecorationsEdit

Over the course of his military career, George Hammond has received a number of awards and decorations for his service in the United States Air Force. [citation needed]

General Hammond's rack on his jacket depicts the following decorations: [citation needed]

Behind the scenesEdit

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External linksEdit

References and notesEdit

  1. Shades of Grey
  2. Home, Page 2 on the official Syfy website.
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