Soldier Allegedly Ditches Flag Ceremony To Relax In Car

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By Barry Burch Jr.

Word to the wise for soldiers: Do not post pictures of yourself on Instagram not doing what you are supposed to be doing.

According to officials at Fort Carson in Colorado, a soldier is being investigated for posting a picture of herself on the social media site, deliberately avoiding saluting the flag, as reported by  Her alleged actions were enough to get a serious rise out of a group representing families of loved ones that were lost.  To put it plainly, they are furious.

The picture was allegedly posted by Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey.  Base officials say that the picture indicates she remained in her car so that she could miss a flag ceremony and that they are still investigating.

The picture shows a female soldier who looks to be resting in her car.  The comment on the photograph reads, “This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don’t have to salute the 1700 flag(5 p.m. flag ceremony).”  The comments also advised people to keep their angry responses private.  Army Times was the first to report the story.

Though the initial post was taken down, it looks to be too little, too late.  The Department of Defense has policies on social media which are posted on the web.  It says that soldiers must refrain from posting anything that could be harmful to the military.  It also states that soldiers must ask for permission prior to sending out sensitive information.

Officials at Fort Collins promised on Wednesday that they would continue on their path to properly educate soldiers on standards, discipline and appropriate professional conduct with regard to social media.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Ami Neiberger-Miller, spokeswoman for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, which has helped 44,000 people who have lost loved ones since 1994, explained the thousands of lives that were lost, while protecting the American flag.

“I think any patriotic person would find this offensive,” she argued.

According to Neiberger-Miller, this is the second big incident this week.  Two Wisconsin National Guard members were recently suspended following an investigation which stemmed from a picture of soldiers making light of an empty flag-draped casket at a guard training facility, as reported by

The soldiers were obviously posing for the camera, even though the empty casket was clearly visible.  The photo shows 14 men and women with big smiles; some hugging, some just flashing the peace sign.

“We put the FUN in funeral — your fearless honor guard from various states,” reads the caption.

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