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.

2009 Marine Meetings

8/29/2009: Email to Marine Corps systems Command “Hello again, Mac. Long time no contact, but we’re still here responding to the needs and requests of combat Marines and other Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to your putting the final touches on the new plastic helmet, I hope all concerned will take a look at…

2009 Blog

19 April 09: I have been in Iraq for over 3 months now and we conduct night route clearance.  I have to constantly adjust and shift my current pads around due to headaches, which in turn takes my eyes away from searching for IED’s. (SSG, USA-R) 4/8/09 … the new pads are awful, they are too hard and…

2008 Blog

31 Dec 08:  Doc,these pads are the best……this was the best gift the guys have received so far! We still need some more pads if you can send them…..we have someone with a large head and the size 6 pads didn’t fit but if you could get size 4 that would be awesome. total number of…

2007 HindsFeet

On behalf of the board of the National Brain Injury Research Treatment & Training Foundation, the men & women serving our country on foreign soil, the Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center, and the 5.3 Million Americans living with a brain injury, I would like to extend our deepest and sincerest thanks to you, your wife and…

2007 GoatScrew

1 May, 2007 Our efforts together and the Congressional hearing in which I testified in June 2006 stimulated the military branches to recognize the problem with their helmets and at least start the process to provide blast-protecting helmet upgrades to troops in harm’s way. All four services are now almost complete in their coverage of troops both in and deploying to…

2007 Blog

23 Dec 07: Doc Bob, There wasn’t enough room in the box on the request page to write the whole story about my helmet dilemma.  The marine corps had issued me back in 2006 a pad system. The one they issue however is very stiff and (seems) about one and a half inches thick. When installed…

2006 Marine History

Historical perspective: Here’s how the Marines responded to Operation Helmet’s push to provide blast/impact protecting pad inserts for Marine combat helmets: From: Reinwald Col Shawn M [mailto:shawn.reinwald@usmc.mil] Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 8:39 AM To: info@m2columbus.com Subject: coachtressel.com Comments Dear Coach Tressel, I was sorry to see that Operation Helmet has taken advantage of you, and by…

2006 Blog

10/25/06 FLASH: The Air Force purchased and ‘is sending’ over ten-thousand padded suspension systems in the US CENTAF AOR, at the three Expeditionary Theater Distribution Centers (ETDC), with an additional 122K to be received within a couple of months.  The ETDC issues padded  suspension systems to Airmen transiting through, and will ship to those who are …