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JAG/Why did Admiral Chegwidden retire?


I'm not asking why John M. Jackson left the show. I want to know why, as depicted on "JAG," the admiral retired. At one point, he was portrayed as in line to hold the top Navy job – as I recall. I haven't been able to watch the show for years but I have the impression that his retirement was not entirely voluntary.  Also, where could I find more “biographical” information on the admiral?

Hi Pete - As depicted on the show, he'd been reunited with his daughter after a long estrangement and then gotten engaged and caught his girlfriend in bed with someone else. So there had been some major changes/upheaval in his life.  As I remember he doesn't really give a reason other than he felt it was time.  He wanted to spend time with his daughter and do some of the things he'd been wanting to do.  The top job would have been more political, and that really wasn't his style.  It seemed more as if he'd done pretty much everything he'd set out to accomplish for himself in the Navy and was ready to move on.  The Admiral made a guest appearance on NCIS defending Jethro Gibbs, so we know he continued to work in law after his retirement.

When the JMJAS site was still up, we had biographical information on the admiral on that site.  Now you can find some biographical information on the character on Wikipedia.


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Nancy Pratt


My main area of expertise is the character of Admiral A. J. Chegwidden portrayed by actor John M. Jackson. I created and maintain "The Admiral Fact Book," which covers all information known about the Admiral so far from the show. However, I have watched JAG since the first episode and been involved in on-line JAG Fandom for several years and believe I can answer most general questions about the show.


I run the John M. Jackson Admiration Society, the unofficial fan club of actor John M. Jackson, and maintain its website. I also was involved in putting on the first ever JAG Convention and then went on to found the JAGFanFest - both west and east coast events. I have met almost all the actors as well as many of the writers, directors, and production staff. I occasionally write JAG fanfic, and I am the editor of The Jackson Journal, the on-line newsletter of the JMJAS.

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