Executive officer

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"If the crew doesn't hate the XO, then he's not doing his job."
--Saul Tigh.

The Executive Officer (more commonly known as the XO) is the second in command aboard a Colonial Fleet vessel and is responsible for administrative duties and the detailed management of affairs, giving the CO time to deal with broader issues. The rank normally held by the Executive Officer is Colonel.

Executive Officer, battlestar Galactica

Executive Officer, battlestar Pegasus


  • Executive Officer is a military term in this context, used in several branches of the armed forces worldwide (naval, marine, air force). Certain forces, such as the British Army use the term "2i/c" (signifying second in command) or "First Officer" in preference to "XO."

See Also


  1. While Lee Adama is assigned to Pegasus in "The Captain's Hand", it is doubtful that he was the official XO at that time. According to dialogue he is only sent over to keep an eye on Garner and assess the situation. But Garner doesn't even consider him part of the crew.