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Special Agent Jessica Stocker, center, is the Army's Criminal Investigation Command's soldier of the year.

Special Agent Jessica Stocker, center, is the Army's Criminal Investigation Command's soldier of the year. ()

Jessica Stocker, special agent for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command in Wiesbaden, Germany, has been named the CID’s soldier of the year.

Stocker’s passion for solving crimes began when she became interested in mysteries while growing up in Bethlehem, Pa., according to a release from the CID’s headquarters in Fort Belvoir, Va.

She said in the release that she had always thought about becoming a detective.

Although she considered college and a criminal justice degree, Stocker opted to join the Army.

She enlisted in July 2001, graduated from the U.S. Military Police School and became a military police investigator.

“Getting someone to admit to something they did, and don’t want to admit to, is a challenge I enjoy,” Stocker said in the release.

Since joining the CID’s Wiesbaden office in April 2005, Stocker has handled more than 50 cases ranging from larceny of government property to homicide.

As an apprentice, she balanced a full case load with her coursework and preparing for the soldier of the year board.

“Since her arrival to this office, she has proven to be an invaluable asset,” Christopher Moon, special-agent-in-charge of the Wiesbaden CID office, said in the release.

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