Soldier flagrantly avoids flag salute, sets off online outrage | | By Tony Lombardo | COURTESY: Capt Steve Clayton, USMC, LDO, Ret ~via~ Milinet


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


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.

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13 thoughts on “Soldier flagrantly avoids flag salute, sets off online outrage | | By Tony Lombardo | COURTESY: Capt Steve Clayton, USMC, LDO, Ret ~via~ Milinet

    • Paris Island SC 1977…A friend 3 years my senior who joined the Marines volunteered to take a guard post for a friend of his who wanted to spend time with his girl before she left for another state, he had already been up for 2 days partying with the same couple and ended up pulling a triple guard…
      On his third post, he fell asleep and was caught in a deep rem, snoring loudly, which was what alerted the Lieutenant to him!
      We were fishing at the dispersal on base when we spotted him rounding a corner and I just couldn’t believe my eyes, I mean, here is this 20 year old 6’4″ baby faced kid wearing everything either inside out or upside down.
      Socks were worn over his boots, utility belt canteen knife all worn upside down, pants and shirt inside out. Tee shirt over his shirt, underwear over his pants…
      And then the really horrible part…His helmet was duct taped upside down over the top of his head and it was filled with water!
      Dale spent every day for 2 weeks like that while on guard duty…
      He later told me that the center of his head stayed so painfully sore that his eyes stayed in a constant state of tears.
      He said he could barely tolerate the pain it was that bad and could barely see due to his water swelled eyes, and the helmet was constantly in a state of balance, and would roll atop the same painful spot to keep it uprighted, for if he lost any water from his helmet, which the water line was marked, he said they would have added a day to his punishment.
      He was only suppose to pull this for a week, but screwed up and asked the Sergeant if he could remove the helmet because it was to painful. It was then that they added another week to his punishment, he told me he was so humiliated and shamed, not by only having to do this in the most public place on the Island, but by his fellow Marines who did not take his falling asleep on post lightly…He told me they gave him pure hell for that!
      Marines know pain,,,


      • I can tell you, as a former (USMC/MOS331) machine gunner, that sentries in Vietnam, at times, were found with their throats slit, when sappers got in.
        I heard accounts of captured VC that said the sentry, was fast asleep when they cut their throat.
        I used to put a handful of dark roasted coffee beans in my pocket, and chew the soft center out of the bean shell to stay awake.
        Only one person I remember that fell asleep on Watch, and got caught by an E6, who knocked the daylights out of him for the “insult” of sleeping on duty, and failing to guard the lives of fellow Marines who were authorized to sleep at that time.


    • Awesome tale Brittius…Yes, I was reared with Marines for 18 years on Marine bases and worked many years later installing their security!
      They do not forgive a sentry falling asleep… As you stated, in combat, it had the potential of costing those who were asleep their lives. And whether during war or peace time, falling asleep was treated the same.
      It’s not taken lightly at all.
      I know Dale was harshly treated up until I last saw him 7 months later, they broke the boy…I doubt very seriously he reenlisted.
      I believe they would have made sure of it?


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