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9/9/2004 - WASHINGTON -- Actor and executive producer Richard Dean Anderson of Stargate SG-1 will be recognized at the Air Force Association's 57th Annual Air Force Anniversary Dinner in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, September 14, 2004. Air Force Chief of Staff, General John P. Jumper, will be on hand to participate in the special recognition.

Richard Dean Anderson will be recognized for his role as Executive Producer and star of the television show Stargate SG-1, and for the show's continuous positive depiction of the Air Force. Stargate SG-1 continues to be the number one show on the SCI FI CHANNEL and is currently in its eighth season on the air. It is also exceedingly popular abroad, distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Group to over 100 countries around the world.

Anderson has portrayed Air Force Colonel Jonathan "Jack" O'Neill, commanding officer of the SG-1 team of explorers, for seven seasons and, this season, has been promoted to Brigadier General and Commander of Stargate Command. Stargate Command is located deep inside Cheyenne Mountain, and many of the supporting casts portraying military members on the show are Air Force.

General Jumper filmed a cameo appearance for the show in August 2003. The episode was the finale of the seventh season, titled "Lost City Part 2", and aired this past March. Gen. Jumper is the second Air Force Chief of Staff to appear on the show. Former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Ryan also had a cameo role in a fourth season episode titled "Prodigy" which aired in 2000.

In addition to receiving his award from the Air Force Association, Anderson will tour the Pentagon and visit with wounded troops at Walter Reed Hospital.

For additional information contact Doug Thar, Air Force Public Affairs, (703) 693-9096, or e-mail at: douglas.thar@pentagon.af.mil.




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