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Fort Carson cops will stop cars for ‘retreat’ salute

Published: March 10, 2014, 4:12 pm, by Tom Roeder

sheffeyAfter a soldier’s “selfie” portrait caused Internet outrage, Fort Carson is taking steps to make sure soldiers salute the flag for retreat.

The ceremony that marks the end of the duty day at the post was at the center of a storm of criticism after Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey, of Fort Carson’s 43rd Sustainment Brigade placed the portraiton her Instagram account 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, IDGA FFFF (acronym for “I don’t give a ‘expletive’).”

The post’s 4th Infantry Division announced on Facebook Monday that military police will be stopping cars on post during the retreat ceremony to make sure troops render appropriate honors.

Here’s the Facebook post:

“Traffic will be stopped at certain intersections beginning today for the Retreat ceremony to take down the flag at the end of each day.

Military Police will stop traffic at the intersections of:
– Chiles Avenue and Nelson Boulevard, and
– Chiles Avenue and Flint Street

Traffic Control Points will stop traffic at the intersections of:
– Wetzel Avenue and Nelson Boulevard, and
– Wetzel Avenue and Flint Street.”

The post announced last week that any discipline for Sheffey’s selfie was going to be kept secret.

The Army, meanwhile, has re-emphasized social media decorum for troops.

A story on the site Army.mil is headlined “Social media antics can ruin career, misrepresent military services”.

The story cautions troops to keep their online posts below the level of “PG-13″.