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 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…

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…