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News | May 7, 2024

Army's Chief Lawyer Visits Army CID, Briefed on Historic Transformation

By Vince Crawley Army CID

The Army’s chief lawyer visited the Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) headquarters April 22, 2024, where she was updated on Army CID’s historic transformation into a civilian-led federal law enforcement agency focused on protecting Army personnel from serious crime. 

The Honorable (Hon.) Carrie F. Ricci,  General Counsel of the United States Army, met with Army CID Director Gregory D. Ford and his staff for half a day of briefings and discussions. Topics included: Army CID criminal investigation capabilities; Army CID executive protection of senior Department of Defense leadership; progress in hiring hundreds of new Army CID special agents; and the recently created Investigations and Operations Directorate, which is intended to provide Army CID leadership with a centralized, global overview of all Army criminal investigations. Hon. Ricci was accompanied by Michael O. Lacey, the Army’s Deputy General Counsel for Operations and Personnel. 

Hon. Ricci was sworn in as the 23rd General Counsel of the U.S. Army in January 2022. She has served in a range of senior legal advisory positions throughout the U.S. government and previously served 20 years on active duty in the Army’s Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps. 

Army CID is the Army’s federal law enforcement agency, with nearly 3,000 personnel in 124 locations worldwide protecting Soldiers, families, civilians, and warfighting assets from crimes that affect readiness. Army CID investigates felony criminal allegations while also providing executive protection for the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other high-risk personnel. As part of its ongoing transformation, Army CID has hired more than 350 civilian special agents in the past three years, with plans to recruit and train hundreds more.