Mr. Tines: (129~130 + 149) Where's Gendo? He's gone and left Kozo in charge, for once.
Reichu: And all Kozo does is say two lines and abruptly vanish. This reminds me of the popular idea that Gendo is mysteriously absent for the majority of Angel attacks post-Gaghiel because he has Adam in his palm; but the fact of the matter is, he was NEVER around that much to begin with.
OMF: Gendo and Fuyutsuki's presence in combat situations seems to be largely symbolic. They are after all, scientists by trade* and not military tacticians. They do seem to be in charge of the day to day running of Nerv, but in combat situations they largely defer to Misato and the Bridge Bunnies — except where their intervention becomes nessesary due to … special considerations.
* Reichu: Actually, I don't think Gendo's original vocation is ever revealed. Cue massive speculation, come episode #21.