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 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…

Damfool pads causing needless distraction from mission. DANGER!

Duties: We will be doing force protection, patrols, etc.. Current Pads: CIF/basic issue. Comments: Basic issue pads do not fit everyone as well as they should. Headaches are common. This causes soldiers to remove their helmet often and in situations when they need the protection. The issued pads are very hard and often times do…

Attention USMC: YOU CAN DO BETTER! Just listen to your Marines

7/19/17:Kits requested: 190. Hometown: Heard about us: Fellow officer in the battalion. Your pads are a night and day difference. Make wearing kevlar with NVGs for eight hours bearable.. Duties: Deploying on 31st MEU, Okinawa Japan, conducting patrolling operations in the Pacific to Include Australia, South Korea and other Pacific countries (TBD). Current Pads: Issued…

Disintegrating, slippery pads cause problems

5/2917: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Standard issue, glued seems, sage green color. Comments: My company is deploying this summer and is in sore need of helmet pad upgrades. We have conducted 4 multi-week long training events in the LA heat in the last few months and most of my guys’ pads are disintegrating. The issued pads…

Hard, slimy helmet pads make for unnecessary problems

6/2/17: Duties: Platoon SGT.. Current Pads: Pad, Helmet, Advanced Combat, NSN/ Gray with glued seam/ fuzzy. Comments: I have somewhat of a large head (7 3/4 hat size) and that combined with the standard ” large” helmet size and thickness/ stiffness of the helmet pads, I often get pressure point headaches, raw spots and even…

Uncomfortable helmet pads add to danger in EOD

3/31/17: . Duties: EOD operations. Current Pads: Grey, hard, military issue. Comments: Wearing our Kevlar for an extended period of time during certain operations that require the utmost of concentration can be taxing, especially with uncomfortable kits. Also, being that we relate closely with explosives, having a higher quality of pad would increase our protection from…

Why did they change pad providers? Politics?

Good Afternoon Sir, We just received your helmet pads and wanted to provide some feedback.  In order to ensure our gratitude is effectively transcribed, I am typing a play-by-play reenactment: Received the box and looked at the shipping label, identified the sender, and immediately gathered a few of our deployers for the unboxing. Sliced open…