2010 Marine Requests

31 Dec 2010: Duties: Infantry Current Pads: 3/4 BLU6 Comments: comfort/protection. LCpl, USMC.

29 Dec 2010: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Headaches. Cpl, USMC.

29 Dec 2010: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: standard grey pads. Comments: after extended use they harden from sweat and no longer are as useful.  Cpl, USMC.

24 Dec 2010:  Duties: Infantry Current Pads: Pad color: Gray Pad texture: hard Comments: I have experienced personally and have heard many comments from other Marines of their helmet pads being hard, uncomfortable and they cause rashes and headaches. My parents purchased a liner for me. It’s great! I am requesting and would appreciate if you could send enough liners as soon as possible for my Infantry platoon and I will distribute them. What you are doing for us is amazing! Thanks! Semper Fi!  LCpl, USMC.

21 Dec 2010: Duties: Field Artillery. Current Pads: It is the gray hard pad that is worn an hurts the head after prolong wearing. Comments: With continued use the pads don’t last and need to be replaced often. Maybe making them more comfortable when using on average of 7 hours per day. GySgt, USMC.

21 Dec 2010: Duties: Artillery, Convoy. Current Pads: Grey, soft velvet like texture. Comments: Somewhat hard and does not form to the head very well. LCpl, USMC.

21 Dec 2010: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Padding wears down. LCpl, USMC.

21 Dec 2010: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: SDS standard issue. Comments: Thank you for what you do.  SSgt, USMC.

20 Dec 2010: Duties: My unit and I are the manuever element that secures the battle space around the FOB.  Current Pads: I have the black and green pads, and some of my PLT has the foilage green pads, that stick to the inside of the helmet. Comments: I appreciate this. It has been very hard for us to get replacement parts for anything this far away from a main base. Thanks SGT, US Army.

19 Dec 2010:  Duties: Infantry Current Pads: NSN Comments: The current pads are real stiff and rough. After a while of wearing them it gives everyone headaches. I think the pads would work better if they somehow conformed to the individuals head. SGT, US Army.  Follow-up Email on 20 Dec 2010: The operation problems from the pads that we are supplied with are that they do not conform to your head. They are just too stiff, and will not budge. So with that problem, the helmets do not sit correctly on our heads. And if the helmet does not sit on the head correctly, it doesn’t protect our heads like it should. I know for my self, it sits way too high with the pads in, So I have had to take out most of the pads to improve the seating of the helmet, so then I am only wearing a few pads, and it probably wouldn’t absorb the shock from a blast or bullet. I mean being here in Afghanistan, you probably know that our biggest threats here are IEDS, and if our helmets or helmet pads are not seated correctly, then what good does that do? I have approximately 30 soldiers in my platoon at this time living on the COP. I now your finances are really tight, so if you cannot supply 30 pad upgrades, we would appreciate any that you could give. As for my unit I have 4 line companies as well as a support company. I think overall that would be well over 500 soldiers that leave the wire daily. I do not expect you to have that many to send, once again I do thank you for everything you can do. And yes, I can act as POC to receive/distribute the pads. The time we have left in country is approximately 3-4 months. I am pretty sure I gave you my address but I will give it you again.

17 Dec 2010: Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Grey pads with a smooth seam. They were orignaly soft but have now become hard with the buildup of sweat and dust. Comments: I have had my current pads for 3 months while deployed in Helmand Province Afghanistan. They have already become hard and rough textured. While on convoys over a couple hours in length my forehead and temples become red and chafed and I get headaches from the pressure. I tried on a fellow Marines kevlar who had the pad upgrades and it felt much better. I am requesting four kits, one for myself and the other three Marines that ride in my vehicle. Cpl, USMC.

15 Dec 2010: Duties: Training – ANP. Current Pads: Unknown. Comments: Thank you for this effort. Please ship these ASAP. We want to give them to our son when he is home at Christmas. The second set of pads if for a buddy of his in the same unit. They expect to be deployed in mid-January.  2nd Lt, USMC.

14 Dec 2010: Duties: Infantry – Machine Gunner. Current Pads: ZAP. Comments: Sorry, i forgot to change the number of kits in my last order. Im trying to order enough for my whole Machine Gun section. Thanks!! LCpl, USMC.

13 Dec 2010: Duties: Forward Observer (FO). Current Pads: None. Comments: Issued old style Kevlar helmet, no pads. CW3, US Navy.

10 Dec 2010: Infantry Squad Leader.  i got issued the Wendy pads on my second deployment. They are a big step up from the leather crown and seemed a lot better then the alternative for a short period. i had to up-size my helmet from a MED to a LRG because of the pads and want to downsize back to a MED. I thought i had the Wendy pads broke in but was soarly mistaken. I went as far as taking my C-4 punch and punctured about 4-6 holes into the pads plastic layer to try to depress and make the pads smaller. It seemed like it would work in my head but failed miserably. A few of my conterparts got lucky and scored helmets with a complete OA harness and loved them. I will be deploying again soon and will definetly be in contact with you. Thank You very much for all that you do for our countrys shock troops! Semper Fi!

9 Dec 2010: Duties: convoy. Current Pads: [NSN] 8470-01-554-6751, PAD, NAPE PROT. Comments: They aren’t very comfortable, get lots of headaches from the pads squeezeing your head together cause they aren’t very soft. Sgt, USMC

8 Dec 2010: Duties: Air Officer/Forward Air Controller. Current Pads: I currently have an old net helmet. Comments: Still have an old net helmet with a leather headband. Not enough light weight helmets to go around, waiting til closer to deployment.  Capt, USMC.

7 Dec 2010: Duties: EOD Tech. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: cant seem to fit right and old and crusty, have to pay over 60$ dollars for new ones here. SSgt, USMC.

5 Dec 2010: Duties: Infantry-0341. Current Pads: Standard issue that came with kevlar. Comments: Very uncomfortable do not provide much cushioning.  LCpl, USMC.

5 Dec 2010: Duties: 0351, Infantry Assaultman. Current Pads: NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TERRIBLE OLD KEVLAR! PLEASE HELP ASAP. Comments: I am deploying to Afghanistan in June, my kevlar has no pads! PLEASE HELP. Pvt, USMC.

28 Nov 2010: Duties: artillery. Current Pads: gray and they are supper hard and unsuitable for my marines. Comments: Well marines get a headache and some of there Kevlar don’t fit properly. And me being there section chief I want them to feel comfortable in their job. feel comftarble in their job. Sgt, USMC.

25 Nov 2010: Duties: Rocket Artillery and convoy operations. Current Pads: Grey pads, hard texture. Comments: The Current pads are stiff and we have been wearing them for about 2 months. They are causing headaches for marines in my platoon. please send new pads asap. we will be leaving the states Jan. Sgt, USMC.

20 Nov 2010: Duties: Infantry, Weapons Platoon. Current Pads: Gentex Corporation. Comments: The current issued Gentex Pads are horrible, especially in the middle of an 8hr patrol, and once you put on your NVG’s it doesn’t get any better. Alot of people including myself on my fourth deployment went out and bought the Oregon Aero pads which are 1000 time better. I will NEVER nor will I ever let my Marines wear the issued pads again. Sgt, USMC.

18 Nov 2010: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Most of our pads are so deteriorated that you can’t tell…The pads are the firm grey ones that feels like fabric on the outside. Comments: We just recently got back from Marjah Afghanistan. My buddy in x/x told me about you guys and I thought it would be great if you could help us out. Most of ours are worn out and are moldy and too worn in for comfort. Im a team leader in a line platoon and it would be much appricieted if we could get new helmet pads from you guys. We just got done with the range and are about to kick off our workup. We are deploying again in [opsec] we are told. The address I gave is one of my buddys out in town. Thank you for your support.  LCpl, USMC

16 Nov 2010: Duties: Military Police. Current Pads: Standard issue. Comments: The current pads I have are worn down so they don’t cusion at all and I get really bad headaches.  LCpl, USMC.

16 Nov 2010: Duties: Infantry Radioman. Current Pads: Unknown…son is on deployment with x/x in Helmand Prov. Comments: I dont know. I am writing on behalf of my son. Was telling one of the ladies at Marine Moms Houston about shipping “blast boxers” to my son and his squad for above knees/ below the waist blast protection. x/x has had 15 KIA and 60 wounded in past 1-1/2 mo. Many IEDs around Sangin. Lots of sniper activity so they also worry about head shots on foot patrol. I had no idea the helmets had issues. Thank you.  Mom of Sgt, USMC

11 Nov 2010: Duties: Himars Rocket Artillery. Current Pads: Team Wendy Zap. Comments: The current pads are too stiff causing headaches and not allowing the helmet to sit properly on our heads.  Sgt, USMC.

10 Nov 2010: Heard About us: Oregon aero. Duties: infantry Current Pads: CIF issued gray, hard. Comments: uncomfortable, causing pain such as headaches and they are worn out.  LCpl, USMC.

4 Nov 2010: Duties: SCOUT SNIPER.  Current Pads: GAUZE ROLLED WITH DUCT TAPE- OLD PADS WORE OUT AND I WAS INSTRUCTED TO BUY NEW ONES RATHER THAN GET THEM REISSUED.  Comments: WE WILL BE DEPLOYING SOON, SO IT WOULD BE GREAT IF I COULD GET MYSELF A SET OF THESE ASAP. MY WHOLE PLATOON JUST PURCHASED OUR OWN MICH SHELLS AND HAVE TO BUILD THE HELMET OUT OF OUR OWN FUNDS. IF POSSIBLE MY PLATOON OF ABOUT 35 COULD BE GREATLY BENEFITTED BY THESE. LIKE SAID IN YOUR COMMENTS SECTION SNIPERS CANNOT USE ISSUED PASGT HELMETS AND FIRE AS ACCURATELY AS REQUIRED. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS HELP. LCpl, USMC.

25 Oct 2010: Duties: EOD. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: WE ALL HAVE A VARIATION OF MANY DIFFERENT HELMETS, AND MANY DIFFERENT PADS, THE PADS WERE ISSUED DONT HELP DISPLACE THE WEIGHT ON PATROLS.  SSgt, USMC.

25 Oct 2010: Duties: pmt. Current Pads: nsn.  Comments: The current pads give me headachs and makes my neck stiff. LCpl, USMC.

19 Oct 2010: Duties: Scout Sniper.  Current Pads: Brain Strap. Brown, worn down horribly. Leather strap around inside of kevlar. Comments: We will be deploying in [opsec]. Mojave Viper in January. I know we have about 15 MICH helmets in our plt. The rest are LWH. Current “protection” in helmets do not provide ample protection when hitting IED’s or even when driving in the back of an MRAP on a bumpy road. I’ll be sure to have the platoon give some feedback once we get the pads. Thank you very much for your support for us. We couldn’t do it without great people like you.  Cpl, USMC.

18 Oct 2010: Duties: Air Officer.  Current Pads: No pads, just standard issued sweatband mesh liner.  Comments: Multiple pressure points and Velcro digs into scalp. Helmet tends to slide forward and backwards a lot. I am requesting a second kit for my assistant Air Officer (if I can do that).  Maj, USMC.

11 Oct 2010: Duties: police mentoring team with grunt unit in afganistan. Current Pads: they are grey and beat to all hell.  Comments: the command wont give me new pads until mine are tottally destroyed. there stiff from all the sweat put into them and they make my neck hurt . my friend has some of the pads that u send and i tried them and they were amazing. LCpl, USMC.

7 Oct 2010: Duties: EOD. Current Pads: My current pads are green on one side, black on another with a sewn seam. I have looked but I do not see any writing on them. Comments: Basically the pads can be uncomfortable at times. In the environment we’re in right now any little thing that would improve our lifestyle and comfort level to make our job just a little easier. Thank you so much! I think what you’re organization is doing is great. GySgt, USMC.

4 Oct 2010: Duties: Military Police. Current Pads: skydex. Comments: Pads are hard and cause major discomfort, during combat operations.  Cpl, USMC.

30 Sep 2010: Duties: EOD. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: I have used Oregon Aero pads on previous deployments and have been very impressed with their overall performance and comfort. The current pads are to rigid and don’t form well to the shape of you head. Also Can you please send size 4 pads. In previous use these seem to fit my head the best. Thanks for your support. Sgt, USMC.

29 Sep 2010: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Don’t know.  Comments: Hello Dr. Meaders I hope you remember me, weeks ago you sent me 10 pads for my fellow corpsmen in my company, they received them, and they thank you. Now my unit is deploying to assit In OEF very soon and almost 100% of them would benefit greatly from a new set of new pads, and I have spoken to the supply officer in my unit, he told me that he has close to 100 marines in [opsec] CO leaving for training soon. I thank you in advance, and thank fortaking care of us Marines, and Navy.  HM3, USN (FMF)

27 Sep 2010: Duties: MILITARY POLICE. Current Pads: NSN- 8470-01-546-9356. Comments: TOO HARD. Cpl, USMC

26 Sep 2010: Duties: PMT mission. Living with and training the Afghani National Police. Current Pads: none, my kevlar didnt have any. Comments: my kevlar gives me headaches and is real loose.  LCpl, USMC.

21 Sep 2010:  Duties: Convoy Ops.  Comments: I requested 1 replacement kit before beginning operations in Marjah.  OperationHelmet outfitted my whole squad of 20! From first hand use and the testimonial from my Marines, I can tell you that the Oregon Aero are far superior to the standard issue pads. Several of us had the misfortune of testing the pads in IED strikes, but miraculously, not one Marine I knew wearing the OA pads suffered from even class 1 concussions. Standard-issue, on the other hand, did not fare as well. The comfort level of the OA pads are through the roof, we jokingly went to sleep with our kevlars on to demonstrate to others how comfortable they really are.  Sgt, USMC

21 Sep 2010: Duties: INFANTRY PLATOON. Current Pads: BASIC PAD BLACK ISSUE WITH MARINE CORPS EMBLEM. OTHERS HAVE OLD LEATHER PADS FOR KEVLAR. Comments: PADS WE CURRENTLY HAVE ARE OLD AND DONT FIT RIGHT IN SOME OF THE OLDER KEVLAR HELMETS WE HAVE HERE AT THE UNIT. I AM HOPING WE GET NEW GEAR BUT WHO KNOWS.  GySgt, USMC.

21 Sep 2010: Duties: ANGLICO – Air Naval Guns Liaison Company: Provide indirect fire support for Marines and Coalition forces. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: Marines have complained about headaches, pads are too hard, uncomfortable… Request size 4 pads.  SSgt, USMC.

20 Sep 2010: Duties: Intel Current Pads: original Comments: they are hard…  SSgt, USMC.

14 Sep 2010: Duties: PMT [military police – provost martial]. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: after a couple deployments hard to keep clean, do not let helmet fit properly on head, cause headache after long hours of wear on patrol. Cpl, USMC.

9 Sep 2010: Duties: Counter IED Team. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: The pads are way to thick and if i put them in proper configuration my helmet doesnt fit.  GySgt, USMC

9 Sep 2010:  My Platoon received the helmet pads last week (ltr. dated 8/17). They were all passed out the first day. Everyone is very appreciative. We are not provided new pads out here, and some Marines still had their old ones from Iraq. They all say the pads are much more comfortable than the issued ones. I can say personally they are. I want to thank all of you who helped purchase these. You have provided a little more comfort in our lives, which is not something we have much of out here, as you can imagine. Your prayers and support mean a lot to us here. So, on behalf of xx Platoon, xx Co., x/x, I thank you all. May God bless you and our country, which I have a new appreciation for. LCpl, USMC.

9 Sep 2010: Duties: Fire Support. Current Pads: None. Need size 4 helmet pads with 4-point chin straps. Our  ANGLICO is the only ANGLICO that is poorly equipped. Comments: Don’t have any pads. HM1, USN (FMF)

7 Sep 2010: Duties: Work up to go back to Afghanistan we just got back from Marjah. Current Pads: POS ones from CIF [Central Issue Facility] that came with the helmet. Comments: We just got back from Marjah in Afghanistan … you sent us the helmet pads before we deployed they got destroyed beyond cleaning while over there we are about to begin our work up to go back. If you could send my squad new ones or if possible the platoon that would be 45 helmet pads that would be great if not its all good. LCpl, USMC.

3 Sep 2010: Duties: Security Current Pads: Gray and black, kind of stiff with light stitching Comments: Nothing, I just prefer the Oregon Aero pads.  CPL, USMC.

1 Sep 2010: Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: MY KEVLAR DOESNT HAVE GEL PADS. IT HAS THE NET SUSPENSION SYSTEM. Comments: THE CURRENT SUSPENSION SYSTEM PUTS PRESSURE ON MY TEMPLES AND GIVES ME INCREDIBLE HEADACHES. SGT, USMC.

25 Aug 2010: Duties: Forward Air Controller. Current Pads: Issue Hemet pads. Comments: This is for a company of operators, request 25 sets of radio operator pads for the headsets, I ordered pads a year ago for another [deleted] Unit and all the Marines were really appreciative and thankful for the upgraded pads I ordered for them, so thank you and thanks for all the support! The issue pads are nowhere near as comfortable and breathable as the Oregon Aero material, that is basically it…they do the job but not that well. The oregon aero pads are way more comfortable for long periods of use, which is more appropriate for operational units. The pads we got last time for my other unit in this organization were fantastic and worked near perfectly.  Capt, USMC

23 Aug 2010:  Duties: INFANTRY COMPANY COMMANDER. Current Pads: I HAVE THE ISSUED NSN PADS FROM CIF. BLACK AND GREY PADS. Comments: THE PADS I HAVE ARE HARD AND UNCOMFORTABLE.  Capt, USMC

16 Aug 2010: The guys from my platoon who will be operating outside the wire in a pretty popular little dump in Helmand Province have all been outfitted with pads at this point. Platoon commander loves them, as does the Platoon Sgt. S-4 shop had a mild heart attack when they realized what me and you had done. One of the Lt’s knew all about your cause and cited numerous USMC studies against it blah blah blah. He’s a REMF and i’ll doubt if he ever dons his kevlar for the entire 7 months other than to board the c-130 in and out. My opinion is simple, regardless of who’s pads are safer, if the junior Marines aren’t wearing it, then it’s no good. And that’s exactly what we do when the door on the MRAP closes or the COG leaves our post / ECP. I can sit hear and blow smoke up everyones ass all day and tell you that we are far to disciplined to do that but this isn’t my first rodeo and I know thats just a lie. If something is uncomfortable then it’s coming off as soon as the leadership leaves. I’m not too far removed from my Lance Corporal days to be ignorant enough to deny this.

9 Aug 2010: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: MSA.  Comments: the pads that came with the helmet came in only in 1 or 2 sizes and not the right size i need. and figured that out the hard way by using it and just couldnt get it adjusted just right so i need thicker pads. i have a medium helmet that came with medium pads and i need small pads.  [OpHelmet comment: needs larger helmet rather than smaller pads] Sgt, USMC

9 Aug 2010: Duties: SECURITY. Current Pads: none- military suspended leather/canvas. Comments: We still have the suspended canvas/leather in our helmets. It gives you a headache after an hour and offers no level of dampening material.  1st Lt, USMC

8 Aug 2010: Duties: Infantry training. Current Pads: No pads at all, suspension system. Comments: I had the pads in my old helmet and they made a huge difference, the only problem was they had a tendency to get hard. Cpl, USMC

6 Aug 2010: Duties: Counter IED and unexploded ordnance (EOD). Current Pads: MSA. Comments: [Not] Achieving the proper fit of the helmet with the pads available. GySgt, USMC.

30 Jul 2010: Duties: Infantry scout squad leader OEF. Pads are for scouts and LAV-25 crewmen.  Current Pads: issued – grey (Team Wendy?). Comments: I got 1 set for myself and 1 for a friend in Afghanistan and have found them to be infinitely better than the issued pads. I wish I’d had these the past 2 deployments. As the platoon sergeant/ squad leader I want my Marines to have as much comfort as possible. I assure you each of these pads will go to Marines doing multiple deployments to the most remote parts of Afghanistan. Sgt, USMC

26 Jul 2010: Duties: Training Advisors to both the ANA and ANP [Afghan Nat’l Army and Police]. Current Pads: Oregon Aero.  Comments: I used the oregon aero pads back in 2006 in iraq, they probably saved my buddies life in february when he got a grade 3 concussion from an IED blast 5 feet from him, and kept me from getting a concussion when an IED went off by me in june. I got wounded but didnt have any head trauma or problems. I think the issue pads are not the best, but the government has to buy alot of them so price has got to be a factor.  GySgt, USMC.

22 Jul 2010: helmet slippage, obstructs vision. LCpl, USMC

20 Jul 2010: convoys.  my pads fall out easily and its hard for more to keep then in a secure spot that also allows my helmet cover straps to stay in one place.  CPL, USMC.

20 Jul 2010: FORWARD AIR CONTROLLER Comments: THANKS VERY MUCH FOR PROVIDING THESE GREAT PADS. THE ISSUE PADS ARE TOO THICK AND DON’T BREATHE WELL. Capt, USMC.

19 Jul 2010: HOSPITAL CORPSMAN FMF Comments: My Kevlar does not have any pads, so when I go into the prone shooting position the weight of the helmet covers my eyes making it impossible to shoot, also gets hard to use Night Vision Goggles when the helmet keeps moving cause there is no stabilization. Thanks for your help! HM3, USN(FMF).

19 July 2010: I received the pads on Friday, passed them out to my platoon and  they were ecstatic.  You are providing an unbelievable service, it takes us months to be issued sub par gear and you got us high end pads in less then a week. I understand your funding is low and that makes it mean even more to us the fact that you put in a great deal of time and energy. I’ve spread the word to my union IAFF local 2562 and various other agencies and I’m hoping they do the right thing. It really is amazing how something as small as a set of helmet pads can raise the moral of a platoon of combat ready marines. Usually I’m the one putting in the time to raise money for various organizations and have never been on the receiving end it really is overwhelming to see that while everyone says they support the troops you put actions along with that phrase. Let me know if there is anything I can do to further this great cause and spread the word, it would be a shame to see this stop due to monetary issues. Thank you again from everyone at XX platoon XX company XX and a job well done sir.

11 Jul 2010: Duties: Navy Corpsman attached to an infantry company Comments: The current pads are hard and stiff therefore my helmet likes moving around and make it very difficult while trying to treat a patient, sometimes i end up taking it off all together to i can see what im doing. Thank you for what your doing here we are all very grateful. HM2, USN (FMF)

7 Jul 2010: Duties: Infantry Comments: Thank you so much for this wonderful service you are providing our military members. I wish our government would step up to the plate and provide your helmet liners as standard equipment. God Bless you for working to improve the chance of our military men and women coming home physically, mentally and emotionally intact. Your product is making a huge difference in so many lives, not just our military. Semper Fi! LCpl, USMC.

1 Jul 2010: Duties: we are mortarmen in a 81mm mortar platoon, we will be shooting mortars and patroling ALOT. Possibly some vehicle operations.  Comments: The pads that we are issue from CIF on base just are not up to par. The lines to get gear replaces takes hour on end, also with our optempo it is hard to get my marines in there. The pads that we do get are hard as a rock and stay that way especially when they get wet. we are deploying to afghanistan in 2 months and i thought i can see what i could do to help get my guys some new gear. The first thing that came to my mind is better helmet pads. I was issued a new pair in Iraq back in 2005, let me tell you they were the most comfortable pair of helmet i have worn. They saved my head quite a few times when i got hit with some IED’s. So i know what good pads can do for marines, save them from some TBI in most cases. IF you guys can help us out please let me know.

30 Jun 2010: Duties: Conducting Scout Sniper operations in support of our battalion. Comments: My platoon will be deploying to OEF very soon and nearly the whole platoon has MICH helmets we bought with our own money, due to the fact that the issued LWH is not suitable for laying in the prone behind a precision weapon, as it hinders your ability to attain proper cheek weld and sight picture through our scopes. All my fellow snipers are using combinations of the issued pads which are stiff and uncomfortable, and when removed become rock solid. They also hold sweat and stay wet for long periods of time, and since we have had the same pads for 6+ months, they are delaminating and smell terrible. We wear our helmets to stay safe, but its hard to convince my guys to keep them on when there is no apparent danger and it feels like a vice grip. CPL, USMC.

20 May 2010: I am an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Tech with xxx USMC that will be getting ready for workups for our future deployment to Afghanistan this coming Feb. I have a platoon of 60 Techs that will be deploying with our “fantastic” issued helmets and pads. If it is possible to accommodate us with the helmet pad kits I would appreciate it. Thanks.  GySgt, USMC

18 May 2010 – Fire support liaison.  The pads are too stiff and cause headaches. It causes more harm than benefit when a Marine has to often remove his helmet to relieve pressure. Sgt, USMC.

14 May 2010: SPECIAL OPS, INFANTRY.  I am currently with Marine Special Operations Battalion located [xxx]. We are looking for better helmet pads for the Mich Helmet than the current one being fielded. I have tried the Oregon Aero pads that you guys supply through one of my peers who received the set of pads from your organization. I would like to outfit my entire team of 15 individuals with the Oregon Aero pads and try them out for our upcoming deployment overseas. I would greatly appreciate it if you guys could support us in this manner. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at any point. Once again thank you for your support and all that you do for us troops. Semper Fi!!!!  Sgt, USMC

27 Apr 2010: As I am sure you are aware, the issue helmet pads are uncomfortable and create pressure points. The LWH as a whole is a disaster. I got an ACH from a friend in the Army and will be wearing that discreetly on the pump. The pads he had in it were good, but they have some serious funk to them and the ones from the LWH are awful. Thanks for the help, you guys are awesome. I’ll let my squad know about your program. Sgt, USMC.

26 Mar 2010- Deploying very very soon. I appreciate it if you can help in any way. The issued pads are not working with my MICH helmet. I have had good experiences with Oregon Aero pads in the past, but wore them out during my last deployment. I have a very large head and would like 1/2 pads if possible. I was issued 1″ pads by my unit and tried to cut them in half, but it did not work so well. My unit does not have the size I need, and i can’t afford to buy them right now. Thanks again!

17 Mar 2010 – Heard About us: THROUGH OTHER MARINES Duties: ME AND MY SQD WILL BE GOING ON PATROLS FOR MULTIPLE WEEKS AT A TIME. THEREFORE WE WILL BE WEARING OUR KEVLARS ALL DAY LONG AND THE PADS WE GET FROM CIF [central issue facility] ARE TOO STIFF. WE ARE LEAVING FOR AFGHANISTAN NEXT MONTH AND WILL BE THERE FOR AN UNDISCLOSED TIME. Comments: ME AND MY MARINES WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT.  Sgt, USMC

17 Mar 2010 – MSgt [xxx] told me about you and that while he was deployed to both OIF and OEF that you supplied his teams with pads and how happy his Marines where with the product. Duties: I’m with a female engagement team (FET) deploying to Afghanistan to work along side of the infantry.  Thank you so much for your support!!!  USMC

11 Mar 2010 – Infantry.  I have the standard suspension pads in my helmet. They cause me headaches and to much fatigue after long periods of time. LCpl, USMC

7 Mar 2010 – Heard About us: Fellow EOD Tech. Duties: EOD. Comments: We are deploying to Afghanistan soon and are starting our work-ups in 10 days. I would like for us to train with the new pads if at all possible. I would greatly appreciate it if we could receive [9] kits. If you could help us with this; I would be extremely greatful. Thank you for your assistance and please continue the awesome work you guys are doing for deploying Marines and Soldiers. Semper Fi.  SSgt, USMC

5 Mar 2010 – bomb dog handler, deploying to Afghanistan as infantry. DEPLOYING TO AFGHANISTAN [soon] I DO GET HEADACHES WHEN WEARING LWH OVER ABOUT 8 HRS. LCPL, USMC

24 Feb, 2010: The main gripes that the Marines have with the current pads and suspension system are that after continuous wear/use they lose their effectiveness.  Specifically, the suspension system will not hold it’s tension causing the helmet to shift while in use at inopportune times.  The straps have to be constantly tightened before, during, and after use.  The pads are too stiff and do not break in easily, if at all.  Due to its comfort, or lack there of, Marines result to removing their helmets at any available moment for relief or readjustment.

23 Feb 2010: Duties: EOD.  We are scheduled to deploy soon. I will be deploying with 8 other EOD techs. I heard of your ongoing “operation.” We would be very grateful if you would be able to accommodate our request. Thank you for everything that you have done and continue to do for our troops. The number provided is my cell and I can be reached at any time if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you, again!  GySgt, USMC

8 Feb 2010:  Thank You so much for sending my fire team helmet pads. I am no longer getting the question about, “can we take off our k-pots my head hurts.” My Fireteam and I would like to thank all the people that made this possible. Sgt, USMC

26 Jan 2010: We are a 27 man team of combat advisors who will be embedded with an Afghan battalion. We will spend most of our time in isolated groups outside the wire advising the Afghan National Army. Every Afghan soldier we train is one less American soldier we have to send over there. A constant complaint amongst my teammates is that the GI pads cause pain, headaches, and they sit too high. As an aviator, I have used Oregon Aero pads in my flight helmet on long missions and am a huge fan. In fact, I tried to use my flight helmet pads inside my lightweight helmet. Needless to say it didn’t work. I became very excited when i found out that they make custom pads for the LWH. any help is very appreciated

5 Jan 2010: Before receiving your pads I had the issued pads for my kevlar and they were horrible. They were awful when they got hot which they often do when your in Iraq. I ordered a kit with enough pads for my whole squad. All my marines loved them. Thank you.