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Commander 'addressed' soldier who dodged flag salute

Mar. 7, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey faced an investigation for this selfie that shows her flagrantly avoiding issuing a salute for the American flag.
Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey faced an investigation for this selfie that shows her flagrantly avoiding issuing a salute for the American flag. (Instagram photo)
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The Army is not saying whether the soldier who hid in her car to avoid saluting the flag and bragged about it online has been punished for her actions. But officials do confirm the matter is closed as the soldier’s commander has “addressed” the issue.

Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey, a soldier at Fort Carson, Colo., posted a selfie last month on Instagram with a caption that read:

“This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don’t have to salute the 1700 flag, KEEP ALL YOUR ‘THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.’ COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF.”

Her brazen attitude caused an uproar on social media, triggering thousands of comments. Most criticized her action and many called for her discharge.

On Friday, Dani Johnson, Fort Carson’s director of media relations, issued the following statement:

“The investigation into the social-media incident concerning a Fort Carson soldier is complete. The unit commander addressed the situation consistent with his authority. It is not the policy of the United States Army to disclose the results of administrative actions.”

Johnson told Army Times that Fort Carson would provide no additional information on the case.

Sheffey is a member of the 59th Quartermaster Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade. She has not responded to Army Times’ requests for comment via email.

Fort Carson learned of the photo after receiving a number of complaints.

Before she deleted her account, Sheffey responded with an Instagram video. She stopped short of apologizing 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.”

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