Captain John SheppardAge:
John Sheppard was born to a wealthy family and was the son of Patrick Sheppard, a utilities mogul. By the time he was fourteen years old, his father had already planned his life for him. However, Sheppard had other plans and wanted to join the Air Force, this heavily strained his relationship with his father and never spoke to him since, leaving his brother, Dave Sheppard to take his place. He did mention that he had a university education (Aeronautical engineering) and admits to taking a MENSA exam.
After his education he joined the United States Air Force and participated in several top secret missions, particularly in Afghanistan, but also visited every continent, apart from Antarctica. In order to visit this last continent, he trained to become a pilot for the Earth-based aircrafts Apache, Black hawk and Cobra helicopters, as well as a V-22 Osprey and an F-16 fighter. He was married to Nancy Sheppard, who worked at Homeland Security in Washington D.C. However, due to spending much of his marriage on secret missions, this led to a strain in their relationship and eventually divorced.
On one of his operations, he initiated a black mark by going on an un-sactioned rescue mission to save the lives of three servicemen. Another unsanctioned Op was to save the life of his friend, Captain Holland, who's Apache had crashed in Afghanistan. The mission, however, was unsuccessful. After this mission, he was selected to work for the SGC, due to his numerous skills, field experience, combined with a strong ATA-gene and his University degree in aeronautical engineering.
Sheppard is mostly estranged from his family. He had a wife, but they divorced after she couldn't take all of the secrets although she did later come to understand how hard it must've been for him. His father and brother are succesful buisnessmen and his father wanted him to be one too and they had a falling out when he wanted to join the Air Force. Sheppard felt he wasn't welcome by them afterwards and seemed to think he had no family as a result. He did return for his father's funeral and his brother thought he only wanted money from the father's will after being gone so long. His brother, Dave, revealed to him that his father always regretted their fight and wanted to make up but never got the chance, which seemed to stun JohnExtra:
John is one of the more laid-back, easy-going personalities on the SGC. He is capable under pressure, an excellent marksman, and outstanding pilot. He is very instinctual and frequently is able to come up with ingenious solutions to complicated problems. Some put this ability down to his being a closet mathematical genius, despite little to no scientific training. But despite this, he tends to be relatively humble - being able to accept that sometimes there isn't anything he can do to help with the current problem, and leaving it up to more capable minds. He has also occasionally shown a darker side;
He is in possession of a rather wry sense of humour, and frequently alleviates tension by telling jokes to keep spirits up. He hates clowns, enjoys Ferris wheels, American football and 'anything that goes faster than 200 miles an hour', along with displaying a vague aptitude for Chess. Sheppard turned down a membership offer from Mensa. Sheppard is an avid golf player and a fan of Johnny Cash. He has also on several occasions referred to the movie Alien by Ridley Scott. Sheppard also brought the book War and Peace to pass the time.