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By Tom Roeder
Copyright The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The punishment of a Fort Carson soldier, who caused internet outrage with a ‘selfie’ of her avoiding saluting the flag, will be kept secret, officials on the post said Friday.
That means Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey, of Fort Carson’s 43rd Sustainment Group, won’t be court-martialed for placing an 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’).”
Instead, her punishment will be handled administratively, which the Army says will be kept secret in accordance with the Privacy Act.
“The investigation into the social-media incident concerning a Fort Carson soldier is complete,” the post said in a news release Friday. “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.”
Sheffey’s selfie hit the Internet early last week and Army commanders found out about the picture from an avalanche of criticism that decried alleged disrespect to the flag.
A Gazette story on the selife was shared by more than 21,000 Facebook users.