Soldier Sparks Outrage With Selfie As She Hides From Flag Salute

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A soldier is accused of dishonoring her duty after posting a picture to Instagram of herself lying down in her car to avoid saluting the flag.

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

Service members and their families have called for Sheffey’s removal from the 59th Quartermaster Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, at Fort Carson, Colo.

“Any soldier who refuses to salute the flag is in the military for the wrong reason, and should be removed by dishonorable discharge with loss of all benefits,” one user wrote on Facebook. “If they won’t salute it, they damn sure won’t fight for it.”

Fort Carson learned of the image after receiving numerous complaints.

“The chain of command is aware and looking into the situation. That’s really all I can say at this point,” post spokesman Dee McNutt told the Army Times Tuesday.

Sheffey took to her Instagram Tuesday to comment, but she did not apologize.

“I seriously just want to say thank you to everybody who stood up to me today, like seriously," she wrote. "That s*** to me was not that serious. I am not a disrespectful soldier and I really appreciate you all.”

Her account has since been removed.

Sources: Army Times, New York Daily News