2011 Marine Requests

22 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Duties: Afghan Army Liaison Officer. Current Pads: NSN starting in 8470 3/4 inch “Advanced Combat” Helmet Pad. Comments: Current configuration DOES cause distracting pain after several hours of wear – especially with the additon of night vision equipment. Just looking to try something that MAY be better . . . Capt, USMC.

20 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Phoenix, AZ. Heard About us: google search. Duties: Sniper/SAW gunner. Current Pads: gray, feels like cloth, the set is 2 big squares with a big circle one and 4 smaller rectangles. Comments: they’re just not soft enough. it feels like they’re crushing my skull sometimes, especially with NVGs on. its a pain in the ass.  LCpl, USMC.

20 Dec 2011: Kits: 2. Hometown: tampa. Heard About us: fellow eod marine. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: grey issued hard pad. Comments: there to thick and give me bad migranes. Sgt, USMC.

20 Dec 2011: Kits: 10. Hometown: Atlanta, GA. Heard About us: Google Search: MICH Helmet, USMC. Duties: Supply Officer. Current Pads: Current pads are standard issue MSA 3/4″ “Bricks”. Comments: Currently the Marines are operating with the standard MSA helmet pads. On the last deployment they came back looking for different sizes or new pads due to the pain and discomfort they were experiencing. The Marines’ mission requires them to operate outside of the FOB sometimes months on end, and their focus is taken away from mission accomplishment and directed toward the pressure points and headaches caused by sub-standard padding. Additionally, the Marines are sizing their MICH helmets wrong, and it’s due to the MSA pads – this could ultimately result in a lack in effectiveness of the helmet system. As the Supply Officer I want to ensure that these Marines are taken care of so that they can operate effectively. Requesting a trial set. Will push to outfit the entire battalion if we find success in these. Thank you!  2nd Lt USMC.

13 Dec 2011: Kits: 12. Hometown: Stockton, CA. Heard About us: Google Search. Duties: Infantry. Comments: The Marines in my squad are complaining of head aches, “hot heads” and the Helmet not fiting right. It has been such a big issue during field ops and LFAM ranges that some Marines are only putting in the top round pad to relieve pressure on their temples, forehead and rear of the head.  LCpl, USMC.

13 Dec 2011: Heard About us: surfing web for pads. Duties: Peacekeeping Mission . Current Pads: NO PADS! I am still on straps! Comments: A Individual Augmentee (IA) Marine that is deployed on a Peacekeeping  Mission. As an IA, got OLD helmet/equipment because of “peacekeeping” environment.  Lt Col, USMC.

12 Dec 2011:Kits: 1. Hometown: Lewisburg TN. Heard About us: Giving back to those who serve website. Duties: Operation Enduring Freeedom. Current Pads: green soft texture. Comments: uncomfortable. LCpl, USMC.

11 Dec 2011: Kits: 24 Hometown: Colby, Kansas Heard About us: A friend told me his platoon got pads from you guys. Duties: Infantry Current Pads: The issued pads that we get with the kevlar from CIF. Comments: The issued pads are horrible, they get hard when they’re cold. They create uncomfortable pressure points on your head and give you a headache. If you could send us Oregon Aero pads that would be great! We’ve heard really good things about those. We really appreciate what you guys are doing for us, thank you! LCpl, USMC.

10 Dec 2011: Kits: 45. Hometown: Jacksonville, NC. Heard About us: From other infantry Marines who have received the helmet pads. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: The pads are issued and black in color. They take too long to form to the head. They are uncomfortable and cause the Marines in my platoon pain if worn for extended periods of time. In order for the Marines in my platoon to wear the helmets they remove some of the pads to relieve the pressure and pain; however, this reduces the safety of the kevlar helmet. Comments. My Marines ability to effectively operate outside the wire is negatively affected. In training, I see Marines constantly adjusting their helmets while patrolling on foot or in a vehicle. Their focus is not 100% on the mission while wearing the helmets. There is a noticeable difference in my Marines when they train with and without their kevlar helmets. 1st Lt, USMC.

10 Dec 2011: Kits: 24. Hometown: Colby, Kansas. Heard About us: A guy in my platoon. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: The issued pads that come with kevlars. Comments: When it gets cold the pads are stiff. They’re just generally uncomfortable all the time. They create pressure points on your head and give you a headache. Cpl xxx is with my platoon and he put in a request a while ago for this, but he never supplied a shipping address. He asked me to jump on here and make another request and enter one of the married guy’s addresses. Thanks, we appreciate it so much!!! LCpl, USMC.

8 Dec 2011: Kits: 5. Hometown: Levittown, PA. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: gray. Comments: THANK YOU!!! LCpl, USMC.

7 Dec 2011: Kits: 1 Hometown: Bemidji Heard About us: one of my buddies that were raving about the pads Duties: Infantry Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9407 they are greenish tan Comments: The reason why I am in need of new pads are that our supply is out and my kevlar is missing the main top one and the others are falling apart. SSgt, USMC.

7 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Bellevue, WA. Heard About us: Marine Parents website. Duties: Infantry – on patrol outside the wire. Current Pads: Grey color pads. Comments: I am Matt’s dad, filling this out for him. He said the pads were grey and his technical term for them was “they suck” 🙂 wish I knew more. LCpl, USMC.

6 Dec 2011: Kits: 30. Heard About us: Referral. Duties: Myself and 29 of my fellow military working dog handlers will be conducting explosive detection operations in Helmand Province Afghanistan with our military working dogs. Current Pads: Grey in color pads that were issued with the helmet. Comments: I realize this is a hefty amount of pads to request but an individual I worked with has the pads that your organization provided and they are far more comfortable to wear for sustained combat operations and for use during long missions. Cpl, USMC

6 Dec 2011: Kits: 4. Hometown: Palo Cedro CA. Heard About us: My Ssgt. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: the number is worn off but it is like a gray cloth with plastc wrapping underneath the outer shell. Comments: First off they fall out everytime one of my guys takes his kevlar off, secondly they hurt! walking for hours they give me and my guys headaches. I know one squad that takes off their kevlars and puts on boonies just after they step out on patrol.  CPL, USMC

1 Dec 2011: Kits: 14.  Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Special Operations. Current Pads: Team Wendy / Oregon Aero. Comments: Currently my team has a mix of pads with some having issued pads and others the Oregon Aero pads, although they are extremeley worn out. We are starting our workup and then will be deploying early next year and could greatly benefit from all members of the team having these awesome pads. I personally have been using these pads for about a year and a half and they are awesome, it truly makes a complete difference in the wearing of a helmet. Sgt, USMC. [OpHelmet comment: doesn’t matter who makes the pads, they are like any other item, they need to be replaced as they wear out – at least annually]

29 Nov 2011: Kits: 100. Hometown: Danville, PA. Heard About us: Through the [xxx] Company Artillery Officer. Duties: I am the Executive Officer for [xxx] Company and will be throughout deployment. Current Pads: No writing on current pads but they are grey in color and no more than 1 inch thick made to velcro to the stickers inside the helmet. Comments: The current pad systems for the Marines are not comfortable whatsoever nor do they allow for flex to fit a Marine to his personal size. The helmets have improved bit by bit, however its the insufficient padding that distracts our Marines to think about taking off their gear more than finishing the task at hand. Any help from your Company would be greatly appreciated as we are one of the last Marine units deploying for OEF. 1st Lt, USMC.

29 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Davenport, FL. Heard About us: Random Search. Duties: Military Intel. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Just feels too hard. Sgt, USMC.

23 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Plainfield, IL. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Infantry Dismounted. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-346-9407. Comments: Old, smelly, and worn to nothing. I have had the same pads for my last deployment and our supply is saying they dont know when more are coming in… The old pads dont opperate as a pad anymore they are molded to the size and shape of my head with little to no padding all around. I found you page and thought id give it a shot. If good things happen i will be sure to tell my marines all about it and point them your direction !! Thankyou!  Sgt, USMC.

14 Nov 2011: Kits: 12. Hometown: Orlando, Fl. Heard About us: Fellow Marines. Duties: I am the Senior Enlisted Advisor for [xxx] Afghanistan Security Force Advisor Team. Current Pads: NSN Gray Pads which are pure garbage!!! Comments: The NSN issued Gray Pads are size 3/4″ which are too big, and they are too hard. The Oregon Aero Size 4 Pads are the best ones as they fit correctly and dont cause headaches. Please send Oregon Aero size 4.  GySgt, USMC [OpHelmet note: we don’t send size 4 (1/2 inch) pads; doesn’t provide enough protection.  We recommend upsizing the helmet]

11 Nov 2011: Hometown: ESCONDIDO, CA. Heard About us: FRIENDS. Duties: RECONNAISSANCE. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: PADS WEAR VERY QUICKLY, DON’T DO WELL WITH SWEAT, AND DON’T PROVIDE MUCH COMFORT/SHOCK ABSORPTION. LCpl, USMC.

11 Nov 2011: Hometown: Greenville, SC. Heard About us: GySgt of Marines. Duties: Advisor Training for Afgan National Army. Current Pads: Grey Pads, Advanced Combat. Comments: Marines currently are being issued MICH helmets with new pads… issue is that the pads are so thick, a young Marine who normally wears a MED goes for a LRG thinking that its due to the helmet. With Oregon Aero Pads (what was tested at the time), the helmet sits proper and can be issued as the right size. [our unit] is out of LRG because ALL personnel are thinking that a MED is too small. 2nd Lt, USMC.

11 Nov 2011: Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Arty FO [artillery forward observer]. Current Pads: Gray issued pads. Comments: The issued pads are too firm and do not allow the helmet to sit on the head correctly. I am ordering them for the entire Plt. Lt, USMC.

10 Nov 2011: Hometown: PARLIER,CA. Heard About us: GOOGLE. Duties: LIGHT ARMORED VEHICLE CREWMAN SOON DEPLOYING TO AFGHANISTAN. Current Pads: STOCK CVC USMC PADS , NOT VERY COMFORTABLE. Comments: [our] BN WILL SOON BE DEPLOYING TO AFGHANISTAN AND REQUESTED AN ISSUE FOR [our platoon]. THE CURRENT PADDING WE HAVE ON THE CVD HELMETS ARE VERY UNCOMFORTABLE, A LOT OF IRRITATION. Sgt, USMC.

7 Nov 2011: Hometown: Easley SC. Heard About us: Another Marine. Duties: Combat Engineer. Current Pads: Grey, 2 square, 4 rectangle, 1 round. Comments: The pads are way too thick, I’ve tried to get smaller pads but couldn’t, a larger kevlar is just too big. I have 5 other Marines that have the same problem in my platoon. We are deploying in a week, the Marines have been dealing with the pads they have all through training I would like to get them some new ones before we leave. I know personally they kevlar with the current pads gives me a massive headache after just two or three minutes of wearing it. I have worn my share of kevlars and have never had this problem with the older LWK with the net inside or even the first kevlar. One of my squad leaders order some of the pads for his entire squad, I wore his kevlar around and the difference is pheonominal. Thank you for what youre doing!! SSgt, USMC.

7 Nov 2011: Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL. Heard About us: I ordered some kits for our section for our last deployment. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The MSA pads that the Marine Corps issues are very hard and after a short amount of time on patrol I get bad headaches towards the back of my head. We got your pads for last deployment and they really helped. Not having a headache while you are trying to process an IED call is extremely important!  Sgt, USMC.

6 Nov 2011: Hometown: Charlotte, NC. Heard About us: Other Marines in unit. Duties: Marine Corps Infantry- Helmand Province (Sangin) Afghanistan. Current Pads: Orinigal Issue Pads- Green in color, very firm and uncomfortable. Comments: The current pads were using are very uncomfortable, hard to form and create very uncomfortable hot/pain spots on our heads after extended wear/use… I am a Platoon Sergeant for xxx Co. I was wondering if I can get enough sets for my entire platoon to change out their horrible pads? I requested 30 to cover from our Platoon Commander down to the Corpsman and dog handlers. We are leaving for Afghanistan soon and these sure would make wearing our helmets more comfortable. SSgt, USMC.

5 Nov 2011: Hometown: LaGrange MO. Heard About us: From a instructor and infantry squad leaders course. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Gentex Corporation, Advanced Combat. Comments: The current pads me and my guys are using take awhile to break in and once they get broke in and take in alot of sweat they start to get stiff and form in awkward shapes. The current pads give alot of the guys headaches after prolong use. Cpl, USMC.

30 Oct 2011: Hometown: Menlo Park CA. Heard About us: You sent me 20+ kits before last years deployment. Duties: Conducting reconnasaince, survailance and precision fires in support of combat operations. Current Pads: Currently using the CIF issue Grey pads. Theres a few of us that are still in the platoon from last year using the Oregon Aero pads that you supplied us with last year that would have been a headache without!!! Comments: The issued pads just plain suck. They are hard, unforgiving and place pressure points all over the head. When they are cold, they are rock hard. They simply are unservicable to a Marine who wears a helmet 12 hours a day.  CPL, USMC.

30 Oct 2011: Hometown: Huntington Beach, Ca. Heard About us: While looking for kevlar insert on google. Duties: Infantry, foot patrols. Current Pads: Advance Combat 8470015489356. Comments: The current pads are too regid and press against my had reuslting in a headache. I have tried removing a couple of the inserts, but then it doesnt sit properly.  1st Lt, USMC.  [Followup: Many marines in the company would like to get one. I don’t know how many you can send, but we could use at least 100. But if you can’t send that many, if I could get 50 and I can distribute them to priority cases. Also, is your organization a 501C3? I may be able to nominate it to receive donations from a family foundation. I appreciate your support, have a nice day.]

25 Oct 2011: Hello, My name is CPL xxx. I have received a set of helm pads from SGT xxx, just like to thank you for the donation and how much better these pads are. Its a lot more comfortable to wear my kevlar now and I actually dont mind having them on. Big difference and greatly appreciated. I’m currently with xxx co, in Sangin, Afghanistan, a lot of the marines out here could use these! Thanks again! -From CPL xxx, USMC.

25 Oct 2011: I have received a set of helm pads from SGT xx, just like to thank you for the donation and how much better these pads are. Its a lot more comfortable to wear my kevlar now and I actually dont mind having them on. Big difference and greatly appreciated. I’m currently with XXXXXX, in Sangin, Afghanistan, a lot of the Marines out here could use these!

24 Oct 2011: Hometown: Conroe, Tx. Heard About us: Word of mouth. Duties: Radio Operator. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9366. Comments: My boss knows Marines that have used this and has had nothing but great reviews. Sgt, USMC.

20 Oct 2011: Hometown: Keller, TX. Heard About us: Marine Parents. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Grey, like the inside of a football helmet but soft. Comments: Lack of comfort. LCpl, USMC.

18 Oct 2011:Hometown: Milwaukee. Heard About us: internet. Duties: SF Translator. Current Pads: Aero square pads. Comments: Thank you again Dr. Bob for your work and dedication. CPT, US Army.

18 Oct 2011: Hometown: Holiday Hills. Heard About us: Parents. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Used these last year in Afghanistan. Very comfortable, made keeping helmets on for long periods of time more bearable. LCpl, USMC.

13 Oct 2011: Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA. Heard About us: marines from prior deployment. Duties: MP type work. Current Pads: Gray, hard, uncomfortable and they hold sweat. Comments: They are too big and dont form to your head. The helmet then doesnt sit properly on your head and is way too high. Cpl, USMC.

12 Oct 2011: For my son’s last deployment, you donated enough for all 50 Marines in the 81s.  At homecoming, Marines I didn’t know came up and thanked me for arranging the donation — they said they were awesome, and actually allowed them to wear their helmets on their 12-13 hours patrols.  When I asked my son if I should ask for them again, he said, “Hell, yes.” Thank you so much for your support of our Marines.  With my son being a dog handler this deployment, I know that he is at even higher risk of encountering IEDs, so I am trying to do everything I can to help protect him. Marine Mom

7 Oct 2011:  Hometown: Rialto, CA. Heard About us: Fellow Comat Marine. Duties: I’m in the process of PCSing to xxx Bn, xxx Marines in December 2011. I will be deploying to Afghan and will be filling the billet of CAAT Plt Section Leader. Current Pads: 84740-01-546-9407 (Small Helmet Size). Comments: I’m going to be deploying to an AO that constantly have seen IED’s and Small Arms Fire. I personally know a Marine that survived a potentially traumatic head wound because of your pads. GySgt, USMC.

30 Sep 2011: Hometown: Lewisburg, TN. Heard About us: Operation Thank you. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: Gray, rough texture, a little soft. Comments: they dont really help the texture sucks we all hate them.  LCpl, USMC.

28 Sep 2011: Hometown: prescott. Heard About us: other gunfighters. Duties: Infantry, gunfighting. Current Pads: CIF issue. Comments: i hate the ones they give us wtih our helmets. my last tour in afghanistan my pads didnt last long and were uncomfortable.. im going back to AFG in a couple months and i would really appreciate some pads that actually work, cause the marine corps gets the most worthless stuff for us to fight wars.. p.s. i hate pogs.  LCpl, USMC.

28 Sep 2011: Hometown: Dallas TX. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Joint Forward Observer. Current Pads: 1 inch issued pads, gray. Comments: They squeeze your head and give you a head ache after wearing them for an hour. Really uncomfortable. Sgt, USMC.

28 Sep 2011: Heard About us: I purchased one of your kits when I was in Iraq. Duties: Battalion Chaplain- traveling to 20+ posts providing chaplain services. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: It’s a very “hard fit”, in less than an hour an its creating discomfort, and headaches. LCDR, USN (FMF)

27 Sep 2011: Duties: Ordnance. Current Pads: gentex NSN- 8470-01-546-9416. Comments: i think that the standard pads that i got issued are uncomfortable. they give me an itchy head and make my head feel dirty. Cpl, USMC.

25 Sep 2011: Heard About us: Google search for helmet pads. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: causes pain in temples and pressure on skin when worn for more than an hour. SSgt, USMC.

25 Sep 2011: Heard About us: friend. Duties: 0311, Squad Leader. Current Pads: issued pads. standard. Comments: The current pads are hard and uncomfortable especially after wearing them for long periods of time. Sgt, USMC.

22 Sep 2011: Heard About us: I was given a pair of your pads in afghanistan and they were a relief. Duties: Infantry Rifleman. Current Pads: Marine Corps Issue green and black pads glued together. Comments: The issued pads lose cushion and become hard. After about an hour into our patrols my head starts to ache. Causing not only me but the rest of our squad to take our helmets off when we are behind cover. It causes a safety issue and oncce i received a used pair of the oregon aero pads the pain was totally gone. Cpl, USMC.

22 Sep 2011: Heard About us: I previously received pads. Duties: Dismounted/mounted patrols. Current Pads: Standard Issue, grey, falling apart from repeated un-velcroing. Comments: Operation Helmet sent my squad approx. 20 pads in early 2009. I have since changed units and have nine teammates that are still using the standard GI pads. I have retained my Oregon Aero pads and am requesting kits for my teammates. My team is in direct support of an infantry battalion and conduct dismounted patrols and convoys in volatile region. The IED threat is extremely high, and I have personally witnessed/ experienced IED blasts with the donated pads with no resulting concussions. Sgt, USMC.

20 Sep 2011: Heard About us: Senior Staff NCO. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: don’t know. gray. can feel plastic underneath fabric. Comments: very rough and can be uncomfortable. sweat through them. mold can develop easily.  Cpl, USMC.

20 Sep 2011: Heard About us: Sign in the USO. Duties: Corpsman. Current Pads: No Pads…old style web suspension. Comments: The webbing causes massive headaches when fitted properly.  HM3, USN (FMF)

19 Sep 2011: Heard About us: from Marines at 3/1. Duties: Engineer- Explosives tech and IED exploitation. Current Pads: The NSN is 8470-01-545-9415, they are the grey pads issued with the helmets. Comments: It is very difficult to concentrate when we’re on patrol and sweeping when the current pads we have give us all headaches. They take away from situational awareness. the new pads would be greatly appreciated, Thank you all for everything you do and the considerations you’ve made for all of us!  Cpl, USMC.

19 Sept 2011: It is very difficult to concentrate when we’re on patrol and sweeping when the current pads we have give us all headaches. They take away from situational awareness. the new pads would be greatly appreciated, Thank you all for everything you do and the considerations you’ve made for all of us! SGT, USMC, EOD.

13 Sep 2011: Heard About us: Fellow Marine. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: No pads. currently have the old harness. Comments: the harness is uncomfortable and causes headaches over long periods of use generally anything over an hour or two of continued wear for most marines. 2nd Lt, USMC.

13 Sep 2011:  By far the most comfort in a Helmet I have ever Had I have seen these pads put to the test and marines that should of had severe concusions had very minor or no concusion at all while others wearing the older harnness were rattled something fierce. If you care about you troops you’ll get these pads and spread the word for donations. SSGT, USMC, EOD.

10 Sep 2011: Heard About us: through the infantry grape vine Duties: plt sgt. Current Pads: pad helmet advanced combat nsn 8470-01-546-9356. Comments: i get major headaches. ive moved them around but still get them. so bad it affects my performance. SSgt, USMC.

9 Sep 2011: Heard About us: Ares Armor. Duties: Corpsman. Current Pads: Issued. Comments: They cause headaches.  HM3, USN (FMF) (USMC Corpsman)

9 Sep 2011: Heard About us: MSGT. Duties: I am infantry. Current Pads: Black, silk like cover over them, sewn with single stich around the base, one round pad on top, four oval pads on side and a square pad in the front and back. Comments: My current pads let my kevlar slip over eyes when wearing NVG’s, causes sores on my scalp and are generally uncomfortable. LCpl, USMC.

9 Sep 2011: Heard About us: MILITARY MEMBER. Duties: SQUAD LEADER. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: They tend to get bunched up and become inoperable through extensive use and sweating.  Sgt, USMC.

9 Sep 2011:  Heard About us: my master sgt told me about it.  Duties: infantry.  Current Pads: nsn-8470-01-646-9415. Comments: i’m currently a squad ldrs instructor over here at the school of infantry and we conduct constant patrolling exercises, demolitions, live fire ranges, i think it would benefit me in my day to day activitys as a squad instructor.  Sgt, USMC.

5 Sep 2011: Heard About us: google. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: green pads, tan on bottom, original issue. Comments: I am requesting 4 sets total, one for myself and each of my team members. The GI pads are hard, do not have enough give, and come in only one thickness, which makes it difficult when I have a large head.  Sgt, USMC.

2 Sep 2011: Heard About us: www.operationwearehere.com. Duties: Regimental Chaplain doing Battlefield Circulation to FOBs/PBs in Afghanistan. Current Pads: Green velcro attached pads – not as comfortable as my old Oregon Aero. Comments: Rqst 1 set for myself and 1 set for my RP (Chaplain’s Assistant). My old Oregon Aero pads felt like a good motorcycle helmet -these cause headaches after long usage.  CDR, US Navy (FMF)  Update 18 Sep 2011:  Doc Bob, We received our Kevlar inserts this afternoon. I have not had an opportunity to install them yet, but I will complete your feedback once we evaluate them. I am sure we will love the Oregon Aero inserts since I used the same ones in Iraq (I passed them on to another chaplain). It made the Kevlar helmet as comfortable as a motorcycle helmet and actually made you want to wear it. Of course, the more we wear our helmets the safer we are! Thanks for your commitment to our troops! God bless!

26 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Fellow Marine. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Gentex Corp. Comments: Helmet pads are too stiff, no give to them. They seem to be to big.  Sgt, USMC.

23 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Mom found it on the internet. Duties: Machine Gunner 0331. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Uncomfortable.  LCpl, USMC

19 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Convoy Commander/Truck Commander/Driver. Current Pads: NSN 8476-01-546-9415. Comments: Hard on the head, Give personnel headaces at times. Sometimes dont fit right. Sgt, USMC.

17 Aug 2011: Heard About us: online. Duties: Convoy outside the wire, Infantry, and Medic. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: cause discomfort, headaches, and can not be worn for a long time.  Sgt, USMC.

14 Aug 2011: Heard About us: A Marine. Duties: Infantry/radio operator. Current Pads: Army pattern green standard issue with helmet. Comments: They are painful to wear over time extremely uncomfortable to wear and hits certain spots on my head to wear they wont conform to my head and stay. i was told about this web site for these i have done 2 deployments and got a new kevlar and it still does the same thing thanks. CPL, USMC.

7 Aug 2011: The biggest problem is that they tend to not fit properly and allow my helmet to slip around when I lay down or turn too fast. However, if I put all of the pads in, the helmet is too tight and I get a stress headache and become useless as I cannot concentrate on doing my job, either taking photos or listening to media and advising commander when on battlefield circulation. Major, USMC

6 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Chaplain. Duties: Public Affairs Officer for xxx. Current Pads: Advance Combat Helmet 3/4″, Greyish/Green. Comments: The biggest problem is that they tend to not fit properly and allow my helmet to slip around when I lay down or turn too fast. However, if I put all of the pads in, the helmet is too tight and I get a stress headache and become useless as I cannot concentrate on doing my job, either taking photos or listening to media and advising commander when on battlefield circulation. Maj, USMC.

2 Aug 2011: Heard About us: OTHER MARINES. Duties: INFANTRY PLATOON SERGEANT. Current Pads: GRAY PADS STANDARD ISSUE IN THE USMC. Comments: I AM TRYING TO FIELD 10 SETS FOR MY MARINES IN MY PLATOON BEING THAT WE ARE SHORT ON FUNDS AND SUPPLIES. MOST MARINES DO NOT HAVE ANY PADS BUT MAIN COMPLAINTS ARE HEADACHES AFTER PROLONGED WEAR. IF YOU CAN SEND ANY MORE IT WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED BUT WHAT EVER YOU CAN GIVE IS GREAT. I CURRENTLY HAVE 36 MARINES AND CORPSMAN IN MY PLATOON. IF POSSIBLE CAN YOU SEND ANY CHIN STRAPS IF YOU HAVE ANY, THEY ARE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT.  SSgt, USMC.

1 Aug 2011: Thank you so much for doing this for us. The helmet pads that we currently have are extremely uncomfortable, and are well known to cause pressure headaches, which makes it hard to concentrate and perform accurately during our missions that require us to wear our helmets for days on end. I would say the most dangerous aspect is that the pads make the helmet so uncomfortable, that in a dangerous situation some Marines will remove their helmets for relief and therefore expose their head to gunfire, explosions, etc. I’ve even seen truck convoys where vehicle occupants remove their helmets for relief in spite of imminent IED threats. When night vision goggles are attached to the front of the helmet, the front bears down on the pads and pushes on the pressure points on the forehead. I hope this gives you a better understanding of the difficulties we face with the current pads that we have. SSgt, USMC, (Recon)

31 Jul 2011: Heard About us: online. Duties: infantry and weapons security. Current Pads: current pads are olive drab in color and missing a couple pieces. issued with the kevlar helmet and look like theyve been in service for years. Comments: current pads are torn, misshapen, and very very dirty. impossible to clean properly as some of them have the outer layer removed.  LCpl, USMC.

30 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Google. Duties: Ground Reconnaisance. Current Pads: NSN and some Oregon Aeros that I salvaged from another helmet. Comments: Currently I have NSN pads, but they are extremely uncomfortable. I know that there are better helmet pads out there, like the few Oregon Aero pads that I have salvaged, but there is no money in our unit to issue these pads. I would really appreciate your help so that our platoon can upgrade to better pads, like Oregon Aero. If at all possible, could we please receive 23 kits of helmet pads? Your help is really appreciated by all of us. Thank you. SGT, US Army.

29 Jul 2011: Heard About us: a friend of mine from my old plt. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: grey and feels like fake suede. Comments: the current pads that i have now have become so compacted from wearing it for so long that they arent soft and cause head aches with exessive use. and i dont want my junior marines to have to deal with the same issues and iv’e heard many stories about you helping squads and platoons with similar issues.  LCpl, USMC.

28 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Justin Meaders, He was my first team leader in the Fleet. Duties: Combat Engineering. Current Pads: PAD, HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT SIZE SPM1C1-09-D-F006 3/4″ NSN 8470-01-546-9415 9U425 LOT TW2449-1. Comments: headaches, helmet doesn’t sit right on head, CIF won’t exchange current pads for new pads. Sgt, USMC.

26 Jul 2011 (Followup):  First, I would like to thank you for providing our unit with these helmet pads. They arrived quickly through the mail to Afghanistan! All the members of my unit said they like the way they feel. They say their helmet are fitting better and more comfortably. After I took out my old helmet pads, I realized how much better the pads you provided us feel. They provide more cushion and conform to my head. When I shook my head back and forth, the helmet stayed put. We have not had any blasts while wearing these pads, but if they do occur, I will write back to let you know how we fair. Thank you again for helping us out over here! We appreciate what you are doing to keep us safe and comfortable (relatively speaking). Respectfully, 2ndLt USMC.

23 Jul 2011: Duties: I am deploying as an IA to OEF. Will be doing sensitive site exploitation, raids, training host nation military Current Pads: The pads I have now are NSN 8470-01-548-9415. Comments: I wear a size Large kevlar but the pads make it difficult to achieve a good fit. My kevlar wobbles on my head and I have to put the pads in really strange spots to get it to sit right. An XL is way too big for me but the L is so tight when I cinch it down with the chin strap that I get headaches after a half hour of wearing them. I am currently in Japan so hot weather is a problem but on my last deployment when it got cold the pads got really hard and the sizing got even more difficult! A friend of mine who used to have these problems got the soft pads and he swears by them. I just want to thank you guys for the support and for the incredible amount of time and effort you have obviously put into this project!  SSgt, USMC.

21 Jul 2011: Duties: Engineers with MT Security. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: Will be running heavy equipment and conducting security patrols for long hours and current pads are stiff and uncomfortable. Sgt, USMC.

20 Jul 2011: Duties: Personal Security for Roman Catholic Priest. Current Pads: Gentex Corporation. Comments: Hard on the head. Not very comfortable. RP1, USN (FMF)

17 Jul 2011: Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Issued velcro pads. Grey bricks. Comments: These pads are supposed to decrease the likelyhood of concussion. 2nd Lt, USMC.

17 Jul 2011: Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Little Grey Bricks. Comments: Massive headaches.  LCpl, USMC.

17 Jul 2011: Duties: Air Liason Officer, convoy. Current Pads: little square gray pads. very hard. Comments: The gray pads give me a headache and I would like extra protection from a concussion in the event of a blast. 2nd Lt, USMC.

7 Jul 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Our helmets are not bad until hour four of a patrol. I want to have my guys test these out – I am sure at LEAST 10 in my platoon will want to keep the ones you send – then order more if they are good. 2nd Lt, USMC.

7 Jul 2011: Duties: Counter Intelligence. Current Pads: We are currently using the issued MSA pads. Comments: My team will be supporting an infantry unit who have already received the pads. While doing our “work-up” with the unit we were able to try out their helmet pads and instantly realized the added comfort that the pads provide. It is because of this that I am asking for one set per member of my team (ten total sets). We will be deploying within the next 30 days and could really use the new pads. I am having them sent directly to me so that I can disseminate them amongst my team members in a timely manner.  SSgt, USMC.

7 Jul 2011: Duties: Infantry and Infantry support. Current Pads: MSA. Last year I was in Afghanistan supporting 3/1.  There were several Marines who had received the pads and swore by their comfort.   Comfort may not sound like much, but when Marines are standing post for 8 hours at a time, or conducting 12 Kilometer patrols in 135 degree heat, comfort can ensure a Marine is focused on his mission and the task before him, and not how uncomfortable in helmet is or how bad or a headache he has.  I am deploying to Afghanistan again soon with 9 other Marines, and I would like to ensure we are able to perform at the best of our abilities to accomplish our mission without the distracting headaches caused by our current helmet pads.  Thank you very much.  Sgt, USMC.

30 Jun 2011: Duties: I’m an infantry team leader. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9415 Notes: 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!  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! Sgt, USMC

28 Jun 2011: Duties: EOD. Current Pads: 3 Year old Oregon Aero. Comments: Do you have any size 4 oregon aero pads available? I tried my friends size 6 pads and they are just a little too thick for my helmet/head combination. Thanks for doing this, the issued pad are rock hard and so thick that the helmet sits on top of my head instead of around my head.  SSgt, USMC. [OpHelmet note: we do not provide Size 4 (1/2 inch) pads anymore]

26 Jun 2011: Duties: Personal Security Officer. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Pads become uncomfortable after a short period of time.  GySgt, USMC.

26 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry, convoy. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: My current pads are hard. There is no cushion what so ever. Without any cushion I get a headache after a short period of time. While running with the bouncing it makes it even worse. The reason I am requesting 150 is because I will have 300 Marines within my company but half of them will be going outside the wire.  1st Sgt, USMC.

23 Jun 2011:  Duties: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians. Current Pads: oregon aero’s. Comments: We used the pads last year in Afghan and they worked very well for us. However a few of the pads stiching have come loose over time. To be honest with every thing we put our helmets through i’m surprised any of them made it back. The only reason i’m asking for these kits are because my teams going back soon and our shops budgets fading fast. Every little bit we can save helps us get the tools and gear we need to have a safe and successful deployment. I know from personal experience that when leaning over an IED, our helmets placement and comfort definitely comes into play. If only we could get the higher up to understand that we’ll be doing great. Helmet pads are not on their list of necessities. Any assistance you could offer my team would greatly appreciated. Thank you.  Sgt, USMC.

15 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: they cause discomfort on my Marines heads after wearing the helmet for an extended period of time.  SSgt, USMC.

13 June 2011: Hey Doc Bob, Essentially, we go on resupply convoys through rough, rocky terrain, sometimes driving for up to 20 hours straight on a drive that can last up to 3 days. The level of concentration and alertness needed to make it through some of this terrain and not get a vehicle stuck is pretty high. If a vehicle gets stuck, that means someone has to get out of their armored truck to recover the stuck truck, and that makes them a target of opportunity to an enemy that is always watching us. It has happened once already in our time here. For some Marines in our platoon, their helmet pads have deteriorated to the point where their head is almost against the helmet itself. Some operators still have leather bands in their helmets instead of pads. The pads issued to replace the leather bands are so stiff, they couldn’t even get the helmet on their heads and put the leather band back in. This discomfort causes headaches, and it requires more energy to concentrate on the road or terrain instead of our heads. We cannot take any kind of drug because we don’t want to risk getting drowsy, nor can we take our helmets off because if we get hit by an explosive, we want our heads to make it back home in one piece. Every driver and gunner has the responsibility to get each Marine in his truck and our convoy to our destination safely, and since we wear helmets 100% of the time while on the road, new, more comfortable helmet pads sound like the greatest thing we could ask for. My platoon and I would be very grateful. Thank you very much for your support. Cpl, USMC.

13 Jun 2011: Duties: Motor Transport Convoys. Current Pads: Gray issued pads, NSN. Comments: The pads we have now are stiff and absorb a lot of sweat over time, which causes them to deteriorate.  Cpl, USMC.

13 Jun 2011: Duties: EOD. Current Pads: Stock pads that came with helmet. Comments: Stock pads are too thin and causes discomfort. Sgt, USMC.

10 Jun 2011: Duties: Fire Support. Current Pads: None. Comments: was not issued any pads.  Maj, USMC.

10 Jun 2011: Duties: Convoy Current Pads: Grey foam. Comments: Headaches causing members to remove helmets for relief.  2nd Lt, USMC.

2 Jun 2011: Duties: Mechanic, Convoy. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9356. Comments: My whole platoon is going outside the wire, and I wanted to get more comfortable pads for them. The ones that are currently being worn are very uncomfortable and cause headaches. The pads are really stiff.  The pads are not form fitting to your head, they cause headaches and they tend to not be comfortable. Our whole Platoon is going out side the wire. I am just making sure that everyone would be able to get more comfortable pads. Sgt, USMC.

31 May 2011: Duties: Security.  Current Pads: None. Comments: I currently dont even have any pads. My unit is too cheap to issue them, there’s days after wearing the Helmet the whole day that my skin turns into bear flesh.  PFC, USMC.

29 May 2011: Duties: Infantry, Machin gun Section Leader. Current Pads: Grey, square sewn on edges, back is Velcro. Comments: The pads are to hard and rip easily.  SSgt, USMC.

21 May 2011: Duties: MOUNTED INFANTRY. Current Pads: ???. Comments: I’M A COMPANY XO AND LOOKING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO HAVING THE MARINES BUY NEW HELMET PADS OR GOING TO TO CIF AND GETTING INFERIOR HELMET PADS. WE’RE SET TO LEAVE IN NOVEMBER AND THE TRAINING SCHEDULE IS PACKED UNTIL THEN. I UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR PADS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SHIPPED OVERSEAS BUT WAS INQUIRING AS TO WHETHER YOU COULD SEND ME PADS FOR THE LWH AND PADS FOR THE CVC HELMET. THAT WAY MYSELF AND THE COMPANY GUNNY CAN TRY AND GET THEM SHIPPED HERE BEFORE WE DEPLOY.  1st Lt, USMC.

20 May 2011: I believe that anything that distracts you from the mission at hand, and in this case, poor fitting kevlars we wear endless hours on end, affects mission performance. Anyone might suggest that as trained military, nothing as insignificant as poor fitting kevlars and/or uncomfortable shouldn’t affect performance, probably hasn’t been in our situations.

19 May 2011: Heard About us: My son called and asked for pads for his helmet, found you online. Duties: Bomb dog handler, 0311. Current Pads: unknown. Comments: he stated he needed more padding in his helment , it was 109 degrees where he is.  LCpl, USMC.

18 May 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Pads are hard and uncomfortable and give headaches after long periods of time. The backing material is ripping/tearing off and as a result, many in our plt are missing some. LCpl, USMC.

17 May 2011: Duties: Resupply convoy commander and radio chief for the company. Current Pads: skydex. Comments: coming apart at the edges and starting to get flat after 1 month of constant use.  SSgt, USMC.

16 May 2011: Duties: Tank Crewman. Current Pads: SkyDex. Comments: Loss of Velcro Effectiveness.  SSgt, USMC.

16 May 2011: Duties: Platoon Commander – Tank Company. Current Pads: Grey Pads, NSN 5470-01-546-9415. Comments: These pads are more comfortable than the leather suspension band, but are still not comfortable for long periods of time. 2nd Lt, USMC.

12 May 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Light grey with a sewn seam – CIF issue. Comments: Highly recommended – looking forward to replacing lowest bidder’s pads. Current pads are only adequate – not high quality. 2nd Lt, USMC.

12 May 2011: Duties: MOTO T. Current Pads: OREGON AERO. Comments: ORDERING FOR ENTIRE PLATOON, MY PARENTS PURCHASED YOUR PADS FOR ME, WANT ALL THE GUYS TO HAVE THEM. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL MY MOM, DEBI xxxx, AT xxx-xxx-xxxx. THANK YOU!  LCpl, USMC.

3 May 2011: Duties: Infantry: 0331 Machine gunner. Current Pads: General issue gentex 3/4″. Comments: The current issue pads are rock hard and very uncomfortable. A lot of Marines complain about their helmet sitting to high or not fitting right because of how hard the GI pads are. I had the opportunity to use oregon aero pads in country (AFG) and was very impressed by how comfortable they were. It truly made a difference and I wished that I had more pad kits to give to my squad. I was a squad leader and now that my contract is coming to an end I’m requesting the pad kits to hand out to my former squad members (who are now the squad leaders) who are currently doing the work up for another AFG deployment in the fall. Thank you. I hope that your organization is able to send the kits so I can hand them out to my brothers. Your service to those who serve is very deeply appreciated. Cpl, USMC.

2 May 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN . Comments: Current pads are too hard, no cushion/comfort.  Many times you are unable to have all the pads inserted because the helmet will not fit your head properly, which causes a lack of protection.  Our unit deploys within the few weeks, so any support would be greatly appreciated by the Marines.  2nd Lt, USMC.

30 Apr 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: CIF Issued pads, they have been rubbed off as to the Manufacturer. Comments: Look forward in using your product. My roommates are with x/x and rave about them. 2nd Lt, USMC.

26 Apr 2011:  To: Ms. Laura Ann D. and the Texas Daughters of the Revolution,
I am Marine Sergeant Gregory S. I am an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician with the United States Marines. I recently contacted Operation Helmet and Doc Bob Meaders; at which point I had requested a large amount of helmet pads. My intent is to hand out these to my fellow Marines prior to us deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. I contacted Operation Helmet when I had first heard of the organization prior to my first deployment to Iraq in 2007 at which point, I had done the same and ordered pads for my platoon; and again in 2008 for my second deployment, I did the same. Coming up to my third deployment, I thought it appropriate to again, do the same.
I am sending you this email to personally thank you and your organization for raising the funds to purchase these pads for my fellow Marines and I. I don’t know how much you know about our job as EOD Technicians, but, it is inherently and exponentially more dangerous than most. These pads increase our chances of survival in the chance that a situation does not go the way we plan. So again, I wanted to personally that you ladies for raising the money to buy a bunch of strangers much needed equipment.  Sgt S, USMC

24 Apr 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN/Gentex Corporation. Comments: Pads don’t form well to head and start to make the helmet become loose.  LCpl, USMC.

23 Apr 2011: Duties: EOD. Current Pads: Black on one side , OD green on the other. Comments: Worn out with little use.  Sgt, UMC.

21 Apr 2011:  Duties: Border Communications on border of Pakistan/Afghanistan. Current Pads: I don’t have pads, it’s just a brown leather sweat band. Comments: My kevlar is uncomfortable and keeps slipping. 1st Lt, USMC.

14 Apr 2011: Just received the pads two days ago and the Marines are very happy to have them.  Thank you again for getting them out to us.  I will send a proper thank you in the mail.  Please tell everyone there that xxxx from Wpns Co, xst Battalion, x th Marines is very appreciative of all that you are doing, and you have made us much more comfortable and combat effective.

14 Apr 2011: Duties: Infantry, fr. military training. Current Pads: None. Have netting issued with LWH. Comments: Netting is absolutely terrible and I have been unable to get pads from CIF.  Cpl, USMC.

8 Apr 2011: Duties: force protection security and cultural liaison. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-548-9407. Comments: the pads are extremely uncomfortable. last year in Marjeh i would go on four to five hour patrols and by the first hour i’d have an extremely bad headache and constantly adjusted my helmet.  Sgt, USMC.

7 Apr 2011: Duties: I am in charge of an Embedded Training Team headed for Afg. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Thank you very much for what you are doing. The pads that my Marines and I are using are extremely uncomfortable. We have tried different configuration by removing the pads, which I am sure is dangerous.  SSgt, USMC.

1 Apr 2011: Duties: PERFORMING EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL OPERATIONS. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: THEY ARE STIFF. THEY PEEL APART. THEY DON’T ALLOW THE HELMET TO SIT PROPERLY ON THE HEAD. Sgt, USMC.

26 Mar 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Issued. Comments: I [opsec deleted] would like to order these pads for my Company. One of my platoon commanders just placed his order for his platoon and I loved the way they fit, so I’d like to order enough for my company. The current pads are too firm and do not allow the helmet to fit properly or comfortably. 1st Lt, USMC.

25 Mar 2011: Duties: Infantry Current Pads: Issued Comments: Thank you very much! Your organization is incredible ! I am a weapons platoon commander deploying to Afghanistan next month and some of my guys brought up your organization. I am ordering for the entire platoon if that is ok. Thank you very much for your support! 2nd Lt, USMC.

24 Mar 2011: Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: 84707-01-546-9356. Comments: They are too hard. Cpl, USMC.

23 Mar 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: CIF issued. NSN Comments: They wear out fast. We never get replacments. When its cold the pads get hard as rocks.  LCpl, USMC

18 Mar 2011: Heard About us: A MARINE IN MY SQUAD. Duties: CORPSMAN/ COMBAT MEDIC ADVISOR FOR ANP. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: CURRENT PADS ARE RIDICULOUSLY RIGID. THEY GIVE ME HEADACHES, CREATE PRESSURE SPOTS AFTER SHORT TIME OF USE DURING TRAING OPS FOR DEPLOYMENT. CAUSE POOR CIRCULATION ABOVE TEMPLE, WHICH IS VERY PAINFUL EVEN AFTER MULTIPLE TIMES OF READJUSTING. AFTER A FULL DAY OF WEARING I EXPERIENCE INTENSE THROBBING, PAIN FROM WEAR PADS REST ON MY HEAD, AND A MIGRAINE THAT DOESN’T GO AWAY. HM, USN (FMF)

17 Mar 2011: Duties: We are an infantry unit, we will be patroling and engaging the enemy. we will be deployed by foot and motorized vehicles. we will be very vulnerable to small arms fire and IED’s. our Deployment got moved up by one month to OEF. Current Pads: we are issue generic pads made by the lowest bidder. these pads are undependable. Comments: proper working pads would dramatically reduce the chances of TBI. the current pads are making the LWH not to fit properly. GySgt, USMC.

15 Mar 2011: Heard About us: A corporal in my platoon. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Pad, helmet, advanced combat size. Grey in color. Doesn’t looked stitched. Pieces were glued together at the bottom or its just a single piece. Felt texture. Hard as a rock. Comments: After being worn for a relatively short period of time they begin to cause a headache. In cold weather they become harder and it gets worse. LCpl, USMC.

15 March 2011: Duties: Infantry operations. Current Pads: Plain suspension kit for PASGT and LWH (i.e. – no pads). Comments: I have a set but we are so short handed that the CIF is issuing no helmets or old ones with the old leather and webbing suspension system.  1st Sgt, USMC

10 March 2011: The current standard issue pads that come with the helmet are extremely uncomfortable for one thing, and when you are wearing the helmet for up to 10 or 12 hours at time this takes a toll. But aside from that below is a list of bullets that the Oregon aero pads provide. Pain-free, Superior shock absorption, Flame Resistant, Moisture and waterproof, Self-wicking, Gas and air permeable, Reduce sound reverberation. The standard pads eventually get saturated with sweat and moisture and become extremely hard, which when it comes to impact injuries, is not a good thing at all. This is why we (Marine EOD) tend to run with ACH/MICH helmets with Oregon Aero pads. Let me know if this helps. Thanks. GySgt, USMC

9 March 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: No writing, some grey some black. Comments: The poor fit of my helmet causes it to tip over when operating at night with night vision goggles.  It also does not sit well without nvgs.  The size seems to shrink and swell depending on how long I am wearing it.  Overall it is unsatisfactory for the length of time I will be wearing it.  Thank you for all you do. 1st Lt USMC

8 Mar 2011: Duties: OPSEC, sensitive. Current Pads: beige, sewn seam. Comments: Heat, airflow.  Sgt, USMC.

8 Mar 2011: Duties: EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL. Current Pads: STANDARD ISSUE. Comments: OUR UNIT JUST GOT OUR DEPLOYMENT PUSHED UP 3 MONTHS EARLY AND WE ARE DEPLOYING IN LESS THAN 3 WEEKS. OUR JOB IS TO SPEND EXTREMELY LONG HOURS OUTSIDE THE WIRE CONDUCTING COUNTER IED DEFEAT OPERATIONS AND WE ARE IN NEED OF GETTING COMFORTABLE SYSTEMS FOR OUR MICH HELMETS. REQUESTING OREGON AERO SIZE 6 PAD SETS. YOUR HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU. GySgt, USMC.

8 Mar 2011: The pads that we are currently using are uncomfortable and do not form well to the head.  This typically results in headaches and night vision devices that don’t sit right.  1st Lt USMC

7 Mar 2011: Duties: Infantry Sqd Ldr. Current Pads: Gray Pads that came with the kevlar. Comments: The velcro doesnt stick after I washed them, theyre very uncomfortable and I’m requesting 30 for my platoon. LCpl, USMC.

5 Mar 2011: Duties: I am currently serving as a Infantry Plt Sgt and will be deployed with my battalion shortly to Afghanistan. Current Pads: ACH pads. Comments: Pads we get get stiff once used numerous times. Another big discrepacy is the stability of our kevlars when NVG’s are mounted (Moves around to much and gets in our eyes.)  SSgt, USMC.

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.

1 Mar 2011: Duties: INFANTRY PLATOON SERGEANT. Current Pads: GENTEX ADVANCED COMBAT (GREY OUTER COVER, RIGID). Comments: CURRENT PADS ARE STIFF, AND DO NOT CONFORM EASILY. CAN BE PAINFUL IF NATURAL HEAD SHAPE DOES NOT MATCH HELMET SIZE PERFECTLY. THEY DO NOT HOLD SHAPE, ONCE WORN AT LENGTH, CAUSING THE HELMET TO SHIFT UNNECESSARILY. ADDITIONAL WEIGHT ADDED TO THE HELMET CAUSES EXCESSIVE SHIFTING (i.e. NIGHT VISION MOUNTING).  SSgt, USMC.

28 Feb 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: The pads we were issued are hard and take a long time to form to the individuals head. Even after they have formed to the head they remain uncomfortable when worn for a long period of time.  1st Lt, USMC.

27 Feb 2011: Duties: Route Clearance, IED Removal. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: 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!  Sgt, USMC.

18 Feb 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Gentex Corporation. Comments: they are hard and uncomfortable. they dont fit to the head well.  SSgt, USMC.

16 Feb 2011: Duties: Ops Chief, Plt Sgt. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The MSA pads start to hurt after wearing them for an extended period, and when you are on patrol you dont have a choice but to bear it and drive on. MSgt, USMC.

9 Feb 2011: Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: Color is grey, circular, hard, no sewn seam, cotton, black writing pad, helmet, advanced combat. Comments: These pads are too hard on the head and don’t form to the head when wearing the pads. SSgt, USMC.

7 Feb 2011: Duties: Route Clearance Operations, Explosive Hazard Reduction. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9415 Gentex Corporation. Comments: Most importantly the pads are extremely hard and do not conform to your head. They cause the kevlar to ride high on the head with distinct pressure points on the skull. This in turn causes much discomfort and distracts from the mission at hand. In the cold environments we will be operating in the GI pads compound these issues immensely. I received such good feed back from my squad while attached to the Marine Expeditionary Unit a few years ago that I am trying to outfit my platoon with these much more effective pads. Thank you for all that you do to support us.  Sgt, USMC.

7 Feb 2010: Most importantly the pads are extremely hard and do not conform to your head. They cause the kevlar to ride high on the head with distinct pressure points on the skull. This in turn causes much discomfort and distracts from the mission at hand. In the cold environments we will be operating in the GI pads compound these issues immensely. I received such good feed back from my squad while attached to the Marine Expeditionary Unit a few years ago that I am trying to outfit my platoon with these much more effective pads. Thank you for all that you do to support us. SGT, USMC

3 Feb 2011: Duties: forward air controller. Current Pads: ZAP Action pad. Comments: Pad are often uncomfortable, head feels too restricted, pressure points on certain parts of head. Capt, USMC.

3 Feb 2011: Hello everyone, for some of you all I haven’t spoken to you in quite some time and for that I am sorry. As most of you know [xxx] and I are back in Camp Lejeune, NC and I am set to deploy with my company in late April. One of my Marines showed me the above link, and my company was able to order 130 of the “Operation Helmet” upgrade kits. We just received our kits in the mail and they are amazing. If you scroll through the website you can see all the technical and medical advantages these pads offer to all servicemen and women that are forward deployed. I hate to admit it, but as most of you know the military tends to buy the cheaper products as opposed to the best products. These helmet upgrades replace the sub-par pads we are issued, and the fact that they are free to the Marines is extremely nice also. So, the reason for my email to you all is simply to inform you that this is a great way, if you choose, to give something to the individual Marine and Soldier, and it will greatly increase their chance of survival and prevent traumatic brain injury from IED blasts. Thanks for your consideration, and if you choose to donate thank you from all the Marines here. Semper Fi, Capt, USMC.

1 Feb 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Zap Pads; Zobrium Foam; made by Team Wendy, LLC. Comments: Current Pads are stiff and rigid even in warmer weather. Cause pressure points on head that lead to discomfort and headaches. Capt, USMC.

31 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Current pads are old and harden, giving some Marines headaches and less willing to keep wearing helmets at all appropriate times.  2nd Lt, USMC.

30 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: nsn 3470-01-506-6454. Comments: The biggest thing is that no matter how much we tighten the adjustment straps, our helmet still moves around. with the helmet moving around so much it makes using our nvg’s extremely difficult. the current pads we have in our helmets are constantly tearing open when we try to take them out to clean them. the pads stay compressed even with the helmet off which is very uncomfortable. my guys in my squad constantly complain of having to put their helmets back on because of the headaches they get from wearing them constantly. I just went through an IED blast and the doctors said i received a grade 3 concussion. one of the guys in my squad said he watched me fly in the air and knowing that my helmet moves around as much doesn’t make me to comfortable. it kinda puts a worry in the back of my head knowing i could have landed on my head and caused more damage. I honestly feel that if the pads were different that we would be better protected against IED’s. the military needs to realize the needs for its infantry and stop outfitting us with terrible equipment that could cause more damage. LCpl, USMC.

20 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry/Light Armored Recon. Current Pads: CIF Issue too worn out to read. sorry. Gray in color. Comments: I’m ordering for my Platoon thats why I’ve asked for so many. They get dirty very easy and are hard to clean. they wear out quickly. I wish they had a spilt top pad so you could wear a headset. And they are very stiff and hard when it is cold, this makes it hard to wear right until they warm up. SSgt, USMC.

20 Jan 2011: Duties: Light Armored Recon mounted/dismounted patrols & raids–Infantry. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: Generally improper fitting on the front of the Marine’s head causing slight abrasions. Also providing room enough to get the radio handsets up under the helmets and ease communications. 1st Lt, USMC.

20 Jan 2011: Duties: Radio Operator. Current Pads: skydex. Comments: They are very uncofortable, gives me headaches most of the time. especially during the winter they freeze up and feel like ice cubes on my head. PFC, USMC.

20 Jan 2011: Duties: infantry, mechanic, convoy. Current Pads: mine are either black or grey, I think I have a set of both. They stick to velcro on the inside of the helmet and are slightly soft. Comments: almost every persons helmet does not fit right with the new pad system.  Sgt, USMC.

20 Jan 2011: Duties: Maintenance Chief. Current Pads: Issued pads. Comments: Inferior product which doesn’t hold up. GySgt, USMC.

19 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: CIF issued PADs are extremely uncomfortable and causes pain with chin strap if fully fastened. 1Sgt, USMC.

13 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9418. Comments: The pad i have now after a long period of time make my head hurt and pads take to long to warm up or become soft and comfortable. I’ve tried your helmet pads for one day and was amazed by the comfort I passed the helmet around and every guy in my squad was amazed by the comfort compared to the pads we have now.  Sgt, USMC.

12 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry Company 1st Sgt. Current Pads: 8470015469356. Comments: They are uncomfortable and bulky.  1Sgt, USMC.

12 Jan 2011: My name is SSgt [opsec] and I am currently serving as a Platoon Sergeant in [opsec] marines camp Pendleton ca. I am requesting helmet pads for my troops who will be deploying to Afghanistan here shortly. I have 36 troops who would need outfitted with these upgrades. As you already know the standard pads we have are not comfortable and do don’t last as long as the ones provided by your service and the new ones would greatly be appreciated. All of my marines are infantry and would be required to wear their kevlars on a daily basis while leaving the wire. Your help would would be greatly appreciated.  SSgt, USMC.

11 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Some Marines do not have pads and are using the old suspension. The Marines that do have the current issue pads are too stiff and cause the Kevlar’s to sit to high on the Marines head. SSgt, USMC.

8 Jan 2011: Duties: machine gun section leader for wpns plt. Current Pads: cif issue. Comments: my gunny said this looked good and would serve to replace our current pads while on deployment. we don’t have a way to replace pads over seas and this will work.  Sgt, USMC.

8 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Statndard Issue. Comments: Looking to upgrade helmet pad prior to deployment in March 2011.  LCpl, USMC.

6 Jan 2011: I received two sets of helmet pads from your program. They work perfect in our helmets. My Marines are asking if I can get more. Is there any way to send some more sets to me so I can outfit my Marines. I have 45 Marines in my platoon who would like this upgrade. It would mean a lot to them. Semper Fi.  SSgt, USMC.

5 Jan 2011: Duties: Civil Affairs. Current Pads: Pad, Helmet, Advanced Combat Size SPM1C1-08-C-B100 3/4 NSN 8470-01-546-9415 9U4425 LOT 1368-4. Comments: Same problem that a lot of guys have, after awhile of wearing the helmet I start to get a headache. Thanks for this service, much appreciated.  Sgt, USMC.

4 Jan 2011: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: cif issue. Comments: issue pads breakdown faster in the conditions experienced in AFG, especially during the summer.  GySgt, USMC.

3 Jan 2011: Duties: Mechanic. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-646-9950, ADVANCED COMBAT SIZE SPM1C1-09-D-F006 3/4″. Comments: You cant wear these helmets for more than 5 mins then they start giving you a headache, feels like theyre either too tight or get to loose and rub on your head.  Cpl, USMC.

3 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry.  Current Pads: Old net harness. Used pads on my first deployment and they worked wonderfully. Comments: It’s been 2 years since I last used helmet pads but from what I remember they worked well except they would get very stiff in cold environments.  Cpl, USMC

1 Jan 2011: I received two sets of helmet pads from your program.  They work perfect in our helmets.  My Marines are asking if I can get more.  Is there any way to send some more sets to me so I can outfit my Marines.  I have 45 Marines in my platoon who would like this upgrade.  It would mean a lot to them.  SSGT, USMC.