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Tariqka Sheffey: Social media explodes, soldier Sheffey's non-flag salute selfie

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Tariqka Sheffey is under “fire” this week, but not from enemy rounds. The U.S. Army Pfc. is getting shelled by social media bombs after she posted an Instagramselfie” showing her hiding out in a car to avoid a flag salute – then swanking about it with a lazy, arm-behind-the-head pic.

According to NBC News on Tuesday, Sheffey is now accused of dishonoring her service, and almost all who have commented on her actions are demanding that she be removed from active duty.

Her pic carried the following message:

“This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don't have to salute the 1700 flag.”

Sheffey must have known the outcry that her outlandish photo would cause, which makes her obstinate next post all the more preposterous:

"KEEP ALL YOUR 'THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.' COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF," she added, under her handle “sheffeynation.”

The photo of the private first class soldier – the lowest private in chain of command – and her story were first reported by the Army Times, which was able to capture the photo before it was taken down.

Sheffey is based out of Fort Carson, a United States Army installation located near Colorado Springs, primarily in El Paso County. A Fort Carson spokesman revealed that an investigation into the posting of the image is underway.

Sheffey appeared to offer an apology, sort of, via a video posted to Instagram on Tuesday.

"I seriously just want to say thank you to everybody who stood up to me today, like seriously. That s--t to me was not serious. I am not a disrespectful soldier, and I really appreciate you all," she said.

A group of Army National Guardsmen from Arkansas were also recently in the news for posting a picture of themselves clowning around next to a flag-draped coffin.

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