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Soldier avoids flag salute, instead poses for selfie

FORT CARSON, Colo. (WTVR) – The military is investigating after a Colorado-based soldier posted a selfie on her Instagram account instead of attending her company’s flag ceremony.

sheffey-nation-for-story“This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don’t have to salute the 1700 flag,” she captioned the picture in initial the Instagram post. ”KEEP ALL YOUR ‘THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL / HOWRUDE / ETC.’ COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF.”

The soldier has since been identified as Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey by the Army Times. Her Instagram account has since been made private.

“Fort Carson’s leadership is aware of the social media post PFC Sheffey made, is looking into the situation, and reviewing potential next steps,” a Fort Carson spokesperson told KDVR.com in a  statement read. “Fort Carson leaders will continue to educate Soldiers on standards and discipline and appropriate professional conduct on social media consistent with Army Values — both on and off duty.”

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24 comments

  • RAS

    It’s typical at an army post that the flag lowers at 5pm and those driving by must stop, get out of their vehicle and salute the flag. As a civilian contractor I was never required to do so, but I drove by respectfully.

  • Kaitlynn Lee

    you know, if you did some research, you would know that she was doing this to show what our tax money was going to. But, being Americans, you all jumped to conclusions. I fully agree with what she did and if she gets kicked out i will be greatly upset with the way America is even more. And no, i dont support obama.

  • mr. Sprint

    No conclusion here, she knew when she joined the army what was expected to do. no one forced her to join, sounds like she wanted a soft job with freebies. She thought, WOW three hots and a cot. good pay and lots of men.

  • Cindy

    I served as did my late husband and we never stayed in our vehicle during flag lowering. My husband’s death was service connected and he gave respect and received respect as an officer. There is no excuse for this PFC to disrespect the flag or this country. I hope her comrades give her a verbal thrashing….she doesn’t deserve to wear that uniform!

  • jfoster13

    I don’t agree with her nor do I agree with you hypocrites who applaud soldiers that disrespect the commander in chief — meaning the President. If you’re in the military, you respect the flag, the country, and obey the lawful orders of those appointed above you. The military is not the place to make political statements and for those who want to, get out!

  • Doyle Hargraves

    Oh come on, I bet none of you have served. We used to stay in the barracks, gym, or chow hall until after colors to avoid standing out there for evening colors. We just didn’t post it on the internet, which makes her an idiot, not necessarily a bad troop. I have stood at attention for colors enough times to have the right not to hastily judge her unlike the rest of you false patriots who never served a day in your life. The worst troops in garrison usually turn out to be pretty good in the field. Go back to watching Fox news and hate on someone else.

    • short round

      I have served. I can not help but to think if she is willing to skip out on something so basic as to respect the colors what else will she feel is ok to skip out on. Safety training or following orders and procedures when she feels like no one is watching? The post seems to reflect her as lazy and disrespectful neither quality is good in a soldier. The fact she posted it on a social media seems to reflect a lack of thinking about the consequences of her actions. Again she reflects qualities I would not want in a battle buddy. She ducked out on something so simple How will she conduct herself when things are not so simple she can not hide in her car forever.

    • athynz

      I did not but that does not mean I cannot have an opinion on her actions nor does that mean I cannot voice that opinion. Don’t like it, deal with it. As for her actions they were disrespectful of the flag – just like you hiding when colors were presented are. Should I go back to watching Fox while you post on HuffPo?

  • Brittany

    I am glad to say I am one of the many that reported her. A lot of her posts were outrageously rude and disrespectful. She posted several times about not want to wear “this shit” referring to her uniform. Disgusting! She doesn’t deserve to even be called a soldier. I have the utmost respect for the military, being the significant other of an Airman and best friend of a Soldier and future service member myself and I believe that behavior like this is completely unacceptable. I will be very disappointed if serious repercussions aren’t given. She should have never enlisted if she isn’t willing to do her JOB and take it seriously. She is a disgrace to our military.

  • XO

    Years ago in Germany as a Battalion Executive Officer I made it a routine to leave my office and go outside just before they lowered the colors to hopefully set a good example. It also gave me the opportunity to mingle & talk with the soldiers and officers (the mail-room was in the Battalion Headquarters and the soldiers were coming and going checking their mail after their company evening formations). I remember standing next to a car with one of our former soldiers sitting inside as the flag was lowered. After the flag ceremony I told her that I knew she was no longer a soldier but she was still a citizen of the US and should have honored the flag. She apologized.

  • Ebony

    She has the right to voice her opinions about her job as does the next person! Maybe it is just a “JOB” to her! When we learn an opinion and speech is FREE the nation will be so much better.

    • athynz

      She does indeed have the right to voice her opinions about her job but part of her job is to be out there during evening colors – not hiding in her car!

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