- The Washington Times - Friday, March 7, 2014

The Colorado solider who hid in her car to avoid saluting the flag during retreat ceremony at the end of the duty day will be punished — in secret.

Dani Johnson, Fort Carson’s director of media relations, released the following statement regarding Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey of the 59th Quartermaster Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade: “The investigation into the social-media incident concerning a Fort Carson soldier is complete. The unit commander addressed the situation consistent with his authority. It is not the policy of the United States Army to disclose the results of administrative actions.”

The Army Times reached out to Fort Carson for additional comment, but was told by Ms. Johnson that no additional information on the case would be forthcoming.

Pfc. Sheffey ignited an online firestorm in late February when she posted a “selfie” on Instagram bragging about shirking the salute. “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.”

She later attempted an apology by 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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