Nancy Sheppard, wife (divorced)
June 14, 1970
Lieutenant Colonel (USAF)
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- "What are you, Captain Kirk?!"
- —Rodney McKay
Lt. Col. John Sheppard is a human officer and exemplary pilot who serves as chief military officer for the Atlantis Expedition. Before joining the Stargate Program, Sheppard fought overseas and earned a reputation as a brave but flippant soldier, though Jack O'Neill decided to recruit him regardless. Once in the Pegasus Galaxy, he was given command of the expedition's forces due to his being the highest-ranked survivor following a Wraith attack. Although he was untested in large-scale leadership, John quickly proved himself worthy of the responsibility, working side-by-side with Atlantis leaders such as Elizabeth Weir and Richard Woolsey. Despite the odds, Sheppard has risen to become one of Earth's most trusted soldiers, leading the expedition's premiere team against formidable enemies and emerging victorious time and again.