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Soldier hides to avoid saluting flag, takes selfie in defiance

Posted by on Feb. 25, 2014 at 3:56 PM
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Soldier flagrantly avoids flag salute, sets off online outrage

Feb. 25, 2014 - 03:18PM  
Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey is facing criticism online for this selfie, which shows her flagrantly avoiding issuing a salute to the American flag. 
A female soldier who hid in her car to avoid saluting the flag - and then flaunted it on Instagram - is the latest service member to come under attack via social media and be accused of dishonoring her service.

Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey, whose Instagram handle is "sheffeynation," posted a selfie with a caption that reads:

"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 distributed via Facebook and also sent to Army Times. Angry service members, Gold Star mothers and spouses have called for the soldier's removal from service.

"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 Facebook commenter said. "If they won't salute it, they damn sure won't fight for it."

Sheffey is a member of the 59th Quartermaster Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, at Fort Carson, Colo., post spokesman Dee McNutt confirmed Tuesday.

When asked if an investigation was underway, McNutt said, "The chain of command is aware and looking into the situation. That's really all I can say at this point."

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

The online outrage has quickly turned to hate, with a torrent of abusive comments, racial slurs and threats being made against the young soldier.

Sheffey responded wI'ith a video on Instagram on Tuesday and expressed regret. But 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."

Attempts to reach Sheffey for comment via email were not immediately successful.

This marks the third time in less than two weeks in which a photo of service members has sparked controversy on social media. Several National Guard members have been suspended from funeral honors detail in light of a photo showing them comically posing around a flag-draped casket during training. An investigation is ongoing.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Cherish Byers is also the subject of an investigation, after a three-year-old photo of her tongue-kissing a Prisoner of War-Missing in Action symbol went viral.

I'll open this to the floor without comment. This girl disgusts me, I'll just leave it at that.

by on Feb. 25, 2014 at 3:56 PM
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by KK on Feb. 25, 2014 at 4:04 PM
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I just can't help but think there are bigger problems for the military.  It's estimated that nearly 20,000 soldiers are sexually assaulted each year where is your disgust for that number?  

This seems to be one of those shiny pennies people get so distracted by, so they can avoid the hard issues.  

by on Feb. 25, 2014 at 4:04 PM
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Eh, I don't see the problem. I completely disagree with the article where it said that if she doesn't respect the flag than she is in for the wrong reasons. I'm sorry but she may be in because she wants to protect and serve people rather than a piece of cloth. People put way to much into a piece of cloth.

It's funny how everyone is ignoring the fact that she is willing to die for this country but if she doesn't worship a material object than they will hate on her. Most of the people pitching a fit sit in safety while worshipping a flag and feel that they are better than her. It just a bunch of bull.
by Ruby Member on Feb. 25, 2014 at 4:06 PM
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She's a Dumbass for doing this and bragging about it.  

by Silver Member on Feb. 25, 2014 at 4:06 PM
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Why is she in the military?

by on Feb. 25, 2014 at 4:06 PM
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Not all people in the service are there for the "love" or "honor" of their country.  Many are there for their own agenda.  Some join the service for the "carrot" (free college education) that was dangled in front of them during recruitment.  Some are there because they were given a choice between jail or joining the service.  And, some are there simply because they want to see combat of ANY kind.

I am not saying I agree with the actions of this young woman. I am just saying that not ALL are in it for the same reasons.

by Platinum Member on Feb. 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM
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I don't see the issue.
by Bronze Member on Feb. 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM
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I hope she's discharged.

by Judy on Feb. 25, 2014 at 4:11 PM
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I will go with this.  I am glad to see the other ones that were disrespecting the coffin have been suspended.

Quoting jcrew6:

She's a Dumbass for doing this and bragging about it.  

by Gold Member on Feb. 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM
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I'm not going to judge her for this. We don't know if it is something she does regularly or if she had a shitty day or hurt herself during pt and really didn't want to deal with it this one time. The 1700 flag is retreat. Its a long time to stand at attention and present arms. I've done it myself... hurried off base to avoid getting caught at retreat. I guarantee you'll be hard pressed to find someone that hasn't done it as well. Doesn't mean she's a bad soldier or that she doesn't respect the flag or the country. It just means she's human and humans do dumb things sometimes.
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