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Risqué swimsuit calendar prompts investigation by Utah National Guard

UPDATE: The Utah Department of Public Safety has launched its own investigation into the "Hot Shots" calendar shoot focusing on the involvement of a pair of its officers, and the Utah National Guard has confirmed that Camp Williams and personnel were used in the shoot.

Details on that investigation here.

The makers of the calendar have now released a statement regarding the shoot, click here for details and the full statement.

ORIGINAL STORY:

BLUFFDALE -- The Utah National Guard confirmed to FOX 13 it has launched an investigation into a risqué swimsuit calendar that may have been shot using its facilities, equipment and personnel without authorization.

Video of buxom models riding around in tanks and firing guns was put out to promote the "Hot Shots 2015" calendar

"This year we're shooting the calendar in Utah, in the U.S. of A!" proclaims British model Rosie Jones on the video. "We've got loads of tanks, boats, helicopters and, of course, loads of guns!"

Also on the video are people who appear to be members of the Utah National Guard. "Hot Shots" gives a special thanks at the end to "Soldiers of the 19th Special Forces Group."

Watch the video here (may not be suitable for all audiences):

Utah National Guard Lt. Col. Steven Fairbourn told FOX 13 that an internal investigation had been initiated to determine if the guard's "equipment, facilities and personnel" was used in the calendar shoot. In a statement, Fairbourn said there was no approval for the project by the Guard.

Read the statement by the Utah National Guard here:

An investigation was initiated by the Utah National Guard on
Oct. 14 to determine potential unauthorized use of military equipment,
facilities, and personnel in the Hot Shots 2015 calendar production.

Productions of this kind are not in keeping with the values of the Utah
National Guard nor its members.

Use of military equipment, facilities, and personnel in civilian for-profit
endeavors such as this requires approval of National Guard Bureau Public
Affairs through the respective state National Guard Headquarters.  There was
no official approval for this project.  The investigation will determine if
Utah National Guard equipment, facilities, and personnel were used in the
Hot Shots 2015 calendar production and required actions if this is the case.

The "Hot Shots 2015" calendar also thanked Fort Douglas Military Museum. The museum's director, Bob Voyles, told FOX 13 they had been approached by a member of the Special Forces Association to shoot a couple of scenes for a calendar.

"They assured me there would be nothing inappropriate," he said.

Voyles noted that as a public facility, Fort Douglas has played host to a number of film shoots, including commercials, movies and weddings. Other portions of the video show the models shooting guns at Big Shot Ranch, a private shooting range in Grantsville.

Attempts to reach the makers of "Hot Shots 2015" for comment on Thursday were unsuccessful. The company was based in the United Kingdom, but its website said a portion of the proceeds for the calendar went to the "Help for Heroes" charity for wounded veterans.

House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake City, said the calendar shoot raised a number of questions for her.

"If this video was shot at a government restricted facility using government specialized military equipment, either leadership knew about this -- or their security protocols aren't robust enough to keep a bunch of calendar girls and their crew and assorted groupies out," she said.

Seelig, who sits on the Executive Appropriations Committee that has some oversight of the Utah National Guard, said she anticipated lawmakers would have some tough questions at future hearings. Seelig wanted to know if anyone in the guard profited from the calendar shoot.

She also said the whole incident sends a bad message to girls and women.

"It flies in the face of any progress we have made in the military and sends out this archaic message to girls and women that their true value lies in their body parts," Seelig said.

Governor Gary Herbert's office told FOX 13 on Thursday it was following the Utah National Guard's investigation.

48 comments

  • laytonian

    Typical. These same gun-shovers would demean that “feminist” who didn’t want to face a gun-totin’ crowd after being threatened with a bloodbath.

    • Gun Toting Feminazi

      There was no credible threat. Multiple law enforcement agencies (Campus police, Utah State Police, FBI BAU, etc.) confirmed there was no authenticity to the claims. Please get your facts straight.

      • Soldier

        this is a re-post. I wanted to get it to the top so people will not miss the information.
        I have been watching these comments and here is the present tally: 19 for the activity; 16 against the activity; 3 undecided. Clearly JJ North, John, Scott, Airborne 72 and John Wayne have personal knowledge of the situation and the individuals involved. The remaining individuals are just commenting on their perception of what they think the military/soldiers represents.
        Four of the five individuals who have personal knowledge of the situation, do not agree with the action. One Airborne 72 agrees with the action and is clearly someone that is suspect in integrity and honor. All have a vested interested in the situation and the outcome. Airborne 72 and Jen Bak are clearly in league with each other since their comments are posted 24 minutes apart to the same person (Scott). They are also are on a personal vendetta against Scott. Their immaturity is apparent in the attack against Scott’s wife. (I know all parties involved) Airborne 72 is not worthy of the uniform he puts on and Jen Bak is a liar like her husband. Their comments are not worthy of further comment.
        Let us look at the facts: the National Guard has officially put out that Camp Williams, Utah National Guardsmen and equipment were used in the filming. The National Guard also confirmed that senior leadership in the 19th Special Forces approved the event albeit unauthorized to approve such an action. The Department of Public Safety personnel were involved in the incident and identified by their superiors. They were not authorized to conduct such activities. All were conducted at the expense of the taxpayer for purely private profit. Granted some of the profit may go for injured soldiers.
        For those of you, who still feel support for the calendar; please take into consideration the following information: the event was conducted not by lower enlisted (Joe, Matt (USMC RETIRED) Kenneth Scott, Dan, and others) these individual belong to the 19th Special Forces Group Operations Training Detachment (GOTD). This is John’s old team. The lowest rank of the soldiers involved is E7/SFC some on the video are officers. This is not the actions of some few grunts (Grunt 88). These are the senior leaders in the 19th Special Forces specially equipped and trained to conduct advanced training for Special Forces Green Berets. The Approval came from the Group Command Sergeant Major. This is the Brigade level leadership. Millions of dollars have been spent to train these soldiers in special tactics and techniques and this event was a colossal waste of government resources. The Utah National Guard is a proud institution and this behavior brings the elite Green Beret to a base level and it is disgraceful. This is not what the Special Forces are about and for those that think it is you’re mistaken. This is a link to let you know what Active Duty Special Forces think of this activity. A word to the wise, get your facts straight before speaking.
        http://sofrep.com/37525/girls-gone-wild-with-the-utah-national-guard/

    • JJ North

      Clearly you’ve never been to Camp Williams. Big Shot Ranch “probably” doesn’t have tanks, howitzers, and long range machine gun ranges, either.

    • John

      That’s all camp Williams baby, even recognized a few of the soldiers. Their careers are screwed now, no way this was approved. I hate when a handful of soldiers give my old team negative press, this is not how their time, training, resources, and MONEY are supposed to be spent.

      My prediction. They’ll conclude the investigation, a handful of soldiers will be released from AGR (lose their jobs) and there will be official career stopping reprimands. Well deserved too. Of course it was probably a fun day for them, but this isn’t a theme park. I’m deeply saddened of the horrible poor decisions that were made (Todd). The Utah guard is an organization of proud tradition and values, these guys deserve every consequence they get!

      Happily Retired,
      John

      • Joe

        Good thing your retired John. Its (insert rank here) like you that probably pre-jugded the actions of service members while you were in before gaining all the facts. Notice how the news failed to mention the amount of money this project raises for wounded vets. Social Media the biggest Kangaroo Court in the history of the earth and the worst are the retired arm chair quarter-backs.

      • JJ North

        @JOE
        I find it ironic that by the same criticism you are telling John that he is making judgments before gathering the facts, you are doing the same thing. Calling out John and telling him that it’s good he retired because he must have poor judgment? At least he can be considered an expert witness because he knows what Camp Williams looks like because he served his country in the Guard.
        In any case, we have enough facts (although the 15-6 Investigation will reveal the full story) to know that careers will be on the line: 1) You’d have to have been to Camp Williams to know exactly what it looks like and it is unmistakable; no doubt about it, this happened on a military installation. 2) There are also unmistakable instances of Utah Guardsmen in the video. They can be clearly recognized and I feel badly that they were involved. 3) The Utah Guard Public Affairs Office has come forward to reveal that NO official requests through the National Guard Bureau came across their desk. From these fact alone, there are already consequences for these individuals and units involved.
        Whether this wet t-shirt organization donates to a charitable cause is irrelevant. They are still an entity dedicated to making money (albeit some for charity), and make no mistake, their purpose isn’t to promote goodwill or further some noble cause. Their purpose is to make money, and making pinup calendars and venturing on erotic exploits on a military installation with service members (once again, undisputed facts) is not in the best interest of the Utah National Guard.
        In a time where defense funding is being cut more and more and taken away from the states, the last thing the Utah Guard needs is a sideshow displaying even the appearance of misappropriation of funds. Efforts such as maintaining the Apache helicopters at the state level for purposes of emergency response become further weakened.

      • Barry Hall

        John, you are going to look foolish when it comes out it was Big Shot Ranch. Go to their Website and you’ll see pictures. Please note that none of the equipment shown in the video has any military markings on it. I’ve never been to Camp Williams but I went to the Website and didn’t see on picture that looked like anything in the video.

      • Matt (USMC Retired)

        I bet many of those you served with are happy you retired. Its Blue Falcon’s like you who would squeeze any last bit of fun out of serving. It was a bit of harmless fun, maybe a little dumb that some allowed themselves to be filmed with face shots. Yes serving means being professional but even professionals need and deserve to unwind a little every now and then. Believe me junior and or younger troops would have a lot more loyalty and respect to the leaders who would occasionally turn a blind eye to harmless shenanigans. There are plenty of ways to handle this that would maintain unit moral and garner good order and discipline than just hanging people out to dry. That is the mistake of today’s military leadership, thinking that every time something happens someone must hang for it.

  • Bridget

    For goodness sake! There have been pin up girl calendars since World War I. Never heard of this bull before. The girls over the years are always proud to support soldiers in the war zones and if they are strong women with great bodies then what’s wrong with that? Female Artists have travelled to war zones for many years to support soldiers. Seelig has a bitter view of a shoot that is whole heartedly in support of wounded war veterans and has raised hundreds of thousands for them over the years. Go back to your twenty cats and insecure librarian values and leave the real women with heart alone. She obviously has no clue about the honorable history of Help for Heroes and the noble reputation it has in the UK.

    • Scott

      It is scary thought that when my wife deployed, the biggest danger she faced was fellow soldiers. This is only a symptom of a bigger disease. Female soldiers struggle everyday with harassment and abuse. I fought this with the only result being suppression by the highest levels of leadership

      • Jen Bak

        Hey, Scott, is this the same wife of yours that has sexually harassed almost every male in the unit? My husband told me about how she tried to hook up with him and just about every other one of his friends. it. I think maybe if you feel so strongly about this, they should start an investigation on her and her shenanigans.

      • airborne72

        No wonder you keep posting! Sounds like another disgruntled past 19th guy trying to dig in a few since he isn’t in the unit anymore. It’s also horrible that sexual harrassment only goes one way. Women who sexually harrass men are not helping the cause for this type of behavior to stop. You should be ashamed of yourself for a. Airing out your old “brothers” and b. How your wife treats them! Deplorable!! P.S. Everyone in the unit knows who you are and they are reading these posts. I can assure you that everyone knows who you are and what you are trying to do. You are hurting a lot of people and not just the people you are trying to. I used to think you were a good guy.

    • Kenneth Scott

      Thank you I could have not said that better myself………… Lets worry about things that we need to focus on such as Obama destroying this country, or the Open Boarders, Or Obola………….

  • Dan

    Did anyone see any military markings on any of the equipment? I didn’t and who says you can’t own a tank? Glad to see this was done for a great cause THANK YOU LADIES

    • JJ North

      As someone who has been to Camp Williams many times, I know what their ATVs look like. There was also a GSA vehicle in the background (clearly marked government plate), an armored personnel carrier with the 64th RTI stenciled on the back of the vehicle, and an MRAP with clearly marked US Army and serial number stenciled on it. Also, the footage from the video is sometimes at the ranch, but there is obvious footage at Camp Williams and in the 19th SFG supply room with guns (seems weird that they would bring in their unapproved, non military weapons into a military supply area). Also, where special thanks was given to the 19th SFG, they’ve since taken it off (along with the named CSM). And anyone who has been to Sean’s Smokehouse BBQ & Grill knows it is the closest and most frequented barbeque joint by Camp Williams.

      This is going to be a very easy investigation, unfortunately.

      • Joe

        You seem to know a lot about all this information are you part of the investigation? Are you part of the State Reps (D) office trying to stir it up? Or maybe a former member of the unit who has beef but never had the intestinal fortitude to go public? If you know so much why don’t you call FOX 13 and tell them you would like to weigh in with all the rest of the arm chair QB’s and the other I had a beef with this unit but never came forward.

        Everything you and the Scott guy are inputting are here could be true, but I have to denounce you publically because neither of you have the facts as you say, only the investigation (15-6?) will bring that out. Your free to your opinion I’m just saying it airs of a former member with an axe to grind, same with Scott the gallant senior leader who was crushed by the machine for trying to do the right thing.

      • JJ North

        @JOE
        After struggling to read through your comment through your broken English, I was able to deduce that you don’t have any experience with the military whatsoever. Any “joe” who has worked for more than five minutes would be able to make the same observations that I did. When the facts are this obvious in front of us, you don’t need a committee of investigators to know what is in plain sight.
        I’m sure the investigation will be conducted under an “innocent until proven guilty” mentality, but the facts I’ve noticed are indisputable.

  • Scott

    I believe that some are missing the real issue. This demonstrates a lack of leadership, disregard for military protocols, and lack of military decorum .
    I am sure that the leadership encouraged this interaction. They will, no doubt, punish the lowest level while the leadership covers their own careers. I have seen and reported abuses like this on the 19th SFG(A). This incident is not the first.
    A simple phone call is all that needed to be done to either approve or disapprove this event. The leadership feels it is above military regulations and protocol. I have seen this behavior reported and ignored before.
    As a 1SG and senior leader in the 19th, I have made complaints about sexual harassment on the behalf of female soldiers only to have them subverted by the leadership. At this time, I would not encourage my daughters to join this orginization.
    I spent over twenty years as a Green Beret. John’s comments are valid and true. Unfortunately abuses like this have been reported all the way to the Governor’s office with little or no action. Everyone involved is more concerned with covering their backside than the welfare of our sons and daughters

    • JJ North

      Scott, you are right on point. This is about the members of this unit propagating a partying atmosphere using their resources and their Soldiers (our tax dollars at work). While I agree that the normal protocol is, sadly, to punish the lowest level (honestly, the higher level leaders should be in the “I should know better” category and get greater punishment), but because of the level that this story has gained publicity, I can’t see Major General Burton just watching them punishing a handful of enlisted Soldiers. I can see someone losing their command, because of the level of embarrassment this has achieved (or the specifically named and thanked Sergeant Major at the end of the video).
      Also, don’t get me wrong: a pinup calendar is harmless enough. Donating to a worthy cause for some of the proceeds is actually admirable. But don’t be fooled by their appearances – this organization is out to make a profit.

  • mconniff

    For a Veteran? I Would gladly make a donation for a calendar. Thank-you ladies for taking the time to do this for us.

  • Shawn

    Dear Lord, Utah NA get a life. How about you investigate why not all your troops have top end gear? Fox 13 please learn the difference between a tank and mobile artillery.

  • Barry Hall

    It was filmed at Big Shot Ranch. Not an Army or National Guard Base. Give me a break!!! Also that Dem Rep Selig is an idiot and a big mouth. Get your facts straight before you start accusing people of a crime you loser!!!

    • Scott

      A good portion was at Camp Williams, I worked there for 15 years. The investigation will come to the same conclusion

  • John Wayne

    Fire the TAG! POINT BLANK.. Someone approved this at the O-6 level at least and if that is the case a Colonel needs to go and then his boss (The TAG). Sorry I couldn’t even get my family to come out and sit in my M109A6 when I served and let alone would I be allowed to ride in one without headgear at that speed. FIRE FIRE FIRE THEM! Bullcrap. I do like the calendar and do enjoy that a large portion goes to the military community.

    • Scott

      Agree the O-6 has been pulling stuff like this for years (like taking his staff to rugby games in Vegas) with no oversight from the front office. Everyone keeps missing the point. Military equipment, facilities and personell were used for this without proper approval. John W is right. They were in a restricted arms room, I know I’ve been in that one. People can try to defend their participation but bottom line tax payer dollars were use to make the video. I would rather have my dollars be use for real training not making a calendar.

  • Tom Fitzpatrick

    Frankly, I’m torn over this development.

    I’ve always believed that those defending our country should be the biggest, baddest warriors that we could find.

    However, this eye opening documentary has made me rethink that Neanderthal position, and to find myself suddenly overcome by an irresistible urge to embrace, diversity.

  • grunt88

    How is this any different than NFL cheerleaders going overseas? It’s an MWR event. Builds morale for the troops. No one was hurt, you can tell, safety was a priority (at least on the ranges).

    That guy on here crying about how his daughter was in more danger around fellow soldiers, write her up for a cab.

    • Scott

      I guess you would feel different if it was your daughter raped by a fellow soldier? I have had to deal with a females assaulted by fellow soldiers. There is no award that will compensate for that type of violence, your coment was inappropriate.

    • Scott

      I had to make one more comment. To suggest that a female soldier should be given a “Combat Action Badge” for being sexually assaulted down range is deplorable. This attitude is exactly the central issue.

  • CuDa Net

    but it is fine if the potus give access to secret missions and the vice pres spills the beans and gets seal team 6 killed
    CuDa

  • KG

    We expect so much from our military and they can not even enjoy one safe, harmless day with gorgeous women. Jealousy is thick I can tell. I would never expect men to devote their life, happiness, patience and more without some relief valve. Especially men who have their testosterone levels increased for the sake of military results, and left hardly any outlet beside war to release it. Time to get real. Lame stiffs of “Hypocrite Town USA”.

  • Chandra

    It’s still disgraceful to our Military! Our Military equipment should NOT be used in this manner. If they wanted to make a calendar shoot with military equipment, they could have rented or purchased their own from an Army Depot. These soldiers are suppose to be using their time wisely not like this. I’m not jealous nor against these women and their calendars, I’m just against using our Military and equipment in this manner. It’s not professional!

  • Soldier

    I have been watching these comments and here is the present tally: 19 for the activity; 16 against the activity; 3 undecided. Clearly JJ North, John, Scott, Airborne 72 and John Wayne have personal knowledge of the situation and the individuals involved. The remaining individuals are just commenting on their perception of what they think the military/soldiers represents.
    Four of the five individuals who have personal knowledge of the situation, do not agree with the action. One Airborne 72 agrees with the action and is clearly someone that is suspect in integrity and honor. All have a vested interested in the situation and the outcome. Airborne 72 and Jen Bak are clearly in league with each other since their comments are posted 24 minutes apart to the same person (Scott). They are also are on a personal vendetta against Scott. Their immaturity is apparent in the attack against Scott’s wife. (I know all parties involved) Airborne 72 is not worthy of the uniform he puts on and Jen Bak is a liar like her husband. Their comments are not worthy of further comment.
    Let us look at the facts: the National Guard has officially put out that Camp Williams, Utah National Guardsmen and equipment were used in the filming. The National Guard also confirmed that senior leadership in the 19th Special Forces approved the event albeit unauthorized to approve such an action. The Department of Public Safety personnel were involved in the incident and identified by their superiors. They were not authorized to conduct such activities. All were conducted at the expense of the taxpayer for purely private profit. Granted some of the profit may go for injured soldiers.
    For those of you, who still feel support for the calendar; please take into consideration the following information: the event was conducted not by lower enlisted (Joe, Matt (USMC RETIRED) Kenneth Scott, Dan, and others) these individual belong to the 19th Special Forces Group Operations Training Detachment (GOTD). This is John’s old team. The lowest rank of the soldiers involved is E7/SFC some on the video are officers. This is not the actions of some few grunts (Grunt 88). These are the senior leaders in the 19th Special Forces specially equipped and trained to conduct advanced training for Special Forces Green Berets. The Approval came from the Group Command Sergeant Major. This is the Brigade level leadership. Millions of dollars have been spent to train these soldiers in special tactics and techniques and this event was a colossal waste of government resources. The Utah National Guard is a proud institution and this behavior brings the elite Green Beret to a base level and it is disgraceful. This is not what the Special Forces are about and for those that think it is you’re mistaken. This is a link to let you know what Active Duty Special Forces think of this activity. A word to the wise, get your facts straight before speaking.
    http://sofrep.com/37525/girls-gone-wild-with-the-utah-national-guard/

    • SF

      I do have some knowledge of this situation and yes, I do know the parties involved. I am in the unit. I can tell you that the sofrep article is also flawed in some of its claims. You should be able to see that from how its written that it isn’t a piece of real journalism. You claim some here are on a personal vendetta, however the others are doing the same by calling out the O6 airing dirty unit laundry which is irrelevant. I’d suggest you get your facts straight.

  • tnf

    The Brave Men of the Green Berets songs.
    Fighting soldiers from the sky
    Fearless men who jump and die
    Men who mean just what they say
    The brave men of the Green Beret
    Silver wings upon their chest
    These are men, America’s best
    One hundred men will test today
    But only three win the Green Beret
    Trained to live off nature’s land
    Trained in combat, hand-to-hand
    Men who fight by night and day
    Courage peak from the Green Berets
    Silver wings upon their chest
    These are men, America’s best
    One hundred men will test today
    But only three win the Green Beret
    Back at home a young wife waits
    Her Green Beret has met his fate
    He has died for those oppressed
    Leaving her his last request
    Put silver wings on my son’s chest
    Make him one of America’s best
    He’ll be a man they’ll test one day

    Coming from Viet Nam in 1965, a country where the green beret songs was written for the event of American soldiers deployed there. It tells the US brave soldier died in a foreign land in Viet Nam, my native country. He left one wish to his young wife, who is a single mom to raise his baby boy. His wife is a young devoted woman, mourned for his death with a echo in from her dearest Green Berets Husband “Please train my son to be the next green berets.” What’s about his young baby girl ????
    As a young girl, my heart is with it, and I appreciated this song the first time I listen, and throughout my entire life.

    Until today when I watch the Hot Shots 2015 Calendar promotion. Listen to Jennifer Seelig comment “It flies in the face of any progress we have made in the military and sends out his archaic message to girls and women that their true value lies in their body parts.”. I must say some thing to all of you face, wake up. Young women out there are as important as men. No matter what their chose, and as long as they do for their fellow men…a wife of a Green Beret, or a green berets, or a British model shoot for 2015 calendar.

    My perception of these views, I’m whole heartedly supporting The British-base calendar maker.

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