2012 Army Requests

29 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: THROUGH THE MAIN WEB PAGE FOR SHINDAND. Duties: FIELD MEDIC. Current Pads: GREY,SMOOTH. Comments: THEY DO NOT FIT PROPERLY TO MY HEAD AND THEY CAUSE MY HELMET SIT BE UNCOMFORTABLE. SPC, US Army.

28 Dec 2012: Kits: 2.  Heard About us: Higher Ups. Duties: Recon & Survaillance. Current Pads: Standard Issue. Comments: I would like something that molds to your head and prvides soft fabric rather than hard-like pads. SPC, US Army.

28 Dec 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Anaheim, CA. Heard About us: NCO’s.  Duties: Recon & Surveillance. Current Pads: Not sure but they are issued pads, grey on one side black on other side. Comments: Well the issued pads harden over time and tend to feel like brick rather than traditional soft padding for your nogging. SPC, US Army.

27 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Modesto, CA. Heard About us: Online. Duties: Platoon Sergeant. Current Pads: light green. Comments: My current pads are very hard like bricks and cause me to get headaches. SSG, US Army.

24 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Jacksonville, FL. Heard About us: USO Philadelphia. Duties: Logistics. Current Pads: Black pads that came with it when it was issued to me. Comments: Headache and neckache. LTC, US Army.

19 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Duties: delivering supplies to different locations. Current Pads: black pads. Comments: i dont have enough, so my helmet hurts when i put it on. SGT, US Army.

18 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Everett, WA. Heard About us: Friend in unit. Duties: Psychological warfare and work with local populace. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9475. Comments: Go out on many over night missions and must keep helmet on at all times. helmet pads cause head aches and discomfort when on for long amounts of time. they are hard and very stiff. SPC, US Army.

14 Dec 2012: Kits: 10. Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Durability is low. They don’t last very long. 1LT, US Army.

12 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: NIAGARA FALLS NY. Heard About us: FELLOW SERVICE MEMBER. Duties: ROUTE CLEARANCE. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: cause headaches and don’t provide enough support. Plus I have had these pads since 2009.  SFC, US Army.

11 Dec 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Infantry/Convoy Security. Current Pads: Unit Pad Crown. Comments: The Pads that are issued to us are very hard and after a while start giving us headaches, especially when you start putting weight on them like nods and what not. SGT, US Army.

5 Dec 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: Holland, OH. Heard About us: Search. Duties: Im an EOD SPC headed to Afghanistan in less then 3 months. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Current pads truly irritate my head, begging for set of pads to be sent seeing as I am on the most senior team and will be dismounted and exposed to more detonations then the average individual. Requesting 3 but would like for the whole EOD teams to recieve (27 total people) will take as many as you can send. Truly need this as Ive searched and cannot seem to find a place to buy these inserts online. Thanks again.  SPC, US Army.

5 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: web search. Duties: Civil Affairs Team Leader. Current Pads: Issue CIF Pads. Comments: They are hard, retain dirt and sweat, and take prolongued wearing to become less than uncomfortable. 1LT, US Army.

4 Dec 2012: Kits: 50. Hometown: Colorado Springs. Heard About us: Prior Unit. Duties: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Full Spectrum Operations. Current Pads: NSN – Standard Issue. Comments: Soldiers in my unit would like a better quality helmet pad that doesn’t cause pain after prolonged use outside the wire. I have personally been using Oregon Aero pads, however they have been through the works and would like to share the wealth with Soldiers in my unit who are currently on the road to war. SSG, US Army.

3 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: St. Paul, MN. Heard About us: One of my Team Members just got a set of your pads in. Duties: EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal). Current Pads: MSA. Comments: My current pads, after wearing the ACH for hours on end, punches my eye brow and gives me a headache. After feeling my team members pads that he received from you, the comparison between the two is a rock and a pillow. SGT, US Army.

3  Dec 2012: Kits: 40. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-508-6626 (round pad) NSN: 8470-01-531-3351 (chin strap). Comments: Long distacnce dis-mounted patroling though rugged terrain. ACH wore for 12+ hours. Night-Vision equip in constant use, will facilitate comfort.  CPL, US Army.

2 Dec 2012:  UNCLASSIFIED – Sir, Thank you very much for your thoughts and consideration. As I am sure you have heard things are very hard to come by these days here. With the talk of draw down, the supplies are dwindling to the point of fights over here.  Again, Thanks for your help!  Respectfully, SSG, US Army.

27 Nov 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Richton MS. Heard About us: friend. Duties: convoy. Current Pads: Normal pads that come with the ACH. Comments: My current pads hurt my head after only a few minutes of wear. SFC, US Army.

27 Nov 2012: Kits: 4. Hometown: roane county tn. Duties: maneuver, psd. Current Pads: skydex. Comments: my self and the other three i ask for are out and about alot and due to new sensors in helmets often suffer from headaches and just uncomfortable pressure from our helmets. SGT, US Army.

26 Nov 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Email. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 3470-01-546-9415 Comments: Stiff and Hard in the cold weather. CSM, US Army.

24 Nov 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: chicago. Heard About us: internet. Duties: infantry mortarman. Current Pads: hard comes with one round and about 6 rectangular very stiff Comments: for me personally the pads slide to much and my kevlar never stays in place especially with nods on. They are to stiff and very uncomfortable. it is crucial to have a great fitting stable ACH in my profession. I would like two sets one for myself and one for one of my soldiers for our upcoming deployment. my 2nd his first. thank you so much!  SPC, US Army.

23 Nov 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: portland, OR. Heard About us: i-net. Duties: psyop. Current Pads: nsn 3/4″. Comments: The pads are issue and are too hard. Gives me headaches after a couple of hours. SGT, US Army.

21 Nov 2012: Kits: 15. Hometown: Camp Douglas, Wisconsin. Heard About us: Prior Medics. Duties: I am the Senior Medical NCO for an engineer Company here. We do horizontal engineering. Current Pads: Light green with little padding. Comments: Several Soldiers are complaining of improper fitting and wear of the helmet. The padding is extremely uncomfortable, and wears out quickly.  SSG, US Army.

15 Nov 2012: Job: Engineer Comment: I received pads from you guys about a year and a half ago. Slightly worn now but working just as good as the day I put them in. I have tried to spread the word on the great pads you have, still several of my soldiers that will be contacting you within the next couple of months for replacements. Once again, thank you for the amazing pads and support for troops. SGT, USArmy

15 Nov 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Minneapolis, MN. Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Recovery/Mechanic. Current Pads: Nothing, basic issue. Comments: Uncomfortable, worn out. SPC, US Army.

15 Nov 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Canal Fulton, OH. Heard About us: From other soldiers in BN recieving pads while on deployment. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: There isn’t writting. They are a sewn seam, stiff, greenish in color. Comments: It is currently getting colder in Afghanistan and my current pads are becoming more and more stiff. I have spots on my head where the pads currently sit and they become sore and give me head aches. SPC, US Army.

13 Nov 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Regular issued helmet pads. Comments: They are very uncomfortable. They don’t comform well to the head, and they are hard. They put a lot of pressure on the temples, which causes discomfort after long periods of time. SGT, US  Army.

12 Nov 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: green memory foam. Comments: I use the memory foam pads because the issue ones give headaches. Some of my soldiers are starting to also complain of headaches from current pads. We wear our helmets on average 12-15 hrs a day. SFC, US Army.

12 Nov 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: MP. Current Pads: 8420-01-546-9415. Comments: Pad’s starting to stink. SGT, US Army.

10 Nov 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Zion, IL. Heard About us: Online Helmet pad Search. Duties: SOCCENT EOD Support. Current Pads: MSA W911QY-05-D-0002-8470-01-546-9415. Comments: My current pads were issued 2 yrs ago, never worn and the fabric has peeled off the pads. The pads are stiff and cuse the ACH to sit on top like a pointed birthday hat. I prefer the pads they issued with the ACH back in 94 when they issued them to us in Iraq. SFC, US Army.

7 Nov 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Colorado springs. Heard About us: my section chief. Duties: field artillery. Current Pads: standard issue pads. Comments: the current pads i have couse pain and severe headaches i find it had to concentrate on the task at hand when i feel this way. PV2, US Army.

5 Nov 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Watertown, MN. Duties: Infantry Sniper. Current Pads: I have gray pads. Rough and hard. Standard issue stuff. Comments: They are pressing down hard on my forehead and causing my head to hurt. Also they irritate my hair and make me want to throw my helmet down a mountain. PFC, US Army.

4 Nov 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: Hagerman, ID. Heard About us: Google. Duties: My 3 man team is attached to Marine Infantry Element. Current Pads: Army issue. Comments: Pads wear out too and helmets quickly and helmets become loose and uncomfortable. SGT, US Army.

3 Nov 2012: Kits: 15.  Heard About us: Online looking for a recommendation on helmet pads. Duties: Infantry, RTO and some translation/firearms instruction. Current Pads: OD green original set. Large round pad with two square pads and four small rectangle pads. I already have my ruck packed since I leave tomorrow and I was thinking about this last minute. Comments: One of my pads is hard a a rock and the others just don’t feel comfortable at all after putting on other helmets with aftermarket pads. I’m asking for 15 because that is the size of my platoon. Some platoons in my company received new after market pads but we decided as a platoon if there wasn’t enough for us all we would pass them on to someone else. Thanks in advance. SPC, US Army.

30 Oct 2012: Kits: 35. Hometown: cherry valley, ar. Heard About us: INTERNET. Duties: Combat engineer, ROUTE CLEARANCE. Current Pads: MINE ARE BLACK IN COLOR, GOT THEM IN 2006, FALLING APART ON ME ONE IS PLASTIC CAUSE THE COVER HAS BROKEN LOOSE AND FALLEN OFF. ABOUT HALF OF MY PLATOON HAVE THE SAME ISSUES WITH THE BLACK PADS, WHILE THE OTHER HAVE THE NEWER GREEN ONES. Comments: THE FRONT ON MINE HAS SOMEHOW MOLDED TO ONE SIDE, IT MAKES MY HELMET SET CROOKED AND KILLS FRONT OF MY HEAD. MY PLATOON DOES MOUNTED AND DISMOUNTED ROUTE CLEARANCE OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN OVER EXTREMELY RUGGED TERRAIN. WE ARE CONSTANTLY WEARING OUR ACH’S DUE TO BEING OUT ON ROUTES CONTINUOUSLY. MOST OF MY GUYS COMPLAIN OF HEAD ACHES AFTER MISSIONS MAINLY FROM WEARING THEM FOR AN AVERAGE OF 10 HOURS A DAY. THANKS. SSG, US Army.

30 Oct 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: google. Duties: Military Police. Current Pads: Mine are very worn out so I cannot read it, but they are the regular issued ones, grey in color. Comments: They are too hard, not enough cushion on them. SPC, US Army.

28 Oct 2012: Kits: 5. Hometown: OROVILLE, CA. Heard About us: EOD. Duties: PATROL EXPLOSIVES DETECTOR DOG HANDLER. (LOOKS FOR IEDS AND OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICES WITH DOGS). Current Pads: NSN Comments: OLD AND CAUSE HEADACHES.  SSG, US Army.

26 Oct 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Infantry Current Pads: MSA Comments: hurts my head. SGT, US Army.

26 Oct 2012: Kits: 3.  Duties: 11B (SNIPER). Current Pads: Oregeon BLU kit #985080. Comments: The pads have no give, overtime they harden, even after washing these pads are rough and put alot of pressure on my head. We are going to deploy soon so i would like a set for my team and I. SGT, US Army.

24 Oct 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: West Palm Beach. Heard About us: Spouse. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9475. Comments: These pads are very solid and while they may protect your noggin from a blast, they obviously werent designed for comfort. SGT, US Army.

23 Oct 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Daily Combat Patrols. Current Pads: 8470-07-506-5464. Comments: They are too hard and too thick, cause constant headaches. CPT, US Army.

21 Oct 2012: I just wanted to let you know that it’s been about a month since we received the helmet pads and we’ve been wearing them pretty much every day since then. Those of us that have them don’t mind wearing our helmets for hours because it is a lot more comfortable for us. We hit a pretty deep bump one day that jostled us around a bit. The pads helped with impact absorption. Although we were strapped in, we were still swung side to side and a couple helmets hit side walls. When I checked on everyone, they were OK. Although the pads have absorbed sweat, they are still spongy and have not hardened. They have done better at resisting impact than the gray-green hard pads do. The stitching is still intact and the pads are still in excellent condition. Thanks again for sending us the helmet pads. We are all very grateful for them. Take care and have a great day.  SFC, TX ARNG

16 Oct 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: CLOVIS CA. Heard About us: [colleague]. Duties: PSYOP. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: THANK YOU THE PADS WE CURRENTLY HAVE WEAR OUT FAST WITH OUR SWEAT. I SAW A FRIEND WEAR THE ONES YOUR PROVIDE AND STILL HOLD THEIR “COMPOSURE”. SPC, US Army.

16 Oct 2012: Kits: 2. Heard About us: NCOIC. Duties: ANA Advising. Current Pads: NSN – green fabric, tears aprt very easily. Comments: I have experienced the headaches discussed on your main page. I removed a few of the pads to try to create a better configuration, they are definately a nuissance and distraction. 2LT, US Army.

15 Oct 2012: Kits: 15. Hometown: Fort Riley, KS. Heard About us: Wife. Duties: Medics. Current Pads: They are ACU colored, military issued. Comments: They are uncomfortable and our hair still sticks to the velcro underneath it. PFC, US Army.

12 Oct 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: Google. Duties: Medic, Convoy, Engineer. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: I get serious headaches from wearing ACH with those pads for extended periods of times when out on mission. SPC, US Army.

12 Oct 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: springhill. Heard About us: battle buddy. Duties: infantry, foot patrols. Current Pads: hard light blue pads. Comments: these pads hurt my head after a small amount of time while on patrol or just in training.  SPC, US Army.

10 Oct 2012: Kits: 2.  Heard About us: squad leader. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Green. Comments: the padding is a little painful on my head. I get headaches do to it. SGT, US Army.

7 Oct 2012: Kits: 5. Hometown: East Liverpool, Ohio. Heard About us: Pinterest. Duties: Combat Engineer- Route Clearance. Current Pads: M53MFM-09 then under that it says 2004-06-09. Comments: the front pads hurt my forehead and the top of my head. We’re in vehicles on missions for over 12 hours/day most days so something more comfortable would be AWESOME. SGT, US Army.

7 Oct 2012: Kits: 6.  Heard About us: google. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Crushing my head and just too stiff…. SPC, US Army.

7 Oct 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: from spouse. Duties: PSYOP. Current Pads: Unit Pad, Crown Size W911QY-07-F-1012 3/4″ NSN 8470-01-546-9415 9U425 Lot 3397-3. Comments: Pads are hard and can start to hurt after wearing them for a while especially on convoys. SPC, US Army.

6 Oct 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: google. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Olive drab, single seam, soft text. Comments: My helmet moves around alot and I get headaches from the weight.  PFC, US Army.

2 Oct 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Houston, TX. Heard About us: Father found your website. Duties: Mobility support and route clearance. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: Sand build up causing the head to itch. Pads do not absorb shock well. PFC, US Army.

29 Sep 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: niagara falls NY. Heard About us: Returning military member. Duties: Military Police. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-529-6344. Comments: current pads seem to provide little or no support. I have had head injuries from other deployments, looking for something better this time around. SFC, US Army.

28 Sep 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Holland OH. Heard About us: Search. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Headaches, Discomfort. SPC, US Army.

27 Sep 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: FT Campbell, KY.  Duties: UH60 Crew Chief. Current Pads: W911QY-07-F-0076 3/4″ NSN 8470 01 546 9415. Comments: Just really uncomfortable, the foam padding is too stiff and is a strain after a couple of hours wear. SGT, US Army.

27 Sep 2012: Kits: 28. Hometown: Fort Riley KS. Duties: Field Artillery. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9415 not sure its hard to read. Comments: sweat on the pads has made the pad too soft, they are not providing proper support, and causing headaches. SSG, US Army.

22 Sep 2012: Kits: 3.  Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The pads do not ever truly break in, they get extremely hard under cold weather and are not in the least bit durable. If at all possible to send 3 sets total to cover me and my fire team it would be so greatly appriciated. You guys are running a great operation.  SGT, US Army.

20 Sep 2012: Kits: 1. Duties: FIELD ARTILLERY. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: THIS IS GOING TO BE THE FIRST TIME RECEIVING THESE PADS.  SPC, US Army.

18 Sep 2012: Kits: 12. Hometown: Greenville, SC. Heard About us: Army buddy in my platoon got pads from you. Duties: We are an Airborne Infantry Recon Platoon. We specialize in reconnaissance operations but have been involved in a variety of roles. Current Pads: Army issue hard as a brick sage green pads. No writing. Comments: The issue pads are hard as rocks and cause headaches, especially when wearing the helmet for extended periods of time. In some of the guys, bald spots are being rubbed because the hard rubbing for hours at a time. Additionally in cold climates the pads freeze easily and take forever to thaw on your head. SGT, US Army.

16 Sep 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Medic. Current Pads: 8470-01-476-5643. Comments: The current pads make it extremely difficult for me to do my job. As a medic I need to concentrate to give fellow soldiers the medical treatment they need. With the current pads, the constant headache makes it hard to keep a clear head and perform my duties. PFC, US Army.

14 Sep 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Plattsburgh, NY. Heard About us: Philadelphia USO. Duties: Ammunition. Current Pads: None. Comments: We still have PASGT’s issued. CW4, US Army.

12 Sept 2012:  Kits: 44. Hometown: Mansfield, Washington. Heard About us: Fellow Soldiers. Duties: Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Current Pads: Standard Issues Grey Stiff Pads. Comments: I have heard nothing but exceptional things about these pads your company offers. Our unit consist of 44 men and women who on a daily basis are in truck or on foot patrol disarming IED’s around the country of Afghanistan. The current pads are giving grief to myself and fellow soldiers within a few minutes to an hour after wearing our helmets consistently. Putting something on your head to protect it is nice however with the standard GI Pads issued by the Army it is rough on heads causing stress and major headaches. Let alone a pain of something straddling your head without really a good source of padding. We would all be greatly appreciative of any donations given to us by anyone out there that is willing to help us. Thanks to what you do and most certainly thanks for your support to the US Troops serving their country across the globe. God Bless! SGT, US Army

12 Sep 2012: Kits: 25. Hometown: Suffolk, Virginia. Heard About us: My Dad.   Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: No writing on pad. I did not get color answered but I know some have already been recieved in another 173rd Airborne Platoon, so please research their answer. Comments: Pads are too stiff and very uncomfortable especially when chin strap is tightened. PFC, US Army.

12 Sep 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: from my SSG who used you guys. Duties: doing construction in/around and off the FOB for 8 Hours at a time. Current Pads: nsn-847301-506-5646….I think it was hard to read. Comments: there to hard and give me headacs after a little of wearing. also with all the construction mixed with sweat they get really dirty really fast. SGT, US Army.

3 Sep 2012: Kits: 6. Heard About us: Shindand Air Base Website. Duties: Infantry/Reconnaissance. Current Pads: Most of my Soldiers have black pads with green material on the side that attaches to the helmet. 6 of us have these hard greyish green pads that are hard as rocks. The sewn seam kind of protrudes from the pad. Some were issued with the helmet and some Soldiers received them as replacements to other pads that were worn out. Comments: The pads I currently have kind of squish my head and causes a few of us to have headaches after wearing our helmet for any length of time. The ACH that I had during my first deployment had softer black and green pads that did not squish my head and were somewhat cushiony. The grey green pads do not have any sponginess to them. This past winter at home station, I removed the pads and used a fleece cap to cushion my head which seemed to work nicely in terms of comfort, but probably did not provide much protection from impacts. Now that we are deployed, that method is not practical, so I had to go back to using the pads that came with the helmet. If my entire platoon could get new, more cushiony pads, that would be very helpful. We would be greatly appreciative.  SFC, US Army.

2 Sep 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: browsing net. Duties: construction operations. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: I am in a construction unit where we are required to wear our ACH for an average of 8 hours at a time. I get really bad headaches from wearing it for so long. SSG, US Army.

2 Sep 2012: Kits: 71. Hometown: Cullman, AL. Heard About us: word of mouth. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: OD GREEN on one side and BLACK on the other, seem appears to be heat sealed. Comments: current pads are uncomfortable and cause proper fitting to be difficult. SSG, US Army.

30 Aug 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: denver, colorado. Heard About us: google add. Duties: mechanic. Current Pads: standard issue from cif nsn 01-546-9407, gray in color and hard as a rock. Comments: very irratating and hard, hard to clean and causeing dry sclap. PFC, US Army.

30 Aug 2012: Kits: 8. Hometown: Buffalo, MN. Heard About us: Google search. Duties: Combat medic. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Myself and others have been wearing the same pads for almost 5 months and they are worn out, uncomfortable, dirty, and most of all, causing headaches. We have enough to worry about as it is when on patrol, and it’s harder to focus when you are constantly adjusting your straps and pads to make it work for the time being. SPC, US Army

27 Aug 2012:  Kits: 1. Heard About us: my wife/ military support group. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9356. Comments: Comfort is the biggest challenge, followed by durability of the pads. When the helmet doesnt fit right/isn’t comfortable, you end up with head and neck pain. You do not want any distractions in the field. The pads we are issued often wear differently and do not hold up. SSG US Army

26 Aug 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Bakersfield, CA. Heard About us: friends. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: grey, hard. Comments: the pads i have now give me headaches and its not water wicking material, if it is, its not that great. PFC, US Army.

25 Aug 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Battle Creek. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Route Clearence. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: I get a headache on the front of my head where the pad sits from the way it sits and Ive tried rearranging the pads and straps and no matter what I still get a headache. PFC, US Army.

23 Aug 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Gainesville, FL. Heard About us: Google. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415 Mine Safety Appliances CO. Comments: The current pads that are issued are stiff and allow for very little customization. I’m not sure if this matters, but, the chin straps are also very uncomfortable and difficult to adjust. SPC, US Army.

21 Aug 2012: Kits: 4. Hometown: Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Heard About us: A fellow EOD tech. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: MSA unfortunately. Comments:  I am preparing for deployment at the end of this year and throughout our Pre-deployment training I have come to despise the standard issue helmet pads. I have a XL helmet and a 7 5/8″ patrol cap size. I do have a larger than normal head which unfortunately comes with many drawbacks. With the current GI issued pads I am only able to insert three pads; one in front of my forehead, one at 8 o’ clock, and the last pad at 4 o’ clock. As you might know this leaves a wide open area inside of the ACH that is lacking padding. With these three pads installed the helmet sits on my head nicely, but lacks the much needed protection and comfort. The standard issue MSA pads are extremely uncomfortable and I find it hard to keep my helmet on for more than an hour. A fellow EOD tech in my unit was given the Oregon Aero pads at his previous unit and has nothing but goods things to say about them. I feel like having this pad kit would not only help me during EOD operations, but allow me to put forth the complete focus needed to complete the mission rather than focus on splitting headaches. For the number of kits requested I put 4 in hopes that you could spare 3 additional kits for my other team members and team leader who would all fortune from them. I appreciate your time in reading this request for the helmet pad kit and hopefully you feel that it is well deserved.  SPC, US Army.

18 Aug 2012: Kits: 40. Hometown: Alexandria, VA. Heard About us: Brother. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Pads are too hard, uncomfortable. SPC, US Army.

16 Aug 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Carlisle PA. Heard About us: FaceBook. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: standard army. Comments: THANK YOU DOC!!! PFC, US Army.

14 Aug 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Rosemead, CA. Heard About us: through someone in my platoon. Duties: Infantry team leader. Current Pads: no writting. grey. Comments: presses down too hard on my temples. SPC, US Army.

13 August 2012: Wanted to thank you for the helmet pads. We all love ‘em and have showed them off to the guys in the other teams. They’re being put to good use everyday. I hope your program lasts as long as possible, as it’s one of the best I’ve seen for getting soldiers when they really need, and fast. Best of luck. Sgt US Army, (Sniper)

8 Aug 2012 Kits: 30. Heard About us: found on the internet. Duties: route clearance. Current Pads: army issues gray crappy ones, not sewn just glued together and fall apart. Comments: the current pad are not sewn they are glued together and fall apart in the heat. they have a rubber lining inside and once it gets a small hole it doesnt keep moisture out, it keeps it in! it there is no way of keeping them clean at that point they rot inside. the adjustability of the current pads may have been a good concept but not a great practice, people commonly lose pads or dont use all of them resulting in poor fitting and dangerous helmets. not to mention the issue of comfort… hope this helps.  PV2, US Army

8 Aug 2012: Kits: 26. Hometown: Bucksport Maine. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Combat Engineer- Route Clearance. Current Pads: The NSN is gone, but they are a greenish gray, have a shown seam that is on the helmet side of the pad, and are feltish. there are 4 small pads, 2 medium pads, and one big circle pad. Comments: The pads we have now are better then they used to be, but they put immense pressure on just a few areas on your head. We can deal with them of course, but when you wear you ACH for 12 hours day for 12 months, it is kind of a bummer. Something as little as a kit to make your ACH more comfortable has a profound affect on a soldiers deployment.  SPC, US Army

7 Aug 2012: Kits: 37. Hometown: ARVADA, CO. Heard About us: searching for helmet pads on the internet and stumbled across the site. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The issued pads are extremely uncomfortable and it can be distracting when you are adjusting your helmet constantly. SGT, US Army.

4 Aug 2012: Kits: 90. Hometown: Maple Grove, MN. Heard About us: Last Deployment. Duties: Dismounted Route Clearance/IED Removal. Current Pads: I currently have these pads but my unit does not. Comments: I requested your pads through the [opsec] while I was serving in Afghanistan during 2010-2011. These pads were the most beneficial gift that we received and were greatly appreciated and used everyday during the deployment. Soldiers could keep their helmets on for longer durations during mission and they were tested through countless blasts while deployed and complained less of frequent headaches. I would like to set this unit up for success early on instead of waiting until mid deployment. We leave in October and I thank you for what you do and hope you can help us!  SGT, US Army.

2 Aug 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: Any Soldier. Duties: BSHOs, TAC NCO, PSD. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: helemt pads too stiff, cause head aches, nape pad irritating. SFC, US Army.

2 Aug 2012: Kits: 9. Hometown: Canton, Georgia. Heard About us: My old PSG. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: OPS Core. Comments: We are currently doing alot of dismounted patrols in southern Afghanistan. The heat from this summer has ruin our pads in our helmet due to all the sweating we do. SGT, US Army.

1 Aug 2012: Kits: 10. Hometown: Anaheim, CA. Heard About us: Fellow Soldier. Duties: VSO, Infantry/SOTF. Current Pads: MSA, green and black (feels like bricks and my hair is falling out). Comments: Generally just too hard. When it gets cold, they get even harder. SFC, US Army.

31 Jul 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Harlingen, TX. Heard About us: fellow soldiers. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: dull grey soon on hard. Comments: They aren’t complimenting whatever combination i use to hold my NVGS and helmet steady when on the move. SPC, US Army.

31 Jul 2012: Kits: 1.  Facebook Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9356 Comments: They cause headaches and distraction. PFC, US Army.

31 Jul 2012: Kits: 2. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: THEY BECOME STIFF AND HARD AFTER A FEW PATROLS. PFC, US Army.

29 Jul 2012: Kits: 44. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: Set of seven green pads issued at CIF. Comments: Irritates scalp, not comfortable fit, helmet doesn’t sit properly on head when using all seven pads. 1LT, US Army.

28 Jul 2012: Kits: 1 Hometown: Columbus, Ohio Heard About us: Google Duties: Infantry Sniper Current Pads: NSN Comments: We are in need of comfortable pads, and pads that won’t freeze solid in the winter. We have heavier equipment on our helmets and need something softer/better then the grey issued airborne approved pads. If it’s possible to send 5 sets of pads total that would fill the entire order for my Team. Thank you.  SGT, US Army.

27 Jul 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Memphis, TN. Heard About us: Google search. Duties: Recovery Mechanic. Current Pads: 2 XL ACH’s,Set 1- 3/4 MSA black with Foliage Green Backs Soft. Set 2- 3/4 Solid Foliage hard as rocks. Comments: Pads are too tight in my XL helmet’s. Can’t even wear the solid foliage ones. Hopefully these are 1/2″ side pads. Forehead is red in color and I get headaches…Thank you so much for these!!!!  SGT, US Army.

26 Jul 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Backus, MN. Heard About us: Squad Leader. Duties: Key leader engagements all over RC-East in Afghanistan, Convoys, Infantry Current Pads: green, just basic issue pads. Comments: There is no padding when all you wear all day is your ACH. They flatten out and provide no support. Hard to see out of the NVG’s and use thermals are a pain because there is no suspension in the inside of helmet. PFC, US Army.

24 Jul 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Macon Georgia. Heard About us: Facebook. Duties: convoy. Current Pads: army issue. Comments: currently the pads are very hard and do not form to the head. especially with NVG’s mounted.  SGT, US Army.

24 Jul 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: FRIEND. Duties: PATROLS. Current Pads: GREY. Comments: headache, hot spots. SSG, US Army.

23 Jul 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Duties: TRANSLATION. Current Pads: GREY. Comments: HEADACHE AND NOT COMFORTABLE. SPC, US Army.

18 Jul 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: san antonio. Heard About us: online. Duties: comms. Current Pads: grey/green hard cushion. Comments: hurt on the side of the temple area, pressing down makes it difficult to wear eyepro. SPC, US Army.

15 Jul 2012: Kits: 20. Hometown: Palestine, TX. Heard About us: google search. Duties: Infantry, mounted patrols in Afghanistan. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9356 is written on one of the smaller ones, the top round one is a black pad with nothing on it. Comments: I have headaches all of the time with these GI issued pads, I have several other guys in my platoon that are complaining of the same issue and I see them with their chin strap undone all the time as well as me to ease the uncomfortableness. I am request 20 pads, that is for me and everyne else in my platoon. I am getting you to mail them to my wife and she will send them to me once received because she has some other things she is sending for me. I am looking to hear back from ya’ll soon, thank ya’ll for taking care of US Forces and God Bless. SPC, US Army.

10 Jul 2012: HAVING BEEN DEPLOYED WITH IN THE PAST YEAR AND WEARING MY ACH ALL THE TIME OVER THERE I CAN SAY THAT THE ISSUE HELMET PADS ARE HORRIBLE. THE CAN MAKE THOSE LONG PATROLS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE AND IN A PLACE LIKE THAT YOUR HELMET BEING COMFORTABLE IS A MUST. THE ISSUE PADS, ONCE FILLED WITH SWEAT ONE TIME, ARE ALWAYS HARD AS A ROCK AND NEVER REALLY FORM TO YOUR HEAD. 1LT, US Army

10 Jul 2012: Kits: 10. Hometown: Duncansville, PA. Heard About us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: 8470-81-546-9415 Gentex Corp. Comments: I am the Sr Medic for the [opsec] Company. Currently the pads that i have in my ACH i have had for the last 3 years and they have hit the point where they are worn out and uncomfortable. I have rotated the pads around as much as possible but they just have reached there limits. I was told about this through my S1 personal who had ordered sets from you and said that if i was able to do this try to take care of some other guys. I have 10 personal that im responsible for directly. All my medics and myself ride out on Route clearance missions so we are out for anywhere between 7-18 hours at a time. I would like to get these in so that i can help them out also. I have spread the word about your site and the help you guys do. It is greatly appreciated.  SPC, US Army.

10 Jul 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Honolulu. Heard About us: internet. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: For use in Afghanistan heat. 1LT, US Army.

7 Jul 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: my pads are the basic issue grey. they are basic fabric with fine thread. Comments: My pads are ripped from patrols, they are almost unusable and im in desperate need of some new ones PV2, US Army.

6 Jul 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Billings, MT. Heard About us: Operationwearehere.com. Duties: Medic for combat engineers doing route clearance. Current Pads: The writing is worn off but they are acu green colored, the top pad is circular, then the smaller pads are rectangular. Comments: The pads do not conform to my head. They squish different spots in my head and are very uncomfortable when you have to wear them for 10 hours a day. SPC, US Army.

1 Jul 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: San Marcos California. Heard About us: Another Soldier. Duties: Human Intelligence Collector. Current Pads: Standard Army Issued Green ACH pads, They are Rock solid , Give hot spots, headaches, and the edges cut my forehead. The Current pads aren’t sized right. you have to cut them thinner to make them fit. They absorb sweat and retain it, they quickly wear down and smell after a few ruck marches. The dirty buildup makes my forehead and neck break out. The pads have no give and force the head into an un-natural position. it causes headaches and hot spots. I  have to constantly remove my ACH on mission and re adjust it most importantly if you have NVG’s on they make all the weight shift forward you get headaches quick and the shift in the pads makes it impossible to see through your optics in the prone.  Comments: I am so appreciative this program exists, the army says it always takes the opinions of the troops when issuing gear. well its all a contract game and i understand.  I thank all those strong people back home who support us with programs like this one, they are the heroes who help other heroes. God Bless. PFC, HUMINT

1 Jul 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: Gentex. Comments: They are really unconfortable and they cause my helmet to slip over my eyes when I’m sitting in my RG-31. 1LT, US Army.

26 Jun 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: north carolina. Heard About us: friend. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: msa issued pads. Comments: the issued pads cause head aches and pain on the sides of our heads. PFC, US Army.

25 Jun 2012:  Kits: 1. Hometown: Monroe, Orange County NY. Heard About us: one of my squad leaders mentioned your organization. Duties: infantry .Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: Pads are worn…. Also are very hard on your head… SSgt, US Army.

25 Jun 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: NYC. Heard About us: FELLOW SQUAD LEADER. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: SKYDEX. Comments: HOT AND A HEADACHE WITH NIGHT VISION ON.  SG, US Army.

25 Jun 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: New york. Heard About us: Google search for new helmet pads. Duties: Infantry Squad Leader. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: headaches when wearing PSQ-20 thermal night vison. SSG, US Army.

25 Jun 2012: Kits: 10. Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Basic OD green pad inserts. Comments: Most of us in the platoon are using the basic OD green pad inserts that weds just put a lot of pressure on you forehead. Our average mission is 12 hours or longer so we sit in vehicles looking for IEDs with those on for long periods of time and the current pads are worthless. SPC, US Army.

14 May 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Fox River Grove Il. Heard About us: Military one source. Duties: Counter IED Route Clearance. Current Pads: NSN Green Stiff pads. Comments: Pad are extremely uncomfertable after wearing for more than a couple hours. SPC, US Army.

10 May 2012: Kits: 11. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Infantry Platoon Sergeant. Current Pads: Standard issue. Comments: Prolonged periods of wear have caused the current pads to be completely useless and very uncomfortable. I am told the setup you have also allows for better airflow especially during the hot months as the teeeeeemperature steadily increases here daily. SFC, US Army.

10 May 2012: Kits: 1. Duties: Medic for SFAT. Current Pads: Grey pads with plastic covered pads inside. Soft cover but used for 4 years. Comments: Pads dont stop helmet from moving around. They turn into hard blocks shaped to your head and are very uncomfortable. SGT, US Army.

9 May 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Marysville. Heard About us: Google search. Duties: Our side the wire work with the Police. Current Pads: Green pads no number is not comfortable, regular issue. Comments: Thanks for all your help. MSG, US Army.

8 May 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: google.com. Duties: Petroleum Fuel Supply. 92F. Current Pads: nsn 8470015469356. Comments: My ach is small with the current pads im running. They are 3/4″ in size. Im looking for a way to keep my current helmet but make it fit properly and comfortable. thankyou for your time. SPC, US Army.

7 May 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Sonora, Ca. Heard About us: Squad leader. Duties: Infantry, IED dodger, lead slinger. Current Pads: Basic issue. From 4 years ago. Comments: They become lopsided and helmet doesn’t fit right when they get saturated in sweat.  SGT, US Army.

6 May 2012: Kits: 25. Duties: Security.  Current Pads: DOM: G-09-08 3/4 inch. Comments: They cause presure points on our heads and cause headaches. SGT, US Army.

4 May 2012: Kits: 10. Hometown: Addison NY. Heard About us: google. Duties: Recon squad leader (10 man team including my self). Current Pads: msa. Comments: helmets move too much with our current NVD’s we operate mostly at night so we use our NVD’s constantly. Most soldiers have head aches from the weight of the NVDs all being on the trapizoid pad on their foreheads. SSG, US Army.

1 May 2012:  Kits: 1.  Heard About us: my saw gunner. Duties: company medic. Current Pads: regular rfi issue, they suck and are old and i never got a second pair like everyone else. they are green grey and i believe nsn. Comments: they are ripping apart on the back big pad and three of the side smaller pads. SPC, US Army.

29 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Soldier told me about it. Duties: Mechanic. Current Pads: S.A.B.V.I. Green on one side and black on the other. Comments: These pads we received through our supply system is really bad. They are hard so when you put it on, you literally have to pull your ACH down to it can fit your head but when you do that it hurts your head. Any long missions that we go on, after a short time, it starts to hurt your head and also you want to constantly scratch your head. I have no idea why the Army would purchase crappy products like this. It almost seems like these products are purchased by people who never have to wear the equipment we wear. 1SG, US Army.

29 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: El Paso, TX. Heard About us: another Sold. THEY GIVE ME HEADACHES WHEN WEARING FOR OVER AN HOUR OR SO. PFC, US Army.

15 Jun 2012: Kits: 12. Hometown: Aberdeen, South Dakota. Duties: Infantry Platoon Sergeant. Current Pads: Black on one side/ Green on the other side 7 Pads total in helmet. Comments: The pads are amazing I have received pads from my Platoon Sergeant on previous deployments. Now its my turn to help out my Soldiers and get them much need replacement pads. SSG, US Army.

9 Jun 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: herkImer ny. Heard About us: brotherintheservice. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: currently have msa pads. Comments: just cause pain after normal wear or extended duration. PVT, US Army.

7 Jun 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Ft. Worth, Texas. Heard About us: another NCO. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: issued pads. they are grey with black underneath. Comments: they fall apart so easy. not but probably a month into country and the outer layer started coming off. they are absolutely worthless in my mind when it comes to operating in combat. i have been trying to find one that one of my friends has, but no luck. It is a foam pad that covers the entire inside of the helmet. it is just nowhere to be found but i do think the oregon aero is a good trade off just don’t know. SGT, US Army.

6 Jun 2012: Kits: 2.  Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Combat Medic. Current Pads: Oregon Aero. Comments: My Oregon Aero pads are fairly old and have been used a lot. I sweat alot here in Afghanistan and the pads are absorbing my sweat and are loosing there form causing the helmet to fit loose on my head. Its pain in the butt especially when wearing NVGS at night. SPC, US Army.

6 Jun 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Clearwater, Fl. Heard About us: sqiudoo. Duties: UH-60 Blackhawk Medevac Crew Chief. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Do you have anything for the flight helmets? Like a Zeta liner, we have not been able to recieve over here, thank you. SGT, US Army.

3 Jun 2012: Kits: 16. Hometown: Eastport NY. Heard About us: internet. Duties: Personnel security detail. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: I’m ordering these pads for my whole squad if possible. there are 16 of us, we role out constantly and the pads are extremely uncomfortable after a long convoy my head is tender to touch, and feels like it is throbing. SPC, US Army.

29 May 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Howard, PA. Heard About us: Soldier. Duties: ROUTE CLEARANCE. Current Pads: standard issued foam pad with velcro. Comments: I have 26 soldiers who wear their helmets for 12+ hours a day. Could you send any upgrades for them as well? 1LT, US Army.

29 May 2012: Kits: 2.  Heard About us: word of mouth. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: NSN-8470-01-546-9415 SIZE 3/4 GENTEX CORPORATION. Comments: DISCOMFORT//HEADACHES//EASY WEAR AND TEAR//SMELLS. SPC, US Army.

25 May 2012: Kits: 41. Hometown: Hunt, Texas. Heard About us: internet. Duties: CSAR. Current Pads: Felt 4 black and one green center pad. Comments: We have been deployed for four months and the pads we have are basically mud attached with velcro. Our response time is slow on ordering these types of things. Any help yall can give us would be greatly appriciated. Thank you!!  SGT, US Army.

23 May 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Spearfish SD. Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Infantry Embeded Tactical Trainer. Current Pads: Using an Airforce flight pad. Comments: too hot and gives me a headache. My supply has none and the logistics chain is broken somewhere. We are lacking on everything My address is for a huge airbase that has everthing but i stay 4 hours away in a hole. This small thing will bring up my personal moral when i finally do get my mail if ever. THANKS FOR GIVING 2 SHITS EVEN IF SOME POG TAKES THEM FROM MY MAIL.  SSG, US Army.

20 May 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: DuBois PA. Heard About us: I was googling Oregon Aero pads and you were in the search. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The current pads just put a lot of pressure on you forehead. Our average mission is 12 hours or longer so we sit in vehicles looking for IEDs with those on for long periods of time and the current pads are worthless. SPC, US Army.

14 May 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Fox River Grove Il. Heard About us: Military one source. Duties: Counter IED Route Clearance. Current Pads: NSN Green Stiff pads. Comments: Pad are extremely uncomfertable after wearing for more than a couple hours. SPC, US Army.

10 May 2012: Kits: 11. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Infantry Platoon Sergeant. Current Pads: Standard issue. Comments: Prolonged periods of wear have caused the current pads to be completely useless and very uncomfortable. I am told the setup you have also allows for better airflow especially during the hot months as the teeeeeemperature steadily increases here daily. SFC, US Army.

10 May 2012: Kits: 1. Duties: Medic for SFAT. Current Pads: Grey pads with plastic covered pads inside. Soft cover but used for 4 years. Comments: Pads dont stop helmet from moving around. They turn into hard blocks shaped to your head and are very uncomfortable. SGT, US Army.

9 May 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Marysville. Heard About us: Google search. Duties: Our side the wire work with the Police. Current Pads: Green pads no number is not comfortable, regular issue. Comments: Thanks for all your help. MSG, US Army.

8 May 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: google.com. Duties: Petroleum Fuel Supply. 92F. Current Pads: nsn 8470015469356. Comments: My ach is small with the current pads im running. They are 3/4″ in size. Im looking for a way to keep my current helmet but make it fit properly and comfortable. thankyou for your time. SPC, US Army.

7 May 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Sonora, Ca. Heard About us: Squad leader. Duties: Infantry, IED dodger, lead slinger. Current Pads: Basic issue. From 4 years ago. Comments: They become lopsided and helmet doesn’t fit right when they get saturated in sweat.  SGT, US Army.

6 May 2012: Kits: 25. Duties: Security.  Current Pads: DOM: G-09-08 3/4 inch. Comments: They cause presure points on our heads and cause headaches. SGT, US Army.

4 May 2012: Kits: 10. Hometown: Addison NY. Heard About us: google. Duties: Recon squad leader (10 man team including my self). Current Pads: msa. Comments: helmets move too much with our current NVD’s we operate mostly at night so we use our NVD’s constantly. Most soldiers have head aches from the weight of the NVDs all being on the trapizoid pad on their foreheads. SSG, US Army.

1 May 2012:  Kits: 1.  Heard About us: my saw gunner. Duties: company medic. Current Pads: regular rfi issue, they suck and are old and i never got a second pair like everyone else. they are green grey and i believe nsn. Comments: they are ripping apart on the back big pad and three of the side smaller pads. SPC, US Army.

29 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Soldier told me about it. Duties: Mechanic. Current Pads: S.A.B.V.I. Green on one side and black on the other. Comments: These pads we received through our supply system is really bad. They are hard so when you put it on, you literally have to pull your ACH down to it can fit your head but when you do that it hurts your head. Any long missions that we go on, after a short time, it starts to hurt your head and also you want to constantly scratch your head. I have no idea why the Army would purchase crappy products like this. It almost seems like these products are purchased by people who never have to wear the equipment we wear. 1SG, US Army.

29 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: El Paso, TX. Heard About us: another Soldier. Duties: Armament Technician. Current Pads: NSN 8170-01-500-6626. Comments: The current pads are hard and cause migraines after extended use. CW3, US Army.

28 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Forney. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Standard GI issue pads, foliage color. Comments: I need to change my helmet pads every few months because the lose their shape and become thin. After wearing my helmet for hours I get headaches and it affects my job as a medic. The suspension system does not adjust properly and my helmet falls forward over my eyes with NVGs or when I bend over. PFC, US Army.

26 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Infantry Squad Leader. Current Pads: Issued, I don’t have it with me right now but they are the issued ones. Comments: They are tough as rocks, I have removed a few to help with heat distribution. SGT, US Army.

21 Apr 2012: Hello there Mr. Meaders, I just wanted to let you know we received the helmet pads about 5 days ago. I passed them all out and the guys put them in. 5 days later I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews of the new pads. The guys say they are much more comfortable and the discomfort is gone. I want to thank you and your organization for the donation. It’s nice to know there are people out there like you all that care enough about the little things and actually make a difference in our lives over here. SPC, US Army.

21 Apr 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: My Soldiers Recieved them and I fell in Love with them. Duties: Personal Rescue/DART/ QRF/ Infantry. Current Pads: The ones you get issued from CIF. The ACU grey color. Comments: They are hard and dont form to your head. I have tried your pads that one of my Soldiers recieved from you guys and they are so nice. These pads put the others to shame. They are very comfortable. I am the 1SG for our Pathfinder Company out here and you guys are awesome for doing this for our Soldiers out here. I was wondering if you guys had enough of them if you can send us a bunch of sets. I can send you our Alpha raoster or get you in touch with our CSM so you know we are legit. I am sure you get plenty of requests. We will even take pictures of us and the pads and send them back to you guys. Thank You!!! SFC, US Army.

21 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Friends Recieved these awesome Pads. Duties: Personal Rescue/ DART/ QRF/ Infantry. Current Pads: My ACH is up in our CP but they are the CIF issue that are the ACU grey color. Comments: They are hard and dont form to your head. I have tried your pads that one of my Soldiers recieved from you guys and they are so nice. I am the 1SG for our Pathfinder Company out here and you guys are awesome for doing this for our Soldiers out here. Thank You!!! SFC, US Army.

20 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Lerna Il. Heard About us: Other soldier. Duties: Mechanic, recovery. Current Pads: green, glued. Comments: They hurt my head after a long day. PV2, US Army.

20 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Adams, MA. Heard About us: Soldier. Duties: Platoon Sergeant. Current Pads: Pad, helmet, advanced combat nsn: 8470-01-546-9415 w911-qy-06-d-0006 fpi unicor bmpl. Comments: Ill-fitting, headaches, uncomfortable. SFC, US Army.

18 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: CHICAGO. Heard About us: OTHER WEBSITE REFFERAL. Duties: ROUTE CLEARENCE. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6454. Comments: CURRENT PADS GIVE ME HEAD ACHES. SGT, US Army.

17 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: looking for pads and chin straps. Duties: Heavy Equipment Opr. Current Pads: hard gray pads, round pad for the top and smaller 4 rectangle one for a round your head. they are attached by round velcro in the ACH helmet. Comments: hard as rock, does not stay on my head that well; causes itchiness and head aches. SGT, US Army.

15 Apr 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Fenton Missouri. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Assist and Advise. Current Pads: Green and black issued. Comments: The issued ones that I have now give bad headachs and I know its the same with about 15 other soldiers. Thank you. SGT, US Army.

15 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Bloomfield , NJ. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Combat Advisor. Current Pads: Grey colored pad no writing. Comments: I will deploy in about a month to Afghanistan as the NCOIC of a 15 man team. We will be embedded with the Afghan National Army any little bit of help for our safety will be appreciated. SFC, US Army.

14 Apr 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: plt sgt. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: stiff and uncomrfortable. SPC, US Army.

13 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Chillicothe, MO. Heard About us: google search engine. Duties: convoy ops. Current Pads: MSA is written on the pad. Comments: I am experiencing the same general problems as most mention before me. They soak up sweat, are affected by temps, become hard, etc. Thank you for your service. SGT, US Army.

11 Apr 2012: Kits: 22. Hometown: Detroit. Heard About us: Friend in the unit. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN issue pad. Comments: I am requesting for my whole platoon. Thanks in advance for all you do. SFC, US Army.

9 Apr 2012: Kits: 9. Hometown: San Diego. Heard About us: A Friend told me how good they were. Duties: INF. Current Pads: standard issue some green some black I mix them so there semi comfortable. Comments: the ACH moves and after extended periods of time fell like there crushing my head. SSG, US Army.

9 Apr 2012: Kits: 1.   Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: 8470-04-546-9415. Comments: Constant headahes, skin rashes due to sweat unable to evaporate. SSG, US Army.

7 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: San Francisco. Heard About us: On the wall at the USO Philly. Duties: Psyop. Current Pads: Crappy used no brand. Comments: Discomfort, Loose fit. 1SG, US Army.

6 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: FT Bragg, NC or Jacksonville, FL. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Im an infantry squad leader in the 82nd Airborne Division. Current Pads: ACU Green, hard Comments: My current pads create hot spots around the temples and freeze as soon as it hits freezing (not a problem now). SSG, US Army.

4 Apr 2012: Hi Sir, well the headaches and just being uncomfortable slow the mission because members of the group aren’t running at 100%. Sometimes people have to take their helmet off for a minute or two during the patrol in order to have just a little comfort. Thank you for taking my request and hopefully we can see the pads soon. SPC, US Army

31 Mar 2012: Kits: 35. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Issue pads. foliage green, hard texture. Comments: very hard pads. do not conform to your head very well at all. causing headaches. SPC, US Army.

28 Mar 2012: Kits: 2. Heard About us: Google Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Headaches from ACH pressure on head. SSG, US Army.

27 Mar 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Standard Issue kit (MSA). Comments: Standard pads are too stiff and tend to cause hot spots.  SFC, US Army.

26 Mar 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Wheeler AAF Hawaii. Heard About us: Another soldier. Duties: Pathfinder Medic, PR. Current Pads: CIF issued smooth light grey/green, basic padding wearing down. Comments: my current pads are just wearing out to quick for the number of missions we do. SGT, US Army.

25 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: FT MYERS, FL. Heard About us: WORD OF MOUTH. Duties: MEDIC. Current Pads: GREEN/GREY PADS, STIFF TO TOUCH. Comments: HEADACHES ON FOREHEAD, CHIN STRAP IRRITATION, CHAFING. PFC, US Army.

25 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Company RTO. Current Pads: 6470-01-545-9415. Comments: Headaches, uncomfortable, get crusty fairly quickly. SGT, US Army.

22 Mar 2012: Kits: 35.  Heard About us: Squad Leader Referral from prior unit. Duties: Platoon Leader. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9451. Comments: Stiff Padding (esp during cold) causes headaches. Airflow into helmet is limited, causing sweat collection and heat related injuries. 2LT, US Army.

21 Mar 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: new brighton, mn. Heard About us: co worker. Duties: PSYOP, attached to infantry platoons. Current Pads: msa. Comments: too much pressure in certain spots because the pads are too stiff. also the chin strap comes lose and makes your helmet flop about. SGT, US Army.

17 Mar 2012: The headaches affect us in that we are constantly re-adjusting our helmets while on patrol trying o make it as comfortable as possible. This in itself seems small however it takes our focus off the matter at hand on patrol sometimes which is looking out for threats. The headaches sometimes become so intense that they cause unwanted squinting and in some cases have been noted to temporarily affect vision.

16 Mar 2012: Kits: 3. Heard About us: internet search. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: numbness in the head. CW3, US Army.

16 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Gilroy. Heard About us: Forum. Duties: Full Spectrum Ops (FSO) – Infantryman. Current Pads: Green and Black with not visible lettering (possibly worn off). Comments: The current pads stay hard and create the most ungodly hotspots which lead to migraines/headache type pain. Absolutely one of the most annoying things ever. 1LT, US Army.

12 Mar 2012: Kits: 25. Hometown: Bartow FL.  Duties: Squad Leader in an ABN INF Company constantly on patrols outside the wire. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: the pads cause frequent headache. SSG, US Army.

11 Mar 2012: Duties: Combat Medic. Current Pads: standard issue grey pads. Comments: Pads wear out too quickly and we cannot get timely replacements due to location. Thank you for what you do . SGT, US Army.

11 Mar 2011: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: google. Duties: convoy. Current Pads: green with side stitching. Comments: The ones I have are hard as a rock. gives me head aches. SGT, US Army.

11 Mar 2012: Kits: 9. Hometown: CUMMING, GEORGIA. Heard About us: SOLDIERS. Duties: CONVOY/ESCORT/RECOVERY. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Extremely uncomfortable, headaches, hot, doesn’t absorb sweat, and causes ring around the head (redness on forehead).  SSG, US Army.

10 Mar 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: online. Duties: combat medic attached with recon infantry. Current Pads: pad is gray issued pad. Comments: The pads I currently tend to give me bad headaches after about an hour of use. I am attached to a recon infantry unit so we do a lot of night operations which means I have to have night vision mounted on my helmet. this makes my helmet much heavier and pulls my helmet down over my eyes. It’s extremely uncomfortable and I find myself taking my helmet off more than I should just to make it through a mission. SPC, US Army.

9 Mar 2012: Kits: 7. Hometown: 29 Palms. Heard About us: internet soldier programs. Duties: Convoys. Current Pads: Greenish kind of formable. Comments: headache, pain on the top of the head and around the base of the head. SSG, US Army.

8 Mar 2012: Kits: 10. Hometown: newport, RI. Heard About us: Deployed soldier in company. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: CIF US Army issue. Comments: I have been blown up by IEDs in my MRAP multiple times. I already have damage to my brain and I’m going back in January. I want my soldiers and I to have the best chance available to survive. SFC, US Army.

8 Mar 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: Chattanooga. Heard About us: thru AKO. Duties: I’m a supply sergeant with 2 other soldiers and we deliver supplies throught Afghan South. Current Pads: I can’t read the writing anymore but their green and old. Comments: Thanks for all you do for us. SGT, US Army.

7 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: SAN ANTONIO, TX. Heard About us: FRIEND. Duties: SFAT MISSION (SECURITY FORCE ASSISTANCE TEAM). Current Pads: UNIT PAD CROWN SPM1C1-06-D-FO12 NSN 8470-01-506-6626 CAGE 5M888 LOT 03. Comments: HELMET DROOPS DURING NIGHT OPERATIONS WHILE UTILIZING THE NVGS. HELMET RIDES UP WHILE FIRING IN THE PRONE. CPT, US Army.

7 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: FT Lewis. Heard About us: Google Seach. Duties: SFAT Team. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9415 SPM1C1-07-C-F101. Comments: headaches and the helmet does not stay fix specially in the prone position . 1SG, US Army.

6 Mar 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Combat Medic. Current Pads: MSA Grey. Comments: As a line medic, I hand out motrin and aspirin like candy while on patrols. The headaches and pains actualy seem to get worse after the helmet is removed. It would be nice to have pads that are more comfortable and conducive to performance. SSG, US Army.

6 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Fellow officer. Duties: Advisor. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Helmet does not stay stable with NVG mounted. Makes it difficult to shoot at night. MAJ, US Army.

6 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Mill Creek, WA. Heard About us: Referred by another Soldier. Duties: Security Force Assistance Advisor. Current Pads: Standard ACH soft-pad inserts. Comments: Durability is reallly the biggest issue with our current pad/strap combination; the more the helmet is worn, the more the original straps and pads begin to lose cohesion and fit. This necessitates continuous helmet adjustments which can be a constant annoyance in a field/deployment environment.  CPT, US Army.

4 Mar 2012: Kits: 45. Hometown: Olympia, WA. Heard About us: One of my Soldiers on a previous deployment. Duties: I have a 45 Man Company of EOD Technicians heading to Afghanistan in less than 3 months. They will be performing a variety of mounted and dismounted roles and will be exposed to explosive hazards up close and personal multiple times a day. TBI is a major concern for my Soldiers. Current Pads: Issued pads only. Comments: The GI pads are insufficient when compared to the performance of the pads that you provided my platoon with on our previous deployment. If needed, I will purchase the pads for my Soldiers out of my own pocket, as their surviveablity and quality of life is of critical importance to me. CPT, US Army.

3 Mar 2012: Kits: 2.  Heard About us: a fellow soldier has them. Duties: tactical psyop missions, humint. Current Pads: 8479-01-546-9415. Comments: headaches, pressure points, uncomfortable during airborne ops & patrols. SSG, US Army.

3 Mar 2012: Kits: 52. Hometown: San Juan, PR. Heard About us: Google search. Duties: CONVOY OPS. Current Pads: Oregon Aero BLU KIT #95080 NSN: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Headaches to some Soldiers due to pads being too hard. 1LT, US Army.

27 Feb 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: internet. Duties: PSD personal security/patrol. Current Pads: dark tan light brown. Comments: i break out in a rash from the issued pads.  SSG, US Army.

24 Feb 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: CONVOY, ECP. Current Pads: GREEN ISSUED PAD FROM 2007. Comments: WE HAVENT RECEIVED NEW PADS SINCE 2007 SINCE WE WENT TO IRAQ, NOW IN AFGHANISTAN WE HAVE THE SAME PADS. FLATTENED OUT AND SERVES NO PURPOSE OF COMFORT. SGT, US Army.

26 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: mount airy maryland. Heard About us: friend. Duties: 13f fire support specialist (foward observer). Current Pads: US army issued nsn pads. Comments: the issued gi pads are extremely hard, they give me headaches after wearing them for a long time and they chafe against my forehead when i start sweating. PV2, US Army.

23 Mar 2012: Kits: 11.  Heard About us: Google search. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: The basic foam issue. Comments: I had a set of the old black and green issue pads and never had an issue. After three deployments, they were shot. I had a new set from CIF and put them in. The pads are mind numbingly uncomfortable. Being an EOD operator requires a clear mind to accomplish our mission safely. I can barely ignore the discomfort in training. I don’t want to think of me or my guys trying to soldier through one more level of distraction when we deploy again (which will be soon). I hope your organization can help out my platoon and hope to hear from you soon.  SSG, US Army.

23 Feb 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Infantry sniper. Current Pads: Green basic issue pads. Comments: I’v ended up breaking my chin strap and have lost most of my pads. My unit has trouble supplying us this is one of my last ditch efforts. SPC, US Army.

19 Feb 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: convoy operations. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: They get worn fast.. Dont hold the shape very long. Got to keep getting them replaced. SSG, US Army.

16 Feb 2012: Kits: 1. Duties: engineer Current Pads: Msa. Comments: they are too hard. and they put pressure on the front of my head. SPC, US Army.

16 Feb 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: google. Duties: convoy; foot patrols; support of remote areas in AFG. Current Pads: GREY; SINGLE SITCH. Comments: hard and non-conforming to the skull resulting in pressure points and headaches. SPC, US Army.

15 Feb 2012: Kits: 5.  Duties: Supply Sergeant, Current Pads: Pad, Helmet ACH NSN 3457-01-546-9415. Comments: I will… SSG, US Army.

14 Feb 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Pensacola, FL. Heard About us: Buddy. Duties: Combat Advisor in Afghanistan. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-564-9415 Size 6 (Green Pad). Comments: The current chin straps are garbage because you have to constantly tighten them and they come loose. CPT, US Army.

13 Feb 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Wausau, WI. Heard About us: On-Line. Duties: Commander. Current Pads: NSN not legible. Comments: Durability simply not there. CPT, US Army.

12 Feb 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Indiana. Heard About us: battle buddy. Duties: Military Police. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9415 3/4″. Comments: The pads currently in my/our helmets push over our eyes while in the prone position, they also give many of our females headaches. SGT, US Army.

9 Feb 2012: Kits: 4. Hometown: Longview, TX. Heard About us: My wife. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: no writing green on one side and black on the other. soft cloth material. Comments: when it gets cold they tend to get really hard and uncomfertable to wear. Also they velcro is tearing off of the pads which causes them to sometimes fall out of the helmet. SFC, US Army.

6 Feb 2012: Kits: 7. Hometown: Durango, CO. Heard About us: Friends. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: black, sewn and hard. Comments: The current pads give my soldiers and my self headaches. SGT, US Army.

5 Feb 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Suisun City, Ca. Heard About us: Googling about helmet pads. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Black cloth covered and hard. Comments: My current pads are hard and they irritate my forehead. Sometimes it leaves a burning sensation that lasts for hours. I am constantly trying to reposition them, but they aren’t comfortable at all. SPC, US Army.

4 Feb 2012: Kits: 6. Heard About us: my father emailed about you. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Its really worn… they are black and well I am sorry I dont know what type. Comments: the pads that I have normally causes headaches because of stiffness even when there worn down they also seem to keep in the moisture.  PFC, US Army.

4 Feb 2012: Kits: 1. Duties: MP missions. Current Pads: green pads-they are really worn at this time and the white lettering on one said is faded. Comments: after just a short time of wearing my ACH my head begins to hurt and I feel tight pressure around the top of my head SSG, US Army.

30 Jan 2012:  Kits: 130. Hometown: CLARKSVILLE TN. Heard About us: PLATOON LEADER IN A SISTER COMPANY. Duties: I AM THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR AN INFANTRY COMPANY. WE ARE REDEPLOYING IN 7 MONTHS TO CONDUCT OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN. Current Pads: PAD,HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT: GREEN IN COLOR. Comments: HAVING BEEN DEPLOYED WITH IN THE PAST YEAR AND WEARING MY ACH ALL THE TIME OVER THERE I CAN SAY THAT THE ISSUE HELMET PADS ARE HORRIBLE. THE CAN MAKE THOSE LONG PATROLS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE AND IN A PLACE LIKE THAT YOUR HELMET BEING COMFORTABLE IS A MUST. THE ISSUE PADS, ONCE FILLED WITH SWEAT ONE TIME, ARE ALWAYS HARD AS A ROCK AND NEVER REALLY FORM TO YOUR HEAD. LIKE I SAID EARLIER I AM THE XO FOR AN INFANTRY RSTA COMPANY AND WE WILL BE REDEPLOYING HERE IN THE NEXT SEVEN MONTHS. I AM REQUESTING ENOUGH PADS TO OUTFIT THE COMPANY BUT ANY THING WOULD BE A START. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS AND I HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON. THANKS IN ADVANCE. 1LT, US Army.

28 Jan 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: OHIO. Heard About us: FRIEND. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: BASIC ISSUE ACH PADS. Comments: THEY ARE HARD, TIGHT AND OVERALL NOT NICE TO WEAR. 2LT, US Army.

25 Jan 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: columbus indiana. Duties: theater ready battalion. Current Pads: acu grey issue pads. Comments: the pads that are issued are uncomfortable and when cold get really hard. SSG, US Army.

23 Jan 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: WEST JORDAN, UT. Heard About us: ANOTHER PERSON IN UNIT ORDERED A PAIR AND RECOMMENDED THEM. Duties: MECHANIC AND CONVOY OPERATION. Current Pads: SKYDEX. Comments: THESE CURRENT PADS KEEP SLIPPING DO TO STIFF PADS AND AFTER A SHORT WHILE, I START PRODUCING A HEADACHE WITH MY BATTLE BUDDIES APPROVAL HOW THEY HELPED HIM I AM HOPING THEY DO THE SAME FOR ME THANKS. SPC, US Army.

23 Jan 2012: Kits: 6. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Convoying to various FOBs setting up communications. Current Pads: TBD. Comments: To stiff and doesn’t sit well on our head. SGT, US Army.

21 Jan 2012: Hometown: Dowagiac, Michigan. Heard About us: Google Search. Duties: 60mm Mortar Section Sergeant in a dimounted recon unit. Current Pads: I don’t know. Mine are so worn out I can’t read anything. They are black. Comments: They are thin as cardboard. And they stink. Supply has a tough time getting new ones in and before long they are racking your brain. Pads should also come in different thicknesses for different size heads. SSG, US Army.

16 Jan 2012: Doc, a couple months ago you sent me some helmet pads. I wanted to thank you very much. The pads you sent me had an immediate impact on my ability to do my mission. The old pads were causing headaches almost instantly. I haven’t had a problem since. Thank you again for your support and caring enough to help. God Bless and take care, CSM, US Army.

12 Jan 2012: Kits: 23. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: not for sure what kind but its is all black or bottom is black and top is gray. these are the ones they always hand out. Comments: they dont form to the head. They cause head aches. SPC, US Army.

9 Jan 2012: Kits: 44. Hometown: UPLAND CA. Heard About us: Brother who is in Marines. Duties: EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The current pads cause my soldiers as well as myself headaches after prolonged wear and donot provide the proper protection from IED Blasts the we deal with on a daily basis being Explosive Ordnance Disposal Techs. We are currently scheduled to deploy and would like our guys to have these before we deploy.  SSG, US Army.

7 Jan 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: rochester. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: gray. Comments: old, warn out. SPC, US Army.

5 Jan 2012: Kits: 24. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: PL (platoon leader) in a Cav Recon Troop as part of an IBCT in charge of combat readiness, combat patrols, finding and destroying the enemy on the ground. Platoon will be outside the wire on a continual basis as a land owner as well in Afghanistan. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Unit funds are limited and make it difficult for soldiers to acquire new pads when they get lost or destroyed. Finding a comfortable fit for all soldiers continues to be a problem at all levels to ensure combat readiness status at all times.  2LT, US Army.

2 Jan 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: a battle buddy/medic. Duties: MEDIC. Current Pads: the one issued. Comments: the current pads is extremely uncomfortable on missions. I tried on another battle’s ach with the pads they ordered here, and causes less headaches and feels a lot better. SPC, US Army.

2 Jan 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: my company Duties: Rcp. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: Been getting very bad headache and marks on my head wear my helmet more than 12 hours each mission SPC, US Army.