- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A solider has infuriated the online military community by posting a picture of herself on Instagram hiding in her car to avoid saluting the flag during retreat ceremony, which signals the end of duty for the day.

An Instagram picture of Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey has gone viral. Her post 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.”

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

When contacted by the Army Times about the incident, Ms. McNutt told the publication that “the chain of command is aware and looking into the situation. That’s really all I can say at this point.”

Pfc. Sheffey took to Instagram to comment on the post on Tuesday, 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.”

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The soldier did not apologize for hiding to avoid the flag.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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