Racy calendar maker issues statement on Utah National Guard flap

Posted at 8:27 AM, Oct 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-19 10:31:31-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The maker of the risque swimsuit calendar that used state equipment and personnel in a shoot at Camp Williams issued a statement on the issue.

In a statement to FOX 13 on Sunday, the “Hot Shots Calendar” avoided stepping into the controversy that has ensnared both the Utah National Guard and Utah Department of Public Safety.

“It’s harmless pin-up entertainment that over the years has helped raise awareness and donations for injured veteran charities in both the UK and USA,” the statement said.

The British-based calendar maker says “each year, we attempt to find interesting assets, and exciting new venues to shoot its annual theme” but did not address the film shoot that involved members of the Utah National Guard or Utah Department of Public Safety.

Read the full statement here:

Hot Shots statement

The Utah National Guard said a non-commissioned officer allowed the buxom British models and their crew onto Camp Williams, where they were filmed riding around on a tank. The Guard said no official authorization was given for the calendar shoot.

The House Minority Leader questioned the security at Camp Williams if “their security protocols aren’t robust enough to keep a bunch of calendar girls and their crew and assorted groupies out.”

The Utah Department of Public Safety launched its own investigation after two of its officers were seen in a promotional video for the calendar, helping the models fire guns at a private shooting range. DPS said the officers, who were in uniform, did so without the authorization of the agency.