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.

2010 Congress

Congressional Con Job: We met with a senior staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and another Senate staffer plus their Army Liaison Monday 29th March at our home office (my spare bedroom) to discuss the problems we have seen in the military’s switch to cheaper, harder pads for our warriors’ helmets. Update: The ‘final’ thought…

2010 Skull Flexure

 Skull Flexure from Blast Waves- A New Mechanism for Brain Injury with Implications for Helmet Design  As discussed in the email to Congress and the Military below, the rigid skull AND the kevlar helmet shell actually flex under the impact of the supersonic blast wave from an IED. Such flexure causes significant brain injury with…

2010 FOIA

Jan 2010: We’re still requesting the data from tests on helmet pads conducted by three civilian labs. PEO Soldier has blocked us, even in the face of a Freedom of Information Act request, by having all useful data redacted; 185 pages of blacked-out info doesn’t help us to keep searching for best all-around helmet pads…

2009 Marine Requests

12 December 09: SOME OF THE BEST KEVLAR PADS I HAVE USED. EVERY MARINE SHOULD BE ISSUED ONE. 26 July, 2009: The Marines have finally listened to the words of wisdom from warriors!  The latest Request for Information from vendors includes the mandate that new pads being sought for both current and future helmets  must “(3) Provide…

2009 GAO and FOIA

UPDATE: 9/1/09 FOLLOWING A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST FOR THE RESULTS OF THREE CIVILIAN LABS TESTS ON COMPETING HELMET PADS IN BLAST/IMPACT PROTECTION, WE RECEIVED 185 PAGES OF BLACKED-OUT TEST DATA. WHAT ARE THEY HIDING? July 28, 2009 GAO letter to Congress is yet another namby-pamby self congratulatory bunch of BS claiming the military was correct in changing from the ‘Gold…

2009 Army Meetings

Non-answer from PEO Soldier when I forwarded email complaints (identifying data redacted) from Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and asked ‘what would you tell this trooper if they emailed you directly: “Bob, The Army’s position is that we will always test and challenge ourselves to ensure we provide the best products available to our Soldiers. Take…

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…