Soldier’s posts about avoiding flag salute cause social media firestorm

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A soldier’s selfie on Instagram set off a social media firestorm that has caused some to call for her removal from service.

According to The Army Times, Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey hid in her car to avoid saluting the flag and then posted about it on the social media site.

“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.”

The image was shared via social media and then it was sent to Army Times.

She is part of the 59th Quartermaster Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade at Fort Carson in Colorado the site says.

A spokesperson says that the chain of command is looking into the situation.

She posted a video on Instagram thanking those who stood up for her but saying that she was not a disrespectful soldier.

Click here to read more about this incident on the Army Times.

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31 comments

    • E. Harris

      Exactly! If you’re going to do something “stupid”, be “smart” enough NOT TO POST PICS OF YOUR STUPID ACT. That’s all.

  • Dave Mills

    It’s a shame that a soldier doesn’t want to salute the flag. It’s even more of a shame that what should be a symbol of freedom has become a symbol of war, greed and bigotry. We should all strive tirelessly so that all people would want to eagerly salute the flag.

  • Billy

    That previous statement is garbage, being a UU Army Veteran, I fly a flag in my yard illumated everyday. I saute the flag at least 20 times a day. I love the flg, it represents the blood, every war we fought for everyone’s “FREEDOM”. So any soldier caught disrespect the Flg we support. She should receive an Article 15.

  • Interested Observer

    Let’s establish something here… As a 20 year vet myself – one thing I learned about military service over the years is: Every soldier, sailor, airman, and marine is a sampling of our overall American society.. Yet, the Oath of Service is just that – an individual’s Oath swearing that during your service – you will behave within a set of guidelines.. Or Be prosecuted. People make errors (like drinking and driving) momentary lapses of reason usually the result of circumstances.. But THIS.. This is a Personally Defiant act against the Oath this soldier Swore to uphold and defend… This isn’t just a joke.. but it is the result of a much greater problem… One that recognizes an Administration in Washington that continually turns their back on promises made to soldiers – Just like this one… Respect is a two way street.. It goes from the Top DOWN and THEN from the bottom back up… Not the other way around.

    • southern belle

      From what I read about her posting on Instagram that she didn’t do her paid job, to serve ( show allegiance to her country ) and defend (our rights ) while in the military service, is really bad form for a soldier. How stupid she is for even being proud of herself for disrespecting the flag for the country she serves! It also shows how ignorant she is for even posting it!!! HELLO Big Brother is watching… Sounds like she needs an attitude adjustment!

  • Proud American Infidel

    She’s not sorry for DOING it. She’s sorry for being CAUGHT and REPORTED. Ya jest cain’t fix stoopit! Hope she’s busted to E-1, fined and put on restriction.

  • Kimberly Fenton

    She claims to not be a disrespectful solder however if all the other solders are doing something shouldn’t she be expected to do the same. Not following protocol I would think is being a disrespectful solder.

  • Linda Digby

    It shows her in her car and says “your tax dollars allow me to sit in my car and do this all day. Respect the name though SHEFFEYnation, do what you want with the uniform 👊 LOL. Apparently she thinks the army is her personal form of welfare.

  • rodger_that!

    Im wondering was she supposed to get out of her car? No you stop you car until colors is over and carry on! @bubbajoe99 look into the Willie Lynch Letter and look into the prison industrial complex and do you know where the biggest genocide in world history happened and to what group of people? It all ties in but with that being said she was so stupid in posting that picture on instagram especially in uniform. Who knows she might be a productive, well educated soldier. I’ve seen worse!

    • Sherry

      I agree with you Roger. Do you have to get out of your car?? Honestly, I think, to many “” selfies”” to many post sad for her.

  • rodger_that!

    Im wondering was she supposed to get out of her car? No you stop you car until colors is over and carry on! @bubbajoe99 look into the Willie Lynch Letter and look into the prison industrial complex and do you know where the biggest genocide in world history happened and to what group of people? It all ties in but with that being said she was so stupid in posting that picture on instagram especially in uniform. Who knows she might be a productive, well educated soldier. I’ve seen worse! Most people that pay taxes don’t even know the history of taxation and don’t even pay taxes at the end of the day. During tax season most people get most if not all of their income taxes back depending on their tax bracket. Look at where are tax dollars go and look at how long we have been in national debt. Most of us pay taxes because we don’t want to go to jail. I know if I didn’t have to pay taxes on my income I probably wouldn’t just like when I was in the middle east in a war zone. You will not see me throwing my money at the government voluntarily just so that they can mis-manage it. No Thank you

  • nunyabeezwax

    Coming from a 22 year vet…you would be surprised at how ofter soldiers, marines, airman and sailors avoid standing and saluting the flag during colors!!1

  • Dave Mathews

    It is an unproductive gesture at an inanimate object, who I strongly suspect does not care if you salute it or not. She is an idiot for confessing to it on social media, but can we please look at her service record before we burn her at the stake?

  • Interested Observer

    Or maybe, just Maybe, she just heard Hagle’s speech on Military cut-backs in pay, COLA, Tricare, and the Commissary, and felt the Oath she took was in allegiance to a Flag that now has a whole different set of Hope & Change values – Values like the one’s Dan is talking about, that came to be NORMAL after she took the Oath. Values beyond her ability to change with it? I doubt there are Any Vets out there that can’t at least see a bit of logic in this viewpoint.

  • Dave

    This is silly. She like many on Military bases does not want to get caught outside during the raising or lowers of (colors) base flag. Simply because it takes place twice a day seven days a week and it is not a quick event. Nearly everyone in the Military at one time or others makes a decision based on avoiding standing at attention and slauting during that period thus they stay indoors. That is why the young lady felt at ease of posing the picture, because it has been a common avoidance for generations.

  • Steve

    Ok let’s be real here. I wonk on a military base and watch in disgust as people run off the streets as the bugle leading to evening retreat starts. Some run to cars. Others to nearby buildings. The only thing this young lady did was make a post about her not wanting to show respect to her country. Sadly the act of avoidance is a daily routine from what I witness. The older senior military personnel have no issue with rendering respect though.

  • sam henderson

    Hey “rodger that” You do realize “willie Lynch” letter is a hoax, you do realize when Retreat is play you get out of you car, and render proper courtesy. This is one of those bad seeds that the Army is going to get rid of. She came in the army with an arrest record already. See Below.

    http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/tv/tariqka-sheffey-fort-carson-soldier-bragged-avoiding-flag-salute/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tariqka-sheffey-fort-carson-soldier-bragged-avoiding-flag-salute

  • Mommy

    My Daddys flag is in a mahogany triangle & I am proud of his and my other family members and friends service. She dishonours all who have fought, were wounded, & died for their country. It’s not even for any political or other reason, she just doesn’t care & is proud of that. It makes me sick. I do not trust someone like her to perform the rest of her duties if she can’t salute twice a day. How do we know she won’t go awol or abandon injured during combat… The govt is downsizing, her & others like her imho are prime candidates for first out the door.

  • Jon Weiss

    This troop needs to be sent packing on a Chapter 13 Discharge immediately, but along with that I have to ask, just as with Mr. Manning…where are their supervisors in all this, this unpatriotic female didn’t get her attitude on her own.

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