Fort Carson soldier Tariqka Sheffey posts selfie on Instagram saying she was avoiding flag salute

FORT CARSON, Colo. - Officials at Fort Carson in Colorado are investigating reports a soldier posted a photo on Instagram of herself deliberately avoiding saluting the flag.

Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey posted a selfie 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. 

While several websites captured the image, Sheffey's account is no longer coming up on Instagram searches.

Base officials issued a statement Wednesday saying they are aware of a social media post and they are looking into the situation.

"Fort Carson's leadership is aware of the social media post PFC Sheffey made, is looking into the situation, and reviewing potential next steps.  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."

Fort Carson spokeswoman Dani Johnson said Sheffey wasn't available for comment.

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