Tariqka Sheffey: Soldier's Selfie Ignoring Flag Salute Sparks Firestorm

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 12:46 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Tariqka Sheffey, a private first class in the Army, is in hot water after apparently posting a photo of herself on Instagram avoiding saluting the flag while in uniform on base.

Underneath the photo, Sheffey's caption reads: "This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don't have to salute the 1700 [5 p.m.] flag, KEEP ALL YOUR 'THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.' COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF."

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According to Army Times, Sheffey is a member of the 59th Quartermaster Company
, 43rd Sustainment Brigade stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., where Army officials say she is responsible for providing supplies to other soldiers. As a private first class, Sheffey has the second lowest rank in the armed forces.

As of now, Army officials have not announced any disciplinary action against Sheffey. However, Fort Carson Spokesman Dee McNutt told the Army Times earlier this week that "the chain of command is aware and looking into the situation. That’s really all I can say at this point."

In response to the controversy, Sheffey posted a video to Instagram Tuesday, in which she expressed regret but did not apologize for her actions.

"I seriously just want to say thank you to everybody who stood up to me today, like seriously. That s— to me was not that serious. I am not a disrespectful soldier and I really appreciate you all," Sheffey said in the subsequent Instagram video.

This is the second time in a month in which soldiers have come under fire for being disrespectful to the flag and then posting their indiscretions on social media sites.

Earlier in February, 14 Wisconsin Army National Guard members were pictured clowning around next to an empty flag-draped coffin with the caption: "We put the FUN in funeral your fearless honor guard from various states."

It was not reported how the military personnel involved in the disrespectful stunt were reprimanded.

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