Rivaling the Air Force for its distasteful photo a few years ago labeled ‘Da Dump”, a female Wisconsin National Guardsman posted an appalling photo on Instagram yesterday. The snapshot depicts Soldiers smiling, laughing, and flashing hand-signs around a flag-draped coffin.
To add to the disrespect, these so-called “Soldiers” a full-time Honor Guard funeral team, captioned the photo, "We put the FUN in funeral."
Recognizing this as a public affairs nightmare, Maj. Paul Rickert, a National Guard spokesman, said their office learned of the appalling picture late Monday.
"The National Guard takes the responsibility for our fallen soldiers and veterans very seriously, and we expect soldiers to handle it with professionalism and honor.”
The disrespectful photo was taken at an Arkansas training facility using an empty casket.
A second photo has drawn attention from the same social media account, depicting the female soldier complaining about the cold weather in Wisconsin and an upcoming outdoor funeral.
"We expect all of our soldiers and airmen to live by a core set of values, in word and deed. I was appalled by the offensive photos and comments that appeared on this soldier's social media site regarding her duties as a funeral honor guard member."
Examiner’s Note: Holding back the outrage, I would like to remind this sorry team of ‘soldiers’ (lower case intentional) that last week there were five troop losses in Afghanistan. Complain about the outdoor funeral conditions to the mother of one of these warfighters. Obviously, none of these soldiers has lost a buddy in war, nor been the escort detail taking the Fallen to their hometown for burial. Shameful.
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