Soldier Hides in Car to Avoid Saluting the Flag, Then Flaunts it on Instagram

The little diva posed while she hid.

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

A 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.

……Sheffey responded with 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.”

It’s serious not only because were you hid like a chickenshit to avoid saluting our nations colors, but you announced your abject arrogance and stupidity to the whole fucking world. Congratulations, sweetpea. You made the national media.

The little BAP needs some remedial training. Her First Sergeant should post her ass at the flag in front of HQ and make her part of the crew that hoists it during reveille at 0600hrs and lowers it at retreat at 1700hrs. There’s too many of these slugs in the military who view service as nothing more than a paycheck instead of being a part of something larger and more important than themselves. I bet she hasn’t served in harms way with her fellow Soldiers, yet. That might give her a fresh perspective on the meaning of the flag and what it represents.


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.

The National Guard members and the Air Force Staff Sergeant who demonstrated raunchy, disrespectful behavior need a refresher in military decorum.  The fact that they didn’t think twice about posting their idiocy on social media says a lot about them; none of it any good.

1 thought on “Soldier Hides in Car to Avoid Saluting the Flag, Then Flaunts it on Instagram”

  1. DeportMorgan

    Not surprising, she’s an anti-military low-life like the Scumbag-In-Chief she (likely) voted for.

    Re-training? Nah, we don’t need scum like Sheffey in the military. Court-martial, dishonorable discharge, boot her to the street corner. Let Obama support her, he hates the military, too.

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