Stargate Command (SGC)
Stargate Command (SGC)
Stargate Command (abbreviated to SGC) is a top-secret United States Air Force military organization tasked with operating the Stargate device and all matters pertaining to things offworld, such as threats to Earth or missions to procure new technology from extraterrestrial civilizations. It is based inside the Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado, codenamed “Area 52”.
The Alpha Gate, originally found in 1928 in Giza, Egypt, was stored in various locations by the United States Air Force, including Washington D.C., before it was installed in the Cheyenne Mountain facility. While the Stargate had been previously studied (most notably in World War II as a potential weapon), no one was able to make it reliably function until Egyptologist and Archaeologist Dr. Daniel Jackson was introduced to Project Giza, predecessor to the SGC in the mid 1990s. Jackson intuited the strange symbols around the perimeter of the Stargate device were actually representations of Constellations rather than Hieroglyphs, and the device could ‘dial’ another Stargate by ‘locking’ seven (or, much later, up to eight or even nine) of its chevrons onto these symbols, like a combination lock. This ‘dialing’ activates a wormhole between the dialer’s Stargate and one of thousands of other Stargates across the cosmos, allowing for near-instantaneous travel to other planets.
Subsequently, Major General W. O. West ordered USAF Colonel Jack O’Neill and a team of military personnel accompanied by Daniel Jackson through the Stargate from the Cheyenne Mountain Facility to Abydos, where they encountered Ra. Ra was a Goa’uld, an alien race that uses Stargates to transport slaves and goods throughout the galaxy.
The Stargate and any related programs remained dormant until 1997, when the Goa’uld Apophis dialed the Earth Stargate and kidnapped Senior Airman Carol Weterings, as well as killing four male personnel who were playing poker near it. When it was confirmed that Apophis had not arrived via the Abydos Stargate but instead a planet called Chulak, it was realized that the Stargate was capable of connecting with multiple destinations. O’Neill, since retired, was recalled to active duty and assigned to head the rescue mission where he convinced Teal’c, Apophis’ First Prime, to defect from the service of the Goa’uld.
Realizing the Goa’uld threat, Stargate Command (SGC) was formed with a contingent of SG teams, of which the primary team, SG-1, consisted of Colonel Jack O’Neill, Dr. Daniel Jackson, Captain Samantha Carter and Teal’c. Their standing orders, along with the SGC, were to acquire weapons or technology that could help Earth in the fight against the Goa’uld, including establishing alliances.
From that point forward, the SGC began exploring hundreds of worlds using an ancient Goa’uld map found on Abydos, in conjunction with calculations to account for galactic drift since the map was made. After encountering a few advanced races, they also began researching and developing many alien-human hybrid devices, such as fighter-jets capable of spaceflight, and Earth-designed battlecruisers.