2011 Army Requests

31 Dec 2011: Kits: 10, Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Mentoring ANA. Current Pads: sewn seam, glued, and other. Comments: headaches.  SSG, US Army.

31 Dec 2011: Kits: 40. Hometown: Fort Leonard Wood MO. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: Basic Issue pads. Green on back and black and kinda squishy. Gets hard and flat after a few hours. Comments: Soldiers just hate their helmets. They cause pain and itching over time and we wear our helmets for 10+ hours each mission. If our guys dont mind wearing the helmets, they will continue to protect them. SPC, US Army.

31 Dec 2011: Kits: 80. Hometown: ANCHORAGE AK. Heard About us: GOOGLE. Duties: RCP. Current Pads: NSN 8470 01 546 9415. Comments: THESE PADS ARE CAUSING SORES FOR OUR SOLDIERS, THEY WEAR THE ACH FOR OVER 10 HRS WHILE DOING RCP MISSIONS. i WOULD LIKE TO GET SOME FOR OUR COMPANY THAT RUNS TWO RCPS. SPC, US Army.

31 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Newburgh, IN. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Communications. Current Pads: So old that the writing has worn of so Im not sure, they are kinda gray. Comments: the pads are hard and uncomfortable and they are starting to fall apart and my supply. SPC, US Army.

27 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: Unit PAD Crown Size 3/4 NSN 8470-01-506-8425. Comments: They Are To stff and after a short period of time they give me a headache. The front pad digs into my forehead and leaves a big red mark. They are also Torn on the back were they stick to the velcro, creating a problem with them staying in. SPC, US Army.

22 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: It is not confortable on rocky roads and it is even harder on the cold its like they freeze or something. SPC, US Army.

19 Dec 2011: Kits: 10. Hometown: St. Petersburgs, FL. Heard About us: a fellow soldier from a prior unit. Duties: We are #1 route clearance in Kandahar Prov.(true story). Our job is Route Clearance, we lead all missions for anyone that needs safe travel off the hard ball. Most missions are approx. 8-10 hours, but more often than not we are directed to clear specific routes to enable freedom of movements for trigger pullers. typically missions exceed 15 hours. I have more than occasionally found my soldiers with kevlars off while on mission, specifically due to pain on the head or eventually headaches. Current Pads: all i know is that they are green and black, no writing on them and there is a number for sizing. Comments: any amount of donations to my soldiers would be greatly appreciated. Sgt, US Army.

18 Dec 2011: Kits: 2. Hometown: Littleton, Colorado. Heard About us: EOD Team Leader. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: Black Pads, the seam forms a lip near the velcro side of the pad, the texture is kind of felt like. Comments: The pads I have are completely worn out, almost to the point of being flat. They only lasted about 6 months before they started to become uncomfortable. The way the pads cause my helmet to ride on my head gives me headaches because there’s no real cushioning in them any more. SPC, US Army.

16 Dec 2011: Kits: 4. Hometown: Vernon, CT. Heard About us: Online. Duties: Combat Medics. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Worn. SPC, US Army.

16 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Cavalry Scout. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: When we do night missions and use our NVGs our helmets fall forawrd all the time become a huge hassle.  PV2, US Army.

16 Dec 2011: Kits: 2.  Heard About us: google. Duties: dismount team leader. Current Pads: basic black pads. Comments: they cause pain so i remove a few for extended wear. SGT, US Army.

12 Dec 2011: Kits: 43. Heard About us: Wife found your info online. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Green pads with black underside. appears to be a NSN however it has faded with repeated washings. Comments: cause head aches over long duration missions. SGT, US Army.

12 Dec 2011: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: My roommate told me when I asked him where he got the awesome pads. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN6470-01-646-9416. Comments: The army issued pads I got basicly felt rock hard when they issued and have only gotten worse after countless missions pouring sweat into them. SPC, US Army.

11 Dec 2011: Kits: 8. Heard About us: FELLOW SOLDIER RECIEVED PADS FROM YOUR ORGANIZATION. Duties: CAVALRY SCOUT – RECON. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: CURRENT PADS DO NOT STICK AND STIFFEN AFTER SHORT PERIOD OF USE. I AM REQUESTING THE 8 KITS FOR MY SOLDIERS. SSGT, US Army.

10 Dec 2011: Counter IED Operation, Distrupting Taliban Operations. The new pad you sent out to me and my men are great, they are by FAR much better then the standard issued grey pads, they are soft, comfortable and dont feel like rocks. The old pads when they got dirty from sweat and dirt, no matter how much we cleaned them they were still horrible and was a constant problem for us. We really appreciate the pads and its 100 times more tolerable to wear our ACH’s Thank You so much from 1-67 AR Scout platoon. Scouts Out!! SGT, US Army.

8 Dec 2011: Kits: 75. Duties: route clearance. Current Pads: standerd issued/foliage green. Comments: They are rock hard and make the helments fit poorly, I had got a small amout from you guys for my last deployment and am soon to be shipped to Afganastan and would like to get more for the guys who did not recieve or are new to the unit. SPC. US Army.

4 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Newmarket NH. Heard About us: Google. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: Green Army issued, missing most of them. Comments: My current pads are just to the point of being damaged past usuability and my Army supply system wont order new ones for us. SGT, US Army.

4 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Pasco. Heard About us: from the USO in the air port. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: The pads don’t fit all types of head shapes ie. the pads on the sides makes the ACH sit higher than it should because they can’t go low enough to give the support needed. Other than that it has improved alot from the past helmet types. SFC, US Army.

30 Nov 2011: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: Google Search. Duties: Combat Engineer-Route Clearance. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The helmet gets uncomfortable on the head after wearing it for 5+ hour missions. The pad system is a step up from what I had before, but it’s still not all that great. SPC, US Army.

27 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Random Search. Duties: Military Intel. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Just feels too hard. SGT, US Army.

25 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Heard About us: a friend. Duties: CSM for the unit. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: Very uncomfortable, when wearing for extended time. CSM, US Army.

25 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Morris, MN. Heard About us: S1 E-mail. Duties: Mechanic/ Convoy. Current Pads: W911QV-05-D-0003 NSN8470-01-606-6626 GENTEX CORPORATION. Comments: The current pads give me headaches when worn for extended periods of time. They are also very hard when the weather is cold but lossen up after worn for a few minutes. Most troops are removing pads to make the ACH fit better (top, rear, and one each of the sides). SSG, US Army.

25 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Heard About us: From another soldier. Duties: Line Medic. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9356. Pad, Helmet Advanced combat size. Comments: The pads compress down with the weight of my NVG’s attached and cause discomfort and headaches while moving around the terrain. I can deal with the moisture and discomfort for a while but the pads are just low quality and the pain they cause my head is a distraction from the mission. SPC, US Army.

25 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Starbuck, MN. Heard About us: From another soldier. Duties: Agricultural Officer in Charge. Current Pads: What came with the ACH. Comments: They are too stiff, makes it uncomfortable to wear. LTC, US Army.

25 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Odin, MN. Heard About us: Fellow Soldier. Duties: Operations officer for [xxx] Agribusiness Team. Current Pads: Factor Sewn seam I was issue at Camp Atterbury. Comments: uncomfortable, especailly during long missions. LTC, US Army.

24 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Saint Paul, MN. Heard About us: Fellow Soldier. Duties: ADT TC/Driver. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: Thank you!  SFC, US Army.

24 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Duties: Agribusiness Development Team traveling around Zabul Province in Afghanistan. Current Pads: The standard issue junk ones…….nothing like a brick on your head. Comments: I have heard your pads are the best possible. Looking forward to something better than the stock junk. SFC, US Army.

24 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: White Bear Lake, MN.Heard About us: from a team members. Duties: Agricultural training and Outreach – building stability through advancement of 80% of economy of Afghanistan. Current Pads: NSN8470-01-506-6626 (GENTEX). Comments: Fit is not consistent. COL, US Army.

24 Nov 2011: Kits: 2. Hometown: johnston, ri. Heard About us: friend. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: i am currentley deployed to afghanistan sending to my house because i go on leave and will will get them sooner at home then i will here thank you very much. SPC, US Army.

24 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: West Palm Beach FL. Heard About us: Team Leader. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Unit Pad NSN 8470-**-***-****.  Comments: The pads Issued are so horribly uncomfortable the only time my ACH is actually on my head is if someone important is around or we are in a moving military vehicle outside the wire. They cause headaches pinch points and overall are just terrible feels like a piece of cardboard trying to cushion a 10lb bucket wearing NVG’s only makes the problem 100 times worse please help! PFC, US Army.

24 Nov 2011: Kits: 2. Hometown: Norwich, CT. Heard About us: FRIEND. Duties: SECFOR INFANTRY. Current Pads: Can’t read the writing, it’s black on the bottom and green on the side that fits against the helmet. Comments: Alresdy in Afghanistan at FOB Mehtar Lam. Going home on leave soon. SFC, US Army.

23 Nov 2011: Kits: 2 Hometown: north kingstown. Heard About us: FRIEND. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: STANDARD ISSUE.. NSN 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: The pads are causing head aches and hurt after about an hour of wearing them.  SPC, US Army.

22 Nov 2011: Kits: 2. Heard About us: Word of mouth. Duties: Combat Advisor. Current Pads: Standard issue- green , glue on foam, hard. Comments: The pads give me head tension issues.  SGT, US Army.

21 Nov 2011: Kits: 5 Hometown: Victoria, TX. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Security/Convoy/Vehicle Recovery. Current Pads: GENTEX Corporation (Foliage Green). Comments: Headaches within 30-45 min of wearing ACH. Head starts to get hot spots and starts to itch as well. It is distracting and a hindrance to mission performance and safety. SPC, US Army.

21 Nov 2011: Heard About us: our Medic. Duties: convoy security on gun trucks. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: My ACH helmet is very unconfortable to wear. SPC, US Army.

16 Nov 2011: Kits: 10. Duties: ROUTE CLEARANCE. Current Pads: Green pads. Comments: Headaches. uncomfortable. SGT, US Army.

13 Nov 2011: Kits: 10. Hometown: Marengo, Ohio. Heard About us: a medic friend of mine. Duties: Dismounted patrols through orchards and village clearence missions. Current Pads: grey standard issue pads. Comments: The standard issue pads we get after a few times of wearing them in this weather and also to field problems before we deployed dosnt matter how many times you wash them they get stiff and lose the “padding” effect to make the wear comfortable and safe.  SGT, US Army.

12 Nov 2011: Hometown: Pasadena, CA. Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Manuever. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: The pads i currently have are not sticking any more. The velcro is starting to seperate and rip. SGT, US Army.

12 Nov 2011: Hometown: Leicester Ma. Heard About us: a buddy in the platoon. Duties: INFANTRY SECFOR. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: they are hard and compressed and soak up sweat and stay wet/ smell. im asking for two kits so i can have one and i can give one to my roomate but if need be one is fine. PFC, US Army.

11 Nov 2011: Kits: 1 Hometown: FORT HOOD, TEXAS. Heard About us: Duties: UNIT PSYOPS OFFICER. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6851. Comments: HARD AND UNCOMFORTABLE.  CPT, US Army.

11 Nov 2011: Kits: 1 Hometown: FORT HOOD, TEXAS. Heard About us: Duties: CAVALRY SCOUT. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6454. Comments: PADS ARE UNCOMFORTABLE. CPT, US Army.

11 Nov 2011: Hometown: East Greenwich, RI. Heard About us: Other soldiers that have replaced their helmet pads. Duties: Infantry Current Pads: NSN. Comments: My current helmet pads cause headaches after wearing my helmet for 5 minutes. It seems that due to the rigid composition of the pads they try and fit your head to them, rather than fitting to the shape of your head. There is enough things to be focusing on when running a mission without having to be distracted by unnecessary pain from a helmet.  SPC, US Army.

11 Nov 2011: Hometown: Moorehad. Heard About us: google search. Duties: Executive Officer for [xxx] Development Team Current Pads: NSN: 8479-01-506-6626 Unit Pad, Crown WB11QY-05-D0001 90425 Lot 92 1936. Comments: extremely uncomfortable, hard, non-molding. Leaves hotspots and causes headaches. I had the 1st generation ACH & had no problems. This one is newly issued, out of the box & it is very uncomfortable no matter how I try to adjust the pads.  LTC, US Army.

10 Nov 2011: Hometown: Honolulu, HI. Duties: Medic with the “Distro” platoon protecting supply convoys. Current Pads: Black rougher back with od green front feels like it has a foam pad inside Comments: Headaches and itchiness they are very dificult to clean. SPC, US Army.

9 Nov 2011: Hometown: Foxboro, MA. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Strike Force Platoon. Current Pads: Basic issue. There a greyish color and have gotten hard as hell over the past year. Wash them monthly and there still hard. Comments: Headaches everytime (especially on forehead when night vision goggles are mounted) Which is usally most of the time since we operate at night usually. Hair loss especailly where the pads are rubbing on my head. SPC, US Army.

8 Nov 2011: Hometown: Colorado Springs. Heard About us: Google search. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: I currently have a skydex as the crown pad in my ACH, all the other pads are standard issue. All my soldiers have the standard issue. Comments: The current pads are hard a rock and take months to conform to your head. The collect grim and dirt very quickley, many soldiers just simply wash them but once you do that they become even harder to wear back in, not to mention how long they take to dry out once you sweated in them for 72hrs.  SGT, US Army.

6 Nov 2011: Hometown: Midlothian, TX Heard About us: internet Duties: convoy Current Pads: NSN Comments: pads are very firm and hard-I always get a headache when wearing my ACH-It’s very uncomfortable.  SPC, US Army.

31 Oct 2011: Hometown: Clover South Carolina. Heard About us: Google. Duties: I am in Afghanistan now. I am an Infantry Team Leader. Current Pads: Not sure.. sorry I dont have helmet with at this time. It is the basic issued pads by the army. Comments: Right now the pads are fine. This is my 3rd deployment using the same helmet with different pads. cleaning them is tough and they are just really dirty and grimey. SGT, US Army.

31 Oct 2011: Heard About us: A fellow Soldier. Duties: I am a logistics operator and advisor and I travel outside the wire on a regular basis. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: It is hard on my head. MAJ, US Army.

30 Oct 2011: Hometown: Ft Bliss, TX. Heard About us: Soldier’s on CLP recomendation. Duties: Batallion Maintenance. Current Pads: NSN- 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: poorly fit, headaches, visual distraction, and Irritation. 1SG, US Army.

28 Oct 2011: Hometown: Fort Knox, KY. Heard About us: A fellow. Soldier Duties: Conducting reconnaissance, project planning, and construction missions in order to build new FOBs, COPs, OPs, and establish offensive and defensive positions to execute tactical combat operations. Current Pads: Velcro pads. Round pad on the inside top. Rectangular pads around the inside brim. Comments: The current pads and chin strap are very difficult to adjust and keep adjusted. The chin portion of the chin strap is irritating and harbors bacteria. If cleaned in the washer – the form changes and consistency is not the same. The form does not keep shape and cause the helmet to ‘lift-up’ off your head causing a bad and uncomfortable fit.  CPT, US Army. [Update 4 Nov 2011: I received your helmet kits and they are absolutely amazing! These are definitely an upgrade for comfort and fit! I have passed the kits out to my Soldiers and feedback is all positive. The only thing I would add to the kits are two additional size 8 oval pads in order to fit six of these pads vertically around the inside of the helmet to sync with the size 6 traps in the front and rear. Other than that, the comfort is like wearing a marshmallow, but a very snug and stable fit – which is difficult to achieve both. The velcro strips are great as they are segmented for easy application and are capable of being cut and shaped to better fit pads to the liking of each Soldier – so very versatile in that aspect as well. I would be interested in passing out more if they are available. I have 28 Soldiers total and would like to fit all of them with these pads. I understand feedback is key so once we get a few patrols in with wearing them for long periods of time, optics mounted on helmets (added weight), and sweat variables I will email you again with more feedback. Thanks for hooking us up with a great product – they will get great use daily!]

27 Oct 2011: Hometown: monroe, MI. Heard About us: friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: light green standard issue pads. Comments: pads are hard and dont abosorb sweat at all. SPC, US Army.

25 Oct 2011: Hometown: Lindsay. Heard About us: a fellow soldier. Duties: infantry,combat ops. Current Pads: basic grey issue. Comments: they are extremely uncomfortable and they freeze and get hard in cold conditions. SPC, US Army.

24 Oct 2011: Hometown: Eagle River, AK. Heard About us: A good friend. Duties: Squad Leader, Airborne Infantry, Afghan bound within the next 6 months. Current Pads: No writing present. Green fabric, hard, blackfoam. glued together. Plastic bag over the foam that holds in the sweat and keeps them nice and slimey. Comments: The fabric gets nasty, causes rash on my boys heads. They get hard when they get cold, soggy when we sweat, fall out constantly, overall just make it a pain to use a helmet. The headaches, dont even get me started. My Soldiers deserve better. If I can only get the 8 pairs for my boys I will happily wear my crappy old pads for 10 more years! Geronimo.  SSG, US Army.

23 Oct 2011: Hometown: Caguas, Puerto Rico. Duties: INFANTRY, CONVOY SECURITY. Heard About us: ONLINE. Current Pads: USED UP BASIC ISSUE THERE GREEN PADS WITH NSN NUMBER ON IT.  Notes: THE REASON I REQUESTED 25 IS IM SURE THE REST OF THE GUYS WOULD WANT SOME TOO.  SFC, US Army.

21 Oct 2011: Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Unit Pad, NSN:8470-01-546-9415, ACU color, hard as a rock. Comments: These pads are worthless. They don’t last more than a month. After that month, they give you headaches and irritate your skin. SGT, US Army.

20 Oct 2011: Hometown: Lansdale, PA. Heard About us: Fellow Soldier. Duties: Recon/Scout Platoon Leader responsible for area security to include dismounted and mounted patrols and facilitation of local governance. Current Pads: Gray CIF issue pads-unknown NSN. Comments: Current pads are rigid and uncomfortable. Issues with durability (rips/seams bust easily) and overall comfort. 1LT, US Army.

19 Oct 2011: Hometown: Fairfield TX. Heard About us: a friend. Duties: mechanic, recovery, fueling helo’s, convoy. Current Pads: regular army issue. They are already falling apart. NSN. Comments: Right now for me and my guys our pads are uncomfortable and falling apart. They also smell bad.  SGT, US Army.

16 Oct 2011: Heard About us: USO at Philadelphia Intl Airport. Duties: COIN/Humanitarian assistance. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: After wearing them for one month of pre-mobilization training, it seems that the pads have not softened up as the original issue pads used to do. New issue pads are extremely uncomfortable and clothing sales only has the same brand. 1SG, US Army.

16 Oct 2011: Hometown: Hammond IN. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Combat Infantry Operations. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: As of now everyone in my squad to include myself have issues with helmet not staying in position and constantly having to change pads due to tearing and frequent headaches. Our unit returned earlier this year and are due to deploy again soon. We are currently hitting the training very hard and a lot of my soldiers are spending quite a bit of their own hard earned money on military gear to make the training and upcoming deployment just a little bit easier. SSG, US Army.

15 Oct 2011: Hometown: Olney. Heard About us: USO advertisement. Duties: Civil Affairs. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-545-7350. Comments: After a period of constant wear, the pads start to cause a sharp pain the in the back of my head where there is a lot of contact. SPC, US Army.

13 Oct 2011: Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Grey, velcro on back, round top pad, rectangle side pads. Comments: excess pressure on sides of head, causing headaches after long periods of wear.  SPC, US Army.

11 Oct 2011: Heard About us: fellow soldier. Duties: convoy. Current Pads: Has no buisenss name on center pad. Comments: The pads are super hard and make the kevlar not so nice to have on your head. its a distraction having to move it around All the time. PFC, US Army.

10 Oct 2011: Hometown: Schertz, TX. Heard About us: Fellow Soldier.  Duties: Convoy Movement and pulling Security outside the wire everyday. Current Pads: Middle Pad no writing but they are gray and really hard. Gives me headaches. Comments: The pads we are issied are no good. Gives me headachs I would say within about 45 min of wearing it. You have to adjust them all the time and they are literally hard as a rock till they get soaked with sweat. Gross I know but itts what we havee to deal with. I saw the pads y’all are donating and I think I fell in love. I would really like to try a set and for sure I will pass the word on. SPC, US Army.

10 Oct 2011: Hometown: SAN DIEGO, CA. Heard About us: ONLINE. Duties: INFANTRY, CONVOY SECURITY. Current Pads: USED UP BASIC ISSUE THERE GREEN PADS WITH NSN NUMBER ON IT Comments: THE REASON I REQUESTED 25 IS IM SURE THE REST OF THE GUYS WOULD WANT SOME TOO.  SPC, US Army.

8 Oct 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: They are flattening out. I’ve only had them for 6 months and it’s to the point that my helmet is lose on my head and it’s starting to annoy my head. SSG, US Army.

6 Oct 2011: Heard About us: I heard about the program through other Soldiers. Duties: COIN Operations. Current Pads: We currently use the basic issued pads that come with the ACH which are MSA. Comments: The issued pads are very firm and don’t provide the much needed cushion while on patrols/missions.  CW2, US Army.

4 Oct 2011: Heard About us: friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Light Green, Stiff Pads. Comments: No Stability. pressure points make it uncomfortable. pads do not allow for airflow. Shock absorption is lacking. overall pads are ineffective. SGT, US Army.

2 Oct 2011: Heard About us: military moms. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: want to see difference .  PFC, US Army.

2 Oct 2011: Duties: Security Force Advisor, Infantry. Current Pads: Oregon Aero. Comments: Fit and comfort. SGM, US Army.

2 Oct 2011: Heard About us: Peer. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Helmet fit and comfort.  SSG, US Army.

29 Sep 2011: Hometown: Olympia, WA. Heard About us: buddy in Kandahar told me. Duties: Embed with Afghan police. Current Pads: basic issue, no writing on it other than NSN. foilage green in color, cloth exterior. Comments: the pads seem to wear down and lose resiliency, they feel like basic foam. SFC, US Army.

29 Sep 2011: Hometown: Shreveport, LA. Heard About us: internet. Duties: Commander. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: Current pads only come in two sizes. So either the helmet doesn’t fit, or regardless of the size and sorting of the pads, you get a headache. The current pads are too stiff and as mentioned, there should be at least one more size of pads rather than just two. I’ll donate enough for a few sets so you can continue to provide for our great Soldiers too…keep the program going.  CPT, US Army.

28 Sep 2011: Heard About us: fellow soldier. Duties: Special Forces operations. Current Pads: ACH original issue pads – they are too worn to get much information about. Comments: The pads are so worn that with my Peltor headset on the helmet falls forward over my eyes. SFC, US Army.

25 Sep 2011: Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Mechanic/Convoy. Current Pads: i think the NSN is 01-506-6626 its kinda worn off. Comments: the pads i have are hard and put pressure on parts of my head. SPC, US Army.

25 Sep 2011: Heard About us: Online at www.operationwearehere.com  Duties: CSM [Command Sergeant Major] Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-548-9415. Comments: The pad on forehead and side of temple area start burning and itching after 2 or more hours of wearing.  CSM, US Army.

22 Sep 2011: Heard About us: google. Duties: Movement from KAIA to various posts. Current Pads: UNICOR. Comments: comfort issues with the helmet sitting on top of the head instead of down on the head and sliding forward.  SGT, US Army.

19 Sep 2011: Heard About us: soldier Duties: recon Current Pads: army issue Comments: wear out too fast and won’t stay still no matter how tight I make the straps. SGT, US Army.

19 Sep 2011: Heard About us: Google. Duties: Reconnaissance (Cavalry Scout). Current Pads: They are worn down pretty good, but they are the regular foliage green Army issue pads. Comments: After about half an hour of use, my pads start to apply a lot of pressure to my head causing massive headaches and discomfort. Compared to the memory foam pads, the Army issue pads feel like cheap, hard plastic; exactly what they are. I find myself constantly adjusting my ACH and longing to take it off even though we have not been operating for long (usually we run about 12hours, at least, a day).  PFC, US Army.

18 Sep 2011: Duties: AFPAK Hand, Current Pads: Gentex, NSN 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: Current pads create support gaps and sore spots. MAJ, US Army.

17 Sep 2011: Heard About us: internet search to buy new pads cause i currently don’t have any and would like to have some waiting on me when i go home on leave in 12 days. Duties: Logistics Patrols, and resupply. Current Pads: i currently don’t have any in my ACH they were taken out to get washed and were destroyed by the washer and dryer so i have gone without for the last week and our unit doesn’t have replacements at the moment however i fount you and was hoping to recieve yours when i get home for R&R in 12 days. Comments: my old pad was nice and didn’t create the presure point that the 7 pad system creates it was a single non pop-able bubblewrap dome peice covered in felt, however since it’s destruction by the washer i no longer have pads and seldom wear my ACH unless i have to and the pain of no pads is worse than the GI issue pads if you can believe it. if you think you can help me it would be great cause without them when i return home i have to go to CIF and get issued and charged for a set of pads that cause me pain.  SPC, US Army.

17 Sep 2011: Heard About us: ANOTHER SOLDIER. Duties: RECON, DISMOUNTED/MOUNTED PATROLS. CONVOY. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: THEY ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WHEN WORN FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. SGT, US Army.

16 Sep 2011: Heard About us: platoon leader. Duties:  Infantry. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: the current pads fall apart too quickly- they are hard at all times not just when it is cold, it is causing headaches for numerous soldiers. SGT, US Army.

16 Sep 2011: I am currently deployed in Afghanistan thank you so much for the new pads for the helmets! I can wear my ACH without the headaches that fallow after and during the long hours of missions. Truly is a blessing that there are people who have the soldiers on their minds and in their prayers. Thank you all! Loyalty, Respect, Honor, V/R SPC

13 Sep 2011: Heard About us: From a joe in my squad. Duties: I am an infantryman attached to [xxx] PRT. Current Pads: black on top gray on the bottom regular issue. Comments: The current pads irritate my head constantly while on a mission. I am an infantryman and spend a lot of time outside the wire. I am a gunner and a dismount.  PV2, US Army.

13 Sep 2011: Heard About us: GOOGLE. Duties: Focused Targeting Force INFANTRY. Current Pads: Basic Issue. Comments: NSN 8470-0-1-546-9366.  1LT, US Army.

11 Sep 2011: Duties: Currently doing 12 hours of base defense/ Convoy ops daily. Current Pads: original from CIF/RFI NSN. Comments: Current soldiers pads are worn and completely unserviceable. I Got some of these pads for myself and they are really good pads. Would like a set for my whole platoon if possible.  SGT, US Army.

11 Sep 2011: Heard About us: Fellow Soldiers. Duties: Mechanic / convoy ops. Current Pads: The current pads we have are black and green. Comments: The pads we have currently get really hard after a few months of use. They cause alot of headaches after being worn for a while. SGT, US Army.

10 Sep 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Green on one side and black on the other. Comments: The are very uncomfortable and when wearing NVGs the helmets sag in the front.  PFC, US Army.

8 Sep 2011:  Duties: Combat Medic.  Thank you for an amazing product!!! The pads that the Army issues are garbage, but you already know that. They are hard, uncomfortable and cause pressure points which get very annoying if you aren’t a POG and actually have a job that requires you to wear your helmet. After 9 months of wearing the Army pads in Iraq my section sergeant gave me a set of your pads and asked me to try them out. As soon as I opened the pack and felt the pads I couldn’t get the old pads out fast enough. The best word that can sum up the feeling when I put my helmet on after switching the pads is “relief.” I felt unencumbered FINALY!!! With the operation helmet pads their are no more pressure points, they don’t pull on your hair, and actually seem to allow air to flow. I have spent hundreds of dollars customizing my gear and equipment so that I feel more comfortable when out in sector and I never would have thought that these pads would make as much of a difference as they do. They are amazing. Everyone in our truck uses them and as weird as it may be the majority of our conversations when out on patrol, for the first few days using them, were about these pads and how much of a difference they make. Again, thank you for an amazing product from myself and the rest of my crew. SPC, US Army.

8 Sep 2011: Duties: driving trucks. Current Pads: they are green really dirty and feel like foam. Comments: They hold way too much heat in like the pads soak up the sweet but they also dont allow the sweat to cool you off.  SPC, US Army.

7 Sep 2011: Duties: Communications. Current Pads: msa. Comments: headache.  SSG, US Army.

5 Sep 2011: Heard About us: coworker. Duties: convoy driver. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Current helmet gives me a headache.  SPC, US Army.

5 Sep 2011: Army SSG,  Unit: 5-4 CAV, 1 ID.  Duties: Scout I absolutely love your pads. A couple of weeks ago you guys sent some for me and the soldiers in my section. My soldiers and I have nothing but great things to say, the comment most often hear is “i no longer feel like i have knives digging into my skull”. I keep telling people about you, I hope it really catches on. Thanks for your contributions they are much appreciated!
Previously Used: Team Wendy (ZAP or Susquehana) 
(note: gov’t issue).  Rating: 1.
Current Pad: Oregon Aero. Rating: 5

1 Sep 2011: Heard About us: INTERNET. Duties: INFANTRY (PATROLS, SWEEPS). Current Pads: NSN-REGULAR GRAY ISSUE. Comments: PADS DONT LAST LONG THE SEAMS ARE SPILTING WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OUT TO WASH THEM.  SPC, US Army.

30 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Google Search. Duties: Convoy Security. Current Pads: standard issue (grey) – no writing. Comments: Thank You.  SPC, US Army.

29 Aug 2011: Heard About us: on google. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: issued pads the writing wore off from much sweat and use they use to be are gray in color looks like it use to be glued i don’t have the covers for them any more. Comments: the gi pads are very hard on my temple i try to move them but with no success they get very hot and they rip very wear out very easy… they are constantly smelly and develop mold on the pads … PFC, US Army.

20 Aug 2011: Heard About us: TotallyFreeStuff.com. Duties: Afghanistan National Army Mentor to the [opsec]. Current Pads: Dark green, soft, words are worn out. Comments: I’m the Platoon SGT for 17 other guys. Would it be possible to gear for the rest of my Joe’s as well. All of us serve as ANA Mentors. Thank you!  SFC, US Army.

19 Aug 2011:  Heard About us: aid station. Duties: Medic providing healthcare to Line unit soldiers. Current Pads: issue NSN8470-01-546-9415. Comments: I am the 2 platoon medic and the issue pads are causing multiple headaches for my guys during missions. Sgt, US Army.

18 Aug 2011: Duties: Infantry Current Pads: They are grey and are stiff, I have had them sin my tour in 09. Comments: These pads are stiff and are unconfortable they do not absorbe any sweat. They are old and velcro is coming off .  SGT, US Army.

15 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Scout/Recon. Current Pads: They are the HORRIBLE ARmy issue pads. It feels like I have daggers going into my head, they get hard and stiff and become useless fast. Comments: We have to get new pads every few months. I believe if we wore a better fitting helmet that didn’t FLOP all over the place and had decent pads we would be fine. SSG, US Army.  Update: Thank you for responding so quickly, I apologize for taking so long to respond but we don’t get a whole lot of time to check e-mail lately. Second I can give you quite a few reasons why the upgraded pads are better: First, and probably most important in soldiers minds, they are way more comfortable to wear. Before I upgraded my pads I couldn’t keep the helmet on my head for more than 4 hours without getting a headache, which is distracting and annoying in combat. Now I can wear my ACH for 18 to 24 and it doesn’t bother me at all. Second, the helmet fits better with the upgrade especially when wearing NVG’s for long periods of time. Even if the chinstrap comes lose your helmet will hold in place. Third, they are easier to clean and because of what there made of they don’t adopt that “bacterial growth” smell. Of course there is always the studies that show that the upgraded pads do a better job of protecting Soldiers during IED blasts and blunt force to the head, that’s why family members like them, however Soldiers will like them for everyday reasons, if your going to spend half of every day for a year wearing 80 pounds of gear you do your best to make it as comfortable as possible. As far as the fund raising goes I’ll get with my CO and see if we might be able to get the FRG involved in some way, their great at raising money…

15 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Just browsing around on the internet looking for good/better helmet pads. Duties: Cav scout. Current Pads: Foliage green basic issue kevlar pads from CIF. Comments: The pads I currently use suck they get hard and stiff and give me a headache. Just want some news and better pads, these seem to be pretty good from all of the reviews that I have read.  SGT, US Army.

15 Aug 2011: Heard About us: One of my Platoon Leaders. Duties: Convoy Security. Current Pads: NSN – 6470-01-506-6626 Size – 3/4. Comments: After awhile the pads become hard and uncomfortable.  1SG, US Army.

14 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Convoys. Current Pads: NSN:8470-01-506-6851, the pads are black in color. Comments: The current pads we have are worn out. They are flat and sweaty and dirty. We really could use another pair.  1LT, US Army.

13 Aug 2011: Duties: I will be traveling all across the OEF AO from [opsec] – mainly by ground convoy. Current Pads: MSA pads. Comments: I have been issued a large helmet and it is extremely uncomfortable and moves when I am shooting my rifle, I would like to install your pads to stabilize my helmet to allow an unobstructed field of vision when engaged in returning small arms fire.  MAJ, US Army.

12 Aug 2011: Heard About us: my friend. Duties: mechanic. Current Pads: skydex. Comments: too much movement don’t feel secure.  SPC, US Army.

10 Aug 2011: Duties: Convoy,Infantry. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9416. Comments: while sweating in the they feel alright but when they dry they feel like as hard as rocks. CPL, US Army.

10 Aug 2011: Duties: Recon active routes. Current Pads: msa. Comments: uncomfortable after long period of time on missions.  SPC, US Army.

8 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Grey, foam, torn seams. Comments: Headaches, tearing, and not fitting right on my head. PV2, US Army.

8 Aug 2011: Heard About us: My wife found out about you on the internet. Duties: Convoy Security. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: My platoon is running convoy security missions in Southern Afghanistan. On some of the missions they are in their trucks for up to 14 hours and the pads we currently have caused headaches, and pain from the pressure on their heads. The undue discomfort causes the Soldiers to remove their helmet to get some relief. My Soldiers deserve to have a helmet that they can wear without causing pain and also provide protection from blast injuries. I would greatly appreciate your assistance to help me take care of my Soldiers. 1LT, US Army

8 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Fellow Soldier. Duties: Mechanic. Current Pads: They are black outside with a green inside and come in three types, 2 square, 4 rectangle, and 1 round one. Comments: To loose and don’t seam to have any actual cushioning to them.  PFC, US Army.

8 Aug 2011: Duties: Driver. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: lost 2 pads and 2 more are tearing. PFC, US Army.

8 Aug 2011: Duties: convoy commander/NCOIC. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: my pads are tearing more and more everyday SSG, US Army.

7 Aug 2011: Duties: Infantry Current Pads: NSN Comments: Hard to brake in an uncomforable.  SSG, US Army.

7 Aug 2011: Heard About us: uso. Duties: route clearance. Current Pads: black and green pads. Comments: uncomfortable and high pressure on points of impact.  SSG, US Army.

7 Aug 2011: Duties: Daily patrols. Infantry. Current Pads: Gentex. Comments: They are too thick and wear out pretty quickly. SGT, US Army.

7 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Soldier. Duties: Tanker. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The pads themselves are fine but after being here for an extended period of time and leaving the wire everyday the hygiene of said pads has gone down. My platoon leaves the wire everyday and it is difficult to clean the pads because of so little down time. The pads I’m asking for is to be able to have a replacement set to switch out pads as well as chin strap if available as the chin strap is down stiff and hard from my sweat and only gets malleable again after wearing it and sweating. The hygienic value of another set of pads will be a morale booster as well as overall cleanliness. im only asking for one set but if possible a few for my fellow battle buddies would be ideal as our supply doesn’t order any replacements for us. SGT, US Army.

6 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Google. Duties: infantry medic. Current Pads: army issue.  Comments: I’ve always used army issue ones, and now with the amount of time spent wearing my helmet, they have really become unbearable, causing many of us to take em off soon as vehicles stop moving or especially when attaching essiential equipment, the added weight is even worse for our foreheads. Bottom line: I don’t want to be readjusting or be distracted by my helmet sliping around uncomfortably when treating casualties. I’m jus thankful there’s an organization that recognizes this problem!!  PFC, US Army.  Update 19 Sep 2011: I’ve been wearing the pads for almost a month now and I absolutely love em. I gave the second pair you sent to a fellow medic and he liked them so much he ended up ordering enough for his whole platoon! The leftovers I distributed among my guys and of all the things I’ve been handing out, sunscreen, foot powder, pills, Lamasil, etc, they were obviously the most excited to receive the new helmet pads! And for good reason! I’ve noticed far fewer guys asking for Ibuprofen for those pesky minor headaches, and I still have soldiers come ask “Hey I heard you were handing out free pads?” to which I always direct them to the website. I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you on behalf of all of us. I know our unit alone has received a fair share of these pads, so thank you to all of those who donate to make Operation Helmet possible. Your generosity is duly appreciated by each and every one of us who use these pads on a daily basis!

6 Aug 2011: Heard About us: another soldier. Duties: PTT, PSD and Convoy. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: falling apart and uncomfortable.  PFC, US Army.

5 Aug 2011: Duties: Tanker. Current Pads: Black Pads sewn seam and feels like cotton. Comments: My pads personaly are very thin now and allow my helmet to fit loosely.  SGT, US Army.

5 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Buddy. Duties: Sniper. Current Pads: Color;Tan towards the Kevlar, Black towards the head. Texture; that of a rock. Comments: Thank you very much.  SPC, US Army.

5 Aug 2011: Heard About us: One of my soldiers. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Green felt like pads that are hard and un-forgiving. Comments: If you know of any places that have chin straps, it would also help greatly! Thanks for the great service, glad no one has forgotten about us. God Bless.  SGT, US Army.

5 Aug 2011: Heard About us: a good friend in my platoon. Duties: gunner in a mrap and dismount. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: they are hard they never form to your head and if i wear them for more then a hour it starts to hurt my head.  SPC, US Army.  Followup from SPC: I dont know how to thank you enought. It means alot to all of us to know people care.

5 Aug 2011: Duties: convoy. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: The current pads are okay but the front pad does nothing as far as keeping sweat from pouring into your eyes. SSG, US Army.

4 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Searching google for better pads. Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Comments: We are running one day to week long convoys. The current pads are causing headaches that last for days especially for those in the turrets. It is a regular occurrence to remove your ACH for pain relief. During and days after mission it feels as if there are bruises directly where the pads lay on your forehead.  SPC, US Army

4 Aug 2011: Well we do a lot of dismounted operations  that makes you sweat like crazy. I always see my Soldiers lifting their ACH off their heads to get some comfort.

3 Aug 2011: Heard About us: FRIEND. Duties: ROUTE CLEARANCE. Current Pads: CURRENTLY HAVE THE BLACK AND GREEN PADS. VERY SOFT AND GREAT. WE SWEAT ALOT BUT I DONT HAVE A BAD ODOR FROM THEM. Comments: I AM ORDERING THEM FOR MY PLATOON. THEY WERE ALL ISSUED THE HARD GRAY PADS FROM BASIC ISSUE. I AM THE ONLY ONE IN PLATOON WITH THE BLACK AND GREEN ONES. THEY ALWAYS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE HEADACHES THEY HAVE FROM ACH. I HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH THE ONES I HAVE. THEIR ACH’S ALSO SMELL REALLY BAD BECAUSE THE PADS THEY ARE USING HOLDS THE SMELL.  SFC, US Army.

1 Aug 2011: Our Soldiers here live in extremely remote locations and wear their Helmets most of the time.  Between the constant use and style our pads are in really bad shape.  Resupply and ordering is difficult due to logistical requirements to get stuff to us. Many of our operations are at night and the NVGs extra weigh really makes the helmets uncomfortable.  Additionally, there is really poor air flow in the areas where the pads are.  This causes them to get dirty faster and irritate the skin. In the AO were in now there have been many IEDs and even guys shot in the helmet – you’d think a quality helmet system would be important –  not to mention pushing to get replacements when the issued ones are worn out.

1 Aug 2011: I really appreciate the support you are giving our Soldiers.  I remember the older sets the Army started with and it was amazing especially after going from the old strap kevlars.  I’m not sure when, but the pads have recently changed – when you wear the newer ones they mold to a shape and are no longer padding.  In the AO were in now there have been many IEDs and even guys shot in the helmet – you’d think a quality helmet system would be important –  not to mention pushing to get replacements when the issued ones are worn out. Cpt, US Army

1 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Dismounted patrols in a mountainous regions. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Our Soldiers here live in extremely remote locations and wear their Helmets most of the time. Between the constant use and style our pads are in really bad shape. Resupply and ordering is difficult due to logistical requirements to get stuff to us. Many of our operations are at night and the NVGs extra weigh really makes the helmets uncomfortable. Additionally, there is really poor air flow in the areas where the pads are. This causes them to get dirty faster and irritate the skin. Thanks for considering our request, CPT, US Army.

31 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Through a Friend. Duties: Operational Security. Current Pads: Sage pads basic issue. Comments: the current pads suck, the soak the sweat up become hard, they also hold smell even after cleaning them. not comfortable they dont mold to your head thats for sure.  SGT, US Army.

31 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Google Search. Duties: Infantry tasks. I am attached to an infantry squad running combat missions daily. Current Pads: Standard issue pads in ACH. Sage green pads. Comments: I am requesting 15 so that i can distribute them among my immediate squad of guys. If at all possible there is a hand full of additional personnel that could use them as well. A1C, USAF (Army augmentee)

29 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Google. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Grey in color. Sewn around the edges. Comments: current pads are hard and uncomfortable, and they always come apart at the seam around the edges. SPC, US Army.

29 Jul 2011: Heard About us: heard about you on internet. Duties: military police escorts during the withdrawl of troops from iraq. Current Pads: skydex. Comments: they’re just rather hard and cause discomfort and pain on the head causing head to become numb after long periods of time.  SPC, US Army.

28 July 2011 Ques: Do you feel the discomfort due to the helmet pads detract from mission performance? The Army believes that if a soldier’s helmet were properly fitted, the discomfort would go away. Agree?July 30, 3011 Ans:  The discomfort has most distracting affects during a mission when the only thing going thru ones head is how much longer before we can take the helmet off. And as far as sizing goes the helmets are made in different sizes yes but all the pads are the same so regardless if your helmet fits right due to size the discomfort comes from the pads not the helmet size. SFC, US Army.

28 Jul 2011: Duties: CONVOY (DELIVERING SUPPLIES TO OUR INFANTRY PLATOONS). Current Pads: MSA. Comments: IF POSSIBLE I WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST PADS FOR THE REST OF MY PLATOON, SSG xxx REQUESTED PADS FOR HIS SECTION A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO FROM YOU. HE TOLD ME ABOUT IT AND I WOULD LIKE TO GET ANOTHER 15 SETS TO COVER THE REST OF OUR PLATOON IF POSSIBLE. THANKS. 1LT, US Army.

28 Jul 2011: Heard About us: looking for new helmet pads from google and stumbled on your site. Duties: Contact Team (mechanic). Current Pads: zap 3/4 pad set pat pending 3fnr9/tw-z90-001 mfg by team wendy lot no. z2006-747 or z3006 hard to make out. Comments: thank you hopefully your pads dont give me a headache. im requestion 2 because im getting one for my battle buddy that is in my hmmwv with me. and that is what a sgt does take care of his troops. since we are getting deployed in sept thank you.  SGT, US Army.  SGT, US Army.

28 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Unit Pad, Crown Size 3/4 W911qy-65-d-0001 NSN 8470-01-506-6626 90425 LOT 3266-3. Comments: Uncomfortable. Sweat traps too well. Moves around easily even when fitted. SPC, US Army.

27 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Combat Advisor deployed with US Army to train/advise Afghan Army. Current Pads: Pad Helmet, Advanced Combat Helmet, Circular Crown Size 3/4″ NSN 8470-01-546-9415, SPM1C1-08-C-B101, 5M888, Lot 03. Comments: Hard on the scalp after extended periods of usage. Maj, USAF (Army augmentee)

27 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Google. Duties: Mounted and Dismounted Patrols for the remainder of the tour. Current Pads: Various pads throughout the Battery. Comments: I just recently received the 20 kevlar upgrade kits that I requested for my Platoon. I want you to know that the pads are a tremendous relief and all my soldiers are extremely grateful for these pads. Second, I am requesting an additional 70 kits for the rest of the Platoons within my Battery. My unit consists of approximately 95 personnel, some of which work the TOC and do not have a need for these kits. If it is at all possible to fill this additional order, I would greatly appreciate it, as would the rest of my Unit.  SGT, US Army.

26 Jul 2011: Duties: RUNNING CONVOYS. Current Pads: msa. Comments: I can never get my helmet to fit right, pads are hard as a rock, and it give me headaches and makes the helmet hit the top of my eye pro.  SSG, US Army.

24 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Another medic in my unit. Duties: Line Medic in an Infantry Company. Current Pads: Standard US army issue Comments: My current pads are very stiff..and they give me constant headaches when I wear my ACH for 2 hours or more.  PFC, US Army.

24 Jul 2011: Duties: I am the Platoon Sergeant for my LTC and his command group PSD. Current Pads: ZAP. green side sticks to ACH and black side is against the skull. Comments: The current pads say that they are easy to clean and able to be washed by hand. The ones we have now fall apart and provide small amounts of protection. It feels like steel plates against your head. pads smell bad after about the 3rd or 4th washing even with soap and start to fall apart very quickly if you sweat excessively.  SFC, US Army.

19 July 2011: The biggest complaints I have and so do my soldiers is the that the pads the army gave us are irritable and itchy, uncomfortable they weigh heavy on our heads to the point you don’t want to wear your ACH I especially get a head ache and I know my soldiers have complained about the same. I want my guys to be somewhat comfortable we are Infantry soldiers and are out in our gear on road patrols and once they are “broke in” your helmet moves around a lot which also cause discomfort for us. Any kind of help you can give us would be greatly appreciated. SSG, US Army.

19 July 2011: Duties: Scout. Current Pads: PAG. Generic issued pads. Grey, no noticable sewing. Comments: Pads are uncomfortable and aren’t large enough. SPC, US Army.

18 Jul 2011: Duties: Convoy/Medic. Current Pads: NSN NUMBER NOT READABLE. Black on one side and gray on opposite. Comments: Pads cause helmet to shift when they’re sweaty. SPC, US Army.

18 Jul 2011: Duties: Patrols / Base Defense. Current Pads: NSN (original from CIF). Comments: Redness/Swelling on forehead. Washed pads with detergent and no different results. SGT, US Army.

18 Jul 2011: Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: GREEN FLAT PAD. Comments: [need] COMFORT. SSG, US Army.

17 July 2011: I have been wearing the same issued pads since I came into the Army almost 5 years ago. My last tour was gruesome because of the pads. I’m always taking my helmet off while we’re out in sector, just to get my head a break. My Platoon SGT has some of these softer pads and his ACH causes him no problems. The reason I am requesting 20 kits, is so that everyone within my Platoon will have a set, and hopefully allow them to forget that they have a helmet on and focus more on the missions that we conduct. SGT, US Army.  Update: I have told a lot of people about the issues we have with the gear that is required for us to go outside the wire. It seems like a losing battle, however. The best response I get is, “Too bad, deal with it.” Your operation is the first positive feedback I’ve gotten since I joined. My soldiers will all be pleased with these kits, as will the rest of the NCO’s and Officers of my platoon. I thank you in advance for your help and support of our missions.

17 Jul 2011: Duties: I am preventive medicine and I travel to all of the COPs, FOBs, and Camps througout Afghanistan’s AR West. Current Pads: Army issue. Comments: The pads I have now are pinching my head after the first 30min of wearing it. It makes it really uncomfortable. SPC, US Army.

16 Jul 2011: Duties: Tanker. Current Pads: GI issue. Comments: I am in the same platoon as pfc mxxxx and spc pxxxx, their are 21 people in our platoon who are getting around to ordering the pads, if you could send them all in one package for your convience that would be great. The GI isuue pads hurt my head and are very uncomfortable.  PFC, US Army.

16 Jul 2011: Duties: Route Security, Dismounted Presence Patrols. Current Pads: ACU Color, glued together, Standard CIF Issued pads. Comments: I have been wearing the same issued pads since I came into the Army almost 5 years ago. My last tour was gruesome because of the pads. I’m always taking my helmet off while we’re out in sector, just to get my head a break. My Platoon SGT has some of these softer pads and his ACH causes him no problems. The reason I am requesting 20 kits, is so that everyone within my Platoon will have a set, and hopefully allow them to forget that they have a helmet on and focus more on the missions that we conduct.  SGT, US Army.

14 Jul 2011: Duties: Combat Advisors conducting convoys and long missions outside the wire. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The address these will be sent to is my Admin Specialist address while we are at MOB site and here at Fort xxx for a couple of weeks. The current pads cause headaches especially for soldiers that have odd shaped heads they also take a while to break in. Thanks for your support. 1SG, US Army.

13 Jul 2011:Duties: infantry. Current Pads: gi issue. Comments: they aren’t comfortable, stay smelly and are just weak in general.  SPC, US Army.

8 Jul 2011: Duties: Dismounted Patrol Infantry. Current Pads: Standard. Comments: They dont’ keep the form.  PFC, US Army.

7 Jul 2011: Duties: Personal Security Detail…..provide security to the battalions command team. Everything from convoy patrols to dismount, to air assaults. Current Pads: MSA, I believe. My guys have a mixture of different pads. Some are the foliage green and a few have the black pads. Comments: the issue pads only last 1 or 2 removals and the backing peels off and the pad will no longer stay in the helmet. Update 13 July 2011: I just received the pads today. Talk about fast! Thank you so much for getting these out so quickly and my guys loved them. They were asking me if I had some kind of inside man in the supply system. Said “nope, just a group of great folks that want to take care of us.” SGT, US Army. 

7 Jul 2011: Duties: convoy, medic. Current Pads: foliage green. Comments: I am medic that goes on convoys daily. Most of my guys are complaining of head aches, discomfort, itching, and that the pads are rubbing raw/ hot spots.  SPC, US Army.

1 Jul 2011: Duties: Route Clearance / Survey. Current Pads: Green Round Foam pad, sewn on edges, back has illegible NSN. Comments: The pads wear out too quickly, you can’t wash them without them falling apart. They fall apart when sweaty, something that happens often in the desert. SGT, US Army.

30 Jun 2011: Duties: I’m an infantry team leader. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The ones I have are pretty old, did not get issued new ones prior to leaving for Afghanistan. Would appreciate any help you can make to send some replacement pads. Thank you!  SGT, US Army.  Update 19 Jul 2011: I received the helmet pad upgrades today. Thank you guys very much for your generous donation and I will inform the guys about filling out the survey online after they have tested the products. The invoice says 19 but I received 20, I don’t know if that helps with your inventory. Also, I understand that you may only be able to supply so many units with these pads, however, if your services can provide it, we would like to request for 11 more in order to complete our platoon of infantrymen/ mortarmen that regularly patrol in our AO. If you’re unable to do so, I completely understand. It’s just that some of the guys have seen them and would also like some for the rest of their squad members, thank you for all your support, it is very appreciated!

30 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry Combat Line Medic. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The pads are really hard to break in and once you finally get them to a good comfort they rip tear and it just causes many issues. We run 3 patrols a day out of our COP and that is a lot of time outside the wire and are only issued one set of pads from the army!  PFC, US Army.

30 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Extremely uncomfortable, stiff, they don’t absorb sweat well.  SPC, US Army.

29 Jun 2011: Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: NSN od green. Comments: they are stiff and do not support night vision optics. helmet always slips.  SGT, US Army.

24 Jun 2011: Duties: SECFOR. Current Pads: nsn: 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: The pads wear out quickly from everyday use and smell from all the sweating. MAJ, US Army.

21 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry line unit. Current Pads: standard army issued crappy pads. Comments: Currently when we go out on patrols of 12 hours or more thru the city and green zone, between the heat, the sweat, and the horrible helmet pads myself along with the guys on my team get headaches almost every patrol.  SPC, US Army.

18 Jun 2011: Duties: TRAINING ANP. Current Pads: SOME ARE GREEN AND BLACK, OTHER ARE ALL OD GREEN (UNIT PAD CROWN W911QY-05-D-0001)( NSN 8470-01-546-9415 LOT 0737-4) (NIB/WSIFB) IS WRITEN INSIDE THE OD GREEN. Comments: JUST OLD, NO LONGER SOFT, SOME GUYS HAVE HOLES IN THEIRS.  SFC, US Army.

16 Jun 2011: Duties: Convoy/Engineer. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: Comfort after short use, and no comfort under extreme movement. SPC, US Army.

16 Jun 2011: Duties: INFANTRY COMPANY XO. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The issued pads are extremely painful and rub my skin raw. Can’t concentrate. 1LT, US Army.

16 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Don’t know the brand, most of the writing has been removed through wear and tear, but they are a light blue [grey] orginially with black trim where it’s been sewn [OH comment: sounds like TW or MSA pads]. Comments: Right now the pads are very unforgiving on the forehead, especially when wearing NODS. They aren’t soft at all, sometimes giving us a headache when wearing them for a long period of time. If you have problems with my shipping address please just e-mail me. Thank you!  PFC, US Army.

15 Jun 2011: Duties: Afghan Army Advisors. Current Pads: Black bottom velcro with green pad on top. Comments: I thank you for considering my Team for your product!  SFC, US Army.

13 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry Current Pads: MSA, 8479-01-546-9415 Comments: Cause helmet to ride high. They are also too hard and is uncomfortable to wear. 1LT, US Army.

11 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: oregon aero [none]. Comments: I came late to the unit and the unit was under funded because of late orders for a deployment so I wasnt given the new eqiupment. So I have the old Kpot with the webbing inside of it. Thank you for any help and the great service you guys do for the military.  SSG, US Army

7 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Current pads frequently cause head aches after extended use. They also cause the helmet to move around too much once its worn. Which causes constant discomfort.  2LT, US Army.

7 Jun 2011: Duties: Convoy Security. Current Pads: crap. Bluish/Green standard issue army pads. Comments: I get headaches from the pads. I get padburn.  SPC, US Army.

29 May 2011: My name is [xxx] and I would like to make a request for a helmet upgrade. I have tried to click the request button but it would not work on your website. I could be that I am using my phone but anyways. I am currently at Fort Polk for JRTC and completed the rotation and in 2 or so weeks I will be going on my first tour to Afghanistan but my second tour all together. Now to talk about the issued pads that I have been wearing for almost 6 years and let me tell you that these pads are by far the worst things that could be put in them. The problem is the pads are to stiff for one. I am a medium but the pads make me feel like I am wearing a small. I started my last tour with all my pads and slowly started to remove and adjust my pads at least every other day. I kept thinking why I was continuing to have headaches all the time but I just continued to wear them and thought it may have been from wearing my gear. I am an infantry man and will be outside the wire everyday most likely. I only wear 3 pads now because the pain is annoying and I am using a bandana from my helmet from moving around. Please let me know if you can help! I think what you guys are doing is great. I am lucky that I stumbled across this site.  US Army.

29 May 2011: hello I’ve been reading on your web site and I would like to see about getting a set of your helmet pads- I can’t ever seem to get my helmet to ever fit right and it’s especially hard when I have NODs on. this is a problem when it come to performing night operations because my helmet always is falling forward and is uncomfortable . I’m due to be in country in Afghanistan mid June and didn’t know how about to get a set.  SPC, US Army.

25 May 2011: Duties: Small Recon Team Leader. Current Pads: Black sewn seam, standard issue. Comments: wont let the helmet sit correct, very uncomfortable.  SGT, US Army.

22 May 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: I talked with my squad leader and he suggested getting new pads, and suggested going on line to find them. I was told about a site and i believe it is this site that would send them to you and those that have gotten them from this site have only said good things about them.. thank you for your support.. everything helps when your in the muck..  SPC, US Army.

21 May 2011: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: its black pads with green on the flatside. Comments: the pads are really old and they wont stick to the velcro anymore.  SPC, US Army.   (OH Note: recommended they contact CIF first)

15 May 2011: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: skydex. Comments: hurt my head and getting old.  SSG, US Army.

15 May 2011: Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: GRAY ISSUED ONES. Comments: THE PADS I HAVE NOW ARE OLD AND WORN DOWN.  PFC, US Army.

15 May 2011: Duties: I want to personally thank you for your support of our Soldiers down range. I am an Army chaplain working out of Fort xxx. In just a matter of days our unit will deploy for a one year tour to Afghanistan. Could we please be placed on the list for care packages? My unit’s troop strength is around 700 Soldiers. Any help your organization could offer is both valued and appreciated. God bless you and your efforts. [opsec] I am a unit chaplain and will be visiting Infantry Soldiers at various COPS. Current Pads: standard issue. Comments: Request support.  Chaplain, CAPT, US Army.

14 May 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Its a grey pad with stitches around the edges its a rough fabric that velcros in place. Comments: Dont last long and once they soak up enough sweat you cant wash them out without ruining them.  SGT, US Army.

14 May 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: ACU type basic issue foam pads. Comments: Causing friction on temples and helmet induced hair loss.  SPC, US Army.

13 May 2011: Duties: convoy, medic, construction. Current Pads: NSN: 6470-01-546-9356. Comments: Pads are causing headaches and are very uncomfortable to wear on long convoys or on construction sites.  SPC, US Army.

12 May 2011: Duties: Guard. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The pads really hurt your head and break down very quickly so that the helmet falls into your eyes, We have at least 18 fulltime guard that would need something different.  SPC, US Army.

10 May 2011: Duties: EOD. Current Pads: nsn 8470013469407.  Comments: thay are causing headachs, and make it hard to wear the helmet for long missions.  SGT, US Army.

9 May 2011: Duties: I am infantry, we talk to the civilians in the city around the FOB. Current Pads: It is grey with a spunge texture. Comments: they give me a rash on my forehead. PFC, US Army.

9 May 2011: Duties: MEDIC. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: CURRENT PADS CHANGE SHAPE FROM DAY TO DAY AND FLATTEN OUT THROUGHOUT THE DAY CAUSING CONSTANT HELMET ADJUSTMENTS. THEY ALSO ABSORB ODOR VERY QUICKY AND SMELL HORRIBLE BY THE END OF THE DAY. I’LL BE DEPLOYING THE FIFTEENTH SO I WOULD APPRECIATE THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU!  PFC, US Army.

6 May 2011: Duties: Infantry Team Leader. Current Pads: green pads with hook pile tape as backing. Comments: I have had the same pads since i was issued the ach 4 yrs ago. The pads are simply worn out and torn up.  SGT, US Army.

6 May 2011: Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Army Standard issue, gray. Comments: My pads after using them for around 3 months they started creating a rash on my head, after repeated washing they smell would not go away, and the chin straps were just as bad, they were way to absorbent. About to leave for a year and would like 2 kits if possible to i can clean and trade them out but if i can only get one that would be okay, i just need something different then the GI pads!  PFC, US Army.

6 May 2011: Duties: Convoy operations. Current Pads: Gentex corporation. Comments: There are not enough pads for the helmet to fit snugly on my head, therefore it is loose and wobbles around. Because it isn’t snug it also creates pressure points on the one small area the helmet happens to be resting on. SPC, US Army.

1 May 2011: Duties: I maintain systems in three different location and I would often convoy out to those location when repair or maintenance needs to be done. Current Pads: Black color. 7 pieces and are very solid. Comments: Mainly because everytime I wear my ACH I would get a headache after in about 2 hours. SPC, US Army.

30 Apr 2011: Duties: Traffic Control Points. Current Pads: Oregon Aero size 6 / Skydex (green/black) mixture. Comments: my current pad set is more than several years old and in really bad shape and mis matched due to missing items. Most seem as if they have popped. The pads are really expensive as is the chin strap system and I cannot afford to replace them and my unit will not supply them. I currently have the old chin strap system that does not fit correctly or comfortably and is very old and falling apart. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. SGT, US Army.

28 Apr 2011: Duties: Patrol, Convoys with Afghan Police. Current Pads: Hard grey velcro pads. Comments: The current pads don’t hold the kevlar in place on the head very comfortable nor do they provide stability during long convoys or patrols.  SSgt, US Army.

28 Apr 2011: Duties: Infantry/Artillery. Current Pads: They are grey. They are the hard original army issued pads. There are four rectangle pads, two square pads, and the top round pad. Comments: First of all thank you for the support. The number one problem is the hardness of the pads. There are around 300 soldiers in my unit and most of us all have the same problem. Thank you again. SPC, US Army.

28 Apr 2011: Thank you for supporting the troops. Your organization provides a great service to us all. It is a shame DoD hasn’t put it’s money where there mouth is, and made the higher quality pads standard issue. All the safety requirements imposed upon us and…..they send us to combat with substandard helmets. All the money I’ve seen wasted by DA could easily supply every service member with 2 sets of improved pads and a quality H or X harness for their respective ballistic helmets. I will be taking donations from the team in order to help your organization. I have also ordered the ops-core x harness and will be testing it in conjunction with the new pads. Another team mate will be testing the ops-core h harness. If you would like feedback on the harnesses  please let me know, as the problem with the ACH/MICH extends to the harness as well. The standard issue harness is worthless while wearing nods. Once again you are greatly appreciated by all the service members you help.         (Note: We do not ask troops for donations)

28 Apr 2011: Duties: Personnel. Current Pads: Color is olive green. Comments: Just old and need to be replaced. CPL, US Army.

27 Apr 2011: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: issue. Comments: they are hard and hurt. specially after wearing it for hours on end.  PV2, US Army.

26 Apr 2011: Duties: foot patrols. Current Pads: nsn. the acu gray ones you get at cif. Comments: i am requesting 12, one for each member of our oda [Operational Detachment Alpha]. the helmet is the worst piece of gear we have to wear. add nods and it will crush your soul. headaches are the norm, and situational awareness is abandoned when wearing the helmet.  SSG, US Army.

24 Apr 2011:  Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: not sure what type there made of material to stick to the velcro thats inside of my ach, squares, pretty soft, black, long piece for the front of my head. Comments: they give me headaches pretty bad.  PFC, US Army.

24 Apr 2011:  Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN6470-01-506-6626. Comments: They hold in sweat leading to hot spots. Also they bunch up in the front causing your rhino mount to scrape your forehead. You also cant wash them without leaving them out in sun to dry for at least 6 hours which is not an option.  SGT, US Army.

23 Apr 2011: Duties: I am a communication specialist. I am attached to an Engineer Company and we are always out on patrols in various villages. My current pad are uncomfortable to wear with my hair up in a bun and I can never get them to be comfortable for me. My fellow soldiers need new pads since theirs are worn and torn. Can you please help us!  Current Pads: My current pads are grey and black. I am not sure about the other info.  Comments: They are difficult with my hair up in a bun.  SGT, US Army.

21 Apr 2011:  I wanted to take a few minutes to thank you and the Civil Air Patrol Cadets who helped provide the funding for our replacement helmet pads sent through Dr. Meaders. We are currently performing IED removal in Afghanistan and our platoon has taken 26 hits on our vehicles and personnel since October. Our old pads were terrible and gave us migraines and headaches through days and days of missions. The new ones are great and the helmet sits on our head like a pillow. Anyways, long story short my platoon greatly appreciates what you have done for us. Tell your Cadets that we truly appreciate their help and they have made a huge difference for us. Attached is a picture of our company, a picture of our platoon, and a picture of me receiving a purple heart for a blast that blew out my ear drum and gave me a concussion. Since then the pads gave me terrible migraines. The pads you provided us with have fixed my headaches and I have received so many great comments from the others who received them. Thank you again so much! (Following a Civil Air Patrol Cadet fund raising effort in Kingswood, Texas)

20 Apr 2011: I’ve noticed my guys loosen their chinstraps to the point where I question whether the helmet would stay on if it took any kind of hit.  They do this to attempt to make themselves more comfortable as a result of the issued pads being so uncomfortable.  I have also noticed that the pads will compress after about a month’s use and never return to their original shape, making me question the pad’s ability to prevent any kind of brain injury in the event of any kind of trauma to the head. 1Lt USArmy

20 Apr 2011:  The current pads we have are made of a completely different foam material that does not conform to the various shapes and sizes of the person wearing the ACH.  Often times it causes not only discomfort, but severe headaches while on patrol.  These headaches can severely hamper my platoons abilities to put the necessary people “on the ground” to conduct dismounted IED clearance, and should they become engaged, limit the amount of personnel required to respond appropriately and timely.  My hope is that these pads will ensure my platoon’s ability to operate at the highest level of vigilance with regards to their mission, and not worry about the comfort ability that they lack.

21 Apr 2011: Duties: route clearance patrols. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: these pads r very hard and smell horriable. we ride in vics for 12-14 hours a day and these pads cause headaches and itch badly. PFC, US Army.

20 Apr 2011: Duties: Infantry in NE Afghanistan. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: They are uncomfortable and lose their cushioning.  1LT, US Army.

19 Apr 2011: Duties: Route Clearance/ Dismounted IED Clearance. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The current pads are causing severe rubbing and discomfort. We heard your pads are much more comfortable and shock absorbent, given our mission we would appreciate your assistance.  CPT, US Army.

19 Apr 2011:  Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: pads fit so tight i get headaches and it is not comfortable at all.  SGT, US Army.

17 Apr 2011:  Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: When it is cold they get very hard.  SFC, US Army.

16 Apr 2011: Duties: Forward Observer. Current Pads: black and with some grey ones. Comments: they just dont feel that great.  SGT, US Army.

16 Apr 2011:Duties: We are PSD for our Commander and Command Sgt Major. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The current pads we have constantly hurt my head after every mission, i get headaches, and now it is getting hotter, it hurts more, and feels like my head shrinks… I know soldiers in my platoon would second what I say. PFC, US Army.

14 April 2011: Dear Dr Meaders and the rest of the Operation Helmet Team:  I’ve been meaning to send along this thank you for several weeks. I hope you’ll forgive my procrastination & accept my gratitude for the helmet pads you sent. They went extremely fast! I hope you understand& know that your impact is enormous. You are NOT indirectly affecting their morale & quality of life here-your contributions affect them directly! Please know that the Ft. Hood-based 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers are appreciative of what you do. Thanks again! God Bless You! (Chaplain, Camp Liberty, Iraq).

14 Apr 2011: Duties: Infantry (Heavy Weapons Co.). Current Pads: Size Med. ACH, the pads have NSN written on them. Comments: The current pads dont fit well as they are to stiff, this also causes the helmet to be extremely uncomfortable for extended wear, I would rather not wear it most days.  PFC, US Army.

13 Apr 2011: Duties: Civil Affairs. Current Pads: issued sage green ones. Comments: headaches, and unable to keep a good fit.  SFC, US Army.

13 Apr 2011: Duties: convoy/ construction. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: the pads absorb sweat and become very hard, that makes them uncomfortable when we have to wear them 10-14 hours a day.  PFC, US Army.

11 Apr 2011: Duties: Infantry, SECFOR, outside wire mounted/ dismounted patrols. Current Pads: MSA 3/4”. Comments: Pads are uncomfortable. Squeeze the top of my head enough to numb the top of my head and give me a headache. Leaving red marks. I’ve moved them all around the inside of the ACH and still uncomfortable. Worried about wearing it all day outside of the wire. SPC, US Army.

11 Apr 2011: Duties: Preventive Medicine Inspections and Surveys. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Uncomfortable. MAJ, US Army.

10 Apr 2011: Duties: 19D, CAV SCOUT, RECON TROOP. Current Pads: STANDARD ISSUE GREY, MSA? INK IS ALL WORN OFF. Comments: I AM ORDERING THE 15 SET’S FOR ALL MY JOE’S. STANDARD ISSUE PADS WEAR OUT QUICKLY, PADDING IT TOO STIFF AND UNCOMFORTABLE.  SGT, US Army.

10 April 2011: The issued ones “work” but not nearly as well as we want them too. They start out too stiff, wearing down and loose the cushion effect rather quickly, even more so in the heat when we’re out sweating in them. Most of My soldiers tend to leave out 1/3 to half the of the issued set of pads to the helmets will fit better and not cause so many headaches, which in turn lessons the cussion effect if they take a head impact.

10 Apr 2011: Duties: Dismounted Mortar Platoon. Current Pads: Regular all green GI pads. Comments: They are uncomfortable and do not provide enough support.  1LT, US Army.

9 Apr 2011: Duties: Medic. Current Pads: I dont know, helmet in hooch. Comments: They’re too tight on my head, and they rub in spots, and i cant adjust them properly. SPC,US Army.

8 Apr 2011: Duties: Engineer Route Clearance. Current Pads: gray pads, sewn seam, squishy yet hard texture. Comments: Headaches, discomfort after prolonged wear. SFC, US Army.

7 Apr 2011: Duties: EOD. Current Pads: Issued Pads. No information on them.  Comments: Headaches, no room for headsets, pushes safety glasses. SGT, US Army.

5 Apr 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Uncomfortable. Causes headaches after extended use, along with soreness due to stiffness of pads. SGT, US Army.

5 Apr 2011: Duties: Dismounted Patrols. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Current pads remain hard no matter how long you wear them. They do not conform well to the head. Thank you very much!  1LT, US Army.

4 Apr 2011: Duties: ROUTE CLEARANCE. Current Pads: I HAVE MSA. Comments: I DO ROUTE CLEARANCE WE CLEAR ROUTES IN IRAQ OF IED’S SO WE SPEND 6 TO 8 HOURS A NIGHT IN OUR TRUCKS DRIVING SO ON AVERAGE WE WEAR ARE HELMETS 6 TO 10 HOURS AT A TIME WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO REMOVE THEM WHEN THEY HURT OR ARE UNCOMFORTABLE DO TO THE SAFETY RISK OF AN IED GOING OFF NEAR ARE TRUCKS MY PADS CAUSE THE FRONT OF MY HEAD TO HURT ANDTHE SKIN TO GO NUMB A BIT ON MY FOREHEAD I HAVE REMOVED SOME OF MY PADS AND RUN WITHOUT THEM BECAUSE THEY PUT ALOT OF HARD PRESSURE ON MY TEMPLES AND IT GIVES ME HEADACHES SO IM JUST LOOKING TO GET A BETTER PAD FOR MORE COMFORT AND SO I CAN RUN ALL THE PADS FOR MY SAFETY WITHOUT GETTING HEADACHES. SGT, US Army.

31 Mar 2011: Duties: It is battle circulation teams in carge of convoy security about four times a week. Current Pads: NSN number: 8470-01-649-9416, made by Gentex Corp. Comments: Flat, hard and does not stay in place on heads of soldiers.  SPC, US Army.

31 Mar 2011: Duties: Convoys. Current Pads: Green pads velcroed in.. semi- soft texture. Comments: Not comfortable at all.. When my mine roller hits bumps my head feels everyone of them. SPC, US Army.

28 Mar 2011: Duties: Route Clearance Package. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Due to the lack of comfort with the current pads, helmets are not worn as tightly as needed which greatly increases the risk of concussions/TBI. PFC, US Army.

18 March 2011:Due to the lack of comfort with the current pads, helmets are not worn as tightly as needed which greatly increases the risk of concussions/TBI.

19 Mar 2011: Duties: Convoy Team, PSD. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: The pads are wearing out from everyday use causing the soldiers in the team to readjust their helmets. A couple soldiers dislike the comfort level of the pads. Once they get pushed in they stay that way and never go back to their originial state.   SGT, US Army.

16 Mar 2011: Duties: Combat Medic. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Discomfort after wearing for prolonged periods. Numbness on fore head. Have had new pads back lining rip apart from the top lining during initial period of moving them around to get good fitting. After awhile the pads loose their foaminess and become hard in a contour the shape of your head. SPC, US Army.

15 Mar 2011: Duties: PSD, security escort, convoys. Current Pads: No writing, grey colored pads. Comments: The pads are cheaply made, they are tearing apart at the seams, and my unit supply can’t seem to get any on-hand. SPC, US Army.

15 Mar 2011: Duties: mounted/dismounted patrols in Afghanistan. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9056. Comments: pads are hard for first 30 min of wear, and don’t hold helmet steady. causes pressure on sides of head after pads soften up. SPC, US Army.

13 Mar 2011: Duties: driver. Current Pads: green very stiff and smooth felt. Comments: we can not keep our kevlars on for more then a few hours it gets very cold here in the winter so the pads get very stiff and have never gone back to how they were. it sits to high on my head and doesnt cover the back of my neck.  PFC, US Army.

13 Mar 2011: Duties: Logistic mission as well as mechanic work. Current Pads: UNIT PAD, CROWN SIZE SPM1C1-D7-C-F191 3/4″ NSN 8470-01-546-9415 9U425 LOT 1907-4. Comments: They are not exactly soft and when having to be in the ACH with Eyepro on for long periods of time they cause headaches. SGT, US Army.

13 Mar 2011: Duties: BATTALION RECOVERY ASSET Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-648-0407 THEY ARE THE GREY UNIVERSAL COLOR PADS Comments: THERE HARD AS A ROCK, VERY UNCOMFORTABLE TO WEAR. SPC, US Army.

11 Mar 2011: Duties: Commo, Civil Affairs Teams, Mechanic. Current Pads: Gray in color and foam filled and brushed velvet type of material. Comments: With our unit constantly do long mission. The current pads are cause headaches. And constant operating long missions the headaches and be completely uncomfortable, makes the mission harder to focus at the task at hand. SSG, US Army.

9 Mar 2011: Duties: I’m the chaplain’s assistant with our Cav unit. While I don’t need the pads I would like them for the guys that are going outside the wire with the most regularity, the LTC’s personal security detachment. There are several hundred troops who go out, but they go out the most . Current Pads: the ink has worn off, but they are a steel grey pad, one circular pad in the center, two trapezoidal pads and four rectangles. The material starts off soft, but it goes hard pretty quick and doesn’t go soft again after washing. Comments: The dog-gone things push the helmet over your eyes. I know with the helmet design you need the pads, but with the new IOTVs they need to change the helmet design. You can’t go prone and still see. SPC, US Army.

8 Mar 2011: Duties: Patrols. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Our Pads Are hard while on patrols they push against our heads and brings pain.  PFC, US Army.

7 Mar 2011: Duties: Battle Field Circulations, Air Operations Current Pads: UNIT PAD, CROWN SIZE 3/4” NSN: 8470-01-545-241S LOT: 2087-4 Comments: Dont have to many problems with the current pads except comfort.  SGT, US Army.

6 Mar 2011: Duties: Civil Affairs… Patrol with Infantry and interact with locals. Current Pads: Grey hard pads. Comments: I just get really bad headaches.  SPC, US Army.

5 Mar 2011: Duties: Construction Engineering. Current Pads: Issued pads. green, felt-like material. Comments: The existing issued pads hurt my head after awhile. I was told that your pads are more comfortable. WO1, US Army.

5 Mar 2011: Duties: Joint patrols with the Afghan Army and Afghan Boarder Patrol. Current Pads: grey in color feels almost like plastic is on the inside when you try to squeeze it. Comments: Headaches from pressure points in the pads, and after they are worn for a short time they become hard and doesnt hold the ACH securely to the head. (these are the major complaints from my soldiers in my squad). SGT, US Army.

3 Mar 2011: Doc Bob, I wanted to take a minute to tell you thank you for the helmet pads you had sent me before I deployed. On June 28th, 2010 I was driving the lead vehicle in my convoy and was ambushed in a complex attack. A RPG hit 6 inches from my head penetrating my window and injuring me, I was also hit by an IED on the driver side. I am positive that the padding you provided me with helped save my life.  M.

1 Mar 2011: Duties: Dismounted EOD operations. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The current helmet pads are uncomfortable and they pull out your hair. The pads also are unreliable due to being stiff when not worn for a day or two and then softening up after extended use. This leads to constant adjusting of the helmet which is not a good practice outside of the wire. The helmet pads also cause headaches during long periods of wear and cause hot spots.  SGT, US Army.

27 Feb 2011: Thank you so much for helping. I have been hit by eight IED’s now and the headaches from that nowhere compare to the headaches from my helmet pads. It is so nice to see someone who cares as much as this organization. I hope you can help us. Thank you! Duties: Route Clearance, IED Removal. SGT, US Army

24 Feb 2011:  Duties: Combat Advisor. Current Pads: NSN-original issue new model pads. Comments: Become hard in the cold and fall apart after extended wear.  MAJ, US Army.

17 Feb 2011: Duties: We are a Reserve Civil Affairs company that will be doing direct support missions in Afghanistan. We are leaving this Spring. Current Pads: Foliage green color. glued in. Hard as rocks until you warm them up via sweat. Comments: The current pads do not hold up. The way they fit causes the helmet to ride too high and put a lot of pressure on your head. During my last deployment, I had to get them wet to soften them up so they’d fit right and be somewhat comfortable. By asking for these pads now, I’m trying to ensure that the guys in my company are taken care of before we have issues like last time. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for doing this program! SSG, US Army.

15 Feb 2011: Duties: Stability Transition Team. Current Pads: Issued, Digital ACU Green color, smooth. Comments: Really hard and gives me headaches.  MAJ, US Army.

15 Feb 2011: Duties: EOD Team Leader. Current Pads: I personally have the Oregon Aero, but other members of my unit have the green tops with the black bottoms, with an internal honeycomb texture with a sewn seam. Comments: We will be deploying to RC East in Afghanistan running daily dismount ops, disabling IEDs. because of our dismount option the bomb suit will not be present putting us at greater risk to blast effects. Also in Cold weather the pads get stiff and hard until warmed up. SSG, US Army.

10 Feb 2011: Duties: EOD Team Leader. Current Pads: MSA black pads that came with the ACH. Comments: They are very uncomfortable. They are stiff and I need to constantly move the position of the pads. However, the back of the pad is constantly peeling off because it does not remove from the velcro. I have to be very careful when removing the pads. One pad will not stick onto the velcro so I am 1 pad short. They are not very durable in my opinion. SSG, US Army.

8 Feb 2011: Duties: Transportation Management Coordinator. Current Pads: Army issue pads. Comments: The current pads we are using are very uncomfortable and it is give me a lot of headache and stress. I have to wear my helmet during our missions and its just not possible to wear it no more than 1 hour. PFC, US Army.

4 Feb 2011: Duties: Infantry Scout Sniper Section Leader. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The old issued ones were so much better! But mine wore out quickly and the new ones the Army issues are garbage. They’re way too hard.  SSG, US Army.

4 Feb 2011: Duties: Combat Engineer, Squad leader, Route Clearance, and Route Sanitaion. Current Pads: I have 7 soldiers that still have the old style pads they are foilage green and the seams are glued together. Comments: the pads get hard, they stink even after you wash them, they rip at the seams.  SGT, US Army.

3 Feb 2011: Duties: AbramsTank Gunner, MRAP gunner. Current Pads: Green Hard ones. Comments: Headaches on long missions….. too many pads must be worn at once so they squash your head while wearing the ach… would like one for each of the MRAP gunners if its possible since we wear it the most. SPC, US Army.

2 Feb 2011: Duties: I go outside the wire as needed. we respond to emergencies with other units, IDF, clear caches, and go after insurgenens. Current Pads: I have a regular ACH, size M/L and good helmet pads would be great. Comments: Don’t fit well.  SPC, US Army.

2 Feb 2011: Duties: Technical Escort (EOD). Current Pads: Black pads, no writing, have had them since 2008. Comments: Pads are close to mush now, no stability, they also are ackwardly sized for ACH. SPC, US Army.

1 Feb 2011: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: i have the basic issue pads. Comments: the pads made me break out on my forehead for a month i couldnt train i couldnt do much of anything we are about to leave and im still playing catch up. SPC, US Army.

1 Feb 2011: Duties: Infantry 11B. Current Pads: modular NSN. Comments: Removable pads are falling apart I have 3 left.  SPC, US Army.

31 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry Squad Leader. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9356. Comments: Discomfort.  SSG, US Army.

29 Jan 2011: Duties: Military Intel. Current Pads: standard issue green foam pads 1 circle, 2 square and 4 rectangular. Comments: Original pads cause headaches and I am going to deploy again in 3 weeks to AFG. Heard these new pads would be good to test out and if they work, recommend to my unit that will be deploying next year.  1LT, US Army.

27 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry / CBRND. Current Pads: Bags already packed for Deployment, but they are the original Issued pads, there Black. Comments: My Platoon including my Maintenance guys is 27… if too many kits please let me know. Thank you for your support. The current Pads that my platoon have been using are too firm, and uncomfortable to wear while running. This deployment will really step up the game if we can find a more reliable solution. Sgt, US Army.

27 Jan 2011: Duties: Artillery, conveys, Patrols. Current Pads: NIB SABVI. Comments: Uncomfortable when on a long mission. PFC, US Army.

26 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry Team Leader. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: The pads I currently wear are very stiff, especially in cold weather, and cause discomfort. The pads are so thick and stiff it makes my helmet feel like it is sitting way too high on my head.  SGT, US Army.

26 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry Team Leader. Current Pads: Standard issue; all grey; hard; one circular, 2 squares, and 4 rectangles. Comments: They’re just all very hard and difficult to break in. The front of the helmet always falls forward when wearing night vision. It gets pretty cold in the mornings before patrol and the pads get even more stiff where it makes it difficult to wear the ACH properly.  SGT, US Army.

25 Jan 2011 Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Black and smooth. Comments: I never really realized that there was an issue with the pads that we are issued. That was until we were switched to a sector that was at high altitudes that had much colder temperatures. I have noticed that the pads get hard and cause headaches for my soldiers. I sure hope these pads can help. I thank you for you time and dedication to this issue. I just want my guys to be able to leave their helmets on all of the time and stay safe. SGT, US Army.

25 Jan 2011 Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: They are very uncomfortable. I feel like circulation sometimes stops when I have my ACH on for a long period of time. PFC, US Army.

24 Jan 2011: Duties: EOD tech. Current Pads: army issue. Comments: they create hotspots on head and are terrible uncomfortable.  SGT, US Army.

24 Jan 2011: Duties: I am going out side the wire doing convoy. Current Pads: The NSN. Comments: the pads are hard and they give me a head ache.  SFC, US Army.

20 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Wearing the ACH for long hours results in severe discomfort at the end of the day; just in time to put it on again for a night mission or the next day. Its not intolerable, but its one more factor that works against us. It would be nice to actually have a comfortable helmet. 1LT, US Army.

20 Jan 2011: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: oregon aero. Comments: pad are worn and torn … same with another Soldier.  SPC, US Army.

20 Jan 2011: Duties: DISMOUNTED INFANTRY. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: CURRENT PADS ARE TO HARD AND UNCOMFORTABLE.  SFC, US Army.

18 Jan 2011: Duties: mechanic. Current Pads: Regular PASGT suspension. Comments: I have a soldier that lost his ACH. There are no helmets in the supply system in Iraq. He has been issued a PASGT and as the unit safety officer, I am trying to get him the PASGT liner upgrade kit. We only have four months left in country, so no one is willing to take time to try to get him an ACH. Thank you for your help.  CW4, US Army.

18 Jan 2011: Duties: Forward observer, report and observe possible attacks on the JSS. Current Pads: NSN- 8470-01-54S-9356 they are gray. Comments: they suck and they get super hard when it is cold. my current pads hurt my head when i wear my ach longer then 2 hours. i have to wear my ach for 12 hours to 15 hours a day on the op. i have to take meds to make my headace go away from wearing my ach that long. the current pads i have are hard and never shape to my head and its pushes in on my head.  PFC, US Army.

18 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry Current Pads: Foliage colored, stiff, cotton-like material, basic issue. Comments: The current pads I am using were issued to me with the ACH. They cause major discomfort after about an hour of use along my forehead and the back of my head. The stiffness of the pads makes tightening the helmet even more uncomfortable. SPC, US Army.

17 Jan 2011: Duties: mechanic, recovery, convoy Current Pads: basic issue green? back that attaches to velcro is pulling off glued together? (helmet is in motor pool locker right now) Comments: falling appart/cheeply made, (usual lowest bidder quality).  PFC, US Army.

16 Jan 2011: Duties: Mounted and dismounted patrols. Current Pads: SKYDEX. Comments: Current pads are hard and uncomfortable, the also cause the ACH to “ride high” on the head. I’m a Platoon Sergeant and will give a set of these new pads to each Soldier in my Platoon. Thank you for this service, it is truly appreciated.  SFC, US Army

16 Jan 2011: Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: gi issue pads. Comments: It’s hard and gives me headache all the time. PFC, US Army

13 Jan 2011: Duties: Security, Infantry. Current Pads: Nsn. Comments: current pads are uncomfortable and cause my ACH to slide around even when completely strapped and tigthened.  PV2, US Army.

12 Jan 2011: Duties: Engineer operations(Heavy Construction). Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: uncomfortable and they tear apart easly. SSgt, US Army.

12 Jan 2011: My Soldiers take off their helmets in the vehicle to relieve from headache which is dangerous in moving vehicle with limited headspace. we have received injuries just from hitting a bump in the road and bouncing your head off the roof. The current pads bother everyone’s’ foreheads. they also wear out fairly quickly considering we only got here in Aug and we still need pads until next summer and several of my Soldiers already can see the plastic inside the pad. the Army in the past gave us one set of extra, but not this deployment. SFC, US Army.

11 Jan 2011: Duties: AAB Senior advisor to ISF (Advisory Assistance Brigade) in Iraq (Operation New Dawn) overwatching withdrawal of all troops by 2011. Current Pads: Gentex Corporation NSN: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: My flight helmet utilized Oregon Aero gel pads, as an aviator now on advisor duty, my primary helmet is the MICH w/NVG. Current pad set is creating hotspots.  MAJ, US Army.

11 Jan 2011:  Duties: convoy Current Pads: Oregon Aero – all black with sewn seams Comments: headaches with prolonged use.  Followup note: Ahh…..Yes, I was issued my bag of pads in Feb 2005 along with my MICH. The helmet and pads were probably produced in 2004 and shipped to the military. They are that old. I can’t stand the current ACH issued pads. They are hard and don’t cushion very well. Especially for hard bumps. CHARLIE MIKE!  MAJ, US Army. [OpHelmet comment: pads described we made over six years ago]

7 Jan 2011: Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: It gives me a headache it’s to hard for my head.  SPC, US Army.

4 Jan 2011: Duties: PRT. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: backing of pads comes off and makes them not stick to velcro inside of helmet…get hard in the cold weather here.  SPC, US Army

1 Jan 2011: Duties: infantry, 11c. Current Pads: basic pads, from basic training. big gray pads, that are very hard and not comfortable. Comments: i really need more comfortable pads, due to leaving the wire, and pulling many hours on guard, im constantly wearing my ach. thank you so much for helping out. PFC, US Army.