Army won't disclose punishment of soldier

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Tariqka Sheffey will not be court-martialed after taking an Instagram photo where she deliberately avoided saluting the flag.

American (USA) soldier saluting to USA flag

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) -- The Army is declining to publicly disclose any possible punishment for a Colorado soldier depicted in an Instagram that included comments saying she deliberately avoided saluting the flag.

The incident involving Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey, who is stationed at Fort Carson, touched off a military investigation and a storm of criticism.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that the decision not to disclose any punishment means Sheffey will not be court-martialed.

The Army said Friday that it had completed its investigation and any punishment would be handled administratively by a unit commander. It says Army policy is not to disclose administrative actions.

Administrative punishment provides a range of options, including "verbal counseling."

Sheffey is assigned to the 59th Quartermaster Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, which provides supplies and support to soldiers.


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