Not all of these recent viral posts were taken recently. There was a recent fallout with Air Force Staff Sgt. Cherish Byers who is with the 92nd Security Forces Squadron stationed at Fairchild. This photo was taken three years earlier when she was a senior airman, but recently resurfaced due to another wave of viral sharing.
Byers made a statement after the photo went viral again, stating “This pic is 3 years old. I was a young airman who didn’t care (not uncommon). I was young and dumb. There are much bigger issues to be worried about than a 3 year old pic that was leaked. So get off of Facebook, and go to take care of your children, because one day it may be them in my shoes, getting called out of their name for a mistake that took a few second to make but a lifetime to make up for.”
Notice that Byers did not say that she deeply regrets dishonoring the POW/MIA flag and those it represents – she seems to be more upset for the picture going viral. Similar to Sheffey above, I’m not sensing regret from their posts which is more disturbing than just simply the mistake made.