Soldiers off funeral duty after Instragram photo flap
2 national guard members originally suspended now permanently off honors team
MADISON, Wis. — The soldier accused in connection with posting insensitive photos of fallen soldier funeral training are permanently off honors duty, according to a National Guard spokesman.
Director of Communications Maj. Paul Rickert told News 3 Wednesday that Spc. Terry Harrison and Sgt. Luis Jimenez are no longer a part of the funeral honors team but will continue to serve on the guard.
Rickert said the internal investigation into the social media incident is complete but it’s against policy to share details on any disciplinary actions.
Harrison was originally suspended in mid-February for posting pictures on the photo-sharing social site Instagram that showed her and other guard members training for funeral honors duty. Jimenez was subsequently suspended because of comments he posted online defending the photo, Rickert said in February.
Among the images put online was one that showed guard members in uniform posing next to a flag-covered casket.
In February, the adjutant general of Wisconsin, Maj. Gen. Donald P. Dunbar, had called the images “offensive” and said he was “appalled.”
Rickert said the guard has not changed policies due to the incident; standards of professionalism were high prior to the event and remain high.