Admiral Percy Fitzwallace, known casually as Fitz, was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. When Bartlet became President, Fitz was one of the first few people to know about the President's condition, that he has MS.
Percy Fitzwallace was a navy admiral, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs for most of the Bartlet Administration. Before becoming Chairman, the last thing he captained displaced 7,000 tons.
Fitzwallace convinced the lame-duck president to send a military mission to the Philippines shortly after Jed Bartlet was elected. Bartlet, miffed that he might be saddled with new military obligations before taking office, quipped that he should "fire that guy" Fitzwallace. ("Memorial Day") Nevertheless, they grew to respect one another highly. Due to the President's lack of personal military experience, Fitz often felt the need to run things by Leo McGarry first.
The Admiral was married to Gail at the time of his death.
He was killed in the line of duty during an attack on a convoy of US diplomats, who were on a fact-finding mission in Gaza. A bomb detonated next to the road, killing three and wounding several others, including Donna Moss. President Bartlet met with Fitzwallace's wife to offer condolences and to promise justice.
Behind the scenesEdit
- At the time of his death, Fitzwallace's wife's name was "Gail". She was previously referred to as "Laura". ("The Dogs of War") It is unknown if this is a production error, or if he remarried.