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Spotlight | Jan. 19, 2024

Teena Hartsoe's Professional Journey

Special Agent, Army CID Senior Representative to the Pentagon

I have the distinct honor of serving as the first Senior Representative to the Pentagon for Army CID since January 2022. In this capacity, I am the conduit between the Army’s criminal investigative agency and Headquarters Department of the Army staff to build and maintain a strong relationship with Army Senior leaders.  Additionally, I provide periodic briefings to senior leaders within the Secretariat and deliver significant information regarding high-level inquires.
I joined DACID in 2007 and during my tenure I performed a plethora of duties ranging from Branch Chief, Deputy Chief, and Acting Chief of Intelligence Division of the DACID to being a Criminal Investigator for the Major Procurement Fraud Unit (MPFU). I deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan to investigate allegations of fraud in the theater of operation. In 2019, I was selected as the Resident Agent-in-Charge (RAC) for Washington Metro Fraud Resident Agency and subsequently was selected to spearhead a working group with in the Mid-Atlantic Fraud Field Office to further develop MPFU’s capabilities in support of Technology Protection and Foreign Influence related investigations.
I also possess over 20 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, with military occupational specialties including: Army CID Agent, Logistics Specialist, and Psychological Operations Specialist. My last assignment was with the Protective Service Battalion providing support to the Protective Intelligence Branch.
Prior to my federal service with the U.S. Army, I worked for the Office of the Surgeon General providing statistical support following my studies at George Mason University. Additionally, I worked at the Criminal Investigative Task Force (CITF) as an intelligence analyst, an instructor for the Joint Counterintelligence Academy (JCITA) and for the National Ground Intelligence Center as a Biometrics Intelligence Analyst.
To be a leader within Army CID means so many different things to me such as:

First – to be a leader in Army CID, or any organization, you have to realize that you cannot do it alone. You can’t be an expert at everything, and you will never know everything. I know that I would not have made it to this point in my career on my own, and I am forever grateful for the lessons I learned from my teammates. 
Second – to be a leader, you have to realize your attitude in the work environment has a lasting effect. Your positivity, (or negativity), will permeate through you to your team. 
Third – you can be a leader at all ranks/grades. I am a strong believer that anyone at any rank can be an informal leader.
Fourth – being a leader is truly understanding and believing in the importance of our mission. The U.S. Army’s mission is to fight and win our Nation’s wars. I look at the Army as the nation’s ultimate “protector” of the U.S. and our rights.