Both of them are friends from the beginning since their time as a young officers in War College. They often appear together and hailed as the pillar of Imperial Army. In Deus lo vult upon deciding full assault on Legadonia for trespassing Norden, both of them opposed the notion as they foresee foreign intervention that could spell doom for their country.
He first heard of her during War College selection review, surprised and impressed by her outstanding resume. He wanted her in his disposal and quite regretful when his friend got to her first, later on he offered her to come to him if she isn't content with her current position.
He sees her as a very reliable and visionary officer their country need, but he also noted some of her behavior was similar to his granddaughter.