Soldier Of Viral ‘I Don’t Give A F*ck About Not Saluting US Flag’ Selfie Faces Up To 2Yrs In Prison [UPDATED: Doubling Down 2nd Selfie Mocks Taxpayers, Disses Uniform]
If Obama had a full grown daughter…
(Colorado Springs Gazette) –Fort Carson leaders launched an investigation into a “selfie” photo of a soldier posted online with a note that said she was hiding in her car to avoid saluting the flag. The soldier’s Instagram image went viral Tuesday, drawing a storm of criticism.
Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey, of Fort Carson’s 43rd Sustainment Group put the image on her Instagram account with a caption that read, “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, IDGA FFFF (acronym for I don’t give a ‘expletive’).”
Fort Carson officials say soldiers caught not saluting during the 5 p.m. retreat ceremony for the lowering of the American flag are subject to an “on the spot correction” – essentially a loud, one-sided discussion with a sergeant.
It’s one of two events per day that require soldiers to stop what they’re doing – even pull over and get out of their cars – to salute the flag in an act of tradition and military courtesy.
But Sheffey took the issue to a different level with her social media post. A quick Google search returned thousands of Internet entries for the quartermaster soldier. She was pilloried in hundreds of Twitter posts and thousands of Facebook comments.
Her picture went around the globe, drawing as much, or more, social media attention than Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Monday proposal to cut the Army’s roster to pre-World War II levels.
The Army, alerted by complaints over the photo Tuesday, reacted at the highest levels. Fort Carson held a news conference with one of its most senior colonels in response to media attention.
The Army is taking the incident seriously and has launched a probe that could result in discipline, said Col. Heidi Hoyle, special assistant to the 4th Infantry Division commander.
“A soldier is required to salute,” Hoyle said.
At worst, the incident could lead to a court martial for insubordination or failure to obey regulations. If convicted for such crimes, a soldier could face up to two years in prison.
@velvethammer We can dream, but more likely this will happen: Q-Did you salute A- No Q- Did you vote for Obama. A- Yes Case Dismissed
— SteveA (@steve_seatam86) February 27, 2014
UPDATE 2: Doubling down on viral disrespect.