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.

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…

Combat effectiveness with faulty helmet pads

9/20/17: Duties: Infantry, patrols, QRF, BDOC. Current Pads: Standard issue ACH pads. Comments: The biggest problems my squad faces with our current ACH pads are pain and discomfort. Which forces us to want to take our ACHs off at every opportunity. Also with our current pads the ACHs don’t fit very well and this is…

Hard headed Marines need pads somewhat less rocky!

/22/17: Duties: Infantry (patrols, post, cross training). Current Pads: GI grey sewed rocks. Comments: Deployed to CentCom this past year and had to make due through the winter with the standard GI pads freezing and becoming rock hard. They aren’t much better through the summer as they’re so uncomfortable and don’t offer much cushion to allow…

Why in hell won’t the Army listen to their warriors?

8/31/17:My personal issue with my pads is its completely uncomfortable. Ive had the same ACH for about 5 years now with the same pads. “Funding” is basically all it boils down to, to my understanding. Im mainly contacting your organization as a request from one of my soldiers. He had your pads when he was still…

Helmets intended to protect cause INJURY!

Duties: Combat Medicine. Current Pads: ACH issue pads. Unit Pad -(Crown, Trapezoid, Oblong), Foliage/Sage Green. Glued Seam.. Comments: Treated several minor head/face injuries on drop zones and during other training. Individuals are loosening their helmet straps up because of the uncomfortable pads issued with the ACH. This can cause the helmet to fall over eyes…