Fort Carson soldier selfie avoid flag salute ends with unit commander 'addressing situation'

FORT CARSON, Colo. - The investigation is complete into the Fort Carson soldier who posted a photo on Instagram of herself deliberately avoiding saluting the flag.

"The unit commander addressed the situation consistent with his authority," Fort Carson officials said Friday in a statement sent to 7NEWS. "It is not the policy of the United States Army to disclose the results of administrative actions."

Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey posted a selfie on Instagram last month 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, IDGAFFFF," according to the Army Times.

IDGA is typically an abbreviation for "I don't give a."  The reference to 1700 is a reference to 5 p.m. -- one of two times each day that soldiers are required to salute the Stars and Stripes. 

Sheffey's personal account was quickly removed. Other fake accounts with similar names quickly popped up.

At the time, base officials issued a statement saying they were aware of a social media post and were looking into the situation.

"Fort Carson leaders will continue to educate Soldiers on standards and discipline and appropriate professional conduct on social media consistent with Army  Values -- both on and off duty," base officials said in a statement.

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