Feb 26, 2014 9:31 PM by Greg Dingrando

Ft. Carson responds to controversial instagram post

COLORADO SPRINGS - A soldier at Ft Carson is making national news for all the wrong reasons.

Private First Class Tariqka Sheffey posted a photo of herself with the quote, "This is me laying back in my car, so I don't have to salute the 1700 flag."

That's a reference to military time, when the American flag comes down, and the day is over. Military members are required to salute the flag.

No matter what branch of the military you're talking to, they take the American flag very seriously.

Colonel Heidi Hoyle is the special assistant to acting commanding general.

"Its a chance to honor our nation and all the ideals we up hold," said Hoyle.

Especially when the day wraps up and its time to salute.

"Customs and courtesy are the way we start and end each day, but its not the beginning and its not the end. Its part of soldiers life 24 hours a day so there is expectation that they salute the flag," said Hoyle.

Beyond that Ft Carson deflected just about every question from when and where the incident happened to how they feel about a fellow soldier doing something that many see as extremely disrespectful.

When we asked for her personal reaction to the incident Hoyle said, "My personal opinion doesn't matter in this situation."

That didn't stop some local veterans from weighing in, with nearly everyone expressing their disappointment.

The big question most people wanted to know was if Sheffey would be punished and in what way.

"Currently the command is looking at all of the range of options we have concerning this soldier and the incident that happen. Right now we are going to allow the soldier the opportunity and the command the opportunity to investigate this fully before we make any judgement on this case," said Hoyle.

That decision will be solely up to the acting commander who will not only look at the investigation being done, but have a serious talk with the soldier under investigation.


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