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.

Our current pads are so uncomfortable

Kits: 2. Duties: Ammo Troop. Current Pads: green zelcro very hard pads. I use socks instead. Comments: Our current pads are so uncomfortable, we now use 4-5 socks stuck to the velcro on the inside. A thinner and softer pad would be heaven. A1C, USAF

Causes headaches after 5 minutes every time

Kits: 2. Hometown: Syracuse. Heard about us: SSgt X from my unit. Duties: Convoy/HumV patrol. Current Pads: MSA/Green/Glued/Original issued pads. Comments: With the original pads, the helmet does not sit right on my head and causes headaches after 5 minutes every time, without fail. SSgt X recommended these pads and said they worked great. A1C, USAF Kits:…

Airman Needs Upgraded Helmet Pads

Kits: 1. Hometown: Buffalo NY. Heard about us: Google search. Duties: Air Base Defense, FOB defense, transport security. Current Pads: 3/4″ pads, green, standard issue, glued. Comments: All of the small pads backings have come off and they don’t stick to the inside of my helmet anymore, i switched to a smaller helmet and the…

Air Force Medical Team Request

Kits: 9. Hometown: Lackland AFB. Heard about us: My Military Savings website. Duties: Forward Surgical Team. Current Pads: Standard issues ACH; nothing written on them (old/worn). Grey/black in color.. Comments: They are cumbersome to use, uncomfortable, and are not shock absorbent. Given OPSEC concerns, I cannot specify particular issues, but we would likely have more…

2014 US Air Force Requests

11 Jun 2014: Kits: 25. Hometown: Waterbury Connecticut. Heard about us: Fellow soldier. Duties: Convoy Ops. Current Pads: Green hard basic stock pad. Comments: Currently in Afghanistan attached to an army unit as a combat medic. I was ordered one by a friend back in February and they have been awesome. I would like my…

2013 USAF Requests

25 Dec 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Virginia Beach. Heard About us: internet Duties: Director. Current Pads: NSN. Olive green. MFG: 5M888 Lot 1, NSN 5470-01-546-9415. Comments: Uncomfortable for long-term wear. Col, USAF. 24 Dec 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: ask.com. Duties: Maintenance. Current Pads: skydex. Comments: uncomfortable over time. SMSgt, USAF. 9 Dec 2013:…

2012 USAF Requests

4 Nov 2012: Kits: 1. Duties: Mechanic. Current Pads: Old leather pads. Comments: Green helmet with sand paper texture. SrA, USAF.. 16 Oct 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Taylorsville, NC. Heard About us: looked up on internet. Duties: Par [Post Attack Recon] Team, UCC. Current Pads: standard issue, not comfortable at all. Comments: not comfortable at all, cant…

2006 – 2011 Air Force Requests

24 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Anniston AL. Heard About us: Web research. Duties: Afghan Mentor. Current Pads: I think they are Team Wendy. Comments: Headaches with extended wear.  Maj, USAF. 26 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: cleveland. Heard About us: TEAM MEMBER. Duties: OTW route clearance, security. Current Pads: MSA 3/4IN. Comments: Pain on…