The Utah National Guard and the Utah Department of Public Safety are now investigating a June incident in which British bikini models sneaked into Camp Williams, a Utah National Guard site, and took pictures for a Hot Shots Calendar while they appeared in tanks and fired machine guns.
The video of the five-minute long “behind the scenes” version of the June excursion was released on YouTube on Thursday. The scantily clad girls are shown shooting rifles and machine guns, showing of themselves in bunkers, hanging out in bunkers, riding in tanks, and cavorting in off-road military vehicles.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the Utah National Guard investigation discovered that a non-commissioned officer with the 19th Special Forces Group permitted the models to enter the training site without authorization. One Utah National Guard spokesperson stated, “He should have moved it up the chain of command.”
The Utah National Guard stated that no military weapons or ammunition were used when the models visited the site. The Guard added this statement on Friday:
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.
Apparently, the men in the pictures with the models are part of Utah’s SWAT Team; that department has acknowledged that two of its officers appear in the video, supervising the models when the models tried using rifles at The Big Shot Ranch, a private shooting ranch.
There is no official word as to whether the officers were on-duty when they were filmed. One Utah Department of Public Safety spokesperson told The Salt Lake Tribune, “The bottom line is if you’re wearing the uniform, you’re representing the department.”