EaW is an awesome game, I thought I was the only one who played it. Have you tried the Absolute Corruption Mod yet?
Er-hem, right units, er, Bodyguard is great, his abilities are perfect. I'm going to assume that the damage system is different for space battles, and so 1d20 isn't as insane as it would be on the ground. How about a move bonus, since Admirals generally direct deployment strategy?