Vice Admiral Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr., USN is the main character of SG-20, a fanfiction story written by Little_kingsfan2005. He is adapted from the fictional character portrayed on JAG by David James Elliott.
Early life and family Edit
A career Navy officer and third-generation naval aviator, Harmon Rabb, Jr. was born on October 25, 1963 in La Jolla, California to Lt. Harmon Rabb, Sr., USN, and Patricia Rabb (née Reed). His grandfather was killed flying off the U.S.S. Hornet in 1942 during World War II. During the Vietnam War, his father flew F-4 Phantoms off the U.S.S. Ticonderoga, an Essex-class aircraft carrier. On Christmas Eve 1969 while flying an Iron Hand mission, “Hammer” was shot down over North Vietnam and was considered MIA. Harm’s mother went on to happily remarry Frank Burnett, a senior VP of Chrysler Corporation.
When he was 16, Harm went to Laos to look for his father together with Col. Francis Stryker, USMC (Ret.). Years later (1998), Harm was able to determine his father’s fate. After he was shot down, Harmon Rabb, Sr. was taken to Siberia, Russia, escaped from his captors, was involved with a Russian woman (producing one son), and was killed protecting her from Russian soldiers attempting to rape her in 1980. In 2000, Harm met his half-brother, Sgt. Sergei Zhukov, a helicopter pilot of the Russian Army. Sergei was later shot down and captured by Chechen rebels; Sergei was released from Chechnya over a year later by Harm’s friend, CIA Agent Clayton Webb, who exchanged two trucks of wheat for Sergei’s freedom.
Harm graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985, alongside his friends Jack Keeter, Luke Pendry, Diane Schonke, and Sturgis Turner. During his early naval career, Harm was a naval aviator flying F-14 Tomcats. After his first tour of duty at sea, Harm was selected to attend the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program (also known as TOPGUN); he graduated near the top of his class, and was then assigned to the U.S.S. Seahawk (CVN-65).
In 1991, Harm had an accident during a night landing on the Seahawk which resulted in the death of his Radar Intercept Officer. The cause was revealed to be night blindness (although later proved to be a misdiagnosis), which meant he wasn’t going to face any criminal liability, but he was grounded (removed from flight status). He recovered both physically and emotionally on his grandmother’s farm in Belleville, Pennsylvania before returning to naval service as a member of the US Naval Reserve while attending law school at Georgetown University Law Center. In 1994, upon the completion of his degree and passing the bar exam in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., he returned to active duty to attend Naval Justice School and become a full-fledged member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
JAG & Patrick Henry Edit
Upon joining JAG, Harm quickly became one of their finest attorneys (and officers). One of his most memorable moments was, in his zealous prosecution of a Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer, he fired a machine gun into the courtroom ceiling. Other notable cases Rabb was involved in include going on a black-ops mission with SEAL Team 2 after a rogue Army general, going undercover as a Force Recon Gunnery Sergeant, and investigating whether the actions of Navy SEAL Lieutenant Curtis Rivers warrant the awarding of the Medal of Honor.
After a few years as a Judge Advocate, he had laser surgery to correct what was misdiagnosed as night blindness (actually blurred vision as a result of retinal scarring caused by service action) and resumed his career as a naval aviator, flying F-14s off theU.S.S. Patrick Henry (CVN-74) as a member of VF-218 “Raptors”. While on the Patrick Henry, his call sign was “Pappy” because he was older than the other aviators, but was renamed “Hammer” (his father’s call sign) after a daring rescue operation that earned him his second Distinguished Flying Cross. However, because of the slim chance of career advancement as an aviator, Harm returned to JAG after six months of service aboard the Patrick Henry. Since his return to JAG, Rabb still kept up to date with his flight status.
In 2003, after being denied leave by Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden in order to rescue Mac while she was temporarily assigned to the CIA, Rabb resigned his commission from the Navy. He had a short stint working for the CIA as a pilot before being fired for being filmed landing a C-130 Hercules aboard the U.S.S. Seahawk at night (an action which, he had been told by the Secretary of the Navy at a later time, had he been with the Navy instead of the CIA, would have earned him his third DFC). While working the CIA, Rabb was certified in several different types of aircraft including the F/A-18 Super Hornet (the Navy’s fighter plane of choice since the retirement of the F-14) and C-130.
Harm was replaced at JAG Headquarters by Lieutenant Commander Tracy Manetti.
Stargate Command Edit
He was approached to join Stargate Command while working as a crop-duster for 13-year-old Mattie Grace Johnson of Grace Avionics at the request of the United States Secretary of the Navy, Edward Sheffield, and approved by the United States Secretary of Defense and Major General George Hammond, then the commander of the SGC. Before moving out to Colorado, Harm petitioned the State of Virginia to give him guardianship over Mattie, whose father accidentally killed her mother in a drunk-driving accident before taking off, ostensibly to get sober. Together, they sold Grace Avionics and put the money into a trust for Mattie to use. He spent the next few months training in various Stargate operations, including learning how to fly the SGC’s F-302s, as well as joining the Colorado State Bar. During this time, he became friends with Col. Don Richardson, the SGC Staff Judge Advocate; he is also friends with Lt. Col. Pat Sullivan, Col. Richardson’s successor. His cover is that of Joint Legal Services Advisor,United States Strategic Command.
In 2004, during the Battle of Antarctica, Commander Rabb flew an F-302 – his first active mission as a member of Stargate Command – against Anubis’s forces, which earned him the Air Medal (with Valor), along with the Presidential Unit Citation that was awarded to all of the battle’s participants. After the battle, he served as one of Dr. Weir, the new civilian commander’s, advisors, alongside Senior Master Sergeant Walter Harriman and Dr. Daniel Jackson.
In 2005, Harm was promoted to Captain and made Team Leader of SG-20, consisting of himself, Master Gunnery Sergeant Victor Galindez, USMC, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Jason Cooper, USN, and Cryptologic Technician 2nd Class Tara Reed, USN; he also helps out around the base when he can, along with his personal legalman, Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Coates, USN.
In 2007, after the defeat of the Ori (for which he and the other members of the SGC were awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award) and Mattie’s graduation from high school, Harm took a leave of absence from the SGC to attend the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. There, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Joint Military Operations, which put him on track for a promotion to Rear Admiral. He subsequently completed the CAPSTONE Military Leadership Program for newly-promoted Flag and General Officers.
Flag rank Edit
SG-20 was disbanded in 2009 after Harm was promoted to Rear Admiral and reassigned from Stargate Command. Upon his promotion, Harm was appointed Staff Judge Advocate, Homeworld Security, replacing his friend, retiring Brigadier General Don Richardson, JAGC, USAF. Meanwhile, MGySgt. Galindez retired from the Marine Corps after over 20 years of service and took a job in the private sector, SO1 Cooper was promoted to Platoon Chief of SEAL Team 2, and CT2 Reed was made a Leading Petty Officer of the U.S.S. John Paul Jones (DDG-53)’s cryptography department.
After General O’Neill’s retirement in 2012, Harm was nominated to serve as the next Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy (which would come with a promotion to Vice Admiral). He spent the interim at JAG Headquarters as Deputy Judge Advocate General/Commander, Naval Legal Services Command, during which time he was a two-star rear admiral. He relieved the retiring Superintendent at the end of the 2013 school year.
- 1985 – Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical engineering – United States Naval Academy, MD
- 1987 – Flight training, Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL
- 1990 – United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, Naval Air Station Miramar, CA
- 1994 – Juris doctor – Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
- 1994 – Naval Justice School – Newport, RI
- 2008 – Master of Arts degree in Joint Military Operations – Naval War College – Newport, RI
- 2009 – CAPSTONE Military Leadership Program, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
List of assignments Edit
- 1985–1987 – Student Naval Aviator, Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL
- 1987–1989 – United States Naval Aviator
- 1989–1990 – Student, United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program – Naval Air Station Miramar, CA
- 1990–1991 – Aviator – U.S.S. Seahawk (CVN-65)
- 1991–1994 – Law student, Georgetown University Law Center – Washington, D.C.
- 1994–1994 – Student, Naval Justice School – Newport, RI
- 1995–May 29, 1996 – JAG Officer, JAG Headquarters – Washington, D.C.
- January 3, 1997–May 21, 1999 – JAG Officer, JAG Headquarters – Falls Church, VA
- June 1999–October 5, 1999 – Aviator, VF-218 “Raptors” – U.S.S. Patrick Henry (CVN-74)
- October 12, 1999–May 20, 2003 – JAG Officer, JAG Headquarters – Falls Church, VA
- June 2003–October 2003 – Pilot, CIA Air Wing – Langley, VA
- October 2003–November 2003 – Crop-duster, Grace Avionics – Blacksburg, VA
- January 2004–July 2005 – Officer-in-training, Stargate Command – Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, CO
- July 15, 2005–August 2007 – Team Leader, SG-20 – Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, CO
- August 2007–May 2008 – Student, Naval War College – Newport, RI
- 2008–2008 – CAPSTONE Military Leadership Program Fellow – Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
- 2009–December 31, 2012 – Staff Judge Advocate, Homeworld Security – The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
- January 2013–June 2013 – Deputy Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy/Commander, Naval Legal Services Command – Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.
- June 2013–Present – Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD
Temporary assignments Edit
- March 7, 1997 – Company Gunnery Sergeant, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion – Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA (undercover)
- November 10, 1998 – Special Advisor to the House National Security Subcommittee – Washington, D.C.
- December 15, 1998 – Acting Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy – Falls Church, VA
- January 13, 1999 – Acting Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy – Falls Church, VA
- May 11, 1999 – Acting Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy – Falls Church, VA
- February 27, 2001 – Acting Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy – Falls Church, VA
- February 11, 2003 – Military Judge, JAG Headquarters – Falls Church, VA Falls Church, Virginia
- March 19, 2004 – F-302 pilot – U.S.S. Prometheus
Awards and decorations Edit
- Naval Aviator insignia
Medals & Ribbons Edit
- Navy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
- Silver Star
- Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
- Air Medal (w/Valor device)
- Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal
- Combat Action Ribbon
- Navy Presidential Unit Citation
- Joint Meritorious Unit Award
- Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
- National Defense Service Medal (2)
- Southwest Asia Service Medal (2)
- Kosovo Campaign Medal (2)
- Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2)
- Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
- Romanian Military Virtue Medal
- Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
- Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal
Harm was awarded the Silver Star for leading a nuclear missile away from the U.S.S. Seahawk in an F-14 Tomcat in 2002.
Harm received his first Distinguished Flying Cross for saving the injured CAG of the U.S.S. Seahawk after the modified Tomcat they were flying was damaged by Flak during an ATARS run prior to an alpha strike in 1995. This incident also earned Harm the respect of a former shipmate and prompted him to start wearing his wings again. Harm received his second Distinguished Flying Cross in 1999 for pushing his wingman to safety using his wingman’s tailhook and his F-14’s windscreen. Also in 1999, he was awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal by the Patrick Henry’s captain, Tobias Ingles, as an end-of-tour award, as well as his second Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Harm was awarded the Air Medal with Valor for his actions as a F-302 pilot against Anubis’s forces during the Battle of Antarctica in 2004. For his participation in the battle, he is also authorized to wear the Presidential Unit Citation.
In 2007, all members of Stargate Command were authorized to wear the Joint Meritorious Unit Award after the defeat of the Ori.
In 2009, Harm was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for his four years of excellence as a senior officer at Stargate Command. He received his second Navy Distinguished Service Medal after leaving the Department of Homeworld Security to become the Superintendent of the Naval Academy.
Harm was given the Military Virtue Medal by the King of Romania for saving the king’s daughter in 1997. He is authorized to wear the medal with his awards.
Effective dates of promotion Edit
- 1985 – Ensign
- 1987 – Lieutenant, junior grade
- 1990 – Lieutenant
- March 13, 1996 – Lieutenant Commander
- November 23, 1999 – Commander
- 2005 – Captain
- 2009 – Rear Admiral, lower half
- 2013 – Rear Admiral
- 2013 – Vice Admiral
Friends and romance Edit
During his five and a half years at the SGC, Harm has had a few short-lived relationships that never went anywhere. Not long after joining the SGC, Harm went out for drinks with some of the base personnel and subsequently spent the weekend with then-Maj. Samantha Carter of SG-1. Although things were awkward for a few weeks, Harm and Sam eventually grew to be close friends. Previously, he dated Renée Peterson, Jordan Parker, and Annie Pendry. Since his return to Washington in 2009, he has engaged in a casual on- and off-again romantic relationship with Congresswoman Bobbi Latham.
While there have been times when Harm missed his life at JAG (particularly his friends, with whom he’d unfortunately grown distant from), he wouldn’t trade his life at the SGC for anything. Since his promotion to Rear Admiral and reassignment to Washington, Harm slowly-but-surely began reconnecting with some of his old friends, including Bud and Harriet Roberts, Sturgis Turner, Tracy Manetti, Elizabeth “Skates” Hawkes, and, of course, Mac.
As a flag officer in the US Navy, Harm carries a Beretta M9 in 9×x19mm as his sidearm, and drives a government sedan on duty and a red Corvette off-duty; he also owns a Lexus RX and a motorcycle. He’s a combat pilot, and is qualified to fly F-14 Tomcats, the F/A-18 Super Hornet, the C-130 Hercules, and the SGC’s F-302s. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Arts degree in Joint Military Operations from the Naval War College, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
His hobbies include flying his vintage Stearman plane that he named “Sarah” after his grandmother and playing the guitar. He used to smoke Cuban cigars, but quit in 1998 because he didn’t like being addicted. He is a vegetarian, although he will occasionally eat fish or chicken (and rarely a nice steak dinner).