Doc Bob’s Blog

The unfiltered postings of a retired Navy Captain and Medical Doctor – fellow with the American Board of Preventative Medicine (Aerospace) and Ophthalmology and is certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Born and raised in Glen Rose, Texas, Meaders received a bachelor of science degree from Southern Methodist University and his medical degree from the University of Texas’ Southwestern Medical School. Vietnam Veteran.

All Marines realize the problem: no one fixes it

1/15/18:First and foremost, thank you for reaching out as quickly as you did. I was blown up twice 2011, and once in 2012 in Afghanistan and received a TBI, and head trauma from each blast. A majority of my job in the fleet is explosives, and I’m generally within close proximity of blasts or over…

Deadly Distraction

1/18/18: Duties: IED Sweeping, Airfield Damage Repair, Security, Patrols. Current pads: Standard issue, Team Wendy Pads. Comments: While training for the Special MAGTF my Marines often have pain from the standard issue pads after wearing their helmets for long amounts of time. When my Marines should be concentrating on detecting IEDs at the front of a…

Helmet Pads causing problems in the field

1/13/187: The current cif issued pads are terrible. They  are way too thick and not soft. It would be great to get me and my platoon some more pads that work better. Helmets can be an issue in the field. They constantly are uncomfortable. We need something better. It would improve our proficiency and overall well…

I keep taking my helmet off: danger!

1/1/18:HQ Element for an infantry battalion: QRF, security, presence patrols, tactical convoys. Current pads: Issued gray 3/4″ Ceradyne pads. Comments: My battalion is leaving for Afghanistan next month. Personally, I have never been able to get my ACH to fit well with the issue pads, and I have suffered recurring headaches, hotspots, and discomfort after…

Bubble wrap? Really? Jumping Jehosepat, Army. WAKE UP?

11/11/17: Heard about us: Google. Duties: Convoy ops, QRF, perimeter security. Current pads: Foliage green GI pads. Comments: The GI pads are hard and squeeze our heads making the helmet sit way too high and cause headaches. Personally, I threw mine away almost immediately and currently use a Flight helmet liner which is just tough…

Rather risk a head shot than wear the painful helmet (pads)!

10/20/17: Heard about us: Sniper buddy from 2nd Batt. 3rd Marines. Current pads: Shrink Wrapped Rocks. Glued. Grey. Ones black. All the words are worn off.. Comments: My issued pads are starting to rub my hair out of my head but more so I get headaches and would almost rather risk getting hit/possibly shot in the…

Helmets protect; but NOT IF UNWORN

10/14/17:Kits: 70.. Heard about us: A friend on base showed me your pads.. Duties: Daily route clearance patrols detecting explosive hazards on roads.. Current Pads: Standard ACH/ECH Govt issue light green. Comments: Current Govt issue pads cause too much pressure when worn for 6-8 hours at a time on patrol. Makes Soldiers want to take…