Wait, what's this? A military commander who isnt' a xenophobic hardass? Someone who actually trusts non-military people to do their jobs professionally and respects their judgement! Wow, that's a nice change of pace, and would be far more likely given that just to become a general you'd have to have some skills in dealing with civilians. However, just as a subversion of the trope, it's a welcome relief from the usual chuckleheads (paging Generals Lane, Ross, and Eiling).