The International Stargate Command (abbreviated to ISGC) serves as Earth's base of operations for off-world surveillance and reconnaissance through the Stargate, operated by the United States government. Largely supplied and outfitted by the US Air Force, and later the United Nations, the facility is well-equipped to handle a wide variety of alien and domestic threats. The outpost was original located in the lower levels of Cheyenne Mountain, but after the mountain was destroyed during the Der'kal conquest of Earth, it was rebuilt at the southernmost tip of Manhattan island, in the specially-built O'Neill Stargate Terminal.
Acting primarily as the secure ground station for all stargate-related activities, the ISGC is typically overseen by a USAF general, and is staffed by subject matter experts and military support personnel, several elite special forces teams, and well over two dozen SG teams, including the facility's flagship unit, SG-1.
The current commander of the ISGC is Danielle Talbot, a civilian diplomat appointed to the post by the United Nations in late 2009.
History and Politics of the ISGC
Destruction of Cheyenne Mountain
The New ISGC
In chronological order, the leaders of the ISGC have been:
- Major General George S. Hammond (1997-2001) — Briefly retired under duress in 2001.
- Major General Henry Bauer - (briefly replaced General Hammond in 2001)
- Major General George S. Hammond (2001-2004) — Promoted to Lieutenant General to head of what is now called the "Department of Homeworld Security", and has since passed away.
- Dr. Elizabeth Weir - the SGC's first civilian commander (2004), left to lead the the Atlantis Expedition.
- Brigadier General Jack O'Neill (2004-2005) — Promoted to Major General and replaced Hammond as commander of the Department of Homeworld Security.
- Major General Hank Landry (2005-2008) — Replaced by Danielle Talbot upon public revelation of the Stargate Program.
- Dr. Danielle Talbot (2008-2010) — Abdicated position when Earth fell to the Der'kal.
- Colonel David Taylor (2013) — Stepped down as commander to return to his duties at the Beta Site.
- Dr. Danielle Talbot (2013-)
- Main article: List of SGC personnel
- Main article: SG team
The ISGC employs many personnel from international military and the civilian worlds, often leading to clashes of ideologies between the two groups but providing a balanced set of views and skills for the successful operation of the Stargate Program.
Behind the scenes
In the Stargate movie, the Stargate is located in the Creek Mountain complex. However, this is presumed to be retconned away, as there is no indication that the Stargate was ever moved between the movie and Stargate SG-1.
- Department of Homeworld Security
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