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Social Media Mistakes and Fails: Military Edition


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.

POW MIA disrespectful licking face on flag airman

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.

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  1. Its one thing to be a Civilian and post obscene gestures on the internet but to be an Active member of the Military is another. Where is Duty, Honor, and Respect? Why join the Military if you dont want to up hold these Values? Please dont stand on that Wall to Protect me and My Family if you cant stand and Salute our Flag! I put Trust and Faith in Our Military and in that Trust I believe it is Earned and not Given. Discipline and hold Accountable all who fail in poor judgement. Our Future depends on a Strong Military Backbone; one crack and we could Crumble.

    Mom of a MARINE

  2. It’s one thing to decide not to salute the flag. Another for one in uniform to blatantly write about how they’re hiding from it and talking about our wasting tax dollars…

    In the military, you have people like Kyle Carpenter. And on the other hand… Tariqka Sheffey.

    • mistake? Sorry, but you know nothing of the daily life on a military installation. And even less about respect of the flag from those in uniformed service. The fact that she chose to “publicize” her refusal to salute clearly indicates this was no mistake. It’s a blatant display of disrespect and failure to “repair”.

  3. Wow!!!!!
    If she is breaking the military law, then she needs to be tried and convicted.
    She is a disgrace to our country and to our military. A lesson needs be learned and an example needs to be made. Take her uniform and FIRE her from our military.

    Let’s see if Obama has something to say about that…… probably not:/

  4. Not that this will get back to her, but I just read of a USMC pilot killed in a training incident. My neighbor continues to deal with combat injuries after release from active duty; a friend of mine (pilot) is shot down during Desert Storm; a high school friend survives Khe Sahn (Viet Nam era) ….and I’m supposed to respect her so-called declaration of ….what- exactly? I don’t think so…Disgusting.

  5. Completely agree with the mistakes you have mentioned above.

    These are the most common social media mistakes which people make. Social medias are the 2nd best places in drive potential customers and readers after search engines.

    Along with these mistakes, not providing regular updates are also a common mistake as I think. I have seen so many brands on Facebook who never takes care of their audience and that’s why they don’t have engagement.

    People always want entertainment or something which can keep themeselves busy and If any brand isn’t providing such type of content then there might be the higher chances that the audience will forget the name of their brand.

    So to keep their name in their audience mind, they must have to provide such content which can help, entertain and keep their audience busy.

    I am glad that you have mentioned these major social media mistakes. So Thanks for sharing it with us. 😀

  6. These are common attitudes among service members. The men think they’re Chris Kyle and act like O J Simpson, the women think they’re Black Widow and act like Casey Anthony. Average soldiers gives more attention to their social lives than their careers, are visably arrogant, and have no appreciation of the nature of actual warfare. That experienced soldier’s excuse that the photo was three years old doesn’t cut it, she’s more than likely the same now as then she just knows how to hide it now.

    Despite appearances the US military now only has a fraction of the effectiveness it had ten years ago.


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