Lieutenant Felix Gaeta ([ˈgeɪ.ɾə] or "gay-tah") is a young, capable officer in the Colonial military. For the three years prior to the Cylon attack on the Twelve Colonies, he served as William Adama's Senior Officer of the Watch aboard Galactica. Prior to the attack, he was studying genetics and planned to get a degree through the military extension program (Water). He exhibits a strong attention to detail and is highly efficient. These traits and his overall abilities leads Adama to rely heavily on him as a member of senior crew, despite his relative youth and junior rank.