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.

Pain in the A__: perhaps AIR? Not likely

Thank you for your response.  That request for 140 pads is not for our entire company, but for three of our reinforced platoons which for our current mission-set are transported by MV-22 Ospreys and can be wearing their helmet in the aircraft for 4-5 hours before potentially inserting into a landing zone to begin their…

Wake up, PEO SOLDIER

4/4/18: Hey, thank you for the reply. I don’t see how they receive no complaints. The issues pads are too hard and cause headaches with any mission over an hour. Soldiers have to take pads out just so the Kevlar fits. I represent an advisor team that is detached from our battalion. All of our…

How can we help them if we can’t help ourselves?

3/30/18:  Duties: Training the afghan army to win their war. Current pads: Pad, Helmet, ACH. Comments: When we operate in the cold, we have to build a fire just to warm up the pads so they aren’t painfully pressing against our head. We wear the bare minimum of padding during our operations. One guy almost lost…

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…