US Air Force

Helmet Upgrade Requests from USAF personnel – Airmen

The emails below pretty well sum up what we hear from all branches.
What does it take for the military to FIX THE PROBLEM without comment? Each person requesting helmet pads should go to the Air Force website and let them know about the problems in addition to us.

Overall urge to immediately remove the ACH due to pain

Kits: 16. Heard about us: Google. Duties: OTW construction, security, convoys. Current Pads: MSA 08/2007 1″. Green color, glued seam, fabric cover.. Comments: Significant headaches, “dimples” and red-marks from the pads, improper fit of the helmet, and for most, an overall urge to immediately remove the ACH due to pain. The existing pads provide about…

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…

Headaches make missions less safe

4/5/17:  In regards to higher ups knowing about our problems with the current GI helmet pads, our commander is most definitely aware, as he is exceptionally disappointed in the fit of his helmet.  We are working with Supply, but they were clear in that they could not order different pads, and the ACH shell sizes…

causing my head more pain than comfort

causing my head more pain than comfortKits: 2. Heard about us: other website. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA 3/4″ they are grey and they appear to be glued together. Very stiff, and very uncomfortable.. Comments: I have been looking for intuitive ways to boost the comfort of wearing my kevlar for years now. It wasn’t…

The pads we use now are rocks

Rock padsKits: 25. Hometown: Austin, Texas. Heard about us: Airborne Infantrymen I went to a school with. Duties: D.A.R.T DOWNED AIRCRAFT RECOVERY TEAM. Current Pads: Grey rock hard pads NSN 8470-01-046-9407. Comments: The pads we use now are rocks. they give soldiers migraines and are awful to use for a long period of time. You…

Current pads cause severe discomfort

Current pads cause severe discomfortKits: 10. Hometown: Glastonbury CT. Heard about us: Former XO. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Gray issued. Comments: Current pads cause severe discomfort and don’t allow for proper fit on all head shapes. SGT, USMC Kits: 12. Hometown: . Heard about us: Website. Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: No cushioning, almost…

improve operational effectiveness

Improve operational effectiveness.Kits: 10. Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri. Heard about us: JTF Unit. Duties: Assault Landing Zone operations. Current Pads: USGI standard green bricks. Comments: We are a small team tasked with forward operations which necessitates wear of typical combat kit that the AF largely does not field. As such, the needs of the small…

ACH had rock hard pads

Kits: 1. Hometown: Opelika, AL. Heard about us: Online. Duties: See Comments. Current Pads: Old Leather and web suspension. Comments: I am AD USAF and do not have a currently projected deployment. My last deployment to Kandahar I was issued the ACH but had rock hard pads that I could not wear more than 15…