Soldier “Selfie” Causes Controversy


FORT CARSON, Colo. (KFOR) – A soldier’s selfie about avoiding saluting the flag has sparked a social media firestorm.soldier-selfie

Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey is facing criticism online for this selfie, which shows her flagrantly avoiding issuing a salute to the American flag. (Instagram photo)

The Army Times reported Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey posted a selfie on Instagram under handle “sheffeynation” with this caption.

“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.”

KDVR reported the “1700 flag” is a reference to the flag lowering at U.S. military establishments daily at 5 p.m.

Otherwise known as the “retreat,” it signifies the end of duty for that day.

According to WTRK, the chain of command is looking into the situation.

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

According to the Army Times, Sheffey responded with a video on Instagram expressing regret.

However, she stopped short of apologizing for her actions saying:

“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.”

MORE: See the full report from the Army Times

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