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Doc Bob's Blog has additional information.  Attention PEO Soldier. I'm protecting the identity of these troops, but if you want to come down to Texas and read the original emails after signing a confidentiality agreement, you're welcome. We don' make this stuff up

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March 17, 2011: In a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee' Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, the Army's PEO Soldier Commanding Officer blamed helmet discomfort (at 1:19:25 on the tape) on inadequately fitted helmets not worn appropriately with all pads in place. See emails below for what troops who actually wear helmets in combat have to say about that.

In the meantime: PEO Soldier tells us they have not had a single complaint about the helmet/pad 'system' either from Soldiers in the field or during post-deployment debriefing. Therefore, they will continue to field the 'bricks' you are asking us to upgrade with the top-of-the-line pads we provide, courtesy of the American public. Our feeling is that either someone is not passing the Word or else we had a front-loader of BS heaped on us at the meeting.

Will SOMEONE have the guts to go up the chain of command or directly to PEO Soldier and tell them what's really happening inside their brain bucket? You can email PEO Soldier's Project Manager for Soldier Equipment at william.cole@us.army.mil   If you can't gain access with your CAC card or can't find where to register the notice of deficiency,  use snail mail addressed to: Project Manager Soldier Protection & Individual Equipment SFAE-SDR-SPIE 10170 Beach Road Bldg 325 Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5862.

Feedback from a combat unit when I asked them to go directly to PEO Soldier with their complaint:

I can definitely look in to filling out a feedback comment on the PEO website. The thing is, this is the first time I have heard of PEO. The reason they have not had an official complaint is probably because not many people know the website exists. I finally found it, and even then, under the Equipment tab, I'm trying to find information on any item and nothing is showing up. Maybe it's just the network I'm on, but it's not much help. If they are really interested in improving products, they should do a better job advertising PEO and informing Soldiers they can leave feedback comments/suggestions on the equipment. If they're not interested in feedback, then they're on the right track and need to do nothing.

And from another Lt: I am currently on the PEO website and I cannot find a survey or feedback page for the pads. There is a link for it, but it leads to an empty page.

3 Feb 2012: Why should this warrior have to buy his own equipment? My name is SSG xxxxxr I am deploying in 3 weeks to Afganistan for the second time. My helmet hurts my head after a period of time and being a 11 bravo (infantry) I wear it a lot. I went to buy new ones but I was overwhelmed with the cost and with 4 kids I thought I better wait. I was on line this morning when I seen your website and thought maybe you can help me. I really appreciate it. I am stationed in Ft Stewart 4th BCT 3 15 INF. Thanks again.  Needless to say, we sent him a free helmet pad upgrade kit and offered to help others in the same situation.

Rank Abbreviations:  PV2 = Private; PFC = Private First Class; SPC = Specialist; CPL = Corporal; SGT = Sergeant; SSG = Staff Sergeant; SFC = Sergeant First Class; 1SG = First Sergeant; MSG = Master Sergeant; SGM = Sergeant Major; CSM = Command Sergeant Major; WO1 = Warrant Officer; CW2-5 = Chief Warrant Officer 2 thru 5; 2LT/1LT = 2nd or 1st Lieutenant; CPT = Captain; MAJ = Major; LTC = Lt Colonel; COL = Colonel. http://www.defense.gov/specials/insignias/enlisted.html

ACH = Advanced Combat Helmet.  CIF = Central Issue Facility. NSN = National Stock Number.  NOD = Night Observation Device.  NVG = Night Vision Goggles.  PSD = Personnel Security Detachment.  FOB = Forward Operating Base. COP = Combat Outpost  MP = Military Police XO = Executive Officer (2nd in Command)  ANP = Afghan National Police.  POG = Personnel Other than Grunt (which is all military MOSs other than infantry).  FOBBIT = military personnel who never leave the Forward Operating Base (derived from the HOBBITT which were creatures who did not like to leave their homes). SAW = Squad Automatic Weapon (light machine gun); SOF or SF = Special Operations Forces; SOTF = Special Operations Task Force.  EOD = Explosive ordinance Disposal => Bomb Squad; FET = Female Engagement team; PPE = Personal Protective Equipment.

And now, from the pointy end of the spear: emails from the heart: direct quotes with (most) expletives deleted

LISTEN TO YOUR TROOPS, ARMY!


23 Jul 2014: Kits: 35. Hometown: El Paso, TX. Heard about us: website for deployed soldiers. Duties: Military Police. Current Pads: unsure of the current pad name it is just a thin foam and black rope. Comments: They are uncomfortable, they do not provide enough cushioning when you have to move quickly. After wearing them for 24 hour periods your head hurts from on the pressure without padding. SSG, US Army.

22 Jul 2014: Kits: 2.  Duties: Ch-47 maintenance. Current Pads: None. Comments: Thank you for all you guys are doing!. SPC, US Army.

22 Jul 2014: Kits: 6. Heard about us: Military family website. Duties: Tasking. Current Pads: Brown, glued. Comments: Pads are worn and retain sweat. SGT, US Army.

21 Jul 2014: Kits: 12. Duties: Aviation. Current Pads: grey and they are velcro. Comments: Some of us either take the pads off since they are uncomfortable and some peoples heads are too big or too small to wear their helmets with the current pads. SPC, US Army.

20 Jul 2014: Kits: 6. Hometown: Sedalia, MO. Heard about us: google. Duties: QRF. Current Pads: Original green pads that came with the helmet. Comments: This would be awesome to get this kit. You guys are awesome! Hopefully you can send enough for my team. I appreciate all of your alls support to the troops.. SGT, US Army.

20 Jul 2014: Kits: 14. Hometown: Pueblo. Heard about us: my Platoon Sergeant. Duties: Logistical. Current Pads: basic black and grey pads. Comments: They are very uncomfortable for me, I'm sot sure what kind if issues my Soldiers are having. SSG, US Army.

17 Jul 2014: Kits: 30. Hometown: Osceola AR. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Normal issue pads; acu color. Comments: The old issue pads are very hard and once wet get very hard causing headaches.. SFC, US Army

17 Jul 2014: Kits: 5. Hometown: Copperas Cove, Texas. Heard about us: Military savings .com. Duties: small arms repair. Current Pads: basic issued. Comments: The current pads are worn out and very uncomfortable. SGT, US Army

16 Jul 2014: Kits: 6. Hometown: INDIO california. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Artillery. Current Pads: basic issued pads olive green and glued. Comments: hold on to sweat and doesn't dry fast enough and creates fungus. SPC, US Army.

15 Jul 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Philadelphia PA. Heard about us: fellow soldier. Duties: QRF. Current Pads: standard issue deployment. Comments: thanks. ihave heard great things ad felt these pas in action using another soldiers helmet. they are awesome and cant wait to own my own.. PFC, US Army

14 Jul 2014: Kits: 30. Hometown: Dallas. Heard about us: Another military soldier. Duties: Convoy Patrols. Current Pads: grey in color. Comments: We have moved into a new operation tour. We will be doing Convoys and Patrols for our deployment. SFC, US Army

14 Jul 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Heard about us: friend. Duties: Aviation/Convoy. Current Pads: Black velcro patches. Comments: The pads i have are uneven and makes my ACH lop sided. This program would help greatly. Thank you in advance.. SGT, US Army

12 July 2014: Kits: 130. Hometown: Franklin, Indiana. Duties: Engineers. Current Pads: Army issued, gray velcro, sewn seam. Comments:  I'm the logistics manager for my engineer unit. Though I do not specifically need these as most of my work this tour is from an office, the number one complaint I'm receiving from my engineers is the horrible army issued helmet pads. However, due to the draw-down, requisitioning of items has become quite the hard thing to do over here in Afghanistan. Due to the scope of work, my engineers are required to wear their ACH for hours on end with little to no time for relief. As their logistics manager, there is nothing worse then seeing a valid need/request of my Soldiers and not be able to fulfill that request because of requisitioning back-logs or red tape. I have engineers all over the southern half of Afghanistan. Any assistance in helping take care of my Soldiers would be greatly appreciated. I will distribute throughout our AOR to my engineers. Thank you for your assistance in advance.. SFC, US Army

11 Jul 2014: Kits: 20. Hometown: ST Joseph, Missouri. Heard about us: Google Search. Duties: Basic Support Operations. Current Pads: standard pads, grey velcro. Comments: Current pads are just uncomfortable to wear. SGT, US Army.

9 Jul 2014: Kits: 3. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Army issued. Comments: Thanks. SGT, US Army.

9 Jul 2014: Kits: 6. Hometown: Seaside, California. Heard about us: Platoon SGT from last unit.. Duties: I am a Radio trasmission operator for an infantry sqaud.. Current Pads: 3/4 inch thick. Written on pad: "Pad, helmet, advanced combat" Color of pads is grey. Glued. hard padding covered with flanel type material.. Comments: These pads are a total nightmare. My current job includes includes convoys and foot patrols and when I'm out on patrol my kevlar tends to give me a headache after a while. This is an issue because on the battlefield i need to 100% alert and aware of my surroundings. I realized that my kevlar pads were the cause because when i take off my helmet the pain is relieved. This also occurs on long convoys. I was recommended to your site by my old platoon SGT who told me that this kit could make a difference. We will be deploying in the near future and i would love to try this upgrade kit out and issue them to my fellow battle buddies so that we can be 100% focused on the mission at hand without and distractions. SPC, US Army.

7 Jul 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: idabel. Heard about us: a friend who deployed a while back. Duties: infantry team leader, working in a security sqaud for engineers on route clearance. Current Pads: standard issue. Comments: Mine are to thick and make my helmet set to high, and make it very uncomfortable.. CPl, US Army.

5 Jul 2014: Kits: 50. Hometown: livermore iowa. Heard about us: other. Duties: Customs supporting the retrograde. Current Pads: unknown and color is Black. Comments: they are I believe old and outdated. will let you know how the new ones turn out for us. SFC, US Army.

5 Jul 2014: Kits: 5.  Heard about us: google. Duties: artiliary. Current Pads: basic issues. Comments: We are in need of pads my section is losing stuff on planes n in need of it. pfc, US Army

3 Jul 2014: Kits: 35.  Heard about us: Google.com. Duties: security. Current Pads: issued foliage green pads. Comments: have been used for a long time and need replaced. I would like to get them for. 1LT, US Army.

3 Jul 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: . Heard about us: . Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: grey basic issue. Comments: The pads i have are hard and often leave me with a major headache after shift. Would love some new ones. SPC, US Army.

2 Jul 2014: Kits: 15. Hometown: Sulphur. Heard about us: friend. Duties: helping with roads. Current Pads: ?. Comments: thank you. spc, US Army.

2 Jul 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: Delano, Minnesota. Heard about us: Internet. Duties: Mission support. Current Pads: Army issue green. Comments: In support of Kuwait training mission, first line of defense for southwest asia. SSG, US Army.

1 Jul 2014: Kits: 5. Hometown: Tampa, FL. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Pad Helmet, 3/4 size Ceraoyne 52528 felt foam. Comments: They don't stay in place, standard issue. SGT, US Army.

30 Jun 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: Oshkosh, WI. Heard about us: Freinds. Duties: Maintenance. Current Pads: green velcro pads. Comments: pads are hard, bulky and do not fit comfortably in helmet. cause alot of soldiers headaches.. SPC, US Army.

29 Jun 2014: Kits: 6. Hometown: Yarmouth Maine. Heard about us: google. Duties: pressure pursue punish. Current Pads: zap 3/4, black and green. Comments: pads hardening making it uncomfortable for troops to concentrate on mission. SSG, US Army.

29 Jun 2014: Kits: 63. Hometown: Bloomfield, MO. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Convoys and operating heavy construction equipment for deconstruction. Current Pads: PAD, HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT SPM1C1-12-D-B014 NSN 8470-01-546-9407 GREEN Velcor circles in helmet and felt like pads stuck to them. Comments: I am the Unit Supply NCO. I have about 63 operators that are in their Helmets all day. It is a constant problems with headaches, uncomfortable and not much adjustments can be made. The pads they currently have are really hard textured. With them running equipment all day we tryed to see if they could use hard hats and we were told NO. I was able to get them upgraded more comfortable chin straps through our supply system but I have not been able to find any PADS. These would be a great help. I am only requesting these for our operators. SSG, US Army.

29 Jun 2014: Kits: 40. Hometown: FT. HOOD, TX. Heard about us: WEBSITE. Duties: PATRIOT OPERATOR. Current Pads: GRAY. Comments: My battle has been using their ACH everyday so when i found this out. I would like them to have a new one to switch out with the old one because it stink.. spc, US Army.

29 Jun 2014: Kits: 8.  Duties: construction. Current Pads: velcro grey hard foam standard issue. Comments: Swell in the heat, very stiff causes headaches, traps heat in. sgt, US Army.

26 Jun 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: Alcolu, SC. Heard about us: Google. Duties: deconstruction. Current Pads: unknown. Comments: I am requesting this for my husband that is currently deployed in Afghanistan. I am unsure of the type of helmets or pads. I do know that the pads are just velcroed on the inside of his helmet. Thank You. SPC, US Army.

26 Jun 2014: Kits: 25. Hometown: Fort Worth, tx. Heard about us: I used you once before... Duties: Convey operations. Current Pads: gray pads with sims on the edge. Comments: I think it is amazing the a organization like yours cares about the troops so much.. Thank you for what you do for my fellow soldiers. SSG, US Army.

24 Jun 2014: Kits: 24. Hometown: Jackson. Heard about us: internet. Duties: security. Current Pads: black. Comments: the pads are uncomfortable. Captain, US Army

23 Jun 2013: Kits: 2. Hometown: ocala fl. Heard about us: battles, fellow soldiers. Duties: vehicle recovery operator H8. Current Pads: basic issue greenish glued seam. not comfortable. Comments: i am vehicle recovery operator i drive wrecker. at times i am driving for 10- hours a day very often my current pads tend to give me slight headaches feels like pressure points. i have heard nothing but good words about the pads you offer and feel they would greatly help me. PFC, US Army.

21 Jun 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Saratoga Springs, UT. Heard about us: Web Search. Duties: Civilian Affairs. Current Pads: Gentex size 3/4, green in color and velco fastened. Comments: I consisently travel outside the wire and I wear headphones. With my current helmet, the earphones push into my ears and they are very uncomfortable. If you have the gunfighter version with the rails it would be a godsend. However, there is a person here who can modify the helmet if needs be. I just couldn't modify my issue helmet and I don't have the resources to purchase a helmet to modify. SFC, US Army.

19 Jun 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: New Orleans, La. Heard about us: Yahoo search. Duties: 11B40 Infantryman. Current Pads: No Pads were issued with Helmet. Comments: No pads were issued, cannot find locally. SFC, US Army.

19 Jun 2014: Kits: 16. Heard about us: searched the internet. Duties: Advisor [SOF]. Current Pads: Velcro pads (Black). Comments: May I have a pair for each member of our TEAM?? Thank you. Respectfully, CPT, US Army

18 Jun 2014: Kits: 2. Duties: Area Security CAV Scout. Current Pads: Foliage Green Velcro. Comments: Uncomfortable make head itch. E5, US Army.

18 Jun 2014: Kits: 25. Hometown: Rosiclare, IL. Heard about us: From another Soldier. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: Military issue the crappy ones. Comments: I'm a Platoon SGT for a Route Clearance Platoon out of FOB [opsec], we are out on mission between 9-14 hours daily. The issue pads from the army sucks and they make your head hurt after 45 min or so. These pads would improve comfort and situation awareness from the Soldiers.. sfc, US Army

18 Jun 2014: Kits: 30. Hometown: New Britain ct. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Route clearance. Current Pads: Issued ones green, Velcro, very hard. Comments: Thank you. SSG, US Army.

17 Jun 2014: Kits: 3.  Duties: N/a [Calvary]. Current Pads: Army Issued. Comments: They are no comfortable, wear out easily. SPC, US Army.

16 Jun 2014: Kits: 30. Hometown: Lafayette IN. Heard about us: Through a web site. Duties: Route clearance. Current Pads: Hard foam pads, grey in color, standard issue. Comments: Are helmet pads are very old and smell horrible. We wear our ach's for about 14-16 hours a day. Thank you for your support. Sgt, US Army.

11 Jun 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: Tuscumbia, AL. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Chaplain's Assistant, I have to protect the Chaplain on our frequent missions. Current Pads: Zap 3/4, Black, Glued, Similar to Felt, Tough Backing. Comments: The pads we currently have are rigid and will not properly sit on our heads. This causes our ACH to sit on top of our heads. This results in unnecessary neck pains on long convoys and on long flights to and from base. I would like to have 2 sets ( One for myself and the other for my Chaplain.) We are one of the few units whose work is not always within the wire. I appreciate all your assistance!. SPC, US Army.

9 Jun 2014: Kits: 150. Hometown: Portsmouth, Ohio. Heard about us: Concerned mother. Duties: engineering projects. Current Pads: black, glued togther, hook and loop. Comments: Currently we are having difficulty getting funding for new pads. Our home state is saying that there is $0 for items such as these pads. I have had the same pads in my ACH for 7 years, which now they really provide no impact protection and they are falling apart. Many in my company are having the same problems. Thank you so much for what your oragization does!. 1LT, US Army.

6 Jun 2014:  Kits: 8. Hometown: Warrenton Oregon. Heard about us: Internet research. Duties: forward observer. Current Pads: army issue. hard Texture, no give. Comments: My current helmet pad set is hard and is extremely uncomfortable. I have been wearing this helmet pad set for 5 months and it feels like it will never break in. All of the soldiers on my team are having the same problem. I have been in for 9 years and have not had a comfortable helmet yet. You have to be special operations in order to get good gear in the military. SSG, US Army

6 Jun 2014: Kits: 25.  Duties: Maintance. Current Pads: gray pads, with sewn seams. Comments: Hopefully they get here by next week. SSG, US Army

5 Jun 2014: Kits: 60. Hometown: FORT CAMPBELL. Heard about us: Google. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: CIF issue. Comments: The current pads we have know are the standard CIF issue, they are probably the most uncomfortable things the army has made, in my two tours to Afghanistan it has been a serious issue for me and my Soldiers doing 12HRS patrols. Issues like Soldiers wanting to take their ACH's off because of how much it hurt their heads and constant headaches, we are about to Deploy again in a few Months and we really would appreciate your consideration and help. First of all I want to thank you guys for our shipment it has been incredible these past weeks my guys are so happy with their pads it’s unreal. I was able to give to all my junior enlisted soldiers. And they are very thankful for your organization. With this order I will be able to give 1 pair to all my deploying Soldiers Again thank you. SGT, US Army

4 Jun 2014: Kits: 1.  Heard about us: Googling better helmet pad systems. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: US Army GI pads. Comments: Hi, i've been deployed for more than a couple months now and my job entails that i go out on combat patrols on a daily basis. I've been having horrible headaches everytime I've been going on patrol and the only thing that can mend the pain is by removing my headgear which i cannot do until i return back to the wire. I'm in a light infantry airborne unit so we walk eeeeeeeeeeverywhere, and the type of job i have in my platoon is critical and the last thing that needs to be on my mind is the piercing pain going through my noggin. If you guys could help me out i'd be super appreciative because of it and hope i can get the donors information so i can properly thank them. I appreciate you taking time out of your day to read my plea and hope you have an awesome day.  PFC, US Army.

3 Jun 2014: Kits: 5.  Duties: SecFor, Convoy Security. Current Pads: basic issue, CIF black and gray pads. Comments: A few of us joined the unit shortly after they arrived in theatre and after they'd received pads from Operation Helmet. We're really jealous of how incredible they are. SGT, US Army.

1 Jun 2014: Kits: 35.  Duties: outside wire missions. Current Pads: army issue. Comments: Operation enduring freedom. CPL, US Army.

30 May 2014: Kits: 5. Hometown: anderson sc. Heard about us: google. Duties: infantry attached to a sf unit. Current Pads: unit pad. some are torn or opened tho. black and gray. Comments: we have a lot of pads that have busted and are open id if there is anything u guys can do but iff there is it would be greatly appreciated. PFC, US Army.

29 May 2014: Kits: 20. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: the worst pads ever...NSN 8476-01-546-9356, Glued, ACU Green.. Comments: the pads are so hard they are giving people migranes. extremely uncomfortable for long or short periods of wear. SGT, US Army.

27 May 2014: Kits: 12. Hometown: Rochester, NY. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Intelligence. Current Pads: Glued, foliage green, standard issue pads. Comments: These pads are usually in one size (5/8") and don't fit the heads of most soldiers properly. Although they are intended to come in different sizes, they are frequently issued in only one size, and they are too hard on the head to be worn comfortably for long periods of time. Some soldiers have the discipline to ignore the discomfort and even pain, but linguists often take them off during combat operations and refuse to wear them, increasingly risk of fatalities. Capt, US Army.

26 May 2013: Kits: 20. Hometown: North Miami. Heard about us: USO. Duties: military police operations. Current Pads: green hard headache pads. Comments: I received pads from this web site before deploying to Iraq in 2010 and they were great. When I returned I gave them to a friend who deployed to Afghanistan. Now I have hard green pads that are very uncomfortable and cause headaches. Getting ready to deploy again and would like my platoon to have them also.. SGT, US Army.

23 May 2014: Kits: 25. Hometown: Nash, Texas. Heard about us: Online. Duties: Infantryman. Current Pads: Basic Issued Pads. sewn seam, nothing written on them. Comments: The pads i currently have compress after been wore for couple hrs and become uncomfortable. SPC, US Army.

21 May 2014: Kits: 8. Hometown: Fort Bragg, NC. Heard about us: Google search for Helmet Pad Upgrades. Duties: Special Operations. Current Pads: Army Standard Issue Green/Black pads. Comments: My team conducts daily operations with our Afghan Partner Forces and as such we wear our helmets for extended periods of time. Our current helmet pads cause a great amount of discomfort and migraines when worn for hours at a time. Providing my team with upgrade kits will give us a high level of protection and comfort as well let us conduct our missions without worry about how our helmets fit. CPT, US Army.

19 May 2014: Kits: 25. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: USAF Convoy Medic attached to the Army.. Current Pads: Green hard pads. Comments: My soldiers can't wear their helmet for a long period of time because of the helmet pads are to hard. It's really uncomfortable to wear it, specially on a long 10-18 hr missions. I'm hoping this pads will eliminate those issues and prevent them from removing helmet while on convoy. Thank you so much for supporting our troops. SSgt, USAF.

17 May 2014: Kits: 12. Duties: convoys. Current Pads: army standard issue, little square stiff pads. Comments: they army standard issue pads are incredibly uncomfortable after wearing the helmet after long periods of time. gives massive headaches and loses complete comfort after having it on after so little bit of time. SPC, US Army.

17 May 2014: Kits: 2.  Heard about us: Online. Duties: Our unit is an Engineer Co. Current Pads: standard issue for ACH Green/Gray. Comments: I certainly appreciate anything you can do...I was not sure about the amount...figured I would ask for 2 to give to a buddy...did not want to be greedy...thanks in advance for what you guys are doing. SSG, US Army.

17 May 2014: Kits: 4. Duties: Communications NCO for TAC SE Commander. Current Pads: gentex corporation, green. Comments: They wear out and start to tear to fast. SPC, US Army.

16 May 2014: The current pads we have know are the standard CIF issue, they are probably the most uncomfortable things the army has made, in my two tours to Afghanistan it has been a serious issue for me and my Soldiers doing 12HRS patrols. Issues like Soldiers wanting to take their ACH's off because of how much it hurt their heads and constant headaches, we are about to Deploy again in a few Months and we really would appreciate your consideration and help.. SGT, US Army.

15 May 2014: Kits: 60. Heard about us: Google. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: CIF issue. Comments: The current pads we have know are the standard CIF issue, they are probably the most uncomfortable things the army has made, in my two tours to Afghanistan it has been a serious issue for me and my Soldiers doing 12HRS patrols. Issues like Soldiers wanting to take their ACH's off because of how much it hurt their heads and constant headaches, we are about to Deploy again in a few Months and we really would appreciate your consideration and help. SGT, US Army.

14 May 2014: Kits: 15. Heard about us: order before. Duties: Infantry convoy supply run OP maining. Current Pads: we are using basic pads. Comments: I had put in a order for my company but I was short 15 for everyone. I am the Company Supply NCOIC and I would like to be able to supply everyone in my company since I already gave them out to the guys. SGT, US Army

13 May 2014: Kits: 3. Hometown: Nolanville, TX. Heard about us: google. Duties: HUMINT. Current Pads: CIF issue. Comments: It's for 3 Soldiers in my platoon. I'm the platoon leader. CW2, US Army.

12 May 2014: Kits: 10. Heard about us: website. Duties: Advising. Current Pads: Standard army issued pads green. Comments: Current issued pads are uncomfortable (do not hold up their cushiness for very long) and cause headaches in some of my guys when wearing for extended periods of time. CPT, US Army.

7 May 2014: Kits: 10. Hometown: Caldwell, Texas. Heard about us: A fellow NCO informed me about the site. Duties: We do Communications in and outside of the wire depending on mission. Current Pads: Standard Issue. Comments: The standard issue pads are so thick that they do not fit comfortably. I constantly have headaches while wearing my ACH. From reading on the site I am hoping that these pads will help. SFC, US Army.

7 May 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Westfield ma. Heard about us: google. Duties: engineer. Current Pads: gray velcro. Comments: The current pads are horrible. They cause headaches if wearing for more than an hour. spc, US Army.

7 May 2014: Kits: 24. Heard about us: bing search. Duties: transportation. Current Pads: green/black cloth velcrow in helmet. Comments: Helmet moves pad not very soft. SSG, US Army.

7 May 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. Heard about us: BROWSING. Duties: COMMUNICATIONS. Current Pads: BASIC ISSUE, PLANE GREY. Comments: I REALLY APPRICIATE THIS PROGRAM YOU ALL ARE RUNNING I WILL BE SURE TO TELL MY SOLDIERS ABOUT IT. THANK YOU. SGT, US Army.

3 May 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Texarkana, Texas. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Combat Medic. Current Pads: The basic ones that are issued with the helmet, olive green, nothing written on them, they are sewn. Comments: I wear my ACH everyday and the pads seem to not fit as well as they used to.. SPC, US Army.

2 May 2014: From the frontline: About a month ago I requested a rather large amount of these helmet pads for my PLT. These guys wear this gear on a daily basis and we can all attest to the fact that it isn’t getting any lighter. Especially with spring and summer coming up the heat makes this gear miserable to wear. The issued pads become concrete with a little bit of sweat and dirt mixed in. I received 35 of these pads in today and have begun issuing them to all my Soldiers. You should see the looks of relief on their faces as they realize what they are getting. This will definitely help keep helmets on their heads, which in turn will make my life easier and everyone safer. Thank you for your generosity. We all greatly appreciate it. SSG, US Army.

30 Apr 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Cypress, TX. Heard about us: Met Doc Bob at DAR Luncheon 3 years ago. Duties: CST. Current Pads: Grey/green, sewn seam, velcro. Comments: My daughter is deploying in two weeks. Doc Bob explained about the army issued helmets and I am requesting these pads to protect her when she's there. 1LT, US Army

30 Apr 2014: Kits: 38. Hometown: San Francisco. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Convoy Security. Current Pads: Grey in color with velcro. Comments: We will be doing convoy security / Fuel. The current pads are so stiff and hard. Its like not having any pads. SFC, US Army

28 Apr 2014: Kits: 13. Hometown: RICHLAND CENTER, WI. Heard About us: FELLOW UNIT MEMBERS. Duties: CMRE RETROGRADE OPERATIONS. Current Pads: FOLIAGE GREEN ISSUED ONEs. Comments: I WANT THEM ALL FOR MY SQUAD. SSG, US Army.

28 Apr 2014: Kits: 20. Hometown: Peoria, Arizona. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Military Police, Quick Reaction Force. Current Pads: No writing on pad but standard military issue grey in color. Comments: I have 22 people in my platoon and we leave the wire on almost a daily basis and are out conducting missions for multiple hours. The current pads we are all using are the regular grey ones but they cause hot spots/burns on our heads after not even an hour of having them on. I do not want my soldiers to be taking off their helmets while out in the field and compromising their safety. I would greatly appreciate it if you all can send 22 sets of new helmet pads for my guys. Thank you very much. SGT, US Army.

28 Apr 2014: Kits: 162. Hometown: Chippewa Falls, WI. Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Retrograde. Current Pads: MSA, grey issued pads. Comments: Sir or Ma'am, I am the the Company Supply SGT for the [deleted] Company and would love to order a qty to support our entire company as our troops are limited to computer access. Please let me know if this is NOT a possibility. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to have ACH pads that do NOT cause headaches. Thank you for all you do. We are a MOBing unit currently at MOB station in TX, and are headed to Afghanistan very soon. SSG, US Army.

28 Apr 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Spring Green Wisconsin. Heard About us: word of mouth. Duties: demil, convoy. Current Pads: NSN 8473-01-546-9415. Comments: After wearing the pads for any amount of time, they start causing discomfort. The padding is just too hard. SGT, US Army.

28 Apr 2014: Kits: 1. Heard About us: higher ups. Duties: Engineer. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: they are hard and tend to give me a head ache and bruise my forehead. SPC, US Army.

25 Apr 2014: Kits: 60. Hometown: Toledo. Heard About us: Ordered before. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: Issued. Comments: We are requesting an Unit outfit of the pads, after our last request we were rushed on deployment so there was not enough time to express our thanks. Now that the unit is back, and we are getting ready for another deployment we are requesting another set of pads for all the newcomers as well as those whose pads have truly been used to the extreme. I assure you that upon reciept of these pads that we will properly show our thanks with a donation and a photograph of our unit thanking operation helmet. The issued pads are already giving the newer individuals problems in the field and becoming an issue on training. My unit will be so greatful if we can recieve these pads. I put in an order over 2 years ago and were EXTREMELY satisfied and can give you first hand experience on how they saved my life when I was involved in a detonation. Please let us know if this can be done. Thanks guys. SPC, US Army.

23 Apr 2014: Kits: 1.  Duties: Mission Commander for convoys. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The pads get really stiff after you sweat in them enough. Makes it really uncomfortable when doing 18+ hour convoys. SGT, US Army.

23 Apr 2014: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Convoy Security. Current Pads: Hard black foam pads, black on one side, gray on the other. Feels like a cotton texture. Comments: Pads are extremely worn. I tend to get headaches with long periods of use. Being convoy security, comfort is a key to staying vigiliant on long convoys in the mountains of Afghanistan. SPC, US Army.

23 Apr 2014: Kits: 2. Heard About us: THROUGH 1LT C. Duties: INFORMATION COLLECTION/LINE SUPOPRT. Current Pads: GREY ISSUED ARMY PADS, NO NSN. Comments: DO NOT PROVIDE ADEQUATE CUSHION TO FOREHEAD OR NAPE AREA. SPC, US Army.

22 Apr 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: New York City. Heard About us: Platoon Leader. Duties: Multi Function Team (MFT). Current Pads: grey color pads. Comments: headache when worn for long periods. Where pads touch the head hurt after a couple hours. SGT, US Army.

18 Apr 2014:Kits: 1. Hometown: Sacramento, CA. Duties: Providing Medical Coverage and Evac Support. Current Pads: Green memory foam padding. Comments: Multiple pressure points causing headache with long wear.  CPT, US Army.

17 Apr 2014: Kits: 4. Heard About us: PSG. Duties: Chemical Specialist. Current Pads: none. Comments: Thanks for supporting US Troops.  SSG, US Army.

16 Apr 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Chippewa Falls, WI. Heard About us: internet. Duties: Retrograte FOB's and COP's. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415 3/4 ", Pad, Helmet, Advanced Combat Mine Safety Appliances Co. Comments: Current pads are extremely uncomfortable and give me headaches in less than 1 hour.  CW2, US Army.

16 Apr 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Richland Center, WI. Heard About us: Fellow Warrant. Duties: CRME. Engineer retrograde of FOB/COP in afghanistan. Current Pads: GENTEX NSN: 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: Thanks for the support.  CW2, US Army.

16 Apr 2014: Kits: 20. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Military Police. Current Pads: No writing, grey pads. Comments: I have a total of 20 soldiers in my platoon with all the same pads, if you can send pads for all of us it would be great. We wear our ACH's every day for multiple hours and these current pads are causing hot spots and are just uncomfortable. SSG, US Army.

15 Apr 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: EL PASO, TX. Heard About us: BATTLE BUDDY. Duties: INFANTRY, RECOVERY, CLOSE COPSITES. Current Pads: REGULAR CIF, NO WRITING, GREEN. Comments: THE CURRENT PADS FEEL LIKE LAYERS OF CARDBOARD THAT DO NOT GET COMFORTABLE. SGT, US Army.

15 Apr 2014: Kits: 35. Heard About us: Another SM in the unit. Duties: Entry control checkpoints, vehicle and forklift operations, aircraft crew chief and Soldier transport (helicopter movements. Current Pads: Standard army issued pads NSN 8470-01-546-9356. Comments: SM's are all required to wear their ACH and IOTV during all aircraft operations, vehicle movements, during in direct fire engagement, and ECP duties. Current issued pads absorb sweat and moisture, and then become rock hard and painful to wear. This request is for a platoon level size element. SSG, US Army.

15 Apr 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: EL Paso, TX. Heard About us: Fellow soldier. Duties: COnvoy. Current Pads: CIF with towel. Comments: Currents pads give me head aches, and wore my battle buddies [helmet] and I fell in love with his pads. SPC, US Army.

15 Apr 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Houston, TX. Heard About us: Fellow soldier. Duties: Recovery, Convoy OPS, QRF. Current Pads: CIF pads with improvised cotton from a destroyed pillow. Comments: Massive headaches during convoys. SPC, US Army.

13 Apr 2014: Kits: 235. Heard About us: Google search engine. Duties: I am the battalion S-4 NCOIC and we support 235 soldiers. Current Pads: Some are black, some are grey. They feel like cloth sort of. Comments: The only issues that we seem to be having is that soldiers need to replace them frequently when going out and the other pads are very hard. SSG, US Army.

10 Apr 2014: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: MP. Current Pads: Kind of rough, dark grey pads. Comments: They're causing me headaches. SPC, US Army.

7 Apr 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: Seattle, Wa. Heard About us: USO. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: green CIF issued, 7 pads. Comments: Not giving me a perfect fit. SPC, US Army.

7 Apr 2014: Kits: 5. Duties: Sustainment / Transportation Ops. Current Pads: Gentex Brand. Comments: Wear out easily. CW3, US Army.

6 Apr 2014: Kits: 10. Hometown: Clarksville, TN. Heard About us: google. Duties: mechanics, guard duty. Current Pads: no text on it. it is the standard issued pads. army green, no sewn seam, looks like they are glued. Comments: The standard pads are not very comfortable. We would just like ones that are more ergonomic. It would be a great help. Appreciate your support!  SPC, US Army.

6 Apr 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Seattle. Heard About us: CO-WORKER. Duties: convoy. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9356. Comments: The current pads do not cover all the spaces, and do to IED's i need complete coverage and these pads are anicent and smell extremtly bad attracting extra bugs.  SPC, US Army.

5 Apr 2014: Kits: 1. Duties: medical. Current Pads: no number, black pads, cotton, thick hard padding, green underside where velcro is. Comments: the pads i have make my head really hot, and theyre so firm i get a headache wearing for an extended time especially when we ramp up. SGT, US Army.

4 Apr 2014: Kits: 10. Hometown: Chicago. Heard About us: my miliary savings web site. Duties: Medical provider 65D/PA-C. Current Pads: velcro grey pads... one big one that goes on the top and smaller pads that velcro around the sides. Comments: I run a battalion aid station and travel to different countries that my brigade is supporting and have had multiple patients with head pain/abrasions due to poor ACH padding. My motto is an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Please send as many ounces as you can and I will disseminate them throughout my deployment to those in need. 1LT, US Army.

2 Apr 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: Fort Carson, CO. Heard About us: Military Savings website. Duties: Convoys, lots of Chopper rides to repair electronics equipment. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9415 Unit Pad, Crown Size W911QY-07-F-1012 3/4". Comments: Causes too much pressure, hard to configure correctly, causes constant headaches. SGT, US Army.

31 Mar 2014: Kits: 5. Duties: Mechanic, convoy, force protection. Current Pads: Grey, round, foam center pad, 5 small rectangle outer pads. Comments: I have a total 5 soldiers in my squad, we wear our ACH's in the hot sun out in the desert. The pads get soaked with sweat, stink really bad, and do not hold up well to multiple washings. Any help is greatly appreciated. SGT, US Army.

30 Mar 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Portland. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Grey stock pads. Comments: Headaches, Get dirty quickly, Rubs skin raw and when I tried to clean them they fell apart. SGT, US Army.

29 Mar 2014: Kits: 97. Duties: Maintenance/convoy. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9356. Comments: My name is 2LT [deleted] and I am writing on behalf of [deleted] Support Maintenance Company. Our home station is [deleted] and we are currently deployed in Afghanistan. We have 97 Soldiers in the company.  2LT, US Army.

28 Mar 2014: Kits: 5. Duties: route clearance. Current Pads: black. Comments: they are not comfortable at all they have no give no cussion. SGT, US Army.

26 Mar 2014: Kits: 20. Duties: Air Defense Operations. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Pads are ripped and coming apart. SSG, US Army.

26 Mar 2014: Kits: 60. Heard About us: own the night. Duties: depends on your security clearance. operations will be conducted outside of wire in the current theater of operations. Current Pads: Basic issue, acu color MSA. Comments: headaches, uncomfortable, causing a distraction.  SSG, US Army.

23 Mar 2014: Kits: 1. Duties: Military Intelligence related. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-545-9115. Comments: The GI pads that were issued to me are way too hard. I can't believe they are called padding themselves. SGT, US Army.

21 Mar 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: Dallas Tx. Heard About us: google. Duties: 19D. Current Pads: Standard Issue Gray in color. Comments: Hard and keep heat in. SPC, US Army.

21 Mar 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: onalaska, WI. Heard About us: internet. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: The ACH doesn't stay securly on my head, It wobbles no matter how much I tighten it. SGT, US Army.

19 Mar 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Waterloo, IA. Heard About us: Squad Leader. Duties: Mortar Platoon Leader. Current Pads: Issue. Comments: Helmet fit, uncomfortable, and shifty. 1LT, US Army.

17 Mar 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Hinesville Ga. Heard About us: Another Soldier. Duties: Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN). Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-476-5648. Comments: Difficult to keep clean or washable. SFC, US Army.

14 Mar 2014: Kits: 6 .Hometown: Arlington, VA. Heard About us: Another soldier with the same job. Duties: Radio Operator, PSD, Intel. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The pads do not sit right, after prolonged wear they feel hard and leave a red mark on our foreheads and the temple region. SSG, US Army.

12 Mar 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: Belmont, NC. Heard About us: Company Commander. Duties: Battalion Chaplain. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: They cause the helmet to be too tight and cause a headache. CPT, US Army.

12 Mar 2014: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: Looked up ach pads online. Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Army issued pads. Gray, stiff. Comments: To stiff to mold/ breakin to fit my head, not very comfortable for long periods. SPC, US Army.

11 Mar 2014: Kits: 18. Hometown: Texarkana, AR. Heard About us: AAFES. Duties: Medics. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: It makes it very difficult with worn pads on long missions and it is hard to get military gear over here. SSG, US Army.

10 Mar 2014: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: Online. Duties: Aviation support operations. Current Pads: Army Issued. Comments: If I wear my ACH for a mission by the time I'm back to the airfield I have a splitting headache. CPT, US Army.

9 Mar 2014: Kits: 1. Duties: ENGINEERING. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: HURTS MY HEAD. SGT, US Army.

8 Mar 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: MATHIAS, WV. Heard About us: GOOGLE. Duties: ROUTE CLEARANCE. Current Pads: ITS GREEN ON THE OUTSIDE AND BLACK ON THE PART TOWARDS MY HEAD. THE PRINTING IS TOO FADED TO READ. Comments: DUE TO MY JOB AND MISSION SET AND THE HIGH CHANCE OF INDIRECT FIRE ON MY FOB WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME WEARING OUR GEAR. LONG HOURS IN IT CAUSE PRESSURE POINTS ON MY HEAD AND BY THE END OF THE DAY I WILL HAVE A RAGING HEADACHE. SPC, US Army.

7 Mar 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Lexington SC. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: BFC, Communications light. Current Pads: 8470-01-523-0070. Comments: they wear out really quick. After the salt gets imbedded into cloth, they start to break apart. I have gone through 1 set in 2 months. SFC, US Army.

6 Mar 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Heidelberg, Germany. Heard About us: Online. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Army Issued. Comments: Doesnt fit well, hurts too keep on! SGT, US Army.

5 Mar 2014: Kits: 20. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: ISSUED PADS. Comments: THE PADS DO NOT ALLOW FOR GOOD AIR FLOW TRAPING HEAT, INCREASING THE CHANCE OF HEAT INJURIES. ALSO THE HARD CARDBOARD IN THE ISSUED PADS ADGITATE PRESSURE POINTS AFTER 18+ HOURS OF WEAR, GIVING THE EOD OPERATOR HEAD ACHES. NOT BEING 100% DECREASES THE CHANCE OF SAFELY OPERATING IN AN DEPLOYED ENVIRONMENT.  SGT, US Army.

4 March 2014: I run a battalion aid station and travel to different countries that my brigade
is supporting and have had multiple patients with head pain/abrasions due to poor ACH padding. My motto is an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Please send as many ounces as you can and I will disseminate them throughout my deployment to those in need. 1LT USArmy

4 Mar 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Corvallis, OR. Heard About us: A NCO in my Company. Duties: Infantry, Mounted and dismounted patrols, route security, route clearance. Current Pads: Standard issue grey pads NSN 8470-01-846-9416. Comments: I have been blown up several times, the GI pads put a lot of pressure on my temples and forehead causing a headache with as little as 30 minutes of wear time. If I take out pads to relieve the pressure points the helmet doesn't stay on my head securely. If it is cold outside the pads are hard as rock and you have to constantly adjust your chin strap as the warm up. This is especially frustrating when you are moving at night under NODS. I have had to glue the backs of several of my pads because they started to tear away from the pad when I removed them for cleaning. SSG, US Army.

4 Mar 2014: Kits: 20. Heard About us: google. Duties: Infantry, CARCO/ Convoy. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: All of our pads are old and hardened from use during airborne ops and last deployment. The fabric is peeling off of the back of the pads where it velcros into the ACH as well.  SGT, US Army.

3 Mar 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: CHEEKTOWAGA, NY. Heard About us: INTERNET. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: PAD HELMET ADVANCED COMBAT SIZE 3/4'' NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: UNSTABLE WHEN UTILIZING NIGHT VISION GOGGLE, PAINFUL AFTER HOURS OF USE, UNCOMFORTABLE, GIVES HEADACHE DURING USE. WORST DESIGN AND KEEPS SOLDIER ABILITY TO PERFORM OUT OF MIND COMPLETELY. SPC, US Army.

1 Mar 2014: Kits: 125. Hometown: Fort Campbell. Heard About us: for a NCO back in fort campbell. Duties: rout clearance, QRF. Current Pads: MSA Comments: hair lose and headache. SGT, US Army.

24 Feb 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Eagle River, Alaska. Heard About us: internet. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: gray, they look like they were glued not sewn. Comments: they are falling apart. SFC, US Army.

24 Feb 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Laconia, NH. Heard About us: Internet search. Duties: Infantry Platoon Sergeant. Current Pads: Grey, stiff, pads, MSA brand. Comments: The current pads I have in my ACH are so stiff that I have had to loosen my chin straps to the max allowable length just to be able to wear my helmet. I realize that most pads take a little while to break in, but I've had these for 5 months now, and they're still as stiff as the day I was issued my helmet. They're uncomfortable on top, and I have had to remove two of the side pads, along with loosening the chin straps, to be able to wear my helmet somewhat comfortably for the length of time I have to wear it while on missions. SFC, US Army.

17 Feb 2014: Kits: 1.  Duties: line medic. Current Pads: GENTEX corporation nsn: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: They create sore spots on my head paricularly around the sides.  PFC, US Army.

16 Feb 2014: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Other soldiers im currently deployed with. Duties: Military Police Active Patrols. Current Pads: Black in color, hard foam, sewn around edges. Comments: constant headaches, mainly in front of forehead, pressure over all head as a whole. SGT, US Army.

16 Feb 2014: Kits: 3. Hometown: Edwardsville, IL. Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Black, Old. Comments: loose ach, uncomfortable feel. SPC, US Army.

15 Feb 2014: Kits: 1. Duties: Combat Medic. Current Pads: Basic GI pads. OD green. Comments: The pads are too hard and tend to tear when cleaning. SPC, US Army.

14 Feb 2014: Kits: 25. Hometown: Warsaw, IN. Heard About us: My company commander recommended them. Duties: Military Intelligence. Current Pads: Army issue NSN. Comments: Helmet is loose, making firing in the prone difficult also uncomfortable after hours of wear. SSG, US Army.

13 Feb 2014: Kits: 2. Duties: MP. Current Pads: GREY PAD CIRCULAR STITCHING BULKY. Comments: ACH CAUSES HEADACHES AFTER SEVERAL HOURS. PFC, US Army.

12 Feb 2014: Kits: 1. Duties: convoy. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Poor fit. Pads are too rigid and cause pressure points around the head because they don't conform. 1LT, US Army.

12 Feb 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  Duties: Surveying. Current Pads: Standard issue, sage green minimal sewing and glue. Comments: Pressure points around head. SSG, US Army.

10 Feb 2014: Kits: 1. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: the pads now i have are hard and hurt my head. PFC, US Army.

9 Feb 2014: Kits: 30. Heard About us: google. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Unknow, Issued 2 years ago.  Comments: Thanks for reading. SGT, US Army.

7 Feb 2014: Kits: 1.  Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Gray hard pads. Comments: The pads are hard and give me head aches. SPC, US Army.

6 Feb 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Clementon NJ. Heard About us: Battle Buddy. Duties: PSD. Current Pads: grey pads, not quite sure.. they are the initial RFI issue. Comments: my ACH doesn't quite feel too steady and i wish they were a little more "cushiony". after wear for a while they get very uncomfortable. Thanks again for all you do. SPC, US Army.

6 Feb 2014: Kits: 3. Hometown: Lewisburg, PA. Heard About us: Another Soldier. Duties: Tactical Intelligence Team Leader. Current Pads: MSA I think, all foliage green outside. Comments: Uncomfortable, cold, do not fit head properly, do not work with NVGs, cause headaches.  SGT, US Army.

4 Feb 2014: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Outgoing Unit. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: grey circle pad 4 small rectanges and two squares. Comments: They aren't soft enough, and cause headaches and facial pain. SPC, US Army.

5 Feb 2014: The current pads I have in my ACH are so stiff that I have had to loosen my chin straps to the max allowable length just to be able to wear my helmet.  I realize that most pads take a little while to break in, but I've had these for 5 months now, and they're still as stiff as the day I was issued my helmet.  They're uncomfortable on top, and I have had to remove two of the side pads, along with loosening the chin straps, to be able to wear my helmet somewhat comfortably for the length of time I have to wear it while on missions.

2 Feb 2014: Kits: 1. Heard About us: google search. Duties: Convoy, Supply. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Poor fitment of overall ach helmet system. Pad thickness prevents proper seating of helmet and creates adverse pressure points. To achieve comfortable fitmet using these pads the overall helmet size has to be increased which limits mobility inside of tactical vehicle. CPL, US Army.

2 Feb 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Mount Pleasant, MI. Heard About us: internet. Duties: MOVCON/PSD. Current Pads: pad, helmet advanced combat size nsn 8470-01-546-8415. Comments: the nsn may be a little off but its the basic ach helmet pad. the main issue my guys are having is with the strap kit not having any type of padding in the nape section. SPC, US Army.

2 Feb 2014: Kits: 1.  Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: My pads are green and stiff. Comments: Everytime I wear my helmet my pads cause me to recieve horrible headaches. I constantly have to adjust my strap to loosen it up.  SGT, US Army.

1 Feb 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: Pewaukee. Heard About us: Soldier in my Gun section. Duties: Artillary. Current Pads: Normal issue. Comments: Front pad goes flat and forehead gets rubbed raw and during cold months pads stay hard for extended period of time. SGT, US Army.

1 Feb 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL. Heard About us: Internet Search. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: Standard issue gray pads. Comments: Hot spots, does not sit comfortably. CPT, US Army.

1 Feb 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Waterloo, NY. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Signal Maintenance. Current Pads: black with grey bottom. cotton covering bubble-like padding. Comments: Very uncomfortable and hard to set in any way where the ACH is worn correctly AND is not hurting my scalp. SPC, US Army.

1 Feb 2014: Kits: 3. Heard About us: A soldier on the FOB, says they work great. Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: The pads are green and stiff. Comments: When riding in a convoy or on a dismounted patrol the pads are so uncomfortable on my head that causes me to get headaches and soreness on my head. I always have to loosen my helmet straps to adjust it. SGT, US Army.

31 Jan 2014: Kits: 41. Hometown: FT Carson, (Coloardo Springs) CO. Heard About us: A fellow NCO recieved some for his squad. Duties: I am a platoon Sergeant of a Maintenance Platoon in a Armor BN In support of "[opsec]". Current Pads: NSN: 01-546-9415. Comments: Our unit has been one of the most fast paced training units in the Army, my Soldiers pads are becoming worn down and unserviceable due to OPTEMPO. I dont know if there is a way to make them more durable or they just have to be changed out more frequently. SFC, US Army.

31 Jan 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: HARRISON, AR. Heard About us: SHINDAND HOMEPAGE. Duties: CONVOY. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: My NCOIC and I are currently using the MSA pads and we feel they do not provide adequate cushion while using the ACH for long periods of time. SGT, US Army.

30 Jan 2014: Kits: 3.  Duties: mp. Current Pads: standard issue. Comments: to hard, gives headaches. PFC, US Army.

30 Jan 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Piedmont, SC. Heard About us: search engine. Duties: Convoy movements. Current Pads: standard issue (issued with ACH). Comments: The pads i have now are just worn down and actually cause me to have a headache. Ive been in need for new ones. SGT, US Army.

29 Jan 2014: Kits: 3.  Duties: SFAT SECFOR. Current Pads: Army Issue Garbage. Comments: The Army issue pads are like rocks. They give me and my soldiers headaches after wearing for a short period of time. If you could send me 3 sets, I would like to give some to my two soldiers.  SGT, US Army.

20 Jan 2014: Kits: 1. Duties: Infantry. Comments:  I'm currently deployed to southern Afghanistan. I am in dire need of a helmet pad upgrade, I get headaches daily from mine. Im infantry so I'm always wearing a helmet. I really hope your company is still doing this, it sure is a great service. We are thankful for what you do. I hope to hear back. UGT, US Army.

20 Jan 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: Moscow, Idaho. Heard About us: Google. Duties: I am the Force Protection OIC and travel throughout Afghanistan to provide force protection upgrades to all SOF Forces in OEF. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: The pads are hard or bloated and caused great discomfort to the guys and myself when on longer missions. Once worn, they do not absorb shock the way they did when they were new increasing the risk of TBI. Requesting one for myself and my NCO. Thanks for all you do. MAJ, US Army.

16 Jan 2014: Kits: 20. Hometown: Ladson SC. Heard About us: online. Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The current pads are hard and very uncomfortable to the point it give us bad head pain. SGT, US Army.

16 Jan 2014: Kits: 4. Hometown: PONCE, PR. Heard About us: http://www.mymilitarysavings.com. Duties: MILITARY POLICE. Current Pads: NSN SN 8470-01-546-9415: PAD, HELMET, LIGHTWEIGHT HELMET (LWH) OR ADVANCED COMBAT (ACH), SIZE 5. Comments: If you wear the pads for 6hrs or more cause headaches, or cause discomfort. SFC, US Army.

15 Jan 2014: Kits: 10. Hometown: Seattle Wa. Heard About us: when i was down range in iraq. Duties: Forward Observer. Current Pads: oregon aero. Comments: the current pads that my platoon is having is that it is causing pressure points on their head and causing discomfort. we are slated to go down range again in 2 months. SGT, US Army.

15 Jan 2014: Kits: 1. Heard About us: word of mouth. Duties: Mechanic. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: Uncomfortable and gives headaches after prolonged wear. SPC, US Army.

14 Jan 2014: Our usual patrols keep us out and in full kit for an average of 12 hours straight, with some missions extending to 24 hours and beyond.  The current GI pads are pretty uncomfortable for that period of time, sometimes causing headaches, and they do nothing to absorb the weight of the ACH (3 lbs can easily feel like double that after half a day straight of wearing it).  Also, a vehicle in my company struck an IED just a few days ago (all four troopers survived and are in relatively good condition) and the soldier with the best score on the TBI exam turned out to have a softer, after market pad system in his ACH that he had purchased himself prior to deployment.  I can't help but believe that had something to do with him receiving marginally better scores on his exam. SGT US Army.

14 Jan 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: lakeland florida. Heard About us: online. Duties: Aviation. Current Pads: Greyish green in color, sewn seam. Comments: Thank yall for all you do and the support you give us troops. God bless. PFC, US Army.

14 Jan 2014: Kits: 16.  Heard About us: GOOGLE. Duties: Aviation duties. Guard Duties, ETC. Current Pads: UNIT PAD, NSN 8470-01-546-9415, folliage green, 7pcs set. Comments: The curent pads we have are bulky and make the ach difficult to wear and uncomfortable for extended periods of time. SPC, US Army.

12 Jan 2014: Kits: 1 Hometown: Wichita Falls Texas Heard About us: Friend. Duties: SFAT (Military Police Convoy) Current Pads: NSN Comments: Pads are all the same extremely basic. 1LT, US Army.

11 Jan 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: Crooksville, OH. Heard About us: Friends in Army. Duties: Mechanic/Convoy. Current Pads: PAD HELMET ADVANCED COMBAT NSN- 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: My current helmet pads cause headaches because they do not allow my current kevlar to fit properly! My helmet is always bouncing around while in vehicles. please help.  SPC, US Army.

10 Jan 2013: Kits: 4. Hometown: Bostic, NC. Heard About us: a friend. Duties: long patrols and convoy. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: after only a few hours your head starts to hurt and you have to adjust your helmet, one of my soldiers is always trying to fix his helmet because it is so uncomfortable and he is my driver so anything to help out will be great. when he takes his helmet off after a long mission he always has a big red mark where the front pad is ... I am requesting four kits for me and my team thank you very much for all that you do for soldiers over here.  SSG, US Army.

10 Jan 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: mentor ohio. Heard About us: on line. Duties: air assualt ops. Current Pads: standard issue. Comments: they do not fit right causing head ache, jaw pain because of the chin straps, helmet shifts when manuvering. SSG, US Army.

10 Jan 2014: Kits: 2. Heard About us: Word of mouth. Duties: Direct support to Cav Scout and infantry company, mounted and dismounted. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Our usual patrols keep us out and in full kit for an average of 12 hours straight, with some missions extending to 24 hours and beyond. The current GI pads are pretty uncomfortable for that period of time, sometimes causing headaches, and they do nothing to absorb the weight of the ACH (3 lbs can easily feel like double that after half a day straight of wearing it). Also, a vehicle in my company struck an IED just a few days ago (all four troopers survived and are in relatively good condition) and the soldier with the best score on the TBI exam turned out to have a softer, after market pad system in his ACH that he had purchased himself prior to deployment. I can't help but believe that had something to do with him receiving marginally better scores on his exam. SGT, US Army.

9 Jan 2014: Kits: 5. Hometown: Fort Hood Texas. Heard About us: Through a friend who recommended you. Duties: Tactical Human Intelligence collection. Current Pads: Standard issue 'NSN' pads. Comments: Standard pads are uncomfortable, particularly during long missions. They have do not form to the shape of the head as well as other pads do. SGT, US Army.

8 Jan 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: garden groce california. Heard About us: friend. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: none. Comments: soft. SPC, US Army.

6 Jan 2014: Kits: 45. Hometown: Golden, CO. Heard About us: I've received pads for our Afghanistan deployment. Duties: Cavalry Scout. Current Pads: Army Issue. Comments: Good morning Sir, I received 15 sets for my platoon earlier this month and I'm now requesting more pads for my Troop. With current budget issues our Troop is unable to provide new pads to Soldiers that have had the same issue pads prior to their last deployment to Afghanistan. The 45 sets would be going to the other line platoons prior to our NTC rotation and deployment. If you can't fill an order for 45 I understand but any amount would help our current situation. Have a wonderful day and I look forward to hearing from you in the future. SSG, US Army.

6 Jan 2014: Kits: 3. Hometown: Tucson, Az. Heard About us: Searched Online. Duties: Air Defense. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Cause Headaches, Wear down too quickly causing it to not hold properly, Too stiff in cold. PV2, US Army.

29 Dec 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI. Heard About us: mymilitarysavings.com. Duties: Guard Duty/Network Operations. Current Pads: Grey, normal seam?, stiff. Comments: my current pads do not conform to my head correctly, and I often find myself pushing my helmet up. I have tried many different positions for the pads but they just dont seem to work out well. SPC, US Army.

26 Dec 2013: Kits: 4. Hometown: Wadsworth, IL. Heard About us: Google. Duties: I lead a four man tactical intelligence team that directly supports an Infantry unit outside the wire almost daily. Current Pads: NSN: 5470-01-546-9416. Comments: Very painful, headaches after about 4hrs wearing, hard to get the helmet to fit correctly, helmet moves too much with NVG's. SSG, US Army.

25 Dec 2013: Kits: 7. Hometown: Corona, CA. Heard About us: online. Duties: Chaplain. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: I am the BN Chaplain and I serve 900 Soldiers in 5 CO's. I could use a dozen kits which I will pass out to those that request one. Thanks. Chaplain CPT, US Army.

24 Dec 2013: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: newspaper. Duties: military police. Current Pads: normal CIF issued. Comments: not enough support.  SPC, US Army.

21 Dec 2013: Kits: 3. Hometown: Riverside, CA. Heard About us: My MOM! Duties: QRF. Current Pads: Army issue. Comments: We are deploying sometime in January and the army issue pads BLOW... bad. Seriously. They're horrible. They cause headaches, they make your head itch, and i don't know how to explain it but, the make your hair folicles ache. SPC, US Army.

21 Dec 2013: Kits: 8. Hometown: Clyde. Heard About us: online. Duties: PSD/Convoy. Current Pads: no writing, foliage green color. Comments: For long periods of wear, they cause headaches. SPC, US Army.

19 Dec 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: eastpointe. Heard About us: fellow soldier. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: currently deployed in afghanistan, the helmet pads i currently use give me headaches with prolonged use of the helmet. they are starting to tear also. thank you very much. SPC, US Army.

17 Dec 2013: Kits: 1 Hometown: Portland, OR Heard About us: Surfing the internet Duties: Recon / Convoy Current Pads: Standard Army Issue, pads are worn, unable to read any brand. OD green, sewn around edges, and a soft felt like texture. Comments: The standard issue pads do not conform to the shape of the human head when all of them are installed at the same time, nor do they provide adequate cushion after long-time use. In cold weather, they become rigid making it almost impossible to get the ACH to fit properly. SPC, US Army.

17 Dec 2013: Kits: 50. Hometown: Fayettevile. Heard About us: A friend from another unit. Duties: We are a field artillery/Manuver unit. Current Pads: Issued. Comments: After wearing it for a while I and many others lose circulation at the top of our head, or it feels like it. Maybe less stiff or different material. SGT, US Army.

16 Dec 2013: Kits: 20. Heard About us: internet. Duties: Patrols. Current Pads: NSN8470-01-546-9416. Comments: Most of my Soldiers have not been issued new pads since their last deployment in 2010. SSG, US Army.

15 Dec 2013: Kits: 3. Hometown: Buffalo. Heard About us: Support for troops. Duties: Explosive Ordnance Disposal/ IED Defeat. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: The pads always sit a little off, and have collected a huge amount of sweat and dirt. In addition until they warm up they can be as hard as rocks. CPL, US Army.

7 Dec 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: San Antonio, TX. Duties: Patriot Missile Systems. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: They cut off circulation on my forehead if worn for a long time. SSG, US Army.

6 Dec 2013: Kits: 10. Hometown: Cape Charles, VA. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Standard Issue. Comments: The old pads cause me and my Soldiers to have headaches and they are very uncomfortable. SSG, US Army.

6 Dec 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: A friend. Duties: Convoys, and normal scout stuff. Current Pads: Black and grey. Comments: The pads freeze when they at cold and never fit your head right.  SFC, US Army.

4 Dec 2013: Kits: 15. Hometown: Denver, Colorado. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Cavalry Scout-Brigade Recon. Current Pads: Currently we all have the standard army issue pad set. They are a foliage color and brand is unknown. Comments: The biggest issue we have is the age of the pads. My current pads are 3 years old from my last deployment to Afghanistan. The current issue pads don't allow the helmet to sit correctly or even on the head. SSG, US Army.

3 Dec 2013: Kits: 10. Heard About us: co worker. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: They cause too many headaches and difficulties with the peltors. SSG, US Army.

2 Dec 2013: Kits: 10. Heard About us: Co-worker. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Our current pads are very hard and don't conform well to the shape of the head and don't pad well in the event of a abrupt impact( IED blasts). SGT, US Army.

2 Dec 2013: Kits: 5. Hometown: Lakeland, FL. Heard About us: Browsing the web for upgrade kits. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: Standard Issue Black. They are from my deployment in 2005. Very much used. Comments: I have myself and four Soldiers with me who would love the upgrade kits. SFC, US Army.

30 Nov 2013: Kits: 5. Heard About us: google. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: keeps to much heat in. SPC, US Army.

30 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Fort Drum, NY.  Duties: HLZ [Helicopter Landing Zone] Ops. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6626 Standard GI. Comments: I have a previous TBI injury and get terrible headaches in my forehead when I wear my ACH for more than a few hours, no matter how I position the pads, how many I use or don't use. SPC, US Army.

30 Nov 2013: Kits: 1.  Duties: Admin. Current Pads: green in color. Comments: old, used, falling apart.  CW2, US Army.

30 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: EL Paso. Heard About us: Google. Duties: COA7. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: Looseness and short life span.  SGT, US Army.

29 Nov 2013: Kits: 2. Hometown: Salem, OR. Heard About us: friend. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: grey and hard. Comments: they push on pressure points and hurt. SSG, US Army.

23 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Albany. Duties: medical. Current Pads: green, soft. Comments: They're falling off- and not really doing they're job. CPT, US Army.

22 Nov 2013: Kits: 4. Heard About us: internet. Duties: Engineering and construction. Current Pads: green and cotton pad with airbags. Comments: discomfort and the stitching breaks easily.  SPC, US Army.

19 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Gainesville. Heard About us: operation we are here.com. Duties: Convoy/opsec. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Dont fit right. Not comfortable.  SPC, US Army.

18 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Unit Pad, Crown. Size 3/4 W911DY 05-D0001 NSN 8410-01-506-6626 9U425 LOT 3136-2. Comments: Loose, and irregular (the pads on the right side of my head feel different than the pads on the left) I'm always playing around trying to make each side of the helmet fit just right. With marginal results of course. 1LT, US Army.

17 Nov 2013: Kits: 2. Hometown: lamar, co. Heard About us: FRIEND. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: the pads that get issued to us are rock hard and cuase headachs. most of the people only wear a couple so there are not so many pressing on your head. i would ask for some for my whole company but dont know what the max number is to request. there are about 115-120 in the company. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!  SSG, US Army.

17 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Hampstead. MD. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Wearing for extended periods of time causes headaches and pain on the top of my head for days afterward. PFC, US Army.

14 Nov 2013: Kits: 4. Heard About us: google. Duties: clerk. Current Pads: 0. Comments: no pad they were ruined so I removed them. PFC, US Army.

13 Nov 2013: Kits: 1 Hometown: Roswell New Mexico Heard About us: Online Duties: Infantry Current Pads: green circular pads stiching around the outide top portion cotton feeling texture Comments: the velcro rips off not durable enough, padding is exceedingly hard. SPC,  US Army.

13 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: copperas cove, Texas. Heard About us: internet search. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: nsn 5470-01-546-0014. Comments: loose/poor fit.  SSG, US Army.

12 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA. Heard About us: Parade Mag. Duties: Artillery. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: They provide very little padding and they are not comfortable. PFC, US Army.

12 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: Cavalry div. Current Pads: TW 0341-3 NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Not enough padding on the inside. 1LT, US Army.

12 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: YORKTOWN TX. Heard About us: INTERNET BLOG. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: 8470-01-508-6628. Comments: IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO GET NEW PADS HERE AND I HAVE HAD THE SAME PADS SINCE MY LAST DEPLOYMENT IN 2010 I AM VERY NEW TO THIS UNIT SO I DIDNT RECIEVE THE NEW ACHs THEY DID BEFORE THEY LEFT I WAS A LATE DEPLOYER THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. SGT, US Army.

11 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Massillon, OH. Heard About us: Web Site. Duties: Convoy Ops.... Current Pads: Team Wendy. Comments: Team Wendy pads when cold are like rocks in the helmet. Very uncomfortable and heavy. MSG, US Army.

10 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Lawrenceville. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Transportation. Current Pads: grey and black standard issue through CIF. Comments: uncomfortable, causes headaches after long period of wear.  SSG, US Army.

8 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Madelia, MN. Heard About us: Fellow Soldiers. Duties: I will be one of the medics (68W) on a convoy that will be pulling security. Current Pads: The pads are a forest green color, normal seams and fleece type of texture. NSN # 8470-01-546-9356. Comments: The GI pads are casusing me headaches just a few minutes after I put them on and the headzches last about an hour after taking the ACH off. SPC, US Army.

6 Nov 2013: Kits: 35. Hometown: Duluth MN. Duties: Convoy Security. Current Pads: NSN W911QY-05-O-0062 8470-01-586-6851. Comments: Headaches, temple pressure, missing pads, torn and worn. SPC, US Army.

6 Nov 2013: Kits: 4. Hometown: Colorado. Heard About us: Online. Duties: Brigade Staff. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: They are filthy and need to be replaced. The other sets requested are for my team. MAJ, US Army.

4 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Columbus, Ohio. Heard About us: google. Duties: Combat Medic. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: I am submitting this request for my currently deployed husband who has very limited use of the internet. He has a pretty large head and the helmet can get heavy and chafe. He couldn't tell me the type of helmet but that it is the newer one with the TBI sensor. SPC, US Army.

4 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: College Station. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: I still have dirty pads from my last deployment. SPC, US Army.

4 Nov 2013: Kits: 10. Duties: Deconstruction. Current Pads: oregon aero. Comments: The operational difficulty concerning the current pads are that thery are used and worn and have not been comfortable since we have had them. These are the only ones that we are able to get, please help us to better our issue. SSG, US Army.

2 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_6_10/343638_.html. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9356. Comments: These 3/4 inch pads are too tight and have been giving me headaches starting at about 5 minutes after I put on my ACH. I have asked and looked around for alternitive padding, but haven't had any luck finding some. It makes it hard to concentrate on the task at hand and the pads leave a mark on my forehead that isn't normal. This is a new ACH that we're using from last deployment and a new issue. SPC, US Army.

30 Oct 2013: Kits: 43. Hometown: Hugo, MN. Heard About us: Soldier. Duties: Convoy Security. Current Pads: greyish-green standard army issue pads. Comments: Headach/migrains constantly. The current pads are not comfortable. They dont absorb sweat well or absorb shock well. Headaches, temple pressure, current pads won't shape to head, not comfortable. SPC, US Army.

30 Oct 2013: Kits: 5. Duties: DEMOLITIONS. Current Pads: AERO. Comments: VERY DIFFICULT TO GET CLEAN. ONCE CLEANS DIRT AND GRIMS COMES FROM OUT OF THE PADS AND IT IS AS IF THEY WERE NEVER CLEANED. SGT, US Army.

29 Oct 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Williamsburg, Ohio. Heard About us: e-mail. Duties: MAintenance Supervisor. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Don't sit right on head. Causes headaches. SFC, US Army.

29 Oct 2013: Kits: 1 Hometown: Akron, OH. Heard About us: google free stuff for deployed soldiers. Duties: Communications and convoy. Current Pads: MICH. Comments: Hard and give headaches. Helmets are uncomfortable and don't sit right on heads. SGT, US Army.

27 Oct 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: SECFOR. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: They dont work for my headset that goes under my helmet. SFC, US Army.

26 Oct 2013: Kits: 2. Duties: GUNNER/DRIVER. Current Pads: MSA, NSN 840-01-546-9346, 3/4. Comments: IM MISSING SOME OF MY BADS AND UNIT LOW ON FUNDS. PV2,US Army.

24 Oct 2013: Kits: 2. Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota. Heard About us: A buddy who just came back from Afghan said they are spectacular. Duties: Convoy Security. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: My current pads are so stiff and itch like hell. Both units I've been with have refused to order new ones cause these ones are "operational enough." I really don't feel like taking my helmet off at all. Itching is more uncomfortable than sweating. Just like in football, the better cushioning we have, the better chance we have of surviving an IED, and not having and TBI problems. I would apreciate it very much. Thank you for the thought and the efforts that you guys make towards our safety and comfort. SPC, US Army.

24 Oct 2013: Kits: 3. Hometown: Stanton, Tennessee. Heard About us: Via the internet. Duties: Flights. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: These pads are causing me to get huge burs and hot spots in my head. I need something more rounded and soft. We have mice that will eat them also. SPC, US Army.

22 Oct 2013: Kits: 2. Hometown: Norfolk, VA. Heard About us: Another Infantry battle buddy. Duties: Infantry (11B). Current Pads: Standard issue pads (NSN)- grey in color, 1 inch. Comments: I'm a Staff Sergeant in the Infantry with 11 years in. Currently, the regular Army issued pads are not too comfortable, especially when you have to wear your ACH for long periods of time (24 hours) straight is the requirement for some of the missions/patrolling that we do. The helmet pads are not soft at all (in fact pretty hard), and start to make your head hurt and even cause headaches with some Soldiers. After a while your ACH starts to get heavy, especially if you're conducting night ops and wearing NVG's it can be a lot of pressure bearing down on your forehead, top of head, etc. SSG, US Army.

20 Oct 2013: Kits: 4 Hometown: AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA Heard About us: INTERNET Duties: HORIZONTAL CONSTRUCTION Current Pads: MSA Comments: I AM REQUESTING 4 KITS BECAUSE I AM A SQUAD LEADER AND WOULD LIKE TO HELP SOME OF THE JUNIOR SOLDIERS INCREASE COMFORT WHILE BEING SAFE. SSG, US Army.

14 Oct 2013: Kits: 5. Hometown: Bradenton, FL. Heard About us: My last Platoon Sergeant mentioned you last deployment. Duties: Route Clearance Operations in RC-W. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Not the most comfortable, and frustrating to actually get clean. SGT, US Army.

14 Oct 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Windber, Pennsylvania.  Duties: convoy security/recon. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Headaches, pressure on the upper sides of my head, general discomfort.  PFC, US Army.

12 Oct 2013: Kits: 28. Hometown: Houston, Tx. Heard About us: a fellow Sapper told me. Duties: RCP(Combat Engineers). Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: We are a RCP/CABT, the guys in the platoon complain of the pads we have are stiff and uncomfortable after long period of time of wearing the ACH. Since we are doing long mission to remove all explosive hazards (IED's) from the routes we are usually on mission for a long time. Some of the guys get headaches and loosen the chin strap to try and take some of the presser of their head but it doesn’t seem to help much. SGT, US Army.

12 Oct 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: MY INTERNET HOME PAGE. Duties: CONVOY. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6626 GENTEX. Comments: THE PADS THAT I HAVE NOW ARE WOREN AND FALLING APART AND THEY ARE SO STIFF THAT THEY MAKE MY HEAD HURT TO WEAR FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME. SGT, US Army.

6 Oct 2013: Kits: 1.  Duties: Commo. Current Pads: PAD, HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT SPM1C1-05-D-0036 NSN 8470-01-548-9415 05/2010 LOT TW0710-4 MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES CO. Comments: There doesn't seem to be a way to arrange these pads so that the helmet is somewhat comfortable. I personally try to keep mine at a diagonal angle to relieve the headaches that i get from wearing it. SPC, US Army.

5 Oct 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Killeen, tx. Heard About us: friend. Duties: recovery operations. Current Pads: MFG. Comments: The ones I have are just old an really worn out. Our supply cant seem to get any, pads would be great and if possible a chin strap with the mounting hardware as lots of Soldiers are missing bolts and screws. thank you. SSG, US Army.

4 Oct 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: Convoy Operations. Current Pads: NSN. They are black on one side and grey on the other. they are very stiff. Comments: the don't allow my helmet to fit properly. they are also hard and uncomfortable and this makes me want to get out of my helmet any chance i get.  SPC, US Army.

3 Oct 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Green pads, seam is sewn around the edge of the base of the pad. They are the original pads to my ACH. Comments: The pads I have right now are hard and cause pain to my forehead and the top of my head. SPC, US Army.

29 Sep 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Army issued pads (gray). Comments: Army issued pads are stiff and after a couple hours of wearing my ach i start to get a headache and i do not feel safe taking them of therefore i try to keep it on even when i get a head ache. SPC, US Army.

26 Sep 2013: Kits: 1.  Duties: ECP. Current Pads: STANDARD ACH PADS. Comments: THE CURRENTS PADS AFTER I WEAR FOR A LONG TIME MY HEAD HURTS. SPC, US Army.

26 Sep 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: google. Duties: Fueler. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: even if they are the same pads any thing would be appericated mine are old and i cant get any new ones here.  SPC, US Army.

24 Sep 2013: Kits: 125. Heard About us: From a NCO in my Company. Duties: Route Clearance Operation / Security Force Operations. Current Pads: Oregon Aero [OpHelmet comment: all pads must be replaced periodically - just like socks and underwear]. Comments: Current Pads don't hold up, there very little protection left, I can't deploy my Soldier's with current pads. 1SG, US Army.

21 Sep 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Kathleen, GA. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Ground movement of VIPs. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: The pads I have now are very stiff and hard. After prolong wear of my helmet my head starts to hurt because there isn't much cushion from the existing pads. CPT, US Army.

19 Sep 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: ECP Gate duty. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The current pads has a back to them that rip off very easy. I already have two pads that I can't wear in my helmet. Ready to try something new. SGT, US Army.

16 Sep 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: PONCE, PR. Heard About us: INTERNET. Duties: CONVOY. Current Pads: GREY, SOFT. Comments: THANKS. SPC, US Army. 

14 Sep 2013: Kits: 2. Hometown: West Virginia. Heard About us: from a friend in August 2013. Duties: gunner for convoy Ops taking peopl from one FOB to another. Current Pads: ZAP 3/4. It is black in color with the solid piece of faom inside the pad with litle or nor give. Comments: It is very hard. One day I hit I hit my head wearing my MICH helmet on the MATV and it give me a headache. SGT, US Army.

13 Sep 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Phoenix. Heard About us: mymilitarysavings.com. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Regular Army ACH issue. Felt, grey top round pad. Comments: ACH sits too high and unformfortable with all pads in. I usually use all pads minus top round pad. The rest of the pads do a good job of holding the helmet on, but I have a bit of concern with safety. PV2, US Army.

13 Sep 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: New York. Heard About us: My commander. Duties: Mail Clerk. Current Pads: SKYDEX. Comments: I want to get a comfortable one. SPC, US Army.

13 Sep 2013: Kits: 10. Heard About us: Another Soldier. Duties: Analyst. Current Pads: Grey normal worn out HARD pads. Comments: The current pads that are used within my PLT constantly give you a headache. They are extremely hard with no comfort at all. SGT, US Army.

10 Sep 2013: Kits: 2. Hometown: california. Heard About us: other soldiers. Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: THEY STIFFEN UP VERY QUICKLY OVER AND TIME AND GET VETRY UNCOMFORTABLE TO HAVE TO WEAR FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME.  SPC, US Army.

10 Sep 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Des Moines, IA. Heard About us: Chain of Command. Duties: Air Defense. Current Pads: Green, originally issued pads with the ACH. Comments: Wearing the ACH with the current pads on it for hours every single day here in 105+ degree temperatures with the very very stiff pads that we are issued, is very stressful on our heads and makes it pretty difficult to troubleshoot our air defense systems, that save our soldiers lives. PFC, US Army.

10 Sep 2013: Kits: 24. Hometown: Ganado, Texas. Heard About us: I found you while looking for spare parts through google. Duties: Orderly Room (serve as a admin clerk, and Gunner for convoys when needed). Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: I recently received my new pads from you and all of Platoon asked me to make a request for them. We are located on KAF and are part of Iron Horse Express. We do transport missions of primarily personel and some supplies to the surrounding FOBs. We have about 33 soldiers but some never leave KAF. We are scheduled to be here till some time [opsec] and with the downsizing of KAF, we may become one of the primary forms of transportation. We are expected to triple the number of missions that we currently have. I really am grateful for all the support that we have received and what you do for us. SPC, US Army.

9 Sep 2013: Kits: 1.  Duties: Company Intelligence Support Team, Division Targeting NCOIC. Current Pads: Multi-cam RFI issue. Comments: My current pad is uncomforable and bulky. Looking to upgrade for comforts sake. SSG, US Army.

9 Sep 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Cato, NY. Heard About us: deployed friends who praised the new pads. Duties: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team Leader. Current Pads: standard CIF issue for ACH. Comments: current pads make my helmet too snug on my head leading to headaches. Leaves lasting marks for quite awhile after I take it off. current pads are very stiff.  MSG, US Army.

9 Sep 013: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: ONLINE. Duties: DART. Current Pads: STANDARD ISSUSE HELMET PADS GREEN IN COLOR. Comments: NEW STRAP FOR HELMET IS SMALLER SO PADS GET IN WAY. THEY ARE OLD AND WORN ALSO THEY CAUSE HEADACHES FROM THE SIZE OF THE PADS. PFC, US Army.

9 Sep 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Rockville, MD. Duties: RECON. Current Pads: Green and stiff. Comments: The pads are extremely stiff and hurts my head after to long. SGT, US Army.

8 Sep 2013: Kits: 6. Hometown: Tampa. Duties: Infantryman. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: The current pads used are so uncomfortable and do not adjust to the head / helmet shape. The pads lift the helmet above the parts of your head it should be protecting and they are stiff. SSG, US Army.

8 Sep 2013: Kits: 10. Hometown: Janesville, WI. Heard About us: A friend. Duties: Personnel Security. Current Pads: grey and hard. Comments: Thank you. SGT, US Army.

4 Sep 2013: Kits: 16. Hometown: Fort Polk, LA. Duties: Cavalry. Current Pads: Green hard pad. Comments: the new ach doesnt work well with the ACH pads that are provided. SFC, US Army.

1 Sep 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Titusville FL. Heard About us: website. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: GI PADS. Comments: They are awful and cause pressure points. I just can't describe how bad they are. PFC, US Army.

31 Aug 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: mechanic. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: helmet doesnt stay still on head during firing. PFC, US Army.

31 Aug 2013: Kits: 5. Hometown: MELBOURNE, FL. Heard About us: frg. Duties: MEDEVAC. Current Pads: PAD HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: Pads are stiff and have to be rotated around to get the right fit. They don't form to the curved in the helmet very well. SFC, US Army.

31 Aug 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Chesterfield Twp, MI. Heard About us: Through other soldiers. Duties: Training mentor. Current Pads: circular crown 8370015469415. Comments: My Pads as I can only speak for my self seem to give me a headache after about 20 minutes of having the helmet on causing me to constantly readjust the pads especially during vehicle operations. SFC, US Army.

31 Aug 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Walnut, CA. Heard About us: another soldier. Duties: I am Advisor/Trainer/Mentor training and working with the ANA. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Always need to change pads and wash them because of heat. MSG, US Army.

31 Aug 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Deptford, NJ. Heard About us: My Senior NCO. Duties: Combat Advisor. Current Pads: Pad, Helmet, Advanced Combat. NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Helmet pads are causing headaches when worn, just for a shortr period of time. MAJ, US Army.

28 Aug 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: Army light Infantryman. Current Pads: standard issue. Comments: I am an Army light Infantryman. I gave you my father's email address (He is an active duty Army Chaplain) while our group is getting on the ground. PFC, US Army.

28 Aug 2013: Kits: 25. Hometown: Castro Valley, California. Heard About us: The platoon that we are relieving. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: the pads do not absorb sweat at all. cause headaches after long periods of use. SPC, US Army.

27 Aug 2013: Kits: 3. Hometown: san diego, ca/ el paso, tx. Heard About us: soldier in my section. Duties: i assist with transporting supplies, class I and as the \armor/cbrn for 3 different fob/ ops. Current Pads: grey unit pad. Comments: they are stiff, a little hard and dont keep there form, my last deployment i got hit with IED and recived a mild concuion and mild TBI. SGT, US Army.

26 Aug 2013: Kits: 150.  Duties: Route Clearance Patrol. Current Pads: MSA Pads. Comments: We are a route clearance company in RC WEST Afghanistan. we do 10-14hr mission days. with the long patrols the standard msa helmet pads are very hard and give the soldiers headaches. The memory foam pads are much more comfortable and make it so much better on the soldiers awareness on route. Please consider sending us these pads thanks so much. SGT, US Army.

25 Aug 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO. Heard About us: found you online. Duties: 240/.50 gunner. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: not really any huge issues, they just are not comfortable. SPC, US Army.

22 Aug 2013: Kits: 10. Hometown: topeka. Heard About us: my wife. Duties: cavalry scout. Current Pads: grey, glued seem, soft cotton? standard army pads. Comments: they smell, hard to clean and dry, cause rashes, chaffes my forehead , pads have to be readjusted all the time to make snug fit.  SGT, US Army.

22 Aug 2013: Kits: 3. Heard About us: Online (Friend). Duties: Comabt Military Police Officer. Current Pads: Skydex Dom:g-04-08 3/4 inch 200804. Comments: I am requesting three kits if possible. One for each member of my team. We all have the same helmet (2 smalls and 1 large). The helmets are heavy and the existing padding causes fatigue and headaches. Thank you in advance for your support of us.  CPL, US Army.

21 Aug 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: colorado springs. Heard About us: a friend of mine in afg. Duties: mechanic,convoy. Current Pads: i have the OEM pads they been comeing loose the velcro been coming loose the pads are gray several different size aint worth wearing nsn 01 546 9415. Comments: alot off the guys been complaining about them trying to get them replaced but they keep telling us that its a personal item and they cant afford them for us and we are about to leave soon again thanks for your time.  SPC, US Army. 

20 Aug 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: colorado springs. Heard About us: internet. Duties: everything (Special Forces). Current Pads: nsn. Comments: thank you for what you do. Sgt, US Army

20 Aug 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: medic. Current Pads: Issued. Comments: Constant headache.  SPC, US Army.

17 Aug 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: bowling green, ohio. Heard About us: internet. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: OD Green pads. Comments: they pads are just incomfortable for as much as I wear my helmet (10-12 hour missions). SPC, US Army.

17 Aug 2013: Kits: 18. Hometown: robinson, texas. Heard About us: internet. Duties: training [local nationals]. Current Pads: grey pads with hook and pile on back for velcro. Comments: current pads are old and really sweaty. thanks in advance. SSG, US Army.

15 Aug 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Lawton, OK. Heard About us: ar-15.com. Duties: combat camera. Current Pads: NSN 8670-01-506-6628 WRITTEN ON GREY/GREEN SIDE. OPPOSITE SIDE IS BLACK. Comments: THESE WERE ISSUED PADS FROM 2007. IT FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE HARDENED. SGT, US Army.

14 Aug 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: Security Forces Assistance and Advisory Team. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-F00-9109. Comments: The current issued pads fit tightly on my head and apply pressure at contact points which is uncomfortable and distracting. CWO, US Army.

8 Aug 2013: Kits: 1.  Duties: Medic. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: My current pads cause me to get headaches within one to two hours of wear. I am constantly trying to shift my helmet to find a more comfortable position for it to sit on my head. SSG, US Army.

3 Aug 2013: I want to say thank you very much. Our Mission here has changed many times already which requires my squad and me to be in vehicles and full kit for extended periods of time. These pads blow the socks off the issue pads. I just wish that I could get some for the rest of my 9 guys. Thank you again from FOB Goode, Afghanistan.  SGT, US Army.

31 Jul 2013: Kits: 10. Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio. Heard About us: Buddy who was previously deployed. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Black with green backing approx. 1.5" thick. Comments: due to the sensors in the helmet to measure the possible concussion effects due to mTBI events the pads do not offer enough protection and cushion to the head. SGT, US Army.

29 Jul 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Grand Rapids. Heard About us: A Battle Buddy. Duties: ANA Training, Distribution. Current Pads: Army Issue. Comments: Uncomfortable, Causes Headaches, Feels like I am wearing no padding. SPC, US Army.

28 Jul 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: search the web. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: green rip appart. Comments: old pad worn down very uncomfortable. for long missions. PFC, US Army.

26 Jul 2013: Kits: 2. Hometown: Fort Carson CO. Heard About us: Spc [opsec]. Duties: Vehicle recovery missions, Convoy. Current Pads: Army issued. Comments: Issued pads cause headaches, and constant discomfort, Also get torn or fall out very easily. SPC, US Army.

26 Jul 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Boston, MA. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Vehicle Recovery missions, security missions, Mechanics. Current Pads: Army issued. Comments: The pads cause headaches and constant discomfort. The texture of them are highly uncomfortable and they smell terrible after only a few missions. Im on mission for even days at a time and it because almost unbearable to wear after a while. SPC, US Army.

23 Jul 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: rogers arkansas. Heard About us: internet. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: msa. Comments: The current pads dont fit me very well and are too rough. I get headahes from wearing it all the time but i cant take it off and we dont have resourses to get any other kind. They get too stiff and start ripping. If i take them out then i bang my head on the inside of the helmet. SSG, US Army.

19 Jul 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Ft. Polk, LA. Duties: Scout attached to the Brigade PSD, and convoy security efforts. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9356. Comments: they are very stiff, and do not form to your head. Once worn in they tend to flatten out like a pancake. SSG, US Army.

19 Jul 2013: Kits: 15. Hometown: Marion IL. Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Base Defense, RCP. Current Pads: Pad, Helmet Advaned combat Size SPM1C1-09-D-F006 3/4 NSN S470-01-546-9415 SU425 Lot TW1969-3 OLIVE Green. Comments: Hard Pads will freeze when winter comes and standard chin strap wear from sweat and wear. SSG, US Army.

18 Jul 2013: Kits: 25. Hometown: Artesia, CA. Heard About us: Another soldier. Duties: FOB security. Current Pads: Improved H-nape chin strap, retention, ACH. Comments: Thank you for support our troops. SFC, US Army.

17 Jul 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Miller, South Dakota. Heard About us: On the Internet. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Team Wendy foliage green. Comments: My current pads are extremely hard and do not conform to my head. The pads cause headaches if the helmet is worn for extended periods of time. SFC, US Army.

14 Jul 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Merced, CA. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Issued pads are too hard and cause headaches. They are not comfortable at all especially on 12-18 hour missions. CPL, US Army.

10 Jul 2013: Kits: 10. Hometown: Tampa, FL. Heard About us: Internet. Duties: convoy. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: some of my soldiers cant get new pads. they are always out os stock. in our warehouse. SGT, US Army.

7 Jul 2013: Kits: 28. Hometown: SUffolk VA. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Grey standard issued helmet pads. Comments: The current pads are hard and cause a lot of Soldiers headache with long periods of wear. SGT, US Army.

7 Jul 2013: Kits: 30. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: gray and round. Comments: im getting these pads for my whole pltoon all of our helmet pads are worn down and the metal in out helmets are hitting our head . we would really thank you very much if you send us this amount . SPC, US Army.

7 Jul 2013: Kits: 24.  Duties: Patrolling Kandahar Province. Current Pads: Issued... Comments: Our current GI pads are causing headaches, and numbness when worn for an extended period, they are also tearing after just a few months of field work. SFC, US Army.

28 Jun 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Vine Grove KY. Heard About us: web. Duties: infantry, convoy, artilery. Current Pads: nsn 8473-01-546-9415. Comments: not big enough and too hot. SSG, US Army.

23 Jun 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Heard About us: Duties: we are a route clearance company Current Pads: msa Comments: we have the regular army helmet pad, they are hard as a rock and give the guys headaches. having to where the helmets as much as 14hrs straight while on patrol. SPC, US Army.

19 Jun 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: New Castle. Duties: Outsite. Current Pads: Basic Issue Padding. Comments: Hard and causing headaches. SPC, US Army.

23 Jun 2013 :I'm a husky driver which is a one man operated truck that has a ground penetrating radar in the front of it, I ride in the front of the convoy and make sure there is nothing buried in front of us so that we don't get hit with an ied. The effect it has on me is that when it gives me a headache I cant just take my helmet off due to the fact I could get hit at any moment. So I think upgraded pads are a really big help to us soldiers so that we can continue the fight worrying about one less thing.  SPC, US Army

15 Jun 2013: Kits: 4. Hometown: LAKE GROVE, NY. Heard About us: ONLINE. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: ???. Comments: TERRIBLE HEADACHES, ESPECIALLY WHEN WEARING VIC SYSTEM. 1LT, US Army.

12 Jun 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: friend. Duties: combat engineer 12b. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: can't wear my ach more then 5 minutes with out getting headache. PFC, US Army.

10 Jun 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Oregon City, Oregon. Heard About us: looking for helmet pads online. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: There really is ne in between size on an XL and large ACH. So I currently use an XL which is loose on my head where as I would prefer to use a large. Basically I'm in a constant fight with my ACH. SGT, US Army.

3 Jun 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: San Antonio. Heard About us: USO. Duties: QRF Quick Reaction Force, Guardian Angel (escort VIPs, ). Current Pads: Skydex Comments: N/A. SFC, US Army.

3 Jun 2013: Kits: 12. Heard About us: EOD soldier. Duties: Special Forces A-Team, recruiting, training, and advising Afghan Local Police (ALP) in their home district. Current Pads: SPM1C1-07-C-F101, NSN 8470-01-546-9407, SU425 LOT 1367-1 sz 6 (3/4") pads. Comments: Pads are uncomfortable, causing discomfort & headaches. Team members constantly have to adjust or remove helmet to alleviate the discomfort. Often times Team members will not wear their helmet when they really should. (If possible, I would like one of the kits to be a 95080-644-G, PASGT Kit, because I personally have a head that is long front to back & the standard 3/4" trapezoid pads in my ACH really hurt my forehead. I think the 1/2" trapezoid pads in the PASGT kit would help with that.)  SFC, US Army.

2 Jun 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Tustin, Michigan. Heard About us: Team leader. Duties: Counter mobility. Current Pads: Standard Issue helmet Pads. Comments: Too hard and give me headaches after short wear periods. SPC, US Army.

30 May 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: detroit. Heard About us: friend. Duties: MEDIC. Current Pads: grey, hard, brick-like. Comments: they are hard as bricks when u first wear them then they will conform and not go back to normal size. itchy. fall apart when washing them. SPC, US Army.

30 May 2013: Kits: 5. Hometown: Suisun city. Heard About us: In 2011, before my first deployment , a veteran in the unit recommended this site and these pads to me. It was a blessing. Duties: medic. For the other kits, the others are administration, mechanic, medical, and storage. Current Pads: NSN. 8 grey hard pads. Comments: During my first deployment, the pads really did help out a lot. I was very lucky for this shipment and am very thankful and blessed. I used other pads before on mission and it gave me headaches and it became aggravating. These pads became essential to my missions because it relieved me of the headaches and I could concentrate a lot better. Thank you so much!! I know of a unit that is mobilizing and would like feedback on whether or not they can get these pads (100 or less) even if its state side mobilzation. SPC, US Army.

27 May 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: Military Working Dog Hnadler. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: They wear out to easy. They are very hard but within a month or so with sweat and dirt they get to soft and mushy. SFC, US Army.

22 May 2013: Kits: 40. Hometown: Bloomington. Heard About us: through a friend. Duties: RCP. Current Pads: nsn, advaced combat pad (the ones that are issued with the new ACH). Comments: They are incredibly hard. They cause pressure points and give us terrible headaches which makes it hard to maintain situational awareness. My entire platoon is very unhappy with the ones we were issued and asked me to get enough for everyone if possible. SPC, US Army.

22 May 2013: Kits: 30. Hometown: Rhode Island. Heard About us: internet. Duties: crew chief. Current Pads: No writing they are green. Comments: The issued pads are very uncomftable with sustained use alot of the soldiers complain of headaches thank you.  SSG, US Army.

20 May 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: chippewa falls, wi. Duties: Sergeant of the guard, base defense. Current Pads: NSN:8470-01-546-9415. Comments: the current pads give me headache's from time to time and it seems like the helmet never fits properly.  SSG, US Army.

19 May 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: OTHER SOLDIERS DEPLOYED. Duties: DETAINEE OPS. Current Pads: SKYDEX. Comments: THE PADS ARE HARD AND I GET HEADACHES FROM THE BOUNCING WHILE WALKING. MAJ, US Army.

16 May 2013: Kits: 12. Hometown: Springfield NJ. Heard About us: MWR. Duties: Security Forces Advisory Team. Current Pads: No writing, Basic issue with the ACH for MULTI-CAM. Comments: The pads we currently have are not failing but not comfortable either. Being that our team mission is directly related to living with the Afghan National Army we have our ACH on 12-14 hours a day and comfort would help ease the pain. Thank you from the [opsec] team New Jersey in advance for your consideration. SSG, US Army.

14 May 2013: Kits: 16. Hometown: Endicott, NY. Heard About us: SGT xxxx OEF X/Afghanistan 2010-2011. Duties: Convoy/Medic. Current Pads: Current Pads are NSN as issued from CIF. As stated, the pads DO cause headaches and discomfort during extended wear. Comments: In theater, everything is extended wear. soldiers purchase COTS headgear, pads, caps and other improvisation to TRY to make the ACH comfortable. it does not help. My friend used your pads in Afghanistan in 2010 and said they really do help. I would like to make sure that my unit has the same protection and comfort during our operations. Of the 180 soldiers in this unit, only about 16 go "outside the wire" regularly and use full tactical gear. The current pads diminish protection as Soldiers CONSTANTLY remove the ACH to relieve the headaches and pain caused by the issued pads. SSG, US Army.

Feedback from the previous entry 14 May 2013: From what I have been able to ascertain during my decade of logistical experience within the Army... they have the right idea, but contradict themselves. Helmet pads are available in varying thicknesses. In theory, you could issue a Soldier a "Medium" ACH and it would still not fit well. By using varying thicknesses, you could match a head to a helmet. That is one theory. The Army chooses the classic "one size fits all" option and issues one thickness of pad. Always. No exceptions. I have gone through CIF and RFI several times. At one location in Germany, I was issue a "Large" helmet and 3/4" pads. I was "fitted" and that was the determination by the experts. At a different installation, I was "fitted" as a "medium." Same 3/4" pads. There is no rhyme or reason. I think that the PEO Soldier... or PM division tries to match high end ideas with a low end budget. Time and again I see equipment that looks good, is based on Soldier demand, and is then produced and thwarted by cheap manufacturing and cost-cutting. If I remember correctly, the RFI process was designed to equip soldiers with items that they frequently purchased with their own money for deployment. Changes in the cold weather equipment, helmet, tactical vest, etc... are a result of this idea. The problem is (in my opinion) funding. Every Soldier has uttered the words "lowest bidder" at some point in their enlistment. Uniform design (millions of dollars of "oh, by the way... the uniform melts to skin"), tactical gear design (it looks pretty), and even basic equipment like the multi-tool are prey to the budget. I am rambling. There is a feedback area built into PEO Soldier. I know that SOME Soldiers are aware, and do post feedback. I have, in the past. I have seen the helmet pads that you provide through your organization. My friend had them in Afghanistan in 2010-2011. They were great. They were effective. I wish the Army would adopt them again.
Thank you so much for your understanding, and for all that you do. SSG, US Army.

10 May 2013: Feedback - Dr. Meaders - Thanks so much for what you do. My element here in AFG rec'd a number of pad sets today. You made everyone's day. Many did not realize that there were options out there and thought that they just had to accept what CIF gave them. The donors that contribute for your program really do make a large difference for us here.  CPT, US Army

10 May 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: PL [platoon leader]. Duties: KLE, FOO, MEDCAP, operations with Infantry maneuver units. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: The issue pads are uncomfortable rocks. They make wearing the ACH unbearable after 15 minutes. SSG, US Army.

2 May 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Garden Grove, CA. Heard About us: From another soldier. Duties: Mentor/Advisor/Trainer. Current Pads: Remove top round pad. Comments: I have used the pads before in other deployments. I hope to try something new and help less injuries. MSGT, US Army.

29 Apr 2013: Kits: 6.  Duties: Convoy's and foot patrols. Current Pads: grey in color, kind of foamish, very uncomfortable. Comments: they are uncomfortable, and makes it difficult to deal with. SGT, US Army.

28 Apr 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Refered by Friend. Duties: Civil Affairs. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: They are hard and unforgiving which causes headaches after just a short amount of time worn. SFC, US Army.

28 Apr 2013: Kits: 2. Hometown: Daytona Beach. Heard About us: Word of mouth. Duties: Line Medic. Current Pads: Army Basic issue. Comments: As the years go on, we get new gear and train more, but never get new pads. Leaving the address posted above at the end of june to go to Afghanistan, so if you dont think pads can make it before then let me know please. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT. CPL, US Army.

28 Apr 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Ft Hood. Heard About us: peer. Duties: Construction QA/QC visits Engineer. Current Pads: advance combat circular nsn:8470-01-646-9415. Comments: current ones pull my hair, gives me headaches. MAJ, US Army.

28 Apr 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Fort Hood, TX.  Duties: Civil Affairs. Current Pads: typical CIF pads for the ACH, foliage green. Comments: pads are too hard. don't even soften up when warm.  CPT, US Army.

19 Apr 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: PAD HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT NSN 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: My current pads cause a lot of pressure on my forehead, giving me pains and headaches. The size of the pads also causes the helmet to stick out off of my head, covering only the top instead of my entire head. PFC, US Army.

19 Apr 2013: Kits: 10.  Heard About us: Other Soldiers in my Company. Duties: I am the Supply Sergeant for a Light Infantry Company. Many of my Soldiers have requested that I try to order these helmet kits through the supply system but I have been unable to order them through PBUSE due to budgeting constraints. Current Pads: Green 1" foam pad. Comments: My company is tasked with advising and assisting the Afghan National Army in training, mission planning, and executing mission in our AO. SSG, US Army.

18 Apr 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: GOOGLE.COM. Duties: HELICOPTER FLIGHTS (AVIATION UNIT). Current Pads: GREY IN COLOR WITH A HARD AND A HARDER INNER LAYER PADDING WITH A OUTER THIN LIP AROUND WITH NO SEWN SEAM. Comments: THEY ARE TO HARD AND CAUSE TOO MUCH PRESSURE IN CONTACT AREA. SPC, US Army.

13 Apr 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Fort Worth, TX. Heard About us: S4 (supply). Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: color: gray seam: very good texture: soft.. Comments: THANKS FOR THE PADS AND FOR YOUR SUPPORT. SPC, US Army.

12 Apr 2013: Kits: 2. Hometown: Katy, Tx. Duties: Military Police. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Stiffness causes user to experience serious discomfort after prolonged wear of the ACH...a pain during ABN operations... SSG, US Army.

11 Apr 2013: Kits: 4. Hometown: Athol, ID. Heard About us: From another soldier at a promotion board. Duties: Running convoys' from FOB To FOB. Current Pads: The pads that are issued by the army Comments: they are uncomfortable and fall apart.  SGT, US Army.

5 Apr 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: pads fall apart quickly due to constant usage, create hotspots on back and forehead, pressure causing headaches after only few hours of use. SPC, US Army.

31 Mar 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Willoughby HIlls Ohio. Heard About us: friend. Duties: Truck Driving. Current Pads: I have gray velcro pads no writing. Comments: old and falling apart. SPC, US Army.

28 Mar 2013: Feedback from 19 Mar 2013: Good evening Mr. Meaders, today was a great day as we recieved the box of ACH pads, and my guys are extremely impressed with the fitting, but mostly the comfort the pads provide. Some of my joes havent changed pads in over a year or so. I'd like to thank you and your staff for everything you guys and gals do for us. We have another section that has grown very jealous of our new gear, and asked if we could request more. I ended up handing my set to one of the soldiers, because he actually needed them more than I. Its 9 guys in their section, and if you could, we would all be more than appreciative. Again sir, thank you for your help and support. Also, I attached a picture of my guys. Thanks, SGT, US Army.

27 Mar 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: VALDOSTA GA. Heard About us: INTERNET. Duties: INFANTRY TEAM LEADER. Current Pads: ACU GRAY [MSA or Issue]. Comments: IS THERE ANY WAY TO GET ONE OF THE OPS CORE HELMETS, IM ATTACHED TO AN ODA TEAM AND I REALLY STAND OUT WITH A STANDARD ACH, JUST TRYIN TO BLEND SO IM NOT A TARGET, DO YOU GUYS DO THAT OR KNOW AN ORGIZATION THAT COULD POSSINBLY HELP WITH THIS DONATION? THANKS HAVE A BLESSED DAY. SGT, US Army.

27 Mar 2013: Kits: 4.  Duties: Medical with 3 technicians. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Poor fitment and ongoing fatigue secondary to helmet wear. CPT, US Army.

25 Mar 2013: Kits: 40. Hometown: ST. Louis MO. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Engineers. Current Pads: the basic grey issue ones for the ACH. Pad,helmet,advance combat. Comments: They are real uncomfortably hard, hard to clean They fall out easy. SGT, US Army.

24 Mar 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Bainville, MT.  Duties: combat engineer. Current Pads: nsn8470-01-476-5643 they are olive green. Comments: the pads are uncomfortable to wear. they make my helmet ride high on my head and with the sensor they have in them now it is causing me to have a bald spot on top of my head. SGT, US Army.

22 Mar 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: "PAD, HELMET ADVANCED COMBAT SIZE SPM1C" GRAY PADS. Comments: Pads are real hard, give me headaches on long dismounted patrols. PFC, US Army.

19 Mar 2013: Kits: 10. Heard About us: Buddy deployed in another unit. Duties: Convoy Security Operations. Current Pads: Olive Green color pads. Comments: pads are extremely stiff, and hard. Very uncomfortable during long convoys and cause great discomfort to the guys within my platoon. SGT, US Army.

17 Mar 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Convoy Security. Current Pads: Color: Black on top Green on bottom Sewn Seam: seems to be glue Texture: Felt? Etc.: sounds like plastic underneath worn from tour with 1086th TC extremely dense under what little padding is left. Comments: Current pads are worn but still bulky making it hard to find a comfortable fit and ends up giving me a headache after being on the road for so long. Any help you can give me and my crew would be greatly appreciated.  SPC, US Army.

15 Mar 2013: Kits: 11. Hometown: Hawaii. Heard About us: Battle buddy. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Remove the top round and color is grey. Current hemet pads are old, worn and uncomfortable. Comments: Helmet will move around and makes head itch. Doesn't conform to head. New pads will boost morale for squad because of new comfortable equipment. PFC, US Army.

13 Mar 2013: Kits: 7. Hometown: GEORGIA. Heard About us: Fellow NCO. Duties: I am a Squad leader for a dismount Platoon. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: I am a Squad leader for a dismount Platoon and i have 6 soldiers under me and i would really like to surprise them with a new kit for their ACH because our supplies does not have any. They start to rip and we don't have any replacements. SGT, US Army.

11 Mar 2013: Kits: 1 Hometown: Heard About us: Duties: Tactical Intelligence Collection Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415 Comments: To whom this may concern: My company is currently deployed to Afghanistan for the next 9 months. I came across your website and was intrigued by your mission. We would like some more information about your organization. SFC, US Army.

11 Mar 2013: Kits: 5. Hometown: ST. Louis, MO. Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: Green and black ones. Comments: They are hard, and uncomfortable. Since we have our ACH on anywhere from 12-16 hours a day, it begins to hurt your head.  SGT, US Army.

11 Mar 2013: Kits: 16. Hometown: Van Buren, IN. Heard About us: A friend got new pads. Duties: Convoy and PMT. Current Pads: NSN 3470-01-546-9415. Comments: The pads that the soldiers and ncos have are all old...they are flattened out and give the soldiers headaches because of the long time that they are wearing them. We live at an outlying COP and rarely get refit missions...when we do it is filled with pick ups so noone has too much personal time. Some of the pads are stained with dirt and cannot be healthy with the germs they are holding inside. These pads will help 16 soldiers with confidence in their gear, and increase morale by quite a bit. Thanks in advance. SGT, US Army.

9 Mar 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Kayenta, Arizona. Heard About us: I just typed in helmet pads on Google search bar. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: I have the Standard Government Issed ones and they hurt cause they are so hard. No writing on the pad. But it is a teal color. Comments: They are causing headaches during my patrols and throws me off everytime. I need something more comfortable and fitting. SGT, US Army.

8 Mar 2013: Kits: 100. Hometown: Abbeville, Louisiana. Heard About us: bing search engine. Duties: Cavalry Scouts. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: durability too bulky; does not allow ACH to sit right on the head comfort. SGT, US Army.

8 Mar 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Dallas, TX. Heard About us: Through one of my Soldiers. Duties: I am PSD OIC. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: The pads could be made with a more comfortable foam. CPT, US Army.

6 Mar 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Ohio. Heard About us: A friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: regular issue by the army. Comments: They are not comfortable to wear it, extreme pain in the front after wearing them over 3 hours, don't keep the sweat off your face. PFC, US Army.

5 Mar 2013: Kits: 95.  Heard About us: another soldier. Duties: Police Mentor Training, convoy sec, forcpro. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-548-9415 spm1c1-09-d-f-006. Comments: Needs to be more form fitting and NON FLAMMABLE...we dont need them to melt to our heads. 1LT, US Army.

4 Mar 2013: Kits: 150. Hometown: Pewaukee. Heard About us: Word of mouth. Duties: Construction Engineers Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: I had a set of your helmet pads on my last deployment with a different unit and loved them. Comfortable enough to wear all day long. Current pads are incredibly stiff and uncomfortable after 30 minutes of wear. CW2, US Army.

3 Mar 2013: Kits: 10. Heard About us: ONLINE. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The issue pads cause soreness, headaches, and don't hold the ACH in place on the head very well. With my unit set to deploy sometime this summer, I would greatly appreciate enough kits for my whole squad. Thanks!  PFC, US Army.

2 Mar 2013: Kits: 8. Hometown: Statesboro, GA. Heard About us: Buddy. Duties: Dismounted Route Clearance. Current Pads: NSN 8476-01-546-9415. Comments: The pads are hard and they rip. SGT, US Army.

1 Mar 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: Infantry Mortar support! Current Pads: Green, circle pad. All marking have been rubbed off. Comments: We have 4 personal doing rotations for missions. The current ARMY issue pads are more of a burden than anything. Just hard bricks once they get wet and dry. SGT, US Army.

27 Feb 2013: Kits: 19. Hometown: Smyrna, DE. Heard About us: http://www.operationwearehere.com, I did a BING searcg for support groups and stumbled upon this website. Duties: PSD/Mounted Combat Patrols. Current Pads: Standard issue, Grey/green, heat sealed seam i suppose..very hard material. nsn 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The current, standard issue, pads give the soldiers headaches while wearing the helmets for even a short period of time. Some soldiers have even mentioned that the pads rub their heads so baddly that they think theyre going to start to loose hair!  SGT, US Army.

27 Feb 2013: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: friends. Duties: ... Team XO. Current Pads: NSN: 3470-01-546-9415. Comments: No cushioning. CPT, US Army.

25 Feb 2013: Kits: 2. Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Intel, FET, Convoy, Forward Observer. Current Pads: Both of our helmets have green GENTEX Corporation pads. Comments: Pads are too hard especially when cold. Gives hot spots on head tender to touch and causes headaches. SGT & PFC (husband/wife), US Army.

25 Feb 2013: Kits: 9. Hometown: peoria illinois. Heard About us: through a soldier friend. Duties: My squad is part of a Route Clearance Package. Current Pads: we have the square acu colored ones with the circle center one the pads do not have the nsn tag. Comments: The pads that we are using are very stiff. Some are over 9 or 10 months old and worn out. We leave the wire daily with extremely long route clearance patrols. I can't stand the uncomfortableness with the ones i have. Please let me know if you can help. SSG, US Army.(we did!)

25 Feb 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Arcola, IL. Heard About us: Google Search for new helmet pads. Duties: EWO. Current Pads: Army Issued. Comments: Army issue pads are uncomfortable and give me headaches. I wear the helmet alot and expect to even more on the upcoming deployment. Looking for pads that provide better comfort and fit. SFC, US Army.

23 Feb 2013: Kits: 10. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: gray round circle ones. Comments: id really love if yall can send us ten sets of pads were trying to get thses for every one in our squad guys really need them current helmet pads are allowing there rino mounts to hit the for head which is a danger because it can cause brain damage if hit to hard with explosion . [would] really enjoy you sending us 10 sets please to help this problem. PFC, US Army.

22 Feb 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Online. Duties: Security. Current Pads: Green no writing glued seams. Comments: Cannot get new through supply chain. SPC, US Army.

20 Feb 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Googled "ACH headaches". Duties: PSD. Current Pads: black on one side and green on other. Comments: I have had these pads since mobilization and somehow they've made pressure points on my forehead and terrible headaches since I'm in a vehicle 90% of the time I'm here and have to have proper PPE on while inside and after about an hour it starts to hurt no matter what. I've tried changing the placement of all my pads and nothing has made it better, only worse. SPC, US Army.

19 Feb 2013: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: friend. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: stiff head pads, felt the oregon aero pads and it made me a believer SGT, US Army.

19 Feb 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Searching to purchase gel based pads for the helmet. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Basic issue, pads are so old there is no writing on them anymore. Comments: My helmet pads are so old and hardened over from dead skin and dirt it feels like im supporting a helmet with rocks. It's horrible to wear it for an hour let alone an all day mission. I get headaches and more often migraines enough as it is without my helmet and when I go on patrol it only gets worse. SPC, US Army.

19 Feb 2013: Kits: 14. Heard About us: Internet. Duties: military police, convoy security, escorts. Current Pads: Pad, Helmet, Advanced Combat, MFG:6A851 Gentex Corporation. Comments: Where we live there is currently 14 of us in my unit, we all have the basic military issued pads. Due to long hours of mission the current pads become uncomfortable and tend to cause headaches. SGT, US Army.

18 Feb 2013: Kits: 80. Hometown: Columbia. Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Would love to have new pads for my whole company of 80 soldiers. CPT, US Army.

13 Feb 2013: Kits: 31. Duties: IED DEFEAT. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Hardening during cold weather and overall uncomfortable. SPC, US Army.

10 Feb 2013: Kits: 1 Hometown: Heard About us: Duties: Infantry Current Pads: Advanced Combat Helmet Pad NSN 8470-01-546-9415 Comments: Helmet pads that im using now are to hard and cause headaches and discomfort. PFC, US Army.

10 Feb 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Paducah, KY. Heard About us: another NCO on the team heard me complaining about my current pads. Duties: Mechanic and Ammo NCOIC of Team. Current Pads: nsn 8470-010546-9356 Green pads that are glued together. Comments: The current pads are made cheap they come apart and give me a headache. SGT, US Army.

10 Feb 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Fort Lauderdale. Heard About us: Fellow soldier on deployment. Duties: ECP Security, Fuel missions. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: The pads are hard, worn out and retains moisture. SPC, US Army.

9 Feb 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Chicago, IL. Heard About us: other soldiers. Duties: Convoy Ops/security. Current Pads: NIB SABVI. Comments: They are very bulky and tear apart easy. PV2, US Army.

7 Feb 2013: Kits: 20. Hometown: fort Stewart. Heard About us: google. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: nsn# 8470015469407. Comments: Its very cold where we are at and the pad feel like bricks when we are wearing our MICH. SGT, US Army.

4 Feb 2013: Kits: 5. Duties: Infantry Weapons Squad Leader. Current Pads: Oregon Aero. Comments: This is my second order, first was in 2010 in Iraq, they are great pads and keeps our heads cool and comfy and safe.  SSG, US Army.

3 Feb 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: internet. Duties: im a grenadier gunner i have a grenade launcher on my m4 i need a belt to carry the 40 mm grenades like a belt im infantry. Current Pads: issued ones gray and round. Comments: my rino mount hits my forehead with current pads the metal hits my head and hurts. PFC, US Army.

2 Feb 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: A friend. Duties: Convoy Driver. Current Pads: Grey standard issue pads. Comments: Frequent headaches and stiff wear.  PFC, US Army.

2 Feb 2013  Kits: 1. Duties: Field Artillery. Current Pads: i have gray pads that hurt my head. Comments: I have head pain after a full day of wearing my ach (helmet) from the pads that don't offer a whole lot of comfort at all and I send big artillery bullets down to help infantry units fight the enemy so I have to wear my kit almost all day for 18 hours. PFC, US Army

23 Jan 2013: Kits: 6. Hometown: Shreveport, LA. Heard About us: Shindand Intranet. Duties: Route Clearance / Key Leader Engagements with Afghans. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: current pads are uncomfortable during long duration of wear. upgraded pads that are longer on front tend to be more comfortable and provide ease of use not found with standard issue pads. I'm usually in full kit for about 12 hours a day. CPT, US Army.

23 Jan 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Omaha, NE. Heard About us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Standard GI green issue pads. Comments: Flat, hard and uncomfortable. I always get a headache and slam ibuprofen numerous times a day. SPC, US Army.

21 Jan 2013: All is good here in Northern Afghanistan. I just wanted to thank you once again for the donation of the ACH pad inserts. I have issued them to my guys and I am glad to report we absolutely love them! This will not only make our day a little bit easier, but helps me keep these guys focused on finding IEDs instead of ways to justify taking their ACH off. So from 1st PLT, xxx ENGINEER COMPANY and all of us here in Afghanistan, thank you!

20 Jan 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: Kabul area daily con ops to different FOBs. Current Pads: SPM1C1-09-D-0003 size 3/4 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: these pads are very hard when it's cold out. SFC, US Army.

19 Jan 2013: Kits: 2. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Combat Engineer. Current Pads: grey basic issued pads. Comments: I was deployed to Iraq when my Platoon Sergeant had ordered [requested] from your web site. The excitement of me and my fellow soldiers was very great when changing our helmet pads to your extremely comfortable and durable pads. As a combat engineer we can be out on rout clearance missions for great periods of time. The comfort of your helmet pads sure does make a difference. Now that I am a Platoon Sergeant I want the same comfort and reliability I had as a joe for my soldiers. Thank you for your continuing support of the troops over the years. SSG, US Army.

19 Jan 2013: Kits: 1.  Duties: Engineer. Current Pads: Gentex Corporation. Comments: Pads are too hard and not comfortable to wear for extended amount of time.  CPT, US Army.

10 Jan 2013: Kits: 2 Hometown: Anaheim, CA. Heard About us: NCO's. Duties: Recon & Surveillance. Current Pads: Not sure but they are issued pads, grey on one side black on other side. Comments: Well the issued pads harden over time and tend to feel like brick rather than traditional soft padding for your nogging.

10 Jan 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Fellow soldier. Duties: Mechanic. Current Pads: NSN:8470-01-546-9415. Comments: I'm with a RCP package so we do some very challenging work I have a company of 35 Soldiers any help would be awesome. SSG, US Army.

9 Jan 2012: Firstly, thank you for a timely response. I can assure you this generous gift to our Soldiers of xxxxxx represent the LARGE majority of Soldiers that 'leave the wire' here at FOB Kunduz. Furthermore, as you briefly state in the second paragraph below, I am having the same issue as the pads are hard as bricks and as a Platoon Sergeant I am constantly correcting my Soldiers wear of their current ACH due to simply being uncomfortable. As a Soldier who has survived numerous blast in Iraq as a Route Clearance team member I understand the importance of wearing the proper PPE and utilizing that PPE to its fullest potential. SPC, US Army

9 Jan 2013: Kits: 35. Hometown: HARRISON, AR. Heard About us: UNIT WE ARE REPLACING.  Duties: PLATOON SERGEANT FOR ENGINEER ROUTE CLEARANCE PLATOON. WE GO OUTSIDE THE WIRE ALMOST EVERY DAY TO CONDUCT ROUTE CLEARANCE. MAJORITY OF OUR PLATOON HAS HAD THE RFI/CFI ISSUED BETWEEN 2007-2009 AND MOST ARE BECOMING UNSERVICABLE. Current Pads: ACH HELMET ADVANCED COMBAT NSN 8478-01-648-8356? Comments: PADS ARE BECOMING UNSERVICABLE, TEARING ON SEAMS. CURRENTLY MOST SOLDIERS COMPLAIN THAT THEY ARE TO HARD, HURT HEAD AND/OR DONT PROVIDE ENOUGH PADDING BETWEEN ACH HEAD AND RHINO MOUNT FOR NVG. LASTLY THANK YOU IN ADVANCE, IF YOU CANT SEND ONE FOR EACH SOLDIER IN OUR PLATOON THAT IS UNDERSTOON, HOWEVER IF YOU COULD SUPPORT 5-10 OR EVEN 20 YOU WOULD MAKE SOLDIERS DAYS! THANKS AGAIN.  SFC, US Army.

8 Jan 2013: Kits: 1 Hometown: Carthage, TX Heard About us: Google Search Duties: combat patrols, Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) training Current Pads: Standard issue pads--loam in color NSN of center pad: 8470-01-546-9415 Comments: Uncomfortable in placement and texture. As a company commander, I'm interested in your helment equipment and how it can assist my Soldiers. Thanks!  CPT, US Army.

7 Jan 2013: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: browsing internet for pads. Duties: 11b. Current Pads: 2 squares (front, back), 1 circle (crown), 4 rectangles (sides)... green soft cloth, army issued... nsn on crown pad: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: hard, causes headaches, creating pressure points on the 'knots' on my head. SPC, US Army.

7 Jan 2013: Kits: 1.  Duties: ANSF movement, PSD. Current Pads: The same hard flat crap I got in basic training. Comments: My helmet pads give me massive headaches, put pressure points, and I felt my helmet through the pads when I got hit. PFC, US Army.

7 Jan 2013: Kits: 14. Heard About us: internet. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: they move to much and doesnt hold the shape. SFC, US Army.

5 Jan 2013: Kits: 176. Hometown: Bronx, New York. Heard About us: last deployment. Duties: Emergency Trauma SGT/Senior Line Medic. Current Pads: issued. Comments: we have all had the same pads for the last 8 months we where told that we would get new one before deployment, that never happened, I am the Senoir Line Medic for my Company, i am responsible for over 170 soldier's well being and i know this is a great place to start...Thank You for what you are doing.... CPL, US Army.

29 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: THROUGH THE MAIN WEB PAGE FOR SHINDAND. Duties: FIELD MEDIC. Current Pads: GREY,SMOOTH. Comments: THEY DO NOT FIT PROPERLY TO MY HEAD AND THEY CAUSE MY HELMET SIT BE UNCOMFORTABLE. SPC, US Army.

28 Dec 2012: Kits: 2.  Heard About us: Higher Ups. Duties: Recon & Survaillance. Current Pads: Standard Issue. Comments: I would like something that molds to your head and prvides soft fabric rather than hard-like pads. SPC, US Army.

28 Dec 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Anaheim, CA. Heard About us: NCO's.  Duties: Recon & Surveillance. Current Pads: Not sure but they are issued pads, grey on one side black on other side. Comments: Well the issued pads harden over time and tend to feel like brick rather than traditional soft padding for your nogging. SPC, US Army.

27 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Modesto, CA. Heard About us: Online. Duties: Platoon Sergeant. Current Pads: light green. Comments: My current pads are very hard like bricks and cause me to get headaches. SSG, US Army.

24 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Jacksonville, FL. Heard About us: USO Philadelphia. Duties: Logistics. Current Pads: Black pads that came with it when it was issued to me. Comments: Headache and neckache. LTC, US Army.

19 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Duties: delivering supplies to different locations. Current Pads: black pads. Comments: i dont have enough, so my helmet hurts when i put it on. SGT, US Army.

18 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Everett, WA. Heard About us: Friend in unit. Duties: Psychological warfare and work with local populace. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9475. Comments: Go out on many over night missions and must keep helmet on at all times. helmet pads cause head aches and discomfort when on for long amounts of time. they are hard and very stiff. SPC, US Army.

14 Dec 2012: Kits: 10. Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Durability is low. They don't last very long. 1LT, US Army.

12 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: NIAGARA FALLS NY. Heard About us: FELLOW SERVICE MEMBER. Duties: ROUTE CLEARANCE. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: cause headaches and don't provide enough support. Plus I have had these pads since 2009.  SFC, US Army.

11 Dec 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Infantry/Convoy Security. Current Pads: Unit Pad Crown. Comments: The Pads that are issued to us are very hard and after a while start giving us headaches, especially when you start putting weight on them like nods and what not. SGT, US Army.

5 Dec 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: Holland, OH. Heard About us: Search. Duties: Im an EOD SPC headed to Afghanistan in less then 3 months. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Current pads truly irritate my head, begging for set of pads to be sent seeing as I am on the most senior team and will be dismounted and exposed to more detonations then the average individual. Requesting 3 but would like for the whole EOD teams to recieve (27 total people) will take as many as you can send. Truly need this as Ive searched and cannot seem to find a place to buy these inserts online. Thanks again.  SPC, US Army.

5 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: web search. Duties: Civil Affairs Team Leader. Current Pads: Issue CIF Pads. Comments: They are hard, retain dirt and sweat, and take prolongued wearing to become less than uncomfortable. 1LT, US Army.

4 Dec 2012: Kits: 50. Hometown: Colorado Springs. Heard About us: Prior Unit. Duties: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Full Spectrum Operations. Current Pads: NSN - Standard Issue. Comments: Soldiers in my unit would like a better quality helmet pad that doesn't cause pain after prolonged use outside the wire. I have personally been using Oregon Aero pads, however they have been through the works and would like to share the wealth with Soldiers in my unit who are currently on the road to war. SSG, US Army.

3 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: St. Paul, MN. Heard About us: One of my Team Members just got a set of your pads in. Duties: EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal). Current Pads: MSA. Comments: My current pads, after wearing the ACH for hours on end, punches my eye brow and gives me a headache. After feeling my team members pads that he received from you, the comparison between the two is a rock and a pillow. SGT, US Army.

3  Dec 2012: Kits: 40. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-508-6626 (round pad) NSN: 8470-01-531-3351 (chin strap). Comments: Long distacnce dis-mounted patroling though rugged terrain. ACH wore for 12+ hours. Night-Vision equip in constant use, will facilitate comfort.  CPL, US Army.

2 Dec 2012:  UNCLASSIFIED - Sir, Thank you very much for your thoughts and consideration. As I am sure you have heard things are very hard to come by these days here. With the talk of draw down, the supplies are dwindling to the point of fights over here.  Again, Thanks for your help!  Respectfully, SSG, US Army.

27 Nov 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Richton MS. Heard About us: friend. Duties: convoy. Current Pads: Normal pads that come with the ACH. Comments: My current pads hurt my head after only a few minutes of wear. SFC, US Army.

27 Nov 2012: Kits: 4. Hometown: roane county tn. Duties: maneuver, psd. Current Pads: skydex. Comments: my self and the other three i ask for are out and about alot and due to new sensors in helmets often suffer from headaches and just uncomfortable pressure from our helmets. SGT, US Army.

26 Nov 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Email. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 3470-01-546-9415 Comments: Stiff and Hard in the cold weather. CSM, US Army.

24 Nov 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: chicago. Heard About us: internet. Duties: infantry mortarman. Current Pads: hard comes with one round and about 6 rectangular very stiff Comments: for me personally the pads slide to much and my kevlar never stays in place especially with nods on. They are to stiff and very uncomfortable. it is crucial to have a great fitting stable ACH in my profession. I would like two sets one for myself and one for one of my soldiers for our upcoming deployment. my 2nd his first. thank you so much!  SPC, US Army.

23 Nov 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: portland, OR. Heard About us: i-net. Duties: psyop. Current Pads: nsn 3/4". Comments: The pads are issue and are too hard. Gives me headaches after a couple of hours. SGT, US Army.  

21 Nov 2012: Kits: 15. Hometown: Camp Douglas, Wisconsin. Heard About us: Prior Medics. Duties: I am the Senior Medical NCO for an engineer Company here. We do horizontal engineering. Current Pads: Light green with little padding. Comments: Several Soldiers are complaining of improper fitting and wear of the helmet. The padding is extremely uncomfortable, and wears out quickly.  SSG, US Army.

15 Nov 2012: Job: Engineer Comment: I received pads from you guys about a year and a half ago. Slightly worn now but working just as good as the day I put them in. I have tried to spread the word on the great pads you have, still several of my soldiers that will be contacting you within the next couple of months for replacements. Once again, thank you for the amazing pads and support for troops. SGT, US Army

15 Nov 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Minneapolis, MN. Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Recovery/Mechanic. Current Pads: Nothing, basic issue. Comments: Uncomfortable, worn out. SPC, US Army.

15 Nov 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Canal Fulton, OH. Heard About us: From other soldiers in BN recieving pads while on deployment. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: There isn't writting. They are a sewn seam, stiff, greenish in color. Comments: It is currently getting colder in Afghanistan and my current pads are becoming more and more stiff. I have spots on my head where the pads currently sit and they become sore and give me head aches. SPC, US Army.

13 Nov 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Regular issued helmet pads. Comments: They are very uncomfortable. They don't comform well to the head, and they are hard. They put a lot of pressure on the temples, which causes discomfort after long periods of time. SGT, US  Army.

12 Nov 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: green memory foam. Comments: I use the memory foam pads because the issue ones give headaches. Some of my soldiers are starting to also complain of headaches from current pads. We wear our helmets on average 12-15 hrs a day. SFC, US Army.

12 Nov 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: MP. Current Pads: 8420-01-546-9415. Comments: Pad's starting to stink. SGT, US Army.

10 Nov 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Zion, IL. Heard About us: Online Helmet pad Search. Duties: SOCCENT EOD Support. Current Pads: MSA W911QY-05-D-0002-8470-01-546-9415. Comments: My current pads were issued 2 yrs ago, never worn and the fabric has peeled off the pads. The pads are stiff and cuse the ACH to sit on top like a pointed birthday hat. I prefer the pads they issued with the ACH back in 94 when they issued them to us in Iraq. SFC, US Army.

7 Nov 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Colorado springs. Heard About us: my section chief. Duties: field artillery. Current Pads: standard issue pads. Comments: the current pads i have couse pain and severe headaches i find it had to concentrate on the task at hand when i feel this way. PV2, US Army.

5 Nov 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Watertown, MN. Duties: Infantry Sniper. Current Pads: I have gray pads. Rough and hard. Standard issue stuff. Comments: They are pressing down hard on my forehead and causing my head to hurt. Also they irritate my hair and make me want to throw my helmet down a mountain. PFC, US Army.

4 Nov 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: Hagerman, ID. Heard About us: Google. Duties: My 3 man team is attached to Marine Infantry Element. Current Pads: Army issue. Comments: Pads wear out too and helmets quickly and helmets become loose and uncomfortable. SGT, US Army.

3 Nov 2012: Kits: 15.  Heard About us: Online looking for a recommendation on helmet pads. Duties: Infantry, RTO and some translation/firearms instruction. Current Pads: OD green original set. Large round pad with two square pads and four small rectangle pads. I already have my ruck packed since I leave tomorrow and I was thinking about this last minute. Comments: One of my pads is hard a a rock and the others just don't feel comfortable at all after putting on other helmets with aftermarket pads. I'm asking for 15 because that is the size of my platoon. Some platoons in my company received new after market pads but we decided as a platoon if there wasn't enough for us all we would pass them on to someone else. Thanks in advance. SPC, US Army.

30 Oct 2012: Kits: 35. Hometown: cherry valley, ar. Heard About us: INTERNET. Duties: Combat engineer, ROUTE CLEARANCE. Current Pads: MINE ARE BLACK IN COLOR, GOT THEM IN 2006, FALLING APART ON ME ONE IS PLASTIC CAUSE THE COVER HAS BROKEN LOOSE AND FALLEN OFF. ABOUT HALF OF MY PLATOON HAVE THE SAME ISSUES WITH THE BLACK PADS, WHILE THE OTHER HAVE THE NEWER GREEN ONES. Comments: THE FRONT ON MINE HAS SOMEHOW MOLDED TO ONE SIDE, IT MAKES MY HELMET SET CROOKED AND KILLS FRONT OF MY HEAD. MY PLATOON DOES MOUNTED AND DISMOUNTED ROUTE CLEARANCE OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN OVER EXTREMELY RUGGED TERRAIN. WE ARE CONSTANTLY WEARING OUR ACH'S DUE TO BEING OUT ON ROUTES CONTINUOUSLY. MOST OF MY GUYS COMPLAIN OF HEAD ACHES AFTER MISSIONS MAINLY FROM WEARING THEM FOR AN AVERAGE OF 10 HOURS A DAY. THANKS. SSG, US Army.

30 Oct 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: google. Duties: Military Police. Current Pads: Mine are very worn out so I cannot read it, but they are the regular issued ones, grey in color. Comments: They are too hard, not enough cushion on them. SPC, US Army.

28 Oct 2012: Kits: 5. Hometown: OROVILLE, CA. Heard About us: EOD. Duties: PATROL EXPLOSIVES DETECTOR DOG HANDLER. (LOOKS FOR IEDS AND OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICES WITH DOGS). Current Pads: NSN Comments: OLD AND CAUSE HEADACHES.  SSG, US Army.

26 Oct 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Infantry Current Pads: MSA Comments: hurts my head. SGT, US Army.

26 Oct 2012: Kits: 3.  Duties: 11B (SNIPER). Current Pads: Oregeon BLU kit #985080. Comments: The pads have no give, overtime they harden, even after washing these pads are rough and put alot of pressure on my head. We are going to deploy soon so i would like a set for my team and I. SGT, US Army.

24 Oct 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: West Palm Beach. Heard About us: Spouse. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9475. Comments: These pads are very solid and while they may protect your noggin from a blast, they obviously werent designed for comfort. SGT, US Army.

23 Oct 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Daily Combat Patrols. Current Pads: 8470-07-506-5464. Comments: They are too hard and too thick, cause constant headaches. CPT, US Army.

21 Oct 2012: I just wanted to let you know that it's been about a month since we received the helmet pads and we've been wearing them pretty much every day since then. Those of us that have them don't mind wearing our helmets for hours because it is a lot more comfortable for us. We hit a pretty deep bump one day that jostled us around a bit. The pads helped with impact absorption. Although we were strapped in, we were still swung side to side and a couple helmets hit side walls. When I checked on everyone, they were OK. Although the pads have absorbed sweat, they are still spongy and have not hardened. They have done better at resisting impact than the gray-green hard pads do. The stitching is still intact and the pads are still in excellent condition. Thanks again for sending us the helmet pads. We are all very grateful for them. Take care and have a great day.  SFC, TX ARNG

16 Oct 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: CLOVIS CA. Heard About us: [colleague]. Duties: PSYOP. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: THANK YOU THE PADS WE CURRENTLY HAVE WEAR OUT FAST WITH OUR SWEAT. I SAW A FRIEND WEAR THE ONES YOUR PROVIDE AND STILL HOLD THEIR "COMPOSURE". SPC, US Army.

16 Oct 2012: Kits: 2. Heard About us: NCOIC. Duties: ANA Advising. Current Pads: NSN - green fabric, tears aprt very easily. Comments: I have experienced the headaches discussed on your main page. I removed a few of the pads to try to create a better configuration, they are definately a nuissance and distraction. 2LT, US Army.

15 Oct 2012: Kits: 15. Hometown: Fort Riley, KS. Heard About us: Wife. Duties: Medics. Current Pads: They are ACU colored, military issued. Comments: They are uncomfortable and our hair still sticks to the velcro underneath it. PFC, US Army.

12 Oct 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: Google. Duties: Medic, Convoy, Engineer. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: I get serious headaches from wearing ACH with those pads for extended periods of times when out on mission. SPC, US Army.

12 Oct 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: springhill. Heard About us: battle buddy. Duties: infantry, foot patrols. Current Pads: hard light blue pads. Comments: these pads hurt my head after a small amount of time while on patrol or just in training.  SPC, US Army.

10 Oct 2012: Kits: 2.  Heard About us: squad leader. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Green. Comments: the padding is a little painful on my head. I get headaches do to it. SGT, US Army.

7 Oct 2012: Kits: 5. Hometown: East Liverpool, Ohio. Heard About us: Pinterest. Duties: Combat Engineer- Route Clearance. Current Pads: M53MFM-09 then under that it says 2004-06-09. Comments: the front pads hurt my forehead and the top of my head. We're in vehicles on missions for over 12 hours/day most days so something more comfortable would be AWESOME. SGT, US Army.

7 Oct 2012: Kits: 6.  Heard About us: google. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Crushing my head and just too stiff.... SPC, US Army.

7 Oct 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: from spouse. Duties: PSYOP. Current Pads: Unit Pad, Crown Size W911QY-07-F-1012 3/4" NSN 8470-01-546-9415 9U425 Lot 3397-3. Comments: Pads are hard and can start to hurt after wearing them for a while especially on convoys. SPC, US Army.

6 Oct 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: google. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Olive drab, single seam, soft text. Comments: My helmet moves around alot and I get headaches from the weight.  PFC, US Army.

2 Oct 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Houston, TX. Heard About us: Father found your website. Duties: Mobility support and route clearance. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: Sand build up causing the head to itch. Pads do not absorb shock well. PFC, US Army.

29 Sep 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: niagara falls NY. Heard About us: Returning military member. Duties: Military Police. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-529-6344. Comments: current pads seem to provide little or no support. I have had head injuries from other deployments, looking for something better this time around. SFC, US Army.

28 Sep 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Holland OH. Heard About us: Search. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Headaches, Discomfort. SPC, US Army.

27 Sep 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: FT Campbell, KY.  Duties: UH60 Crew Chief. Current Pads: W911QY-07-F-0076 3/4" NSN 8470 01 546 9415. Comments: Just really uncomfortable, the foam padding is too stiff and is a strain after a couple of hours wear. SGT, US Army.

27 Sep 2012: Kits: 28. Hometown: Fort Riley KS. Duties: Field Artillery. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9415 not sure its hard to read. Comments: sweat on the pads has made the pad too soft, they are not providing proper support, and causing headaches. SSG, US Army.

22 Sep 2012: Kits: 3.  Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The pads do not ever truly break in, they get extremely hard under cold weather and are not in the least bit durable. If at all possible to send 3 sets total to cover me and my fire team it would be so greatly appriciated. You guys are running a great operation.  SGT, US Army.

20 Sep 2012: Kits: 1. Duties: FIELD ARTILLERY. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: THIS IS GOING TO BE THE FIRST TIME RECEIVING THESE PADS.  SPC, US Army.

18 Sep 2012: Kits: 12. Hometown: Greenville, SC. Heard About us: Army buddy in my platoon got pads from you. Duties: We are an Airborne Infantry Recon Platoon. We specialize in reconnaissance operations but have been involved in a variety of roles. Current Pads: Army issue hard as a brick sage green pads. No writing. Comments: The issue pads are hard as rocks and cause headaches, especially when wearing the helmet for extended periods of time. In some of the guys, bald spots are being rubbed because the hard rubbing for hours at a time. Additionally in cold climates the pads freeze easily and take forever to thaw on your head. SGT, US Army.

16 Sep 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Medic. Current Pads: 8470-01-476-5643. Comments: The current pads make it extremely difficult for me to do my job. As a medic I need to concentrate to give fellow soldiers the medical treatment they need. With the current pads, the constant headache makes it hard to keep a clear head and perform my duties. PFC, US Army.

14 Sep 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Plattsburgh, NY. Heard About us: Philadelphia USO. Duties: Ammunition. Current Pads: None. Comments: We still have PASGT's issued. CW4, US Army.

12 Sept 2012:  Kits: 44. Hometown: Mansfield, Washington. Heard About us: Fellow Soldiers. Duties: Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Current Pads: Standard Issues Grey Stiff Pads. Comments: I have heard nothing but exceptional things about these pads your company offers. Our unit consist of 44 men and women who on a daily basis are in truck or on foot patrol disarming IED's around the country of Afghanistan. The current pads are giving grief to myself and fellow soldiers within a few minutes to an hour after wearing our helmets consistently. Putting something on your head to protect it is nice however with the standard GI Pads issued by the Army it is rough on heads causing stress and major headaches. Let alone a pain of something straddling your head without really a good source of padding. We would all be greatly appreciative of any donations given to us by anyone out there that is willing to help us. Thanks to what you do and most certainly thanks for your support to the US Troops serving their country across the globe. God Bless! SGT, US Army

12 Sep 2012: Kits: 25. Hometown: Suffolk, Virginia. Heard About us: My Dad.   Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: No writing on pad. I did not get color answered but I know some have already been recieved in another 173rd Airborne Platoon, so please research their answer. Comments: Pads are too stiff and very uncomfortable especially when chin strap is tightened. PFC, US Army.

12 Sep 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: from my SSG who used you guys. Duties: doing construction in/around and off the FOB for 8 Hours at a time. Current Pads: nsn-847301-506-5646....I think it was hard to read. Comments: there to hard and give me headacs after a little of wearing. also with all the construction mixed with sweat they get really dirty really fast. SGT, US Army.

3 Sep 2012: Kits: 6. Heard About us: Shindand Air Base Website. Duties: Infantry/Reconnaissance. Current Pads: Most of my Soldiers have black pads with green material on the side that attaches to the helmet. 6 of us have these hard greyish green pads that are hard as rocks. The sewn seam kind of protrudes from the pad. Some were issued with the helmet and some Soldiers received them as replacements to other pads that were worn out. Comments: The pads I currently have kind of squish my head and causes a few of us to have headaches after wearing our helmet for any length of time. The ACH that I had during my first deployment had softer black and green pads that did not squish my head and were somewhat cushiony. The grey green pads do not have any sponginess to them. This past winter at home station, I removed the pads and used a fleece cap to cushion my head which seemed to work nicely in terms of comfort, but probably did not provide much protection from impacts. Now that we are deployed, that method is not practical, so I had to go back to using the pads that came with the helmet. If my entire platoon could get new, more cushiony pads, that would be very helpful. We would be greatly appreciative.  SFC, US Army.

2 Sep 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: browsing net. Duties: construction operations. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: I am in a construction unit where we are required to wear our ACH for an average of 8 hours at a time. I get really bad headaches from wearing it for so long. SSG, US Army.

2 Sep 2012: Kits: 71. Hometown: Cullman, AL. Heard About us: word of mouth. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: OD GREEN on one side and BLACK on the other, seem appears to be heat sealed. Comments: current pads are uncomfortable and cause proper fitting to be difficult. SSG, US Army.

30 Aug 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: denver, colorado. Heard About us: google add. Duties: mechanic. Current Pads: standard issue from cif nsn 01-546-9407, gray in color and hard as a rock. Comments: very irratating and hard, hard to clean and causeing dry sclap. PFC, US Army.

30 Aug 2012: Kits: 8. Hometown: Buffalo, MN. Heard About us: Google search. Duties: Combat medic. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Myself and others have been wearing the same pads for almost 5 months and they are worn out, uncomfortable, dirty, and most of all, causing headaches. We have enough to worry about as it is when on patrol, and it's harder to focus when you are constantly adjusting your straps and pads to make it work for the time being. SPC, US Army

27 Aug 2012:  Kits: 1. Heard About us: my wife/ military support group. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9356. Comments: Comfort is the biggest challenge, followed by durability of the pads. When the helmet doesnt fit right/isn't comfortable, you end up with head and neck pain. You do not want any distractions in the field. The pads we are issued often wear differently and do not hold up. SSG US Army

26 Aug 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Bakersfield, CA. Heard About us: friends. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: grey, hard. Comments: the pads i have now give me headaches and its not water wicking material, if it is, its not that great. PFC, US Army.

25 Aug 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Battle Creek. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Route Clearence. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: I get a headache on the front of my head where the pad sits from the way it sits and Ive tried rearranging the pads and straps and no matter what I still get a headache. PFC, US Army.

23 Aug 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Gainesville, FL. Heard About us: Google. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415 Mine Safety Appliances CO. Comments: The current pads that are issued are stiff and allow for very little customization. I'm not sure if this matters, but, the chin straps are also very uncomfortable and difficult to adjust. SPC, US Army.

21 Aug 2012: Kits: 4. Hometown: Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Heard About us: A fellow EOD tech. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: MSA unfortunately. Comments:  I am preparing for deployment at the end of this year and throughout our Pre-deployment training I have come to despise the standard issue helmet pads. I have a XL helmet and a 7 5/8" patrol cap size. I do have a larger than normal head which unfortunately comes with many drawbacks. With the current GI issued pads I am only able to insert three pads; one in front of my forehead, one at 8 o' clock, and the last pad at 4 o' clock. As you might know this leaves a wide open area inside of the ACH that is lacking padding. With these three pads installed the helmet sits on my head nicely, but lacks the much needed protection and comfort. The standard issue MSA pads are extremely uncomfortable and I find it hard to keep my helmet on for more than an hour. A fellow EOD tech in my unit was given the Oregon Aero pads at his previous unit and has nothing but goods things to say about them. I feel like having this pad kit would not only help me during EOD operations, but allow me to put forth the complete focus needed to complete the mission rather than focus on splitting headaches. For the number of kits requested I put 4 in hopes that you could spare 3 additional kits for my other team members and team leader who would all fortune from them. I appreciate your time in reading this request for the helmet pad kit and hopefully you feel that it is well deserved.  SPC, US Army.

18 Aug 2012: Kits: 40. Hometown: Alexandria, VA. Heard About us: Brother. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Pads are too hard, uncomfortable. SPC, US Army.

16 Aug 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Carlisle PA. Heard About us: FaceBook. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: standard army. Comments: THANK YOU DOC!!! PFC, US Army.

14 Aug 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Rosemead, CA. Heard About us: through someone in my platoon. Duties: Infantry team leader. Current Pads: no writting. grey. Comments: presses down too hard on my temples. SPC, US Army.

13 August 2012: Wanted to thank you for the helmet pads. We all love 'em and have showed them off to the guys in the other teams. They're being put to good use everyday. I hope your program lasts as long as possible, as it's one of the best I've seen for getting soldiers when they really need, and fast. Best of luck. Sgt US Army, (Sniper)

8 Aug 2012 Kits: 30. Heard About us: found on the internet. Duties: route clearance. Current Pads: army issues gray crappy ones, not sewn just glued together and fall apart. Comments: the current pad are not sewn they are glued together and fall apart in the heat. they have a rubber lining inside and once it gets a small hole it doesnt keep moisture out, it keeps it in! it there is no way of keeping them clean at that point they rot inside. the adjustability of the current pads may have been a good concept but not a great practice, people commonly lose pads or dont use all of them resulting in poor fitting and dangerous helmets. not to mention the issue of comfort... hope this helps.  PV2, US Army

8 Aug 2012: Kits: 26. Hometown: Bucksport Maine. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Combat Engineer- Route Clearance. Current Pads: The NSN is gone, but they are a greenish gray, have a shown seam that is on the helmet side of the pad, and are feltish. there are 4 small pads, 2 medium pads, and one big circle pad. Comments: The pads we have now are better then they used to be, but they put immense pressure on just a few areas on your head. We can deal with them of course, but when you wear you ACH for 12 hours day for 12 months, it is kind of a bummer. Something as little as a kit to make your ACH more comfortable has a profound affect on a soldiers deployment.  SPC, US Army

7 Aug 2012: Kits: 37. Hometown: ARVADA, CO. Heard About us: searching for helmet pads on the internet and stumbled across the site. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The issued pads are extremely uncomfortable and it can be distracting when you are adjusting your helmet constantly. SGT, US Army.

4 Aug 2012: Kits: 90. Hometown: Maple Grove, MN. Heard About us: Last Deployment. Duties: Dismounted Route Clearance/IED Removal. Current Pads: I currently have these pads but my unit does not. Comments: I requested your pads through the [opsec] while I was serving in Afghanistan during 2010-2011. These pads were the most beneficial gift that we received and were greatly appreciated and used everyday during the deployment. Soldiers could keep their helmets on for longer durations during mission and they were tested through countless blasts while deployed and complained less of frequent headaches. I would like to set this unit up for success early on instead of waiting until mid deployment. We leave in October and I thank you for what you do and hope you can help us!  SGT, US Army.

2 Aug 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: Any Soldier. Duties: BSHOs, TAC NCO, PSD. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: helemt pads too stiff, cause head aches, nape pad irritating. SFC, US Army.

2 Aug 2012: Kits: 9. Hometown: Canton, Georgia. Heard About us: My old PSG. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: OPS Core. Comments: We are currently doing alot of dismounted patrols in southern Afghanistan. The heat from this summer has ruin our pads in our helmet due to all the sweating we do. SGT, US Army.

1 Aug 2012: Kits: 10. Hometown: Anaheim, CA. Heard About us: Fellow Soldier. Duties: VSO, Infantry/SOTF. Current Pads: MSA, green and black (feels like bricks and my hair is falling out). Comments: Generally just too hard. When it gets cold, they get even harder. SFC, US Army.

31 Jul 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Harlingen, TX. Heard About us: fellow soldiers. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: dull grey soon on hard. Comments: They aren't complimenting whatever combination i use to hold my NVGS and helmet steady when on the move. SPC, US Army.

31 Jul 2012: Kits: 1.  Facebook Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9356 Comments: They cause headaches and distraction. PFC, US Army.

31 Jul 2012: Kits: 2. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: THEY BECOME STIFF AND HARD AFTER A FEW PATROLS. PFC, US Army.

29 Jul 2012: Kits: 44. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: Set of seven green pads issued at CIF. Comments: Irritates scalp, not comfortable fit, helmet doesn't sit properly on head when using all seven pads. 1LT, US Army.

28 Jul 2012: Kits: 1 Hometown: Columbus, Ohio Heard About us: Google Duties: Infantry Sniper Current Pads: NSN Comments: We are in need of comfortable pads, and pads that won't freeze solid in the winter. We have heavier equipment on our helmets and need something softer/better then the grey issued airborne approved pads. If it's possible to send 5 sets of pads total that would fill the entire order for my Team. Thank you.  SGT, US Army.

27 Jul 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Memphis, TN. Heard About us: Google search. Duties: Recovery Mechanic. Current Pads: 2 XL ACH's,Set 1- 3/4 MSA black with Foliage Green Backs Soft. Set 2- 3/4 Solid Foliage hard as rocks. Comments: Pads are too tight in my XL helmet's. Can't even wear the solid foliage ones. Hopefully these are 1/2" side pads. Forehead is red in color and I get headaches...Thank you so much for these!!!!  SGT, US Army.

26 Jul 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Backus, MN. Heard About us: Squad Leader. Duties: Key leader engagements all over RC-East in Afghanistan, Convoys, Infantry Current Pads: green, just basic issue pads. Comments: There is no padding when all you wear all day is your ACH. They flatten out and provide no support. Hard to see out of the NVG's and use thermals are a pain because there is no suspension in the inside of helmet. PFC, US Army.

24 Jul 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Macon Georgia. Heard About us: Facebook. Duties: convoy. Current Pads: army issue. Comments: currently the pads are very hard and do not form to the head. especially with NVG's mounted.  SGT, US Army.

24 Jul 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: FRIEND. Duties: PATROLS. Current Pads: GREY. Comments: headache, hot spots. SSG, US Army.

23 Jul 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Duties: TRANSLATION. Current Pads: GREY. Comments: HEADACHE AND NOT COMFORTABLE. SPC, US Army.

18 Jul 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: san antonio. Heard About us: online. Duties: comms. Current Pads: grey/green hard cushion. Comments: hurt on the side of the temple area, pressing down makes it difficult to wear eyepro. SPC, US Army.

15 Jul 2012: Kits: 20. Hometown: Palestine, TX. Heard About us: google search. Duties: Infantry, mounted patrols in Afghanistan. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9356 is written on one of the smaller ones, the top round one is a black pad with nothing on it. Comments: I have headaches all of the time with these GI issued pads, I have several other guys in my platoon that are complaining of the same issue and I see them with their chin strap undone all the time as well as me to ease the uncomfortableness. I am request 20 pads, that is for me and everyne else in my platoon. I am getting you to mail them to my wife and she will send them to me once received because she has some other things she is sending for me. I am looking to hear back from ya'll soon, thank ya'll for taking care of US Forces and God Bless. SPC, US Army.

10 Jul 2012: HAVING BEEN DEPLOYED WITH IN THE PAST YEAR AND WEARING MY ACH ALL THE TIME OVER THERE I CAN SAY THAT THE ISSUE HELMET PADS ARE HORRIBLE. THE CAN MAKE THOSE LONG PATROLS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE AND IN A PLACE LIKE THAT YOUR HELMET BEING COMFORTABLE IS A MUST. THE ISSUE PADS, ONCE FILLED WITH SWEAT ONE TIME, ARE ALWAYS HARD AS A ROCK AND NEVER REALLY FORM TO YOUR HEAD. 1LT, US Army

10 Jul 2012: Kits: 10. Hometown: Duncansville, PA. Heard About us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: 8470-81-546-9415 Gentex Corp. Comments: I am the Sr Medic for the [opsec] Company. Currently the pads that i have in my ACH i have had for the last 3 years and they have hit the point where they are worn out and uncomfortable. I have rotated the pads around as much as possible but they just have reached there limits. I was told about this through my S1 personal who had ordered sets from you and said that if i was able to do this try to take care of some other guys. I have 10 personal that im responsible for directly. All my medics and myself ride out on Route clearance missions so we are out for anywhere between 7-18 hours at a time. I would like to get these in so that i can help them out also. I have spread the word about your site and the help you guys do. It is greatly appreciated.  SPC, US Army.

10 Jul 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Honolulu. Heard About us: internet. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: For use in Afghanistan heat. 1LT, US Army.

7 Jul 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: my pads are the basic issue grey. they are basic fabric with fine thread. Comments: My pads are ripped from patrols, they are almost unusable and im in desperate need of some new ones PV2, US Army.

6 Jul 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Billings, MT. Heard About us: Operationwearehere.com. Duties: Medic for combat engineers doing route clearance. Current Pads: The writing is worn off but they are acu green colored, the top pad is circular, then the smaller pads are rectangular. Comments: The pads do not conform to my head. They squish different spots in my head and are very uncomfortable when you have to wear them for 10 hours a day. SPC, US Army.

1 Jul 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: San Marcos California. Heard About us: Another Soldier. Duties: Human Intelligence Collector. Current Pads: Standard Army Issued Green ACH pads, They are Rock solid , Give hot spots, headaches, and the edges cut my forehead. The Current pads aren't sized right. you have to cut them thinner to make them fit. They absorb sweat and retain it, they quickly wear down and smell after a few ruck marches. The dirty buildup makes my forehead and neck break out. The pads have no give and force the head into an un-natural position. it causes headaches and hot spots. I  have to constantly remove my ACH on mission and re adjust it most importantly if you have NVG's on they make all the weight shift forward you get headaches quick and the shift in the pads makes it impossible to see through your optics in the prone.  Comments: I am so appreciative this program exists, the army says it always takes the opinions of the troops when issuing gear. well its all a contract game and i understand.  I thank all those strong people back home who support us with programs like this one, they are the heroes who help other heroes. God Bless. PFC, HUMINT

1 Jul 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: Gentex. Comments: They are really unconfortable and they cause my helmet to slip over my eyes when I'm sitting in my RG-31. 1LT, US Army.

26 Jun 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: north carolina. Heard About us: friend. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: msa issued pads. Comments: the issued pads cause head aches and pain on the sides of our heads. PFC, US Army.

25 Jun 2012:  Kits: 1. Hometown: Monroe, Orange County NY. Heard About us: one of my squad leaders mentioned your organization. Duties: infantry .Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: Pads are worn.... Also are very hard on your head... SSgt, US Army.

25 Jun 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: NYC. Heard About us: FELLOW SQUAD LEADER. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: SKYDEX. Comments: HOT AND A HEADACHE WITH NIGHT VISION ON.  SG, US Army.

25 Jun 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: New york. Heard About us: Google search for new helmet pads. Duties: Infantry Squad Leader. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: headaches when wearing PSQ-20 thermal night vison. SSG, US Army.

25 Jun 2012: Kits: 10. Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Basic OD green pad inserts. Comments: Most of us in the platoon are using the basic OD green pad inserts that weds just put a lot of pressure on you forehead. Our average mission is 12 hours or longer so we sit in vehicles looking for IEDs with those on for long periods of time and the current pads are worthless. SPC, US Army.

14 May 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Fox River Grove Il. Heard About us: Military one source. Duties: Counter IED Route Clearance. Current Pads: NSN Green Stiff pads. Comments: Pad are extremely uncomfertable after wearing for more than a couple hours. SPC, US Army.

10 May 2012: Kits: 11. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Infantry Platoon Sergeant. Current Pads: Standard issue. Comments: Prolonged periods of wear have caused the current pads to be completely useless and very uncomfortable. I am told the setup you have also allows for better airflow especially during the hot months as the teeeeeemperature steadily increases here daily. SFC, US Army.

10 May 2012: Kits: 1. Duties: Medic for SFAT. Current Pads: Grey pads with plastic covered pads inside. Soft cover but used for 4 years. Comments: Pads dont stop helmet from moving around. They turn into hard blocks shaped to your head and are very uncomfortable. SGT, US Army.

9 May 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Marysville. Heard About us: Google search. Duties: Our side the wire work with the Police. Current Pads: Green pads no number is not comfortable, regular issue. Comments: Thanks for all your help. MSG, US Army.

8 May 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: google.com. Duties: Petroleum Fuel Supply. 92F. Current Pads: nsn 8470015469356. Comments: My ach is small with the current pads im running. They are 3/4" in size. Im looking for a way to keep my current helmet but make it fit properly and comfortable. thankyou for your time. SPC, US Army.

7 May 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Sonora, Ca. Heard About us: Squad leader. Duties: Infantry, IED dodger, lead slinger. Current Pads: Basic issue. From 4 years ago. Comments: They become lopsided and helmet doesn't fit right when they get saturated in sweat.  SGT, US Army.

6 May 2012: Kits: 25. Duties: Security.  Current Pads: DOM: G-09-08 3/4 inch. Comments: They cause presure points on our heads and cause headaches. SGT, US Army.

4 May 2012: Kits: 10. Hometown: Addison NY. Heard About us: google. Duties: Recon squad leader (10 man team including my self). Current Pads: msa. Comments: helmets move too much with our current NVD's we operate mostly at night so we use our NVD's constantly. Most soldiers have head aches from the weight of the NVDs all being on the trapizoid pad on their foreheads. SSG, US Army.

1 May 2012:  Kits: 1.  Heard About us: my saw gunner. Duties: company medic. Current Pads: regular rfi issue, they suck and are old and i never got a second pair like everyone else. they are green grey and i believe nsn. Comments: they are ripping apart on the back big pad and three of the side smaller pads. SPC, US Army.

29 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Soldier told me about it. Duties: Mechanic. Current Pads: S.A.B.V.I. Green on one side and black on the other. Comments: These pads we received through our supply system is really bad. They are hard so when you put it on, you literally have to pull your ACH down to it can fit your head but when you do that it hurts your head. Any long missions that we go on, after a short time, it starts to hurt your head and also you want to constantly scratch your head. I have no idea why the Army would purchase crappy products like this. It almost seems like these products are purchased by people who never have to wear the equipment we wear. 1SG, US Army.

29 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: El Paso, TX. Heard About us: another Sold. THEY GIVE ME HEADACHES WHEN WEARING FOR OVER AN HOUR OR SO. PFC, US Army.

15 Jun 2012: Kits: 12. Hometown: Aberdeen, South Dakota. Duties: Infantry Platoon Sergeant. Current Pads: Black on one side/ Green on the other side 7 Pads total in helmet. Comments: The pads are amazing I have received pads from my Platoon Sergeant on previous deployments. Now its my turn to help out my Soldiers and get them much need replacement pads. SSG, US Army.

9 Jun 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: herkImer ny. Heard About us: brotherintheservice. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: currently have msa pads. Comments: just cause pain after normal wear or extended duration. PVT, US Army.

7 Jun 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Ft. Worth, Texas. Heard About us: another NCO. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: issued pads. they are grey with black underneath. Comments: they fall apart so easy. not but probably a month into country and the outer layer started coming off. they are absolutely worthless in my mind when it comes to operating in combat. i have been trying to find one that one of my friends has, but no luck. It is a foam pad that covers the entire inside of the helmet. it is just nowhere to be found but i do think the oregon aero is a good trade off just don't know. SGT, US Army.

6 Jun 2012: Kits: 2.  Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Combat Medic. Current Pads: Oregon Aero. Comments: My Oregon Aero pads are fairly old and have been used a lot. I sweat alot here in Afghanistan and the pads are absorbing my sweat and are loosing there form causing the helmet to fit loose on my head. Its pain in the butt especially when wearing NVGS at night. SPC, US Army.

6 Jun 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Clearwater, Fl. Heard About us: sqiudoo. Duties: UH-60 Blackhawk Medevac Crew Chief. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Do you have anything for the flight helmets? Like a Zeta liner, we have not been able to recieve over here, thank you. SGT, US Army.

3 Jun 2012: Kits: 16. Hometown: Eastport NY. Heard About us: internet. Duties: Personnel security detail. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: I'm ordering these pads for my whole squad if possible. there are 16 of us, we role out constantly and the pads are extremely uncomfortable after a long convoy my head is tender to touch, and feels like it is throbing. SPC, US Army.

29 May 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Howard, PA. Heard About us: Soldier. Duties: ROUTE CLEARANCE. Current Pads: standard issued foam pad with velcro. Comments: I have 26 soldiers who wear their helmets for 12+ hours a day. Could you send any upgrades for them as well? 1LT, US Army.

29 May 2012: Kits: 2.  Heard About us: word of mouth. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: NSN-8470-01-546-9415 SIZE 3/4 GENTEX CORPORATION. Comments: DISCOMFORT//HEADACHES//EASY WEAR AND TEAR//SMELLS. SPC, US Army.

25 May 2012: Kits: 41. Hometown: Hunt, Texas. Heard About us: internet. Duties: CSAR. Current Pads: Felt 4 black and one green center pad. Comments: We have been deployed for four months and the pads we have are basically mud attached with velcro. Our response time is slow on ordering these types of things. Any help yall can give us would be greatly appriciated. Thank you!!  SGT, US Army.

23 May 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Spearfish SD. Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Infantry Embeded Tactical Trainer. Current Pads: Using an Airforce flight pad. Comments: too hot and gives me a headache. My supply has none and the logistics chain is broken somewhere. We are lacking on everything My address is for a huge airbase that has everthing but i stay 4 hours away in a hole. This small thing will bring up my personal moral when i finally do get my mail if ever. THANKS FOR GIVING 2 SHITS EVEN IF SOME POG TAKES THEM FROM MY MAIL.  SSG, US Army.

20 May 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: DuBois PA. Heard About us: I was googling Oregon Aero pads and you were in the search. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The current pads just put a lot of pressure on you forehead. Our average mission is 12 hours or longer so we sit in vehicles looking for IEDs with those on for long periods of time and the current pads are worthless. SPC, US Army.

14 May 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Fox River Grove Il. Heard About us: Military one source. Duties: Counter IED Route Clearance. Current Pads: NSN Green Stiff pads. Comments: Pad are extremely uncomfertable after wearing for more than a couple hours. SPC, US Army.

10 May 2012: Kits: 11. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Infantry Platoon Sergeant. Current Pads: Standard issue. Comments: Prolonged periods of wear have caused the current pads to be completely useless and very uncomfortable. I am told the setup you have also allows for better airflow especially during the hot months as the teeeeeemperature steadily increases here daily. SFC, US Army.

10 May 2012: Kits: 1. Duties: Medic for SFAT. Current Pads: Grey pads with plastic covered pads inside. Soft cover but used for 4 years. Comments: Pads dont stop helmet from moving around. They turn into hard blocks shaped to your head and are very uncomfortable. SGT, US Army.

9 May 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Marysville. Heard About us: Google search. Duties: Our side the wire work with the Police. Current Pads: Green pads no number is not comfortable, regular issue. Comments: Thanks for all your help. MSG, US Army.

8 May 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: google.com. Duties: Petroleum Fuel Supply. 92F. Current Pads: nsn 8470015469356. Comments: My ach is small with the current pads im running. They are 3/4" in size. Im looking for a way to keep my current helmet but make it fit properly and comfortable. thankyou for your time. SPC, US Army.

7 May 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Sonora, Ca. Heard About us: Squad leader. Duties: Infantry, IED dodger, lead slinger. Current Pads: Basic issue. From 4 years ago. Comments: They become lopsided and helmet doesn't fit right when they get saturated in sweat.  SGT, US Army.

6 May 2012: Kits: 25. Duties: Security.  Current Pads: DOM: G-09-08 3/4 inch. Comments: They cause presure points on our heads and cause headaches. SGT, US Army.

4 May 2012: Kits: 10. Hometown: Addison NY. Heard About us: google. Duties: Recon squad leader (10 man team including my self). Current Pads: msa. Comments: helmets move too much with our current NVD's we operate mostly at night so we use our NVD's constantly. Most soldiers have head aches from the weight of the NVDs all being on the trapizoid pad on their foreheads. SSG, US Army.

1 May 2012:  Kits: 1.  Heard About us: my saw gunner. Duties: company medic. Current Pads: regular rfi issue, they suck and are old and i never got a second pair like everyone else. they are green grey and i believe nsn. Comments: they are ripping apart on the back big pad and three of the side smaller pads. SPC, US Army.

29 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Soldier told me about it. Duties: Mechanic. Current Pads: S.A.B.V.I. Green on one side and black on the other. Comments: These pads we received through our supply system is really bad. They are hard so when you put it on, you literally have to pull your ACH down to it can fit your head but when you do that it hurts your head. Any long missions that we go on, after a short time, it starts to hurt your head and also you want to constantly scratch your head. I have no idea why the Army would purchase crappy products like this. It almost seems like these products are purchased by people who never have to wear the equipment we wear. 1SG, US Army.

29 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: El Paso, TX. Heard About us: another Soldier. Duties: Armament Technician. Current Pads: NSN 8170-01-500-6626. Comments: The current pads are hard and cause migraines after extended use. CW3, US Army.

28 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Forney. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Standard GI issue pads, foliage color. Comments: I need to change my helmet pads every few months because the lose their shape and become thin. After wearing my helmet for hours I get headaches and it affects my job as a medic. The suspension system does not adjust properly and my helmet falls forward over my eyes with NVGs or when I bend over. PFC, US Army.

26 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Infantry Squad Leader. Current Pads: Issued, I don't have it with me right now but they are the issued ones. Comments: They are tough as rocks, I have removed a few to help with heat distribution. SGT, US Army.

21 Apr 2012: Hello there Mr. Meaders, I just wanted to let you know we received the helmet pads about 5 days ago. I passed them all out and the guys put them in. 5 days later I've heard nothing but rave reviews of the new pads. The guys say they are much more comfortable and the discomfort is gone. I want to thank you and your organization for the donation. It's nice to know there are people out there like you all that care enough about the little things and actually make a difference in our lives over here. SPC, US Army.

21 Apr 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: My Soldiers Recieved them and I fell in Love with them. Duties: Personal Rescue/DART/ QRF/ Infantry. Current Pads: The ones you get issued from CIF. The ACU grey color. Comments: They are hard and dont form to your head. I have tried your pads that one of my Soldiers recieved from you guys and they are so nice. These pads put the others to shame. They are very comfortable. I am the 1SG for our Pathfinder Company out here and you guys are awesome for doing this for our Soldiers out here. I was wondering if you guys had enough of them if you can send us a bunch of sets. I can send you our Alpha raoster or get you in touch with our CSM so you know we are legit. I am sure you get plenty of requests. We will even take pictures of us and the pads and send them back to you guys. Thank You!!! SFC, US Army.

21 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Friends Recieved these awesome Pads. Duties: Personal Rescue/ DART/ QRF/ Infantry. Current Pads: My ACH is up in our CP but they are the CIF issue that are the ACU grey color. Comments: They are hard and dont form to your head. I have tried your pads that one of my Soldiers recieved from you guys and they are so nice. I am the 1SG for our Pathfinder Company out here and you guys are awesome for doing this for our Soldiers out here. Thank You!!! SFC, US Army.

20 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Lerna Il. Heard About us: Other soldier. Duties: Mechanic, recovery. Current Pads: green, glued. Comments: They hurt my head after a long day. PV2, US Army.

20 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Adams, MA. Heard About us: Soldier. Duties: Platoon Sergeant. Current Pads: Pad, helmet, advanced combat nsn: 8470-01-546-9415 w911-qy-06-d-0006 fpi unicor bmpl. Comments: Ill-fitting, headaches, uncomfortable. SFC, US Army.

18 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: CHICAGO. Heard About us: OTHER WEBSITE REFFERAL. Duties: ROUTE CLEARENCE. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6454. Comments: CURRENT PADS GIVE ME HEAD ACHES. SGT, US Army.

17 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: looking for pads and chin straps. Duties: Heavy Equipment Opr. Current Pads: hard gray pads, round pad for the top and smaller 4 rectangle one for a round your head. they are attached by round velcro in the ACH helmet. Comments: hard as rock, does not stay on my head that well; causes itchiness and head aches. SGT, US Army.

15 Apr 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Fenton Missouri. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Assist and Advise. Current Pads: Green and black issued. Comments: The issued ones that I have now give bad headachs and I know its the same with about 15 other soldiers. Thank you. SGT, US Army.

15 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Bloomfield , NJ. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Combat Advisor. Current Pads: Grey colored pad no writing. Comments: I will deploy in about a month to Afghanistan as the NCOIC of a 15 man team. We will be embedded with the Afghan National Army any little bit of help for our safety will be appreciated. SFC, US Army.

14 Apr 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: plt sgt. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: stiff and uncomrfortable. SPC, US Army.

13 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Chillicothe, MO. Heard About us: google search engine. Duties: convoy ops. Current Pads: MSA is written on the pad. Comments: I am experiencing the same general problems as most mention before me. They soak up sweat, are affected by temps, become hard, etc. Thank you for your service. SGT, US Army.

11 Apr 2012: Kits: 22. Hometown: Detroit. Heard About us: Friend in the unit. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN issue pad. Comments: I am requesting for my whole platoon. Thanks in advance for all you do. SFC, US Army.

9 Apr 2012: Kits: 9. Hometown: San Diego. Heard About us: A Friend told me how good they were. Duties: INF. Current Pads: standard issue some green some black I mix them so there semi comfortable. Comments: the ACH moves and after extended periods of time fell like there crushing my head. SSG, US Army.

9 Apr 2012: Kits: 1.   Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: 8470-04-546-9415. Comments: Constant headahes, skin rashes due to sweat unable to evaporate. SSG, US Army.

7 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: San Francisco. Heard About us: On the wall at the USO Philly. Duties: Psyop. Current Pads: Crappy used no brand. Comments: Discomfort, Loose fit. 1SG, US Army.

6 Apr 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: FT Bragg, NC or Jacksonville, FL. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Im an infantry squad leader in the 82nd Airborne Division. Current Pads: ACU Green, hard Comments: My current pads create hot spots around the temples and freeze as soon as it hits freezing (not a problem now). SSG, US Army.

4 Apr 2012: Hi Sir, well the headaches and just being uncomfortable slow the mission because members of the group aren't running at 100%. Sometimes people have to take their helmet off for a minute or two during the patrol in order to have just a little comfort. Thank you for taking my request and hopefully we can see the pads soon. SPC, US Army

31 Mar 2012: Kits: 35. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Issue pads. foliage green, hard texture. Comments: very hard pads. do not conform to your head very well at all. causing headaches. SPC, US Army.

28 Mar 2012: Kits: 2. Heard About us: Google Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Headaches from ACH pressure on head. SSG, US Army.

27 Mar 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Standard Issue kit (MSA). Comments: Standard pads are too stiff and tend to cause hot spots.  SFC, US Army.

26 Mar 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Wheeler AAF Hawaii. Heard About us: Another soldier. Duties: Pathfinder Medic, PR. Current Pads: CIF issued smooth light grey/green, basic padding wearing down. Comments: my current pads are just wearing out to quick for the number of missions we do. SGT, US Army.

25 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: FT MYERS, FL. Heard About us: WORD OF MOUTH. Duties: MEDIC. Current Pads: GREEN/GREY PADS, STIFF TO TOUCH. Comments: HEADACHES ON FOREHEAD, CHIN STRAP IRRITATION, CHAFING. PFC, US Army.

25 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Company RTO. Current Pads: 6470-01-545-9415. Comments: Headaches, uncomfortable, get crusty fairly quickly. SGT, US Army.

22 Mar 2012: Kits: 35.  Heard About us: Squad Leader Referral from prior unit. Duties: Platoon Leader. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9451. Comments: Stiff Padding (esp during cold) causes headaches. Airflow into helmet is limited, causing sweat collection and heat related injuries. 2LT, US Army.

21 Mar 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: new brighton, mn. Heard About us: co worker. Duties: PSYOP, attached to infantry platoons. Current Pads: msa. Comments: too much pressure in certain spots because the pads are too stiff. also the chin strap comes lose and makes your helmet flop about. SGT, US Army.

17 Mar 2012: The headaches affect us in that we are constantly re-adjusting our helmets while on patrol trying o make it as comfortable as possible. This in itself seems small however it takes our focus off the matter at hand on patrol sometimes which is looking out for threats. The headaches sometimes become so intense that they cause unwanted squinting and in some cases have been noted to temporarily affect vision.

16 Mar 2012: Kits: 3. Heard About us: internet search. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: numbness in the head. CW3, US Army.

16 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Gilroy. Heard About us: Forum. Duties: Full Spectrum Ops (FSO) - Infantryman. Current Pads: Green and Black with not visible lettering (possibly worn off). Comments: The current pads stay hard and create the most ungodly hotspots which lead to migraines/headache type pain. Absolutely one of the most annoying things ever. 1LT, US Army.

12 Mar 2012: Kits: 25. Hometown: Bartow FL.  Duties: Squad Leader in an ABN INF Company constantly on patrols outside the wire. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: the pads cause frequent headache. SSG, US Army.

11 Mar 2012: Duties: Combat Medic. Current Pads: standard issue grey pads. Comments: Pads wear out too quickly and we cannot get timely replacements due to location. Thank you for what you do . SGT, US Army.

11 Mar 2011: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: google. Duties: convoy. Current Pads: green with side stitching. Comments: The ones I have are hard as a rock. gives me head aches. SGT, US Army.

11 Mar 2012: Kits: 9. Hometown: CUMMING, GEORGIA. Heard About us: SOLDIERS. Duties: CONVOY/ESCORT/RECOVERY. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Extremely uncomfortable, headaches, hot, doesn't absorb sweat, and causes ring around the head (redness on forehead).  SSG, US Army.

10 Mar 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: online. Duties: combat medic attached with recon infantry. Current Pads: pad is gray issued pad. Comments: The pads I currently tend to give me bad headaches after about an hour of use. I am attached to a recon infantry unit so we do a lot of night operations which means I have to have night vision mounted on my helmet. this makes my helmet much heavier and pulls my helmet down over my eyes. It's extremely uncomfortable and I find myself taking my helmet off more than I should just to make it through a mission. SPC, US Army.

9 Mar 2012: Kits: 7. Hometown: 29 Palms. Heard About us: internet soldier programs. Duties: Convoys. Current Pads: Greenish kind of formable. Comments: headache, pain on the top of the head and around the base of the head. SSG, US Army.

8 Mar 2012: Kits: 10. Hometown: newport, RI. Heard About us: Deployed soldier in company. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: CIF US Army issue. Comments: I have been blown up by IEDs in my MRAP multiple times. I already have damage to my brain and I'm going back in January. I want my soldiers and I to have the best chance available to survive. SFC, US Army.

8 Mar 2012: Kits: 3. Hometown: Chattanooga. Heard About us: thru AKO. Duties: I'm a supply sergeant with 2 other soldiers and we deliver supplies throught Afghan South. Current Pads: I can't read the writing anymore but their green and old. Comments: Thanks for all you do for us. SGT, US Army.

7 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: SAN ANTONIO, TX. Heard About us: FRIEND. Duties: SFAT MISSION (SECURITY FORCE ASSISTANCE TEAM). Current Pads: UNIT PAD CROWN SPM1C1-06-D-FO12 NSN 8470-01-506-6626 CAGE 5M888 LOT 03. Comments: HELMET DROOPS DURING NIGHT OPERATIONS WHILE UTILIZING THE NVGS. HELMET RIDES UP WHILE FIRING IN THE PRONE. CPT, US Army.

7 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: FT Lewis. Heard About us: Google Seach. Duties: SFAT Team. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9415 SPM1C1-07-C-F101. Comments: headaches and the helmet does not stay fix specially in the prone position . 1SG, US Army.

6 Mar 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Combat Medic. Current Pads: MSA Grey. Comments: As a line medic, I hand out motrin and aspirin like candy while on patrols. The headaches and pains actualy seem to get worse after the helmet is removed. It would be nice to have pads that are more comfortable and conducive to performance. SSG, US Army.

6 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Fellow officer. Duties: Advisor. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Helmet does not stay stable with NVG mounted. Makes it difficult to shoot at night. MAJ, US Army.

6 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Mill Creek, WA. Heard About us: Referred by another Soldier. Duties: Security Force Assistance Advisor. Current Pads: Standard ACH soft-pad inserts. Comments: Durability is reallly the biggest issue with our current pad/strap combination; the more the helmet is worn, the more the original straps and pads begin to lose cohesion and fit. This necessitates continuous helmet adjustments which can be a constant annoyance in a field/deployment environment.  CPT, US Army.

4 Mar 2012: Kits: 45. Hometown: Olympia, WA. Heard About us: One of my Soldiers on a previous deployment. Duties: I have a 45 Man Company of EOD Technicians heading to Afghanistan in less than 3 months. They will be performing a variety of mounted and dismounted roles and will be exposed to explosive hazards up close and personal multiple times a day. TBI is a major concern for my Soldiers. Current Pads: Issued pads only. Comments: The GI pads are insufficient when compared to the performance of the pads that you provided my platoon with on our previous deployment. If needed, I will purchase the pads for my Soldiers out of my own pocket, as their surviveablity and quality of life is of critical importance to me. CPT, US Army.

3 Mar 2012: Kits: 2.  Heard About us: a fellow soldier has them. Duties: tactical psyop missions, humint. Current Pads: 8479-01-546-9415. Comments: headaches, pressure points, uncomfortable during airborne ops & patrols. SSG, US Army.

3 Mar 2012: Kits: 52. Hometown: San Juan, PR. Heard About us: Google search. Duties: CONVOY OPS. Current Pads: Oregon Aero BLU KIT #95080 NSN: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Headaches to some Soldiers due to pads being too hard. 1LT, US Army.

27 Feb 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: internet. Duties: PSD personal security/patrol. Current Pads: dark tan light brown. Comments: i break out in a rash from the issued pads.  SSG, US Army.

24 Feb 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: CONVOY, ECP. Current Pads: GREEN ISSUED PAD FROM 2007. Comments: WE HAVENT RECEIVED NEW PADS SINCE 2007 SINCE WE WENT TO IRAQ, NOW IN AFGHANISTAN WE HAVE THE SAME PADS. FLATTENED OUT AND SERVES NO PURPOSE OF COMFORT. SGT, US Army.

26 Mar 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: mount airy maryland. Heard About us: friend. Duties: 13f fire support specialist (foward observer). Current Pads: US army issued nsn pads. Comments: the issued gi pads are extremely hard, they give me headaches after wearing them for a long time and they chafe against my forehead when i start sweating. PV2, US Army.

23 Mar 2012: Kits: 11.  Heard About us: Google search. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: The basic foam issue. Comments: I had a set of the old black and green issue pads and never had an issue. After three deployments, they were shot. I had a new set from CIF and put them in. The pads are mind numbingly uncomfortable. Being an EOD operator requires a clear mind to accomplish our mission safely. I can barely ignore the discomfort in training. I don't want to think of me or my guys trying to soldier through one more level of distraction when we deploy again (which will be soon). I hope your organization can help out my platoon and hope to hear from you soon.  SSG, US Army.

23 Feb 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Infantry sniper. Current Pads: Green basic issue pads. Comments: I'v ended up breaking my chin strap and have lost most of my pads. My unit has trouble supplying us this is one of my last ditch efforts. SPC, US Army.

19 Feb 2012: Kits: 1.  Duties: convoy operations. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: They get worn fast.. Dont hold the shape very long. Got to keep getting them replaced. SSG, US Army.

16 Feb 2012: Kits: 1. Duties: engineer Current Pads: Msa. Comments: they are too hard. and they put pressure on the front of my head. SPC, US Army.

16 Feb 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: google. Duties: convoy; foot patrols; support of remote areas in AFG. Current Pads: GREY; SINGLE SITCH. Comments: hard and non-conforming to the skull resulting in pressure points and headaches. SPC, US Army.

15 Feb 2012: Kits: 5.  Duties: Supply Sergeant, Current Pads: Pad, Helmet ACH NSN 3457-01-546-9415. Comments: I will... SSG, US Army.

14 Feb 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Pensacola, FL. Heard About us: Buddy. Duties: Combat Advisor in Afghanistan. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-564-9415 Size 6 (Green Pad). Comments: The current chin straps are garbage because you have to constantly tighten them and they come loose. CPT, US Army.

13 Feb 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Wausau, WI. Heard About us: On-Line. Duties: Commander. Current Pads: NSN not legible. Comments: Durability simply not there. CPT, US Army.

12 Feb 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: Indiana. Heard About us: battle buddy. Duties: Military Police. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9415 3/4". Comments: The pads currently in my/our helmets push over our eyes while in the prone position, they also give many of our females headaches. SGT, US Army.

9 Feb 2012: Kits: 4. Hometown: Longview, TX. Heard About us: My wife. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: no writing green on one side and black on the other. soft cloth material. Comments: when it gets cold they tend to get really hard and uncomfertable to wear. Also they velcro is tearing off of the pads which causes them to sometimes fall out of the helmet. SFC, US Army.

6 Feb 2012: Kits: 7. Hometown: Durango, CO. Heard About us: Friends. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: black, sewn and hard. Comments: The current pads give my soldiers and my self headaches. SGT, US Army.

5 Feb 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: Suisun City, Ca. Heard About us: Googling about helmet pads. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Black cloth covered and hard. Comments: My current pads are hard and they irritate my forehead. Sometimes it leaves a burning sensation that lasts for hours. I am constantly trying to reposition them, but they aren't comfortable at all. SPC, US Army.

4 Feb 2012: Kits: 6. Heard About us: my father emailed about you. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Its really worn... they are black and well I am sorry I dont know what type. Comments: the pads that I have normally causes headaches because of stiffness even when there worn down they also seem to keep in the moisture.  PFC, US Army.

4 Feb 2012: Kits: 1. Duties: MP missions. Current Pads: green pads-they are really worn at this time and the white lettering on one said is faded. Comments: after just a short time of wearing my ACH my head begins to hurt and I feel tight pressure around the top of my head SSG, US Army.

30 Jan 2012:  Kits: 130. Hometown: CLARKSVILLE TN. Heard About us: PLATOON LEADER IN A SISTER COMPANY. Duties: I AM THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR AN INFANTRY COMPANY. WE ARE REDEPLOYING IN 7 MONTHS TO CONDUCT OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN. Current Pads: PAD,HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT: GREEN IN COLOR. Comments: HAVING BEEN DEPLOYED WITH IN THE PAST YEAR AND WEARING MY ACH ALL THE TIME OVER THERE I CAN SAY THAT THE ISSUE HELMET PADS ARE HORRIBLE. THE CAN MAKE THOSE LONG PATROLS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE AND IN A PLACE LIKE THAT YOUR HELMET BEING COMFORTABLE IS A MUST. THE ISSUE PADS, ONCE FILLED WITH SWEAT ONE TIME, ARE ALWAYS HARD AS A ROCK AND NEVER REALLY FORM TO YOUR HEAD. LIKE I SAID EARLIER I AM THE XO FOR AN INFANTRY RSTA COMPANY AND WE WILL BE REDEPLOYING HERE IN THE NEXT SEVEN MONTHS. I AM REQUESTING ENOUGH PADS TO OUTFIT THE COMPANY BUT ANY THING WOULD BE A START. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS AND I HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON. THANKS IN ADVANCE. 1LT, US Army.

28 Jan 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: OHIO. Heard About us: FRIEND. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: BASIC ISSUE ACH PADS. Comments: THEY ARE HARD, TIGHT AND OVERALL NOT NICE TO WEAR. 2LT, US Army.

25 Jan 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: columbus indiana. Duties: theater ready battalion. Current Pads: acu grey issue pads. Comments: the pads that are issued are uncomfortable and when cold get really hard. SSG, US Army.

23 Jan 2012: Kits: 1. Hometown: WEST JORDAN, UT. Heard About us: ANOTHER PERSON IN UNIT ORDERED A PAIR AND RECOMMENDED THEM. Duties: MECHANIC AND CONVOY OPERATION. Current Pads: SKYDEX. Comments: THESE CURRENT PADS KEEP SLIPPING DO TO STIFF PADS AND AFTER A SHORT WHILE, I START PRODUCING A HEADACHE WITH MY BATTLE BUDDIES APPROVAL HOW THEY HELPED HIM I AM HOPING THEY DO THE SAME FOR ME THANKS. SPC, US Army.

23 Jan 2012: Kits: 6. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Convoying to various FOBs setting up communications. Current Pads: TBD. Comments: To stiff and doesn't sit well on our head. SGT, US Army.

21 Jan 2012: Hometown: Dowagiac, Michigan. Heard About us: Google Search. Duties: 60mm Mortar Section Sergeant in a dimounted recon unit. Current Pads: I don't know. Mine are so worn out I can't read anything. They are black. Comments: They are thin as cardboard. And they stink. Supply has a tough time getting new ones in and before long they are racking your brain. Pads should also come in different thicknesses for different size heads. SSG, US Army.

16 Jan 2012: Doc, a couple months ago you sent me some helmet pads. I wanted to thank you very much. The pads you sent me had an immediate impact on my ability to do my mission. The old pads were causing headaches almost instantly. I haven't had a problem since. Thank you again for your support and caring enough to help. God Bless and take care, CSM, US Army.

12 Jan 2012: Kits: 23. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: not for sure what kind but its is all black or bottom is black and top is gray. these are the ones they always hand out. Comments: they dont form to the head. They cause head aches. SPC, US Army.

9 Jan 2012: Kits: 44. Hometown: UPLAND CA. Heard About us: Brother who is in Marines. Duties: EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The current pads cause my soldiers as well as myself headaches after prolonged wear and donot provide the proper protection from IED Blasts the we deal with on a daily basis being Explosive Ordnance Disposal Techs. We are currently scheduled to deploy and would like our guys to have these before we deploy.  SSG, US Army.

7 Jan 2012: Kits: 2. Hometown: rochester. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: gray. Comments: old, warn out. SPC, US Army.

5 Jan 2012: Kits: 24. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: PL (platoon leader) in a Cav Recon Troop as part of an IBCT in charge of combat readiness, combat patrols, finding and destroying the enemy on the ground. Platoon will be outside the wire on a continual basis as a land owner as well in Afghanistan. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Unit funds are limited and make it difficult for soldiers to acquire new pads when they get lost or destroyed. Finding a comfortable fit for all soldiers continues to be a problem at all levels to ensure combat readiness status at all times.  2LT, US Army.

2 Jan 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: a battle buddy/medic. Duties: MEDIC. Current Pads: the one issued. Comments: the current pads is extremely uncomfortable on missions. I tried on another battle's ach with the pads they ordered here, and causes less headaches and feels a lot better. SPC, US Army.

2 Jan 2012: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: my company Duties: Rcp. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: Been getting very bad headache and marks on my head wear my helmet more than 12 hours each mission SPC, US Army.

31 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Duties: medic. Current Pads: green,foam and cloth. Comments: they dont form very well and let the helmet slip around. PFC, US Army.

31 Dec 2011: Kits: 10, Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Mentoring ANA. Current Pads: sewn seam, glued, and other. Comments: headaches.  SSG, US Army.

31 Dec 2011: Kits: 40. Hometown: Fort Leonard Wood MO. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: Basic Issue pads. Green on back and black and kinda squishy. Gets hard and flat after a few hours. Comments: Soldiers just hate their helmets. They cause pain and itching over time and we wear our helmets for 10+ hours each mission. If our guys dont mind wearing the helmets, they will continue to protect them. SPC, US Army.

31 Dec 2011: Kits: 80. Hometown: ANCHORAGE AK. Heard About us: GOOGLE. Duties: RCP. Current Pads: NSN 8470 01 546 9415. Comments: THESE PADS ARE CAUSING SORES FOR OUR SOLDIERS, THEY WEAR THE ACH FOR OVER 10 HRS WHILE DOING RCP MISSIONS. i WOULD LIKE TO GET SOME FOR OUR COMPANY THAT RUNS TWO RCPS. SPC, US Army.

31 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Newburgh, IN. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Communications. Current Pads: So old that the writing has worn of so Im not sure, they are kinda gray. Comments: the pads are hard and uncomfortable and they are starting to fall apart and my supply. SPC, US Army.

27 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: Unit PAD Crown Size 3/4 NSN 8470-01-506-8425. Comments: They Are To stff and after a short period of time they give me a headache. The front pad digs into my forehead and leaves a big red mark. They are also Torn on the back were they stick to the velcro, creating a problem with them staying in. SPC, US Army.

22 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: It is not confortable on rocky roads and it is even harder on the cold its like they freeze or something. SPC, US Army.

19 Dec 2011: Kits: 10. Hometown: St. Petersburgs, FL. Heard About us: a fellow soldier from a prior unit. Duties: We are #1 route clearance in Kandahar Prov.(true story). Our job is Route Clearance, we lead all missions for anyone that needs safe travel off the hard ball. Most missions are approx. 8-10 hours, but more often than not we are directed to clear specific routes to enable freedom of movements for trigger pullers. typically missions exceed 15 hours. I have more than occasionally found my soldiers with kevlars off while on mission, specifically due to pain on the head or eventually headaches. Current Pads: all i know is that they are green and black, no writing on them and there is a number for sizing. Comments: any amount of donations to my soldiers would be greatly appreciated. Sgt, US Army.

18 Dec 2011: Kits: 2. Hometown: Littleton, Colorado. Heard About us: EOD Team Leader. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: Black Pads, the seam forms a lip near the velcro side of the pad, the texture is kind of felt like. Comments: The pads I have are completely worn out, almost to the point of being flat. They only lasted about 6 months before they started to become uncomfortable. The way the pads cause my helmet to ride on my head gives me headaches because there's no real cushioning in them any more. SPC, US Army.

16 Dec 2011: Kits: 4. Hometown: Vernon, CT. Heard About us: Online. Duties: Combat Medics. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Worn. SPC, US Army.

16 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Cavalry Scout. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: When we do night missions and use our NVGs our helmets fall forawrd all the time become a huge hassle.  PV2, US Army.

16 Dec 2011: Kits: 2.  Heard About us: google. Duties: dismount team leader. Current Pads: basic black pads. Comments: they cause pain so i remove a few for extended wear. SGT, US Army.

12 Dec 2011: Kits: 43. Heard About us: Wife found your info online. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Green pads with black underside. appears to be a NSN however it has faded with repeated washings. Comments: cause head aches over long duration missions. SGT, US Army.

12 Dec 2011: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: My roommate told me when I asked him where he got the awesome pads. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN6470-01-646-9416. Comments: The army issued pads I got basicly felt rock hard when they issued and have only gotten worse after countless missions pouring sweat into them. SPC, US Army.

11 Dec 2011: Kits: 8. Heard About us: FELLOW SOLDIER RECIEVED PADS FROM YOUR ORGANIZATION. Duties: CAVALRY SCOUT - RECON. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: CURRENT PADS DO NOT STICK AND STIFFEN AFTER SHORT PERIOD OF USE. I AM REQUESTING THE 8 KITS FOR MY SOLDIERS. SSGT, US Army.

10 Dec 2011: Counter IED Operation, Distrupting Taliban Operations. The new pad you sent out to me and my men are great, they are by FAR much better then the standard issued grey pads, they are soft, comfortable and dont feel like rocks. The old pads when they got dirty from sweat and dirt, no matter how much we cleaned them they were still horrible and was a constant problem for us. We really appreciate the pads and its 100 times more tolerable to wear our ACH's Thank You so much from 1-67 AR Scout platoon. Scouts Out!! SGT, US Army.

8 Dec 2011: Kits: 75. Duties: route clearance. Current Pads: standerd issued/foliage green. Comments: They are rock hard and make the helments fit poorly, I had got a small amout from you guys for my last deployment and am soon to be shipped to Afganastan and would like to get more for the guys who did not recieve or are new to the unit. SPC. US Army.

4 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Newmarket NH. Heard About us: Google. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: Green Army issued, missing most of them. Comments: My current pads are just to the point of being damaged past usuability and my Army supply system wont order new ones for us. SGT, US Army.

4 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Pasco. Heard About us: from the USO in the air port. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: The pads don't fit all types of head shapes ie. the pads on the sides makes the ACH sit higher than it should because they can't go low enough to give the support needed. Other than that it has improved alot from the past helmet types. SFC, US Army.

30 Nov 2011: Kits: 1.  Heard About us: Google Search. Duties: Combat Engineer-Route Clearance. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The helmet gets uncomfortable on the head after wearing it for 5+ hour missions. The pad system is a step up from what I had before, but it's still not all that great. SPC, US Army.

27 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Random Search. Duties: Military Intel. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Just feels too hard. SGT, US Army.

25 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Heard About us: a friend. Duties: CSM for the unit. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: Very uncomfortable, when wearing for extended time. CSM, US Army.

25 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Morris, MN. Heard About us: S1 E-mail. Duties: Mechanic/ Convoy. Current Pads: W911QV-05-D-0003 NSN8470-01-606-6626 GENTEX CORPORATION. Comments: The current pads give me headaches when worn for extended periods of time. They are also very hard when the weather is cold but lossen up after worn for a few minutes. Most troops are removing pads to make the ACH fit better (top, rear, and one each of the sides). SSG, US Army.

25 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Heard About us: From another soldier. Duties: Line Medic. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9356. Pad, Helmet Advanced combat size. Comments: The pads compress down with the weight of my NVG's attached and cause discomfort and headaches while moving around the terrain. I can deal with the moisture and discomfort for a while but the pads are just low quality and the pain they cause my head is a distraction from the mission. SPC, US Army.

25 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Starbuck, MN. Heard About us: From another soldier. Duties: Agricultural Officer in Charge. Current Pads: What came with the ACH. Comments: They are too stiff, makes it uncomfortable to wear. LTC, US Army.

25 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Odin, MN. Heard About us: Fellow Soldier. Duties: Operations officer for [xxx] Agribusiness Team. Current Pads: Factor Sewn seam I was issue at Camp Atterbury. Comments: uncomfortable, especailly during long missions. LTC, US Army.

24 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: Saint Paul, MN. Heard About us: Fellow Soldier. Duties: ADT TC/Driver. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: Thank you!  SFC, US Army.

24 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Duties: Agribusiness Development Team traveling around Zabul Province in Afghanistan. Current Pads: The standard issue junk ones.......nothing like a brick on your head. Comments: I have heard your pads are the best possible. Looking forward to something better than the stock junk. SFC, US Army.

24 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: White Bear Lake, MN.Heard About us: from a team members. Duties: Agricultural training and Outreach - building stability through advancement of 80% of economy of Afghanistan. Current Pads: NSN8470-01-506-6626 (GENTEX). Comments: Fit is not consistent. COL, US Army.

24 Nov 2011: Kits: 2. Hometown: johnston, ri. Heard About us: friend. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: i am currentley deployed to afghanistan sending to my house because i go on leave and will will get them sooner at home then i will here thank you very much. SPC, US Army.

24 Nov 2011: Kits: 1. Hometown: West Palm Beach FL. Heard About us: Team Leader. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Unit Pad NSN 8470-**-***-****.  Comments: The pads Issued are so horribly uncomfortable the only time my ACH is actually on my head is if someone important is around or we are in a moving military vehicle outside the wire. They cause headaches pinch points and overall are just terrible feels like a piece of cardboard trying to cushion a 10lb bucket wearing NVG's only makes the problem 100 times worse please help! PFC, US Army.

24 Nov 2011: Kits: 2. Hometown: Norwich, CT. Heard About us: FRIEND. Duties: SECFOR INFANTRY. Current Pads: Can't read the writing, it's black on the bottom and green on the side that fits against the helmet. Comments: Alresdy in Afghanistan at FOB Mehtar Lam. Going home on leave soon. SFC, US Army.

23 Nov 2011: Kits: 2 Hometown: north kingstown. Heard About us: FRIEND. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: STANDARD ISSUE.. NSN 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: The pads are causing head aches and hurt after about an hour of wearing them.  SPC, US Army.

22 Nov 2011: Kits: 2. Heard About us: Word of mouth. Duties: Combat Advisor. Current Pads: Standard issue- green , glue on foam, hard. Comments: The pads give me head tension issues.  SGT, US Army.

21 Nov 2011: Kits: 5 Hometown: Victoria, TX. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Security/Convoy/Vehicle Recovery. Current Pads: GENTEX Corporation (Foliage Green). Comments: Headaches within 30-45 min of wearing ACH. Head starts to get hot spots and starts to itch as well. It is distracting and a hindrance to mission performance and safety. SPC, US Army.

21 Nov 2011: Heard About us: our Medic. Duties: convoy security on gun trucks. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: My ACH helmet is very unconfortable to wear. SPC, US Army.

16 Nov 2011: Kits: 10. Duties: ROUTE CLEARANCE. Current Pads: Green pads. Comments: Headaches. uncomfortable. SGT, US Army.

13 Nov 2011: Kits: 10. Hometown: Marengo, Ohio. Heard About us: a medic friend of mine. Duties: Dismounted patrols through orchards and village clearence missions. Current Pads: grey standard issue pads. Comments: The standard issue pads we get after a few times of wearing them in this weather and also to field problems before we deployed dosnt matter how many times you wash them they get stiff and lose the "padding" effect to make the wear comfortable and safe.  SGT, US Army.

12 Nov 2011: Hometown: Pasadena, CA. Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Manuever. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: The pads i currently have are not sticking any more. The velcro is starting to seperate and rip. SGT, US Army.

12 Nov 2011: Hometown: Leicester Ma. Heard About us: a buddy in the platoon. Duties: INFANTRY SECFOR. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: they are hard and compressed and soak up sweat and stay wet/ smell. im asking for two kits so i can have one and i can give one to my roomate but if need be one is fine. PFC, US Army.

11 Nov 2011: Kits: 1 Hometown: FORT HOOD, TEXAS. Heard About us: Duties: UNIT PSYOPS OFFICER. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6851. Comments: HARD AND UNCOMFORTABLE.  CPT, US Army.

11 Nov 2011: Kits: 1 Hometown: FORT HOOD, TEXAS. Heard About us: Duties: CAVALRY SCOUT. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6454. Comments: PADS ARE UNCOMFORTABLE. CPT, US Army.

11 Nov 2011: Hometown: East Greenwich, RI. Heard About us: Other soldiers that have replaced their helmet pads. Duties: Infantry Current Pads: NSN. Comments: My current helmet pads cause headaches after wearing my helmet for 5 minutes. It seems that due to the rigid composition of the pads they try and fit your head to them, rather than fitting to the shape of your head. There is enough things to be focusing on when running a mission without having to be distracted by unnecessary pain from a helmet.  SPC, US Army.

11 Nov 2011: Hometown: Moorehad. Heard About us: google search. Duties: Executive Officer for [xxx] Development Team Current Pads: NSN: 8479-01-506-6626 Unit Pad, Crown WB11QY-05-D0001 90425 Lot 92 1936. Comments: extremely uncomfortable, hard, non-molding. Leaves hotspots and causes headaches. I had the 1st generation ACH & had no problems. This one is newly issued, out of the box & it is very uncomfortable no matter how I try to adjust the pads.  LTC, US Army.

10 Nov 2011: Hometown: Honolulu, HI. Duties: Medic with the "Distro" platoon protecting supply convoys. Current Pads: Black rougher back with od green front feels like it has a foam pad inside Comments: Headaches and itchiness they are very dificult to clean. SPC, US Army.

9 Nov 2011: Hometown: Foxboro, MA. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Strike Force Platoon. Current Pads: Basic issue. There a greyish color and have gotten hard as hell over the past year. Wash them monthly and there still hard. Comments: Headaches everytime (especially on forehead when night vision goggles are mounted) Which is usally most of the time since we operate at night usually. Hair loss especailly where the pads are rubbing on my head. SPC, US Army.

8 Nov 2011: Hometown: Colorado Springs. Heard About us: Google search. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: I currently have a skydex as the crown pad in my ACH, all the other pads are standard issue. All my soldiers have the standard issue. Comments: The current pads are hard a rock and take months to conform to your head. The collect grim and dirt very quickley, many soldiers just simply wash them but once you do that they become even harder to wear back in, not to mention how long they take to dry out once you sweated in them for 72hrs.  SGT, US Army.

6 Nov 2011: Hometown: Midlothian, TX Heard About us: internet Duties: convoy Current Pads: NSN Comments: pads are very firm and hard-I always get a headache when wearing my ACH-It's very uncomfortable.  SPC, US Army.

31 Oct 2011: Hometown: Clover South Carolina. Heard About us: Google. Duties: I am in Afghanistan now. I am an Infantry Team Leader. Current Pads: Not sure.. sorry I dont have helmet with at this time. It is the basic issued pads by the army. Comments: Right now the pads are fine. This is my 3rd deployment using the same helmet with different pads. cleaning them is tough and they are just really dirty and grimey. SGT, US Army.

31 Oct 2011: Heard About us: A fellow Soldier. Duties: I am a logistics operator and advisor and I travel outside the wire on a regular basis. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: It is hard on my head. MAJ, US Army.

30 Oct 2011: Hometown: Ft Bliss, TX. Heard About us: Soldier's on CLP recomendation. Duties: Batallion Maintenance. Current Pads: NSN- 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: poorly fit, headaches, visual distraction, and Irritation. 1SG, US Army.

28 Oct 2011: Hometown: Fort Knox, KY. Heard About us: A fellow. Soldier Duties: Conducting reconnaissance, project planning, and construction missions in order to build new FOBs, COPs, OPs, and establish offensive and defensive positions to execute tactical combat operations. Current Pads: Velcro pads. Round pad on the inside top. Rectangular pads around the inside brim. Comments: The current pads and chin strap are very difficult to adjust and keep adjusted. The chin portion of the chin strap is irritating and harbors bacteria. If cleaned in the washer - the form changes and consistency is not the same. The form does not keep shape and cause the helmet to 'lift-up' off your head causing a bad and uncomfortable fit.  CPT, US Army. [Update 4 Nov 2011: I received your helmet kits and they are absolutely amazing! These are definitely an upgrade for comfort and fit! I have passed the kits out to my Soldiers and feedback is all positive. The only thing I would add to the kits are two additional size 8 oval pads in order to fit six of these pads vertically around the inside of the helmet to sync with the size 6 traps in the front and rear. Other than that, the comfort is like wearing a marshmallow, but a very snug and stable fit - which is difficult to achieve both. The velcro strips are great as they are segmented for easy application and are capable of being cut and shaped to better fit pads to the liking of each Soldier - so very versatile in that aspect as well. I would be interested in passing out more if they are available. I have 28 Soldiers total and would like to fit all of them with these pads. I understand feedback is key so once we get a few patrols in with wearing them for long periods of time, optics mounted on helmets (added weight), and sweat variables I will email you again with more feedback. Thanks for hooking us up with a great product - they will get great use daily!]

27 Oct 2011: Hometown: monroe, MI. Heard About us: friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: light green standard issue pads. Comments: pads are hard and dont abosorb sweat at all. SPC, US Army.

25 Oct 2011: Hometown: Lindsay. Heard About us: a fellow soldier. Duties: infantry,combat ops. Current Pads: basic grey issue. Comments: they are extremely uncomfortable and they freeze and get hard in cold conditions. SPC, US Army.

24 Oct 2011: Hometown: Eagle River, AK. Heard About us: A good friend. Duties: Squad Leader, Airborne Infantry, Afghan bound within the next 6 months. Current Pads: No writing present. Green fabric, hard, blackfoam. glued together. Plastic bag over the foam that holds in the sweat and keeps them nice and slimey. Comments: The fabric gets nasty, causes rash on my boys heads. They get hard when they get cold, soggy when we sweat, fall out constantly, overall just make it a pain to use a helmet. The headaches, dont even get me started. My Soldiers deserve better. If I can only get the 8 pairs for my boys I will happily wear my crappy old pads for 10 more years! Geronimo.  SSG, US Army.

23 Oct 2011: Hometown: Caguas, Puerto Rico. Duties: INFANTRY, CONVOY SECURITY. Heard About us: ONLINE. Current Pads: USED UP BASIC ISSUE THERE GREEN PADS WITH NSN NUMBER ON IT.  Notes: THE REASON I REQUESTED 25 IS IM SURE THE REST OF THE GUYS WOULD WANT SOME TOO.  SFC, US Army.

21 Oct 2011: Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Unit Pad, NSN:8470-01-546-9415, ACU color, hard as a rock. Comments: These pads are worthless. They don't last more than a month. After that month, they give you headaches and irritate your skin. SGT, US Army.

20 Oct 2011: Hometown: Lansdale, PA. Heard About us: Fellow Soldier. Duties: Recon/Scout Platoon Leader responsible for area security to include dismounted and mounted patrols and facilitation of local governance. Current Pads: Gray CIF issue pads-unknown NSN. Comments: Current pads are rigid and uncomfortable. Issues with durability (rips/seams bust easily) and overall comfort. 1LT, US Army.

19 Oct 2011: Hometown: Fairfield TX. Heard About us: a friend. Duties: mechanic, recovery, fueling helo's, convoy. Current Pads: regular army issue. They are already falling apart. NSN. Comments: Right now for me and my guys our pads are uncomfortable and falling apart. They also smell bad.  SGT, US Army.

16 Oct 2011: Heard About us: USO at Philadelphia Intl Airport. Duties: COIN/Humanitarian assistance. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: After wearing them for one month of pre-mobilization training, it seems that the pads have not softened up as the original issue pads used to do. New issue pads are extremely uncomfortable and clothing sales only has the same brand. 1SG, US Army.

16 Oct 2011: Hometown: Hammond IN. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Combat Infantry Operations. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: As of now everyone in my squad to include myself have issues with helmet not staying in position and constantly having to change pads due to tearing and frequent headaches. Our unit returned earlier this year and are due to deploy again soon. We are currently hitting the training very hard and a lot of my soldiers are spending quite a bit of their own hard earned money on military gear to make the training and upcoming deployment just a little bit easier. SSG, US Army.

15 Oct 2011: Hometown: Olney. Heard About us: USO advertisement. Duties: Civil Affairs. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-545-7350. Comments: After a period of constant wear, the pads start to cause a sharp pain the in the back of my head where there is a lot of contact. SPC, US Army.

13 Oct 2011: Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Grey, velcro on back, round top pad, rectangle side pads. Comments: excess pressure on sides of head, causing headaches after long periods of wear.  SPC, US Army.

11 Oct 2011: Heard About us: fellow soldier. Duties: convoy. Current Pads: Has no buisenss name on center pad. Comments: The pads are super hard and make the kevlar not so nice to have on your head. its a distraction having to move it around All the time. PFC, US Army.

10 Oct 2011: Hometown: Schertz, TX. Heard About us: Fellow Soldier.  Duties: Convoy Movement and pulling Security outside the wire everyday. Current Pads: Middle Pad no writing but they are gray and really hard. Gives me headaches. Comments: The pads we are issied are no good. Gives me headachs I would say within about 45 min of wearing it. You have to adjust them all the time and they are literally hard as a rock till they get soaked with sweat. Gross I know but itts what we havee to deal with. I saw the pads y'all are donating and I think I fell in love. I would really like to try a set and for sure I will pass the word on. SPC, US Army.

10 Oct 2011: Hometown: SAN DIEGO, CA. Heard About us: ONLINE. Duties: INFANTRY, CONVOY SECURITY. Current Pads: USED UP BASIC ISSUE THERE GREEN PADS WITH NSN NUMBER ON IT Comments: THE REASON I REQUESTED 25 IS IM SURE THE REST OF THE GUYS WOULD WANT SOME TOO.  SPC, US Army.

8 Oct 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: They are flattening out. I've only had them for 6 months and it's to the point that my helmet is lose on my head and it's starting to annoy my head. SSG, US Army.

6 Oct 2011: Heard About us: I heard about the program through other Soldiers. Duties: COIN Operations. Current Pads: We currently use the basic issued pads that come with the ACH which are MSA. Comments: The issued pads are very firm and don't provide the much needed cushion while on patrols/missions.  CW2, US Army.

4 Oct 2011: Heard About us: friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Light Green, Stiff Pads. Comments: No Stability. pressure points make it uncomfortable. pads do not allow for airflow. Shock absorption is lacking. overall pads are ineffective. SGT, US Army.

2 Oct 2011: Heard About us: military moms. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: want to see difference .  PFC, US Army.

2 Oct 2011: Duties: Security Force Advisor, Infantry. Current Pads: Oregon Aero. Comments: Fit and comfort. SGM, US Army.

2 Oct 2011: Heard About us: Peer. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Helmet fit and comfort.  SSG, US Army.

29 Sep 2011: Hometown: Olympia, WA. Heard About us: buddy in Kandahar told me. Duties: Embed with Afghan police. Current Pads: basic issue, no writing on it other than NSN. foilage green in color, cloth exterior. Comments: the pads seem to wear down and lose resiliency, they feel like basic foam. SFC, US Army.

29 Sep 2011: Hometown: Shreveport, LA. Heard About us: internet. Duties: Commander. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: Current pads only come in two sizes. So either the helmet doesn't fit, or regardless of the size and sorting of the pads, you get a headache. The current pads are too stiff and as mentioned, there should be at least one more size of pads rather than just two. I'll donate enough for a few sets so you can continue to provide for our great Soldiers too...keep the program going.  CPT, US Army.

28 Sep 2011: Heard About us: fellow soldier. Duties: Special Forces operations. Current Pads: ACH original issue pads - they are too worn to get much information about. Comments: The pads are so worn that with my Peltor headset on the helmet falls forward over my eyes. SFC, US Army.

25 Sep 2011: Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Mechanic/Convoy. Current Pads: i think the NSN is 01-506-6626 its kinda worn off. Comments: the pads i have are hard and put pressure on parts of my head. SPC, US Army.

25 Sep 2011: Heard About us: Online at www.operationwearehere.com  Duties: CSM [Command Sergeant Major] Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-548-9415. Comments: The pad on forehead and side of temple area start burning and itching after 2 or more hours of wearing.  CSM, US Army.

22 Sep 2011: Heard About us: google. Duties: Movement from KAIA to various posts. Current Pads: UNICOR. Comments: comfort issues with the helmet sitting on top of the head instead of down on the head and sliding forward.  SGT, US Army.

19 Sep 2011: Heard About us: soldier Duties: recon Current Pads: army issue Comments: wear out too fast and won't stay still no matter how tight I make the straps. SGT, US Army.

19 Sep 2011: Heard About us: Google. Duties: Reconnaissance (Cavalry Scout). Current Pads: They are worn down pretty good, but they are the regular foliage green Army issue pads. Comments: After about half an hour of use, my pads start to apply a lot of pressure to my head causing massive headaches and discomfort. Compared to the memory foam pads, the Army issue pads feel like cheap, hard plastic; exactly what they are. I find myself constantly adjusting my ACH and longing to take it off even though we have not been operating for long (usually we run about 12hours, at least, a day).  PFC, US Army.

18 Sep 2011: Duties: AFPAK Hand, Current Pads: Gentex, NSN 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: Current pads create support gaps and sore spots. MAJ, US Army.

17 Sep 2011: Heard About us: internet search to buy new pads cause i currently don't have any and would like to have some waiting on me when i go home on leave in 12 days. Duties: Logistics Patrols, and resupply. Current Pads: i currently don't have any in my ACH they were taken out to get washed and were destroyed by the washer and dryer so i have gone without for the last week and our unit doesn't have replacements at the moment however i fount you and was hoping to recieve yours when i get home for R&R in 12 days. Comments: my old pad was nice and didn't create the presure point that the 7 pad system creates it was a single non pop-able bubblewrap dome peice covered in felt, however since it's destruction by the washer i no longer have pads and seldom wear my ACH unless i have to and the pain of no pads is worse than the GI issue pads if you can believe it. if you think you can help me it would be great cause without them when i return home i have to go to CIF and get issued and charged for a set of pads that cause me pain.  SPC, US Army.

17 Sep 2011: Heard About us: ANOTHER SOLDIER. Duties: RECON, DISMOUNTED/MOUNTED PATROLS. CONVOY. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: THEY ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WHEN WORN FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. SGT, US Army.

16 Sep 2011: Heard About us: platoon leader. Duties:  Infantry. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: the current pads fall apart too quickly- they are hard at all times not just when it is cold, it is causing headaches for numerous soldiers. SGT, US Army.

16 Sep 2011: I am currently deployed in Afghanistan thank you so much for the new pads for the helmets! I can wear my ACH without the headaches that fallow after and during the long hours of missions. Truly is a blessing that there are people who have the soldiers on their minds and in their prayers. Thank you all! Loyalty, Respect, Honor, V/R SPC

13 Sep 2011: Heard About us: From a joe in my squad. Duties: I am an infantryman attached to [xxx] PRT. Current Pads: black on top gray on the bottom regular issue. Comments: The current pads irritate my head constantly while on a mission. I am an infantryman and spend a lot of time outside the wire. I am a gunner and a dismount.  PV2, US Army.

13 Sep 2011: Heard About us: GOOGLE. Duties: Focused Targeting Force INFANTRY. Current Pads: Basic Issue. Comments: NSN 8470-0-1-546-9366.  1LT, US Army.

11 Sep 2011: Duties: Currently doing 12 hours of base defense/ Convoy ops daily. Current Pads: original from CIF/RFI NSN. Comments: Current soldiers pads are worn and completely unserviceable. I Got some of these pads for myself and they are really good pads. Would like a set for my whole platoon if possible.  SGT, US Army.

11 Sep 2011: Heard About us: Fellow Soldiers. Duties: Mechanic / convoy ops. Current Pads: The current pads we have are black and green. Comments: The pads we have currently get really hard after a few months of use. They cause alot of headaches after being worn for a while. SGT, US Army.

10 Sep 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Green on one side and black on the other. Comments: The are very uncomfortable and when wearing NVGs the helmets sag in the front.  PFC, US Army.

8 Sep 2011:  Duties: Combat Medic.  Thank you for an amazing product!!! The pads that the Army issues are garbage, but you already know that. They are hard, uncomfortable and cause pressure points which get very annoying if you aren't a POG and actually have a job that requires you to wear your helmet. After 9 months of wearing the Army pads in Iraq my section sergeant gave me a set of your pads and asked me to try them out. As soon as I opened the pack and felt the pads I couldn't get the old pads out fast enough. The best word that can sum up the feeling when I put my helmet on after switching the pads is "relief." I felt unencumbered FINALY!!! With the operation helmet pads their are no more pressure points, they don't pull on your hair, and actually seem to allow air to flow. I have spent hundreds of dollars customizing my gear and equipment so that I feel more comfortable when out in sector and I never would have thought that these pads would make as much of a difference as they do. They are amazing. Everyone in our truck uses them and as weird as it may be the majority of our conversations when out on patrol, for the first few days using them, were about these pads and how much of a difference they make. Again, thank you for an amazing product from myself and the rest of my crew. SPC, US Army.

8 Sep 2011: Duties: driving trucks. Current Pads: they are green really dirty and feel like foam. Comments: They hold way too much heat in like the pads soak up the sweet but they also dont allow the sweat to cool you off.  SPC, US Army.

7 Sep 2011: Duties: Communications. Current Pads: msa. Comments: headache.  SSG, US Army.

5 Sep 2011: Heard About us: coworker. Duties: convoy driver. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Current helmet gives me a headache.  SPC, US Army.

5 Sep 2011: Army SSG,  Unit: 5-4 CAV, 1 ID.  Duties: Scout I absolutely love your pads. A couple of weeks ago you guys sent some for me and the soldiers in my section. My soldiers and I have nothing but great things to say, the comment most often hear is "i no longer feel like i have knives digging into my skull". I keep telling people about you, I hope it really catches on. Thanks for your contributions they are much appreciated!
Previously Used: Team Wendy (ZAP or Susquehana)
(note: gov't issue).  Rating: 1. 
Current Pad: Oregon Aero. Rating: 5

1 Sep 2011: Heard About us: INTERNET. Duties: INFANTRY (PATROLS, SWEEPS). Current Pads: NSN-REGULAR GRAY ISSUE. Comments: PADS DONT LAST LONG THE SEAMS ARE SPILTING WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OUT TO WASH THEM.  SPC, US Army.

30 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Google Search. Duties: Convoy Security. Current Pads: standard issue (grey) - no writing. Comments: Thank You.  SPC, US Army.

29 Aug 2011: Heard About us: on google. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: issued pads the writing wore off from much sweat and use they use to be are gray in color looks like it use to be glued i don't have the covers for them any more. Comments: the gi pads are very hard on my temple i try to move them but with no success they get very hot and they rip very wear out very easy... they are constantly smelly and develop mold on the pads ... PFC, US Army.

20 Aug 2011: Heard About us: TotallyFreeStuff.com. Duties: Afghanistan National Army Mentor to the [opsec]. Current Pads: Dark green, soft, words are worn out. Comments: I'm the Platoon SGT for 17 other guys. Would it be possible to gear for the rest of my Joe's as well. All of us serve as ANA Mentors. Thank you!  SFC, US Army.

19 Aug 2011:  Heard About us: aid station. Duties: Medic providing healthcare to Line unit soldiers. Current Pads: issue NSN8470-01-546-9415. Comments: I am the 2 platoon medic and the issue pads are causing multiple headaches for my guys during missions. Sgt, US Army.

18 Aug 2011: Duties: Infantry Current Pads: They are grey and are stiff, I have had them sin my tour in 09. Comments: These pads are stiff and are unconfortable they do not absorbe any sweat. They are old and velcro is coming off .  SGT, US Army.

15 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Scout/Recon. Current Pads: They are the HORRIBLE ARmy issue pads. It feels like I have daggers going into my head, they get hard and stiff and become useless fast. Comments: We have to get new pads every few months. I believe if we wore a better fitting helmet that didn't FLOP all over the place and had decent pads we would be fine. SSG, US Army.  Update: Thank you for responding so quickly, I apologize for taking so long to respond but we don't get a whole lot of time to check e-mail lately. Second I can give you quite a few reasons why the upgraded pads are better: First, and probably most important in soldiers minds, they are way more comfortable to wear. Before I upgraded my pads I couldn't keep the helmet on my head for more than 4 hours without getting a headache, which is distracting and annoying in combat. Now I can wear my ACH for 18 to 24 and it doesn't bother me at all. Second, the helmet fits better with the upgrade especially when wearing NVG's for long periods of time. Even if the chinstrap comes lose your helmet will hold in place. Third, they are easier to clean and because of what there made of they don't adopt that "bacterial growth" smell. Of course there is always the studies that show that the upgraded pads do a better job of protecting Soldiers during IED blasts and blunt force to the head, that's why family members like them, however Soldiers will like them for everyday reasons, if your going to spend half of every day for a year wearing 80 pounds of gear you do your best to make it as comfortable as possible. As far as the fund raising goes I'll get with my CO and see if we might be able to get the FRG involved in some way, their great at raising money...

15 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Just browsing around on the internet looking for good/better helmet pads. Duties: Cav scout. Current Pads: Foliage green basic issue kevlar pads from CIF. Comments: The pads I currently use suck they get hard and stiff and give me a headache. Just want some news and better pads, these seem to be pretty good from all of the reviews that I have read.  SGT, US Army.

15 Aug 2011: Heard About us: One of my Platoon Leaders. Duties: Convoy Security. Current Pads: NSN - 6470-01-506-6626 Size - 3/4. Comments: After awhile the pads become hard and uncomfortable.  1SG, US Army.

14 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Convoys. Current Pads: NSN:8470-01-506-6851, the pads are black in color. Comments: The current pads we have are worn out. They are flat and sweaty and dirty. We really could use another pair.  1LT, US Army.

13 Aug 2011: Duties: I will be traveling all across the OEF AO from [opsec] - mainly by ground convoy. Current Pads: MSA pads. Comments: I have been issued a large helmet and it is extremely uncomfortable and moves when I am shooting my rifle, I would like to install your pads to stabilize my helmet to allow an unobstructed field of vision when engaged in returning small arms fire.  MAJ, US Army.

12 Aug 2011: Heard About us: my friend. Duties: mechanic. Current Pads: skydex. Comments: too much movement don't feel secure.  SPC, US Army.

10 Aug 2011: Duties: Convoy,Infantry. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9416. Comments: while sweating in the they feel alright but when they dry they feel like as hard as rocks. CPL, US Army.

10 Aug 2011: Duties: Recon active routes. Current Pads: msa. Comments: uncomfortable after long period of time on missions.  SPC, US Army.

8 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Grey, foam, torn seams. Comments: Headaches, tearing, and not fitting right on my head. PV2, US Army.

8 Aug 2011: Heard About us: My wife found out about you on the internet. Duties: Convoy Security. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: My platoon is running convoy security missions in Southern Afghanistan. On some of the missions they are in their trucks for up to 14 hours and the pads we currently have caused headaches, and pain from the pressure on their heads. The undue discomfort causes the Soldiers to remove their helmet to get some relief. My Soldiers deserve to have a helmet that they can wear without causing pain and also provide protection from blast injuries. I would greatly appreciate your assistance to help me take care of my Soldiers. 1LT, US Army

8 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Fellow Soldier. Duties: Mechanic. Current Pads: They are black outside with a green inside and come in three types, 2 square, 4 rectangle, and 1 round one. Comments: To loose and don't seam to have any actual cushioning to them.  PFC, US Army.

8 Aug 2011: Duties: Driver. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: lost 2 pads and 2 more are tearing. PFC, US Army.

8 Aug 2011: Duties: convoy commander/NCOIC. Current Pads: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: my pads are tearing more and more everyday SSG, US Army.

7 Aug 2011: Duties: Infantry Current Pads: NSN Comments: Hard to brake in an uncomforable.  SSG, US Army.

7 Aug 2011: Heard About us: uso. Duties: route clearance. Current Pads: black and green pads. Comments: uncomfortable and high pressure on points of impact.  SSG, US Army.

7 Aug 2011: Duties: Daily patrols. Infantry. Current Pads: Gentex. Comments: They are too thick and wear out pretty quickly. SGT, US Army.

7 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Soldier. Duties: Tanker. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The pads themselves are fine but after being here for an extended period of time and leaving the wire everyday the hygiene of said pads has gone down. My platoon leaves the wire everyday and it is difficult to clean the pads because of so little down time. The pads I'm asking for is to be able to have a replacement set to switch out pads as well as chin strap if available as the chin strap is down stiff and hard from my sweat and only gets malleable again after wearing it and sweating. The hygienic value of another set of pads will be a morale booster as well as overall cleanliness. im only asking for one set but if possible a few for my fellow battle buddies would be ideal as our supply doesn't order any replacements for us. SGT, US Army.

6 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Google. Duties: infantry medic. Current Pads: army issue.  Comments: I've always used army issue ones, and now with the amount of time spent wearing my helmet, they have really become unbearable, causing many of us to take em off soon as vehicles stop moving or especially when attaching essiential equipment, the added weight is even worse for our foreheads. Bottom line: I don't want to be readjusting or be distracted by my helmet sliping around uncomfortably when treating casualties. I'm jus thankful there's an organization that recognizes this problem!!  PFC, US Army.  Update 19 Sep 2011: I've been wearing the pads for almost a month now and I absolutely love em. I gave the second pair you sent to a fellow medic and he liked them so much he ended up ordering enough for his whole platoon! The leftovers I distributed among my guys and of all the things I've been handing out, sunscreen, foot powder, pills, Lamasil, etc, they were obviously the most excited to receive the new helmet pads! And for good reason! I've noticed far fewer guys asking for Ibuprofen for those pesky minor headaches, and I still have soldiers come ask "Hey I heard you were handing out free pads?" to which I always direct them to the website. I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you on behalf of all of us. I know our unit alone has received a fair share of these pads, so thank you to all of those who donate to make Operation Helmet possible. Your generosity is duly appreciated by each and every one of us who use these pads on a daily basis!

6 Aug 2011: Heard About us: another soldier. Duties: PTT, PSD and Convoy. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: falling apart and uncomfortable.  PFC, US Army.

5 Aug 2011: Duties: Tanker. Current Pads: Black Pads sewn seam and feels like cotton. Comments: My pads personaly are very thin now and allow my helmet to fit loosely.  SGT, US Army.

5 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Buddy. Duties: Sniper. Current Pads: Color;Tan towards the Kevlar, Black towards the head. Texture; that of a rock. Comments: Thank you very much.  SPC, US Army.

5 Aug 2011: Heard About us: One of my soldiers. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Green felt like pads that are hard and un-forgiving. Comments: If you know of any places that have chin straps, it would also help greatly! Thanks for the great service, glad no one has forgotten about us. God Bless.  SGT, US Army.

5 Aug 2011: Heard About us: a good friend in my platoon. Duties: gunner in a mrap and dismount. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: they are hard they never form to your head and if i wear them for more then a hour it starts to hurt my head.  SPC, US Army.  Followup from SPC: I dont know how to thank you enought. It means alot to all of us to know people care.

5 Aug 2011: Duties: convoy. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: The current pads are okay but the front pad does nothing as far as keeping sweat from pouring into your eyes. SSG, US Army.

4 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Searching google for better pads. Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Comments: We are running one day to week long convoys. The current pads are causing headaches that last for days especially for those in the turrets. It is a regular occurrence to remove your ACH for pain relief. During and days after mission it feels as if there are bruises directly where the pads lay on your forehead.  SPC, US Army

4 Aug 2011: Well we do a lot of dismounted operations  that makes you sweat like crazy. I always see my Soldiers lifting their ACH off their heads to get some comfort.

3 Aug 2011: Heard About us: FRIEND. Duties: ROUTE CLEARANCE. Current Pads: CURRENTLY HAVE THE BLACK AND GREEN PADS. VERY SOFT AND GREAT. WE SWEAT ALOT BUT I DONT HAVE A BAD ODOR FROM THEM. Comments: I AM ORDERING THEM FOR MY PLATOON. THEY WERE ALL ISSUED THE HARD GRAY PADS FROM BASIC ISSUE. I AM THE ONLY ONE IN PLATOON WITH THE BLACK AND GREEN ONES. THEY ALWAYS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE HEADACHES THEY HAVE FROM ACH. I HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH THE ONES I HAVE. THEIR ACH'S ALSO SMELL REALLY BAD BECAUSE THE PADS THEY ARE USING HOLDS THE SMELL.  SFC, US Army.

1 Aug 2011: Our Soldiers here live in extremely remote locations and wear their Helmets most of the time.  Between the constant use and style our pads are in really bad shape.  Resupply and ordering is difficult due to logistical requirements to get stuff to us. Many of our operations are at night and the NVGs extra weigh really makes the helmets uncomfortable.  Additionally, there is really poor air flow in the areas where the pads are.  This causes them to get dirty faster and irritate the skin. In the AO were in now there have been many IEDs and even guys shot in the helmet - you'd think a quality helmet system would be important -  not to mention pushing to get replacements when the issued ones are worn out.

1 Aug 2011: I really appreciate the support you are giving our Soldiers.  I remember the older sets the Army started with and it was amazing especially after going from the old strap kevlars.  I'm not sure when, but the pads have recently changed - when you wear the newer ones they mold to a shape and are no longer padding.  In the AO were in now there have been many IEDs and even guys shot in the helmet - you'd think a quality helmet system would be important -  not to mention pushing to get replacements when the issued ones are worn out. Cpt, US Army

1 Aug 2011: Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Dismounted patrols in a mountainous regions. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Our Soldiers here live in extremely remote locations and wear their Helmets most of the time. Between the constant use and style our pads are in really bad shape. Resupply and ordering is difficult due to logistical requirements to get stuff to us. Many of our operations are at night and the NVGs extra weigh really makes the helmets uncomfortable. Additionally, there is really poor air flow in the areas where the pads are. This causes them to get dirty faster and irritate the skin. Thanks for considering our request, CPT, US Army.

31 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Through a Friend. Duties: Operational Security. Current Pads: Sage pads basic issue. Comments: the current pads suck, the soak the sweat up become hard, they also hold smell even after cleaning them. not comfortable they dont mold to your head thats for sure.  SGT, US Army.

31 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Google Search. Duties: Infantry tasks. I am attached to an infantry squad running combat missions daily. Current Pads: Standard issue pads in ACH. Sage green pads. Comments: I am requesting 15 so that i can distribute them among my immediate squad of guys. If at all possible there is a hand full of additional personnel that could use them as well. A1C, USAF (Army augmentee)

29 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Google. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Grey in color. Sewn around the edges. Comments: current pads are hard and uncomfortable, and they always come apart at the seam around the edges. SPC, US Army.

29 Jul 2011: Heard About us: heard about you on internet. Duties: military police escorts during the withdrawl of troops from iraq. Current Pads: skydex. Comments: they're just rather hard and cause discomfort and pain on the head causing head to become numb after long periods of time.  SPC, US Army.

28 July 2011 Ques: Do you feel the discomfort due to the helmet pads detract from mission performance? The Army believes that if a soldier's helmet were properly fitted, the discomfort would go away. Agree?July 30, 3011 Ans:  The discomfort has most distracting affects during a mission when the only thing going thru ones head is how much longer before we can take the helmet off. And as far as sizing goes the helmets are made in different sizes yes but all the pads are the same so regardless if your helmet fits right due to size the discomfort comes from the pads not the helmet size. SFC, US Army.

28 Jul 2011: Duties: CONVOY (DELIVERING SUPPLIES TO OUR INFANTRY PLATOONS). Current Pads: MSA. Comments: IF POSSIBLE I WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST PADS FOR THE REST OF MY PLATOON, SSG xxx REQUESTED PADS FOR HIS SECTION A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO FROM YOU. HE TOLD ME ABOUT IT AND I WOULD LIKE TO GET ANOTHER 15 SETS TO COVER THE REST OF OUR PLATOON IF POSSIBLE. THANKS. 1LT, US Army.

28 Jul 2011: Heard About us: looking for new helmet pads from google and stumbled on your site. Duties: Contact Team (mechanic). Current Pads: zap 3/4 pad set pat pending 3fnr9/tw-z90-001 mfg by team wendy lot no. z2006-747 or z3006 hard to make out. Comments: thank you hopefully your pads dont give me a headache. im requestion 2 because im getting one for my battle buddy that is in my hmmwv with me. and that is what a sgt does take care of his troops. since we are getting deployed in sept thank you.  SGT, US Army.  SGT, US Army.

28 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Unit Pad, Crown Size 3/4 W911qy-65-d-0001 NSN 8470-01-506-6626 90425 LOT 3266-3. Comments: Uncomfortable. Sweat traps too well. Moves around easily even when fitted. SPC, US Army.

27 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Combat Advisor deployed with US Army to train/advise Afghan Army. Current Pads: Pad Helmet, Advanced Combat Helmet, Circular Crown Size 3/4" NSN 8470-01-546-9415, SPM1C1-08-C-B101, 5M888, Lot 03. Comments: Hard on the scalp after extended periods of usage. Maj, USAF (Army augmentee)

27 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Google. Duties: Mounted and Dismounted Patrols for the remainder of the tour. Current Pads: Various pads throughout the Battery. Comments: I just recently received the 20 kevlar upgrade kits that I requested for my Platoon. I want you to know that the pads are a tremendous relief and all my soldiers are extremely grateful for these pads. Second, I am requesting an additional 70 kits for the rest of the Platoons within my Battery. My unit consists of approximately 95 personnel, some of which work the TOC and do not have a need for these kits. If it is at all possible to fill this additional order, I would greatly appreciate it, as would the rest of my Unit.  SGT, US Army.

26 Jul 2011: Duties: RUNNING CONVOYS. Current Pads: msa. Comments: I can never get my helmet to fit right, pads are hard as a rock, and it give me headaches and makes the helmet hit the top of my eye pro.  SSG, US Army.

24 Jul 2011: Heard About us: Another medic in my unit. Duties: Line Medic in an Infantry Company. Current Pads: Standard US army issue Comments: My current pads are very stiff..and they give me constant headaches when I wear my ACH for 2 hours or more.  PFC, US Army.

24 Jul 2011: Duties: I am the Platoon Sergeant for my LTC and his command group PSD. Current Pads: ZAP. green side sticks to ACH and black side is against the skull. Comments: The current pads say that they are easy to clean and able to be washed by hand. The ones we have now fall apart and provide small amounts of protection. It feels like steel plates against your head. pads smell bad after about the 3rd or 4th washing even with soap and start to fall apart very quickly if you sweat excessively.  SFC, US Army.

19 July 2011: The biggest complaints I have and so do my soldiers is the that the pads the army gave us are irritable and itchy, uncomfortable they weigh heavy on our heads to the point you don't want to wear your ACH I especially get a head ache and I know my soldiers have complained about the same. I want my guys to be somewhat comfortable we are Infantry soldiers and are out in our gear on road patrols and once they are "broke in" your helmet moves around a lot which also cause discomfort for us. Any kind of help you can give us would be greatly appreciated. SSG, US Army.

19 July 2011: Duties: Scout. Current Pads: PAG. Generic issued pads. Grey, no noticable sewing. Comments: Pads are uncomfortable and aren't large enough. SPC, US Army.

18 Jul 2011: Duties: Convoy/Medic. Current Pads: NSN NUMBER NOT READABLE. Black on one side and gray on opposite. Comments: Pads cause helmet to shift when they're sweaty. SPC, US Army.

18 Jul 2011: Duties: Patrols / Base Defense. Current Pads: NSN (original from CIF). Comments: Redness/Swelling on forehead. Washed pads with detergent and no different results. SGT, US Army.

18 Jul 2011: Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: GREEN FLAT PAD. Comments: [need] COMFORT. SSG, US Army.

17 July 2011: I have been wearing the same issued pads since I came into the Army almost 5 years ago. My last tour was gruesome because of the pads. I'm always taking my helmet off while we're out in sector, just to get my head a break. My Platoon SGT has some of these softer pads and his ACH causes him no problems. The reason I am requesting 20 kits, is so that everyone within my Platoon will have a set, and hopefully allow them to forget that they have a helmet on and focus more on the missions that we conduct. SGT, US Army.  Update: I have told a lot of people about the issues we have with the gear that is required for us to go outside the wire. It seems like a losing battle, however. The best response I get is, "Too bad, deal with it." Your operation is the first positive feedback I've gotten since I joined. My soldiers will all be pleased with these kits, as will the rest of the NCO's and Officers of my platoon. I thank you in advance for your help and support of our missions.

17 Jul 2011: Duties: I am preventive medicine and I travel to all of the COPs, FOBs, and Camps througout Afghanistan's AR West. Current Pads: Army issue. Comments: The pads I have now are pinching my head after the first 30min of wearing it. It makes it really uncomfortable. SPC, US Army.

16 Jul 2011: Duties: Tanker. Current Pads: GI issue. Comments: I am in the same platoon as pfc mxxxx and spc pxxxx, their are 21 people in our platoon who are getting around to ordering the pads, if you could send them all in one package for your convience that would be great. The GI isuue pads hurt my head and are very uncomfortable.  PFC, US Army.

16 Jul 2011: Duties: Route Security, Dismounted Presence Patrols. Current Pads: ACU Color, glued together, Standard CIF Issued pads. Comments: I have been wearing the same issued pads since I came into the Army almost 5 years ago. My last tour was gruesome because of the pads. I'm always taking my helmet off while we're out in sector, just to get my head a break. My Platoon SGT has some of these softer pads and his ACH causes him no problems. The reason I am requesting 20 kits, is so that everyone within my Platoon will have a set, and hopefully allow them to forget that they have a helmet on and focus more on the missions that we conduct.  SGT, US Army.

14 Jul 2011: Duties: Combat Advisors conducting convoys and long missions outside the wire. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The address these will be sent to is my Admin Specialist address while we are at MOB site and here at Fort xxx for a couple of weeks. The current pads cause headaches especially for soldiers that have odd shaped heads they also take a while to break in. Thanks for your support. 1SG, US Army.

13 Jul 2011:Duties: infantry. Current Pads: gi issue. Comments: they aren't comfortable, stay smelly and are just weak in general.  SPC, US Army.

8 Jul 2011: Duties: Dismounted Patrol Infantry. Current Pads: Standard. Comments: They dont' keep the form.  PFC, US Army.

7 Jul 2011: Duties: Personal Security Detail.....provide security to the battalions command team. Everything from convoy patrols to dismount, to air assaults. Current Pads: MSA, I believe. My guys have a mixture of different pads. Some are the foliage green and a few have the black pads. Comments: the issue pads only last 1 or 2 removals and the backing peels off and the pad will no longer stay in the helmet. Update 13 July 2011: I just received the pads today. Talk about fast! Thank you so much for getting these out so quickly and my guys loved them. They were asking me if I had some kind of inside man in the supply system. Said "nope, just a group of great folks that want to take care of us." SGT, US Army. 

7 Jul 2011: Duties: convoy, medic. Current Pads: foliage green. Comments: I am medic that goes on convoys daily. Most of my guys are complaining of head aches, discomfort, itching, and that the pads are rubbing raw/ hot spots.  SPC, US Army.

1 Jul 2011: Duties: Route Clearance / Survey. Current Pads: Green Round Foam pad, sewn on edges, back has illegible NSN. Comments: The pads wear out too quickly, you can't wash them without them falling apart. They fall apart when sweaty, something that happens often in the desert. SGT, US Army.

30 Jun 2011: Duties: I'm an infantry team leader. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The ones I have are pretty old, did not get issued new ones prior to leaving for Afghanistan. Would appreciate any help you can make to send some replacement pads. Thank you!  SGT, US Army.  Update 19 Jul 2011: I received the helmet pad upgrades today. Thank you guys very much for your generous donation and I will inform the guys about filling out the survey online after they have tested the products. The invoice says 19 but I received 20, I don't know if that helps with your inventory. Also, I understand that you may only be able to supply so many units with these pads, however, if your services can provide it, we would like to request for 11 more in order to complete our platoon of infantrymen/ mortarmen that regularly patrol in our AO. If you're unable to do so, I completely understand. It's just that some of the guys have seen them and would also like some for the rest of their squad members, thank you for all your support, it is very appreciated!

30 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry Combat Line Medic. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The pads are really hard to break in and once you finally get them to a good comfort they rip tear and it just causes many issues. We run 3 patrols a day out of our COP and that is a lot of time outside the wire and are only issued one set of pads from the army!  PFC, US Army.

30 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Extremely uncomfortable, stiff, they don't absorb sweat well.  SPC, US Army.

29 Jun 2011: Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: NSN od green. Comments: they are stiff and do not support night vision optics. helmet always slips.  SGT, US Army.

24 Jun 2011: Duties: SECFOR. Current Pads: nsn: 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: The pads wear out quickly from everyday use and smell from all the sweating. MAJ, US Army.

21 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry line unit. Current Pads: standard army issued crappy pads. Comments: Currently when we go out on patrols of 12 hours or more thru the city and green zone, between the heat, the sweat, and the horrible helmet pads myself along with the guys on my team get headaches almost every patrol.  SPC, US Army.

18 Jun 2011: Duties: TRAINING ANP. Current Pads: SOME ARE GREEN AND BLACK, OTHER ARE ALL OD GREEN (UNIT PAD CROWN W911QY-05-D-0001)( NSN 8470-01-546-9415 LOT 0737-4) (NIB/WSIFB) IS WRITEN INSIDE THE OD GREEN. Comments: JUST OLD, NO LONGER SOFT, SOME GUYS HAVE HOLES IN THEIRS.  SFC, US Army.

16 Jun 2011: Duties: Convoy/Engineer. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: Comfort after short use, and no comfort under extreme movement. SPC, US Army.

16 Jun 2011: Duties: INFANTRY COMPANY XO. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The issued pads are extremely painful and rub my skin raw. Can't concentrate. 1LT, US Army.

16 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Don't know the brand, most of the writing has been removed through wear and tear, but they are a light blue [grey] orginially with black trim where it's been sewn [OH comment: sounds like TW or MSA pads]. Comments: Right now the pads are very unforgiving on the forehead, especially when wearing NODS. They aren't soft at all, sometimes giving us a headache when wearing them for a long period of time. If you have problems with my shipping address please just e-mail me. Thank you!  PFC, US Army.

15 Jun 2011: Duties: Afghan Army Advisors. Current Pads: Black bottom velcro with green pad on top. Comments: I thank you for considering my Team for your product!  SFC, US Army.

13 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry Current Pads: MSA, 8479-01-546-9415 Comments: Cause helmet to ride high. They are also too hard and is uncomfortable to wear. 1LT, US Army.

11 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: oregon aero [none]. Comments: I came late to the unit and the unit was under funded because of late orders for a deployment so I wasnt given the new eqiupment. So I have the old Kpot with the webbing inside of it. Thank you for any help and the great service you guys do for the military.  SSG, US Army

7 Jun 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Current pads frequently cause head aches after extended use. They also cause the helmet to move around too much once its worn. Which causes constant discomfort.  2LT, US Army.

7 Jun 2011: Duties: Convoy Security. Current Pads: crap. Bluish/Green standard issue army pads. Comments: I get headaches from the pads. I get padburn.  SPC, US Army.

29 May 2011: My name is [xxx] and I would like to make a request for a helmet upgrade. I have tried to click the request button but it would not work on your website. I could be that I am using my phone but anyways. I am currently at Fort Polk for JRTC and completed the rotation and in 2 or so weeks I will be going on my first tour to Afghanistan but my second tour all together. Now to talk about the issued pads that I have been wearing for almost 6 years and let me tell you that these pads are by far the worst things that could be put in them. The problem is the pads are to stiff for one. I am a medium but the pads make me feel like I am wearing a small. I started my last tour with all my pads and slowly started to remove and adjust my pads at least every other day. I kept thinking why I was continuing to have headaches all the time but I just continued to wear them and thought it may have been from wearing my gear. I am an infantry man and will be outside the wire everyday most likely. I only wear 3 pads now because the pain is annoying and I am using a bandana from my helmet from moving around. Please let me know if you can help! I think what you guys are doing is great. I am lucky that I stumbled across this site.  US Army.

29 May 2011: hello I've been reading on your web site and I would like to see about getting a set of your helmet pads- I can't ever seem to get my helmet to ever fit right and it's especially hard when I have NODs on. this is a problem when it come to performing night operations because my helmet always is falling forward and is uncomfortable . I'm due to be in country in Afghanistan mid June and didn't know how about to get a set.  SPC, US Army.

25 May 2011: Duties: Small Recon Team Leader. Current Pads: Black sewn seam, standard issue. Comments: wont let the helmet sit correct, very uncomfortable.  SGT, US Army.

22 May 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: I talked with my squad leader and he suggested getting new pads, and suggested going on line to find them. I was told about a site and i believe it is this site that would send them to you and those that have gotten them from this site have only said good things about them.. thank you for your support.. everything helps when your in the muck..  SPC, US Army.

21 May 2011: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: its black pads with green on the flatside. Comments: the pads are really old and they wont stick to the velcro anymore.  SPC, US Army.   (OH Note: recommended they contact CIF first)

15 May 2011: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: skydex. Comments: hurt my head and getting old.  SSG, US Army.

15 May 2011: Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: GRAY ISSUED ONES. Comments: THE PADS I HAVE NOW ARE OLD AND WORN DOWN.  PFC, US Army.

15 May 2011: Duties: I want to personally thank you for your support of our Soldiers down range. I am an Army chaplain working out of Fort xxx. In just a matter of days our unit will deploy for a one year tour to Afghanistan. Could we please be placed on the list for care packages? My unit's troop strength is around 700 Soldiers. Any help your organization could offer is both valued and appreciated. God bless you and your efforts. [opsec] I am a unit chaplain and will be visiting Infantry Soldiers at various COPS. Current Pads: standard issue. Comments: Request support.  Chaplain, CAPT, US Army.

14 May 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Its a grey pad with stitches around the edges its a rough fabric that velcros in place. Comments: Dont last long and once they soak up enough sweat you cant wash them out without ruining them.  SGT, US Army.

14 May 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: ACU type basic issue foam pads. Comments: Causing friction on temples and helmet induced hair loss.  SPC, US Army.

13 May 2011: Duties: convoy, medic, construction. Current Pads: NSN: 6470-01-546-9356. Comments: Pads are causing headaches and are very uncomfortable to wear on long convoys or on construction sites.  SPC, US Army.

12 May 2011: Duties: Guard. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The pads really hurt your head and break down very quickly so that the helmet falls into your eyes, We have at least 18 fulltime guard that would need something different.  SPC, US Army.

10 May 2011: Duties: EOD. Current Pads: nsn 8470013469407.  Comments: thay are causing headachs, and make it hard to wear the helmet for long missions.  SGT, US Army.

9 May 2011: Duties: I am infantry, we talk to the civilians in the city around the FOB. Current Pads: It is grey with a spunge texture. Comments: they give me a rash on my forehead. PFC, US Army.

9 May 2011: Duties: MEDIC. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: CURRENT PADS CHANGE SHAPE FROM DAY TO DAY AND FLATTEN OUT THROUGHOUT THE DAY CAUSING CONSTANT HELMET ADJUSTMENTS. THEY ALSO ABSORB ODOR VERY QUICKY AND SMELL HORRIBLE BY THE END OF THE DAY. I'LL BE DEPLOYING THE FIFTEENTH SO I WOULD APPRECIATE THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU!  PFC, US Army.

6 May 2011: Duties: Infantry Team Leader. Current Pads: green pads with hook pile tape as backing. Comments: I have had the same pads since i was issued the ach 4 yrs ago. The pads are simply worn out and torn up.  SGT, US Army.

6 May 2011: Duties: Medic. Current Pads: Army Standard issue, gray. Comments: My pads after using them for around 3 months they started creating a rash on my head, after repeated washing they smell would not go away, and the chin straps were just as bad, they were way to absorbent. About to leave for a year and would like 2 kits if possible to i can clean and trade them out but if i can only get one that would be okay, i just need something different then the GI pads!  PFC, US Army.

6 May 2011: Duties: Convoy operations. Current Pads: Gentex corporation. Comments: There are not enough pads for the helmet to fit snugly on my head, therefore it is loose and wobbles around. Because it isn't snug it also creates pressure points on the one small area the helmet happens to be resting on. SPC, US Army.

1 May 2011: Duties: I maintain systems in three different location and I would often convoy out to those location when repair or maintenance needs to be done. Current Pads: Black color. 7 pieces and are very solid. Comments: Mainly because everytime I wear my ACH I would get a headache after in about 2 hours. SPC, US Army.

30 Apr 2011: Duties: Traffic Control Points. Current Pads: Oregon Aero size 6 / Skydex (green/black) mixture. Comments: my current pad set is more than several years old and in really bad shape and mis matched due to missing items. Most seem as if they have popped. The pads are really expensive as is the chin strap system and I cannot afford to replace them and my unit will not supply them. I currently have the old chin strap system that does not fit correctly or comfortably and is very old and falling apart. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. SGT, US Army.

28 Apr 2011: Duties: Patrol, Convoys with Afghan Police. Current Pads: Hard grey velcro pads. Comments: The current pads don't hold the kevlar in place on the head very comfortable nor do they provide stability during long convoys or patrols.  SSgt, US Army.

28 Apr 2011: Duties: Infantry/Artillery. Current Pads: They are grey. They are the hard original army issued pads. There are four rectangle pads, two square pads, and the top round pad. Comments: First of all thank you for the support. The number one problem is the hardness of the pads. There are around 300 soldiers in my unit and most of us all have the same problem. Thank you again. SPC, US Army.

28 Apr 2011: Thank you for supporting the troops. Your organization provides a great service to us all. It is a shame DoD hasn't put it's money where there mouth is, and made the higher quality pads standard issue. All the safety requirements imposed upon us and.....they send us to combat with substandard helmets. All the money I've seen wasted by DA could easily supply every service member with 2 sets of improved pads and a quality H or X harness for their respective ballistic helmets. I will be taking donations from the team in order to help your organization. I have also ordered the ops-core x harness and will be testing it in conjunction with the new pads. Another team mate will be testing the ops-core h harness. If you would like feedback on the harnesses  please let me know, as the problem with the ACH/MICH extends to the harness as well. The standard issue harness is worthless while wearing nods. Once again you are greatly appreciated by all the service members you help.         (Note: We do not ask troops for donations)

28 Apr 2011: Duties: Personnel. Current Pads: Color is olive green. Comments: Just old and need to be replaced. CPL, US Army.

27 Apr 2011: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: issue. Comments: they are hard and hurt. specially after wearing it for hours on end.  PV2, US Army.

26 Apr 2011: Duties: foot patrols. Current Pads: nsn. the acu gray ones you get at cif. Comments: i am requesting 12, one for each member of our oda [Operational Detachment Alpha]. the helmet is the worst piece of gear we have to wear. add nods and it will crush your soul. headaches are the norm, and situational awareness is abandoned when wearing the helmet.  SSG, US Army.

24 Apr 2011:  Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: not sure what type there made of material to stick to the velcro thats inside of my ach, squares, pretty soft, black, long piece for the front of my head. Comments: they give me headaches pretty bad.  PFC, US Army.

24 Apr 2011:  Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN6470-01-506-6626. Comments: They hold in sweat leading to hot spots. Also they bunch up in the front causing your rhino mount to scrape your forehead. You also cant wash them without leaving them out in sun to dry for at least 6 hours which is not an option.  SGT, US Army.

23 Apr 2011: Duties: I am a communication specialist. I am attached to an Engineer Company and we are always out on patrols in various villages. My current pad are uncomfortable to wear with my hair up in a bun and I can never get them to be comfortable for me. My fellow soldiers need new pads since theirs are worn and torn. Can you please help us!  Current Pads: My current pads are grey and black. I am not sure about the other info.  Comments: They are difficult with my hair up in a bun.  SGT, US Army.

21 Apr 2011:  I wanted to take a few minutes to thank you and the Civil Air Patrol Cadets who helped provide the funding for our replacement helmet pads sent through Dr. Meaders. We are currently performing IED removal in Afghanistan and our platoon has taken 26 hits on our vehicles and personnel since October. Our old pads were terrible and gave us migraines and headaches through days and days of missions. The new ones are great and the helmet sits on our head like a pillow. Anyways, long story short my platoon greatly appreciates what you have done for us. Tell your Cadets that we truly appreciate their help and they have made a huge difference for us. Attached is a picture of our company, a picture of our platoon, and a picture of me receiving a purple heart for a blast that blew out my ear drum and gave me a concussion. Since then the pads gave me terrible migraines. The pads you provided us with have fixed my headaches and I have received so many great comments from the others who received them. Thank you again so much! (Following a Civil Air Patrol Cadet fund raising effort in Kingswood, Texas)

20 Apr 2011: I've noticed my guys loosen their chinstraps to the point where I question whether the helmet would stay on if it took any kind of hit.  They do this to attempt to make themselves more comfortable as a result of the issued pads being so uncomfortable.  I have also noticed that the pads will compress after about a month's use and never return to their original shape, making me question the pad's ability to prevent any kind of brain injury in the event of any kind of trauma to the head. 1Lt USArmy

20 Apr 2011:  The current pads we have are made of a completely different foam material that does not conform to the various shapes and sizes of the person wearing the ACH.  Often times it causes not only discomfort, but severe headaches while on patrol.  These headaches can severely hamper my platoons abilities to put the necessary people "on the ground" to conduct dismounted IED clearance, and should they become engaged, limit the amount of personnel required to respond appropriately and timely.  My hope is that these pads will ensure my platoon's ability to operate at the highest level of vigilance with regards to their mission, and not worry about the comfort ability that they lack.

21 Apr 2011: Duties: route clearance patrols. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: these pads r very hard and smell horriable. we ride in vics for 12-14 hours a day and these pads cause headaches and itch badly. PFC, US Army.

20 Apr 2011: Duties: Infantry in NE Afghanistan. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: They are uncomfortable and lose their cushioning.  1LT, US Army.

19 Apr 2011: Duties: Route Clearance/ Dismounted IED Clearance. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The current pads are causing severe rubbing and discomfort. We heard your pads are much more comfortable and shock absorbent, given our mission we would appreciate your assistance.  CPT, US Army.

19 Apr 2011:  Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: pads fit so tight i get headaches and it is not comfortable at all.  SGT, US Army.

17 Apr 2011:  Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: When it is cold they get very hard.  SFC, US Army.

16 Apr 2011: Duties: Forward Observer. Current Pads: black and with some grey ones. Comments: they just dont feel that great.  SGT, US Army.

16 Apr 2011:Duties: We are PSD for our Commander and Command Sgt Major. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The current pads we have constantly hurt my head after every mission, i get headaches, and now it is getting hotter, it hurts more, and feels like my head shrinks... I know soldiers in my platoon would second what I say. PFC, US Army.

14 April 2011: Dear Dr Meaders and the rest of the Operation Helmet Team:  I’ve been meaning to send along this thank you for several weeks. I hope you’ll forgive my procrastination & accept my gratitude for the helmet pads you sent. They went extremely fast! I hope you understand& know that your impact is enormous. You are NOT indirectly affecting their morale & quality of life here-your contributions affect them directly! Please know that the Ft. Hood-based 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers are appreciative of what you do. Thanks again! God Bless You! (Chaplain, Camp Liberty, Iraq).

14 Apr 2011: Duties: Infantry (Heavy Weapons Co.). Current Pads: Size Med. ACH, the pads have NSN written on them. Comments: The current pads dont fit well as they are to stiff, this also causes the helmet to be extremely uncomfortable for extended wear, I would rather not wear it most days.  PFC, US Army.

13 Apr 2011: Duties: Civil Affairs. Current Pads: issued sage green ones. Comments: headaches, and unable to keep a good fit.  SFC, US Army.

13 Apr 2011: Duties: convoy/ construction. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: the pads absorb sweat and become very hard, that makes them uncomfortable when we have to wear them 10-14 hours a day.  PFC, US Army.

11 Apr 2011: Duties: Infantry, SECFOR, outside wire mounted/ dismounted patrols. Current Pads: MSA 3/4''. Comments: Pads are uncomfortable. Squeeze the top of my head enough to numb the top of my head and give me a headache. Leaving red marks. I've moved them all around the inside of the ACH and still uncomfortable. Worried about wearing it all day outside of the wire. SPC, US Army.

11 Apr 2011: Duties: Preventive Medicine Inspections and Surveys. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Uncomfortable. MAJ, US Army.

10 Apr 2011: Duties: 19D, CAV SCOUT, RECON TROOP. Current Pads: STANDARD ISSUE GREY, MSA? INK IS ALL WORN OFF. Comments: I AM ORDERING THE 15 SET'S FOR ALL MY JOE'S. STANDARD ISSUE PADS WEAR OUT QUICKLY, PADDING IT TOO STIFF AND UNCOMFORTABLE.  SGT, US Army.

10 April 2011: The issued ones "work" but not nearly as well as we want them too. They start out too stiff, wearing down and loose the cushion effect rather quickly, even more so in the heat when we're out sweating in them. Most of My soldiers tend to leave out 1/3 to half the of the issued set of pads to the helmets will fit better and not cause so many headaches, which in turn lessons the cussion effect if they take a head impact.

10 Apr 2011: Duties: Dismounted Mortar Platoon. Current Pads: Regular all green GI pads. Comments: They are uncomfortable and do not provide enough support.  1LT, US Army.

9 Apr 2011: Duties: Medic. Current Pads: I dont know, helmet in hooch. Comments: They're too tight on my head, and they rub in spots, and i cant adjust them properly. SPC,US Army.

8 Apr 2011: Duties: Engineer Route Clearance. Current Pads: gray pads, sewn seam, squishy yet hard texture. Comments: Headaches, discomfort after prolonged wear. SFC, US Army.

7 Apr 2011: Duties: EOD. Current Pads: Issued Pads. No information on them.  Comments: Headaches, no room for headsets, pushes safety glasses. SGT, US Army.

5 Apr 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Uncomfortable. Causes headaches after extended use, along with soreness due to stiffness of pads. SGT, US Army.

5 Apr 2011: Duties: Dismounted Patrols. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Current pads remain hard no matter how long you wear them. They do not conform well to the head. Thank you very much!  1LT, US Army.

4 Apr 2011: Duties: ROUTE CLEARANCE. Current Pads: I HAVE MSA. Comments: I DO ROUTE CLEARANCE WE CLEAR ROUTES IN IRAQ OF IED'S SO WE SPEND 6 TO 8 HOURS A NIGHT IN OUR TRUCKS DRIVING SO ON AVERAGE WE WEAR ARE HELMETS 6 TO 10 HOURS AT A TIME WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO REMOVE THEM WHEN THEY HURT OR ARE UNCOMFORTABLE DO TO THE SAFETY RISK OF AN IED GOING OFF NEAR ARE TRUCKS MY PADS CAUSE THE FRONT OF MY HEAD TO HURT ANDTHE SKIN TO GO NUMB A BIT ON MY FOREHEAD I HAVE REMOVED SOME OF MY PADS AND RUN WITHOUT THEM BECAUSE THEY PUT ALOT OF HARD PRESSURE ON MY TEMPLES AND IT GIVES ME HEADACHES SO IM JUST LOOKING TO GET A BETTER PAD FOR MORE COMFORT AND SO I CAN RUN ALL THE PADS FOR MY SAFETY WITHOUT GETTING HEADACHES. SGT, US Army.

31 Mar 2011: Duties: It is battle circulation teams in carge of convoy security about four times a week. Current Pads: NSN number: 8470-01-649-9416, made by Gentex Corp. Comments: Flat, hard and does not stay in place on heads of soldiers.  SPC, US Army.

31 Mar 2011: Duties: Convoys. Current Pads: Green pads velcroed in.. semi- soft texture. Comments: Not comfortable at all.. When my mine roller hits bumps my head feels everyone of them. SPC, US Army.

28 Mar 2011: Duties: Route Clearance Package. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Due to the lack of comfort with the current pads, helmets are not worn as tightly as needed which greatly increases the risk of concussions/TBI. PFC, US Army.

18 March 2011:Due to the lack of comfort with the current pads, helmets are not worn as tightly as needed which greatly increases the risk of concussions/TBI.

19 Mar 2011: Duties: Convoy Team, PSD. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: The pads are wearing out from everyday use causing the soldiers in the team to readjust their helmets. A couple soldiers dislike the comfort level of the pads. Once they get pushed in they stay that way and never go back to their originial state.   SGT, US Army.

16 Mar 2011: Duties: Combat Medic. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Discomfort after wearing for prolonged periods. Numbness on fore head. Have had new pads back lining rip apart from the top lining during initial period of moving them around to get good fitting. After awhile the pads loose their foaminess and become hard in a contour the shape of your head. SPC, US Army.

15 Mar 2011: Duties: PSD, security escort, convoys. Current Pads: No writing, grey colored pads. Comments: The pads are cheaply made, they are tearing apart at the seams, and my unit supply can't seem to get any on-hand. SPC, US Army.

15 Mar 2011: Duties: mounted/dismounted patrols in Afghanistan. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9056. Comments: pads are hard for first 30 min of wear, and don't hold helmet steady. causes pressure on sides of head after pads soften up. SPC, US Army.

13 Mar 2011: Duties: driver. Current Pads: green very stiff and smooth felt. Comments: we can not keep our kevlars on for more then a few hours it gets very cold here in the winter so the pads get very stiff and have never gone back to how they were. it sits to high on my head and doesnt cover the back of my neck.  PFC, US Army.

13 Mar 2011: Duties: Logistic mission as well as mechanic work. Current Pads: UNIT PAD, CROWN SIZE SPM1C1-D7-C-F191 3/4" NSN 8470-01-546-9415 9U425 LOT 1907-4. Comments: They are not exactly soft and when having to be in the ACH with Eyepro on for long periods of time they cause headaches. SGT, US Army.

13 Mar 2011: Duties: BATTALION RECOVERY ASSET Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-648-0407 THEY ARE THE GREY UNIVERSAL COLOR PADS Comments: THERE HARD AS A ROCK, VERY UNCOMFORTABLE TO WEAR. SPC, US Army.

11 Mar 2011: Duties: Commo, Civil Affairs Teams, Mechanic. Current Pads: Gray in color and foam filled and brushed velvet type of material. Comments: With our unit constantly do long mission. The current pads are cause headaches. And constant operating long missions the headaches and be completely uncomfortable, makes the mission harder to focus at the task at hand. SSG, US Army.

9 Mar 2011: Duties: I'm the chaplain's assistant with our Cav unit. While I don't need the pads I would like them for the guys that are going outside the wire with the most regularity, the LTC's personal security detachment. There are several hundred troops who go out, but they go out the most . Current Pads: the ink has worn off, but they are a steel grey pad, one circular pad in the center, two trapezoidal pads and four rectangles. The material starts off soft, but it goes hard pretty quick and doesn't go soft again after washing. Comments: The dog-gone things push the helmet over your eyes. I know with the helmet design you need the pads, but with the new IOTVs they need to change the helmet design. You can't go prone and still see. SPC, US Army.

8 Mar 2011: Duties: Patrols. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Our Pads Are hard while on patrols they push against our heads and brings pain.  PFC, US Army.

7 Mar 2011: Duties: Battle Field Circulations, Air Operations Current Pads: UNIT PAD, CROWN SIZE 3/4'' NSN: 8470-01-545-241S LOT: 2087-4 Comments: Dont have to many problems with the current pads except comfort.  SGT, US Army.

6 Mar 2011: Duties: Civil Affairs... Patrol with Infantry and interact with locals. Current Pads: Grey hard pads. Comments: I just get really bad headaches.  SPC, US Army.

5 Mar 2011: Duties: Construction Engineering. Current Pads: Issued pads. green, felt-like material. Comments: The existing issued pads hurt my head after awhile. I was told that your pads are more comfortable. WO1, US Army.

5 Mar 2011: Duties: Joint patrols with the Afghan Army and Afghan Boarder Patrol. Current Pads: grey in color feels almost like plastic is on the inside when you try to squeeze it. Comments: Headaches from pressure points in the pads, and after they are worn for a short time they become hard and doesnt hold the ACH securely to the head. (these are the major complaints from my soldiers in my squad). SGT, US Army.

3 Mar 2011: Doc Bob, I wanted to take a minute to tell you thank you for the helmet pads you had sent me before I deployed. On June 28th, 2010 I was driving the lead vehicle in my convoy and was ambushed in a complex attack. A RPG hit 6 inches from my head penetrating my window and injuring me, I was also hit by an IED on the driver side. I am positive that the padding you provided me with helped save my life.  M.

1 Mar 2011: Duties: Dismounted EOD operations. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The current helmet pads are uncomfortable and they pull out your hair. The pads also are unreliable due to being stiff when not worn for a day or two and then softening up after extended use. This leads to constant adjusting of the helmet which is not a good practice outside of the wire. The helmet pads also cause headaches during long periods of wear and cause hot spots.  SGT, US Army.

27 Feb 2011: Thank you so much for helping. I have been hit by eight IED's now and the headaches from that nowhere compare to the headaches from my helmet pads. It is so nice to see someone who cares as much as this organization. I hope you can help us. Thank you! Duties: Route Clearance, IED Removal. SGT, US Army

24 Feb 2011:  Duties: Combat Advisor. Current Pads: NSN-original issue new model pads. Comments: Become hard in the cold and fall apart after extended wear.  MAJ, US Army.

17 Feb 2011: Duties: We are a Reserve Civil Affairs company that will be doing direct support missions in Afghanistan. We are leaving this Spring. Current Pads: Foliage green color. glued in. Hard as rocks until you warm them up via sweat. Comments: The current pads do not hold up. The way they fit causes the helmet to ride too high and put a lot of pressure on your head. During my last deployment, I had to get them wet to soften them up so they'd fit right and be somewhat comfortable. By asking for these pads now, I'm trying to ensure that the guys in my company are taken care of before we have issues like last time. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for doing this program! SSG, US Army.

15 Feb 2011: Duties: Stability Transition Team. Current Pads: Issued, Digital ACU Green color, smooth. Comments: Really hard and gives me headaches.  MAJ, US Army.

15 Feb 2011: Duties: EOD Team Leader. Current Pads: I personally have the Oregon Aero, but other members of my unit have the green tops with the black bottoms, with an internal honeycomb texture with a sewn seam. Comments: We will be deploying to RC East in Afghanistan running daily dismount ops, disabling IEDs. because of our dismount option the bomb suit will not be present putting us at greater risk to blast effects. Also in Cold weather the pads get stiff and hard until warmed up. SSG, US Army.

10 Feb 2011: Duties: EOD Team Leader. Current Pads: MSA black pads that came with the ACH. Comments: They are very uncomfortable. They are stiff and I need to constantly move the position of the pads. However, the back of the pad is constantly peeling off because it does not remove from the velcro. I have to be very careful when removing the pads. One pad will not stick onto the velcro so I am 1 pad short. They are not very durable in my opinion. SSG, US Army.

8 Feb 2011: Duties: Transportation Management Coordinator. Current Pads: Army issue pads. Comments: The current pads we are using are very uncomfortable and it is give me a lot of headache and stress. I have to wear my helmet during our missions and its just not possible to wear it no more than 1 hour. PFC, US Army.

4 Feb 2011: Duties: Infantry Scout Sniper Section Leader. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The old issued ones were so much better! But mine wore out quickly and the new ones the Army issues are garbage. They're way too hard.  SSG, US Army.

4 Feb 2011: Duties: Combat Engineer, Squad leader, Route Clearance, and Route Sanitaion. Current Pads: I have 7 soldiers that still have the old style pads they are foilage green and the seams are glued together. Comments: the pads get hard, they stink even after you wash them, they rip at the seams.  SGT, US Army.

3 Feb 2011: Duties: AbramsTank Gunner, MRAP gunner. Current Pads: Green Hard ones. Comments: Headaches on long missions..... too many pads must be worn at once so they squash your head while wearing the ach... would like one for each of the MRAP gunners if its possible since we wear it the most. SPC, US Army.

2 Feb 2011: Duties: I go outside the wire as needed. we respond to emergencies with other units, IDF, clear caches, and go after insurgenens. Current Pads: I have a regular ACH, size M/L and good helmet pads would be great. Comments: Don't fit well.  SPC, US Army.

2 Feb 2011: Duties: Technical Escort (EOD). Current Pads: Black pads, no writing, have had them since 2008. Comments: Pads are close to mush now, no stability, they also are ackwardly sized for ACH. SPC, US Army.

1 Feb 2011: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: i have the basic issue pads. Comments: the pads made me break out on my forehead for a month i couldnt train i couldnt do much of anything we are about to leave and im still playing catch up. SPC, US Army.

1 Feb 2011: Duties: Infantry 11B. Current Pads: modular NSN. Comments: Removable pads are falling apart I have 3 left.  SPC, US Army.

31 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry Squad Leader. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9356. Comments: Discomfort.  SSG, US Army.

29 Jan 2011: Duties: Military Intel. Current Pads: standard issue green foam pads 1 circle, 2 square and 4 rectangular. Comments: Original pads cause headaches and I am going to deploy again in 3 weeks to AFG. Heard these new pads would be good to test out and if they work, recommend to my unit that will be deploying next year.  1LT, US Army.

27 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry / CBRND. Current Pads: Bags already packed for Deployment, but they are the original Issued pads, there Black. Comments: My Platoon including my Maintenance guys is 27... if too many kits please let me know. Thank you for your support. The current Pads that my platoon have been using are too firm, and uncomfortable to wear while running. This deployment will really step up the game if we can find a more reliable solution. Sgt, US Army.

27 Jan 2011: Duties: Artillery, conveys, Patrols. Current Pads: NIB SABVI. Comments: Uncomfortable when on a long mission. PFC, US Army.

26 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry Team Leader. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: The pads I currently wear are very stiff, especially in cold weather, and cause discomfort. The pads are so thick and stiff it makes my helmet feel like it is sitting way too high on my head.  SGT, US Army.

26 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry Team Leader. Current Pads: Standard issue; all grey; hard; one circular, 2 squares, and 4 rectangles. Comments: They're just all very hard and difficult to break in. The front of the helmet always falls forward when wearing night vision. It gets pretty cold in the mornings before patrol and the pads get even more stiff where it makes it difficult to wear the ACH properly.  SGT, US Army.

25 Jan 2011 Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Black and smooth. Comments: I never really realized that there was an issue with the pads that we are issued. That was until we were switched to a sector that was at high altitudes that had much colder temperatures. I have noticed that the pads get hard and cause headaches for my soldiers. I sure hope these pads can help. I thank you for you time and dedication to this issue. I just want my guys to be able to leave their helmets on all of the time and stay safe. SGT, US Army.

25 Jan 2011 Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: They are very uncomfortable. I feel like circulation sometimes stops when I have my ACH on for a long period of time. PFC, US Army.

24 Jan 2011: Duties: EOD tech. Current Pads: army issue. Comments: they create hotspots on head and are terrible uncomfortable.  SGT, US Army.

24 Jan 2011: Duties: I am going out side the wire doing convoy. Current Pads: The NSN. Comments: the pads are hard and they give me a head ache.  SFC, US Army.

20 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Wearing the ACH for long hours results in severe discomfort at the end of the day; just in time to put it on again for a night mission or the next day. Its not intolerable, but its one more factor that works against us. It would be nice to actually have a comfortable helmet. 1LT, US Army.

20 Jan 2011: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: oregon aero. Comments: pad are worn and torn ... same with another Soldier.  SPC, US Army.

20 Jan 2011: Duties: DISMOUNTED INFANTRY. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: CURRENT PADS ARE TO HARD AND UNCOMFORTABLE.  SFC, US Army.

18 Jan 2011: Duties: mechanic. Current Pads: Regular PASGT suspension. Comments: I have a soldier that lost his ACH. There are no helmets in the supply system in Iraq. He has been issued a PASGT and as the unit safety officer, I am trying to get him the PASGT liner upgrade kit. We only have four months left in country, so no one is willing to take time to try to get him an ACH. Thank you for your help.  CW4, US Army.

18 Jan 2011: Duties: Forward observer, report and observe possible attacks on the JSS. Current Pads: NSN- 8470-01-54S-9356 they are gray. Comments: they suck and they get super hard when it is cold. my current pads hurt my head when i wear my ach longer then 2 hours. i have to wear my ach for 12 hours to 15 hours a day on the op. i have to take meds to make my headace go away from wearing my ach that long. the current pads i have are hard and never shape to my head and its pushes in on my head.  PFC, US Army.

18 Jan 2011: Duties: Infantry Current Pads: Foliage colored, stiff, cotton-like material, basic issue. Comments: The current pads I am using were issued to me with the ACH. They cause major discomfort after about an hour of use along my forehead and the back of my head. The stiffness of the pads makes tightening the helmet even more uncomfortable. SPC, US Army.

17 Jan 2011: Duties: mechanic, recovery, convoy Current Pads: basic issue green? back that attaches to velcro is pulling off glued together? (helmet is in motor pool locker right now) Comments: falling appart/cheeply made, (usual lowest bidder quality).  PFC, US Army.

16 Jan 2011: Duties: Mounted and dismounted patrols. Current Pads: SKYDEX. Comments: Current pads are hard and uncomfortable, the also cause the ACH to "ride high" on the head. I'm a Platoon Sergeant and will give a set of these new pads to each Soldier in my Platoon. Thank you for this service, it is truly appreciated.  SFC, US Army

16 Jan 2011: Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: gi issue pads. Comments: It's hard and gives me headache all the time. PFC, US Army

13 Jan 2011: Duties: Security, Infantry. Current Pads: Nsn. Comments: current pads are uncomfortable and cause my ACH to slide around even when completely strapped and tigthened.  PV2, US Army.

12 Jan 2011: Duties: Engineer operations(Heavy Construction). Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: uncomfortable and they tear apart easly. SSgt, US Army.

12 Jan 2011: My Soldiers take off their helmets in the vehicle to relieve from headache which is dangerous in moving vehicle with limited headspace. we have received injuries just from hitting a bump in the road and bouncing your head off the roof. The current pads bother everyone’s’ foreheads. they also wear out fairly quickly considering we only got here in Aug and we still need pads until next summer and several of my Soldiers already can see the plastic inside the pad. the Army in the past gave us one set of extra, but not this deployment. SFC, US Army.

11 Jan 2011: Duties: AAB Senior advisor to ISF (Advisory Assistance Brigade) in Iraq (Operation New Dawn) overwatching withdrawal of all troops by 2011. Current Pads: Gentex Corporation NSN: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: My flight helmet utilized Oregon Aero gel pads, as an aviator now on advisor duty, my primary helmet is the MICH w/NVG. Current pad set is creating hotspots.  MAJ, US Army.

11 Jan 2011:  Duties: convoy Current Pads: Oregon Aero - all black with sewn seams Comments: headaches with prolonged use.  Followup note: Ahh.....Yes, I was issued my bag of pads in Feb 2005 along with my MICH. The helmet and pads were probably produced in 2004 and shipped to the military. They are that old. I can't stand the current ACH issued pads. They are hard and don't cushion very well. Especially for hard bumps. CHARLIE MIKE!  MAJ, US Army. [OpHelmet comment: pads described we made over six years ago]

7 Jan 2011: Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: It gives me a headache it's to hard for my head.  SPC, US Army.

4 Jan 2011: Duties: PRT. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: backing of pads comes off and makes them not stick to velcro inside of helmet...get hard in the cold weather here.  SPC, US Army

1 Jan 2011: Duties: infantry, 11c. Current Pads: basic pads, from basic training. big gray pads, that are very hard and not comfortable. Comments: i really need more comfortable pads, due to leaving the wire, and pulling many hours on guard, im constantly wearing my ach. thank you so much for helping out. PFC, US Army.

31 Dec 2010: Duties: line medic. Current Pads: green and cloth like texture and sewn seams. Comments: army issue chin strap cause skin irritation; army issue pads are very uncomfortable wearing for extended time periods; deploying to war zone as line medic outside wire and need best pads possible; my parents are donating money to help defray costs; thanks for all you are doing; wish the Army would make these standard issue.  Heard About us: my mother found online and others in my unit have ordered and find they are great.  PFC, US Army.

30 Dec 2010: Duties: Sniper. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The current pads are very uncomfortable and when they get cold they are hard as rocks. When worn everyday they wear out and my helmet becomes loose and slides either in my eyes or towards the back of my head. CPL, US Army.

28 Dec 2010: Duties: Medic. Current Pads: issued ACH pads. Comments: in time the pads loose their cushionning attributes. SPC, US Army.

28 Dec 2010: Duties: MANEUVER, CONVOY. Current Pads: NSN & SKYDEX. Comments: I Recently received a set of the oregon aero pads. They make a tremendous difference. Thanks to everyone who supports this program it is a great program these pads save us from the discomfort and pain that the military issue pads create. SPC, US Army.

26 Dec 2010: I have 36 Soldiers that go outside the wire and could all use upgrades. We all have the same pads other than a couple that have purchased upgraded pads already. I'm looking for an alternative for my troops. The current pads we were issued are very hard making the helmet uncomfortable. And in the cold months, like now, the pads get even harder. A more comfortable fit would certainly ease the long hours we spend wearing the ACHs. CPT, US Army

24 Dec 2010: Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: MSA 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The pads are not fitting correctly and the helmet moves around makes it difficult to drive.  SPC, US Army.

23 Dec 2010: Duties: Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: Pads are hard and not comfortable.  CPT, US Army.

21 Dec 2010: Duties: I am the supply sgt for my company. Current Pads: nsn 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: current pads are too hard and bite into my joes heads. they often complain of poor fit and sore heads. CPL. US Army.

21 Dec 2010: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: they are very uncomfertable, we all get headaches from the issued ones.  SPC, US Army.

20 Dec 2010: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Black/ Green initial issue. Comments: Pressure on the front of my forehead.....Just plain out discomfort all around. SGT, US Army.

19 Dec 2010: We have received the helmet pads and been wearing them for about the last month. They are a great improvement over the issue pads. We can now conduct our operations without experiencing headaches and head pain that we would get from the normal pads. We will try and get through on the PEO Soldier website and let them know about the differences in the pads. Thank you, MAJ, US Army.

17 Dec 2010: Duties: Tanker/Dismount. Current Pads: Gray standard issue. Comments: They are very uncomfortable to wear for prolonged periods of time. SPC, US Army.

14 Dec 2010: Duties: fueler. Current Pads: one single pad that cover the whole helmet. Comments: my current pad is worn out, i have had it for 3 years and am having a hard time finding an affordable replacement. SPC, US Army.

13 Dec 2010: Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: Pad, ACH NSN 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: We are conducting route clearance operations in Afghanistan. MTBI is a serious side affect of our profession, and anything that can increase the comfort for the Soldier, and increase protection to the cranium is extremely important to us.  1LT, US Army.  Followup on 13 Dec 2010: "Wow. I am simply amazed at the level of enthusiasm with which you are supporting us, and from what I have heard, many other Soldiers and Marines as well. Only an hour ago I heard about you from our sister Sapper company. Their Commander had nothing but praise to say about you and your organization. Barely 30 minutes later, I hear you have not only received the request and trying to fill it, but have found a donor to help support us. Since we arrived in country, trying to get even simple equipment through the government supply channels has been slow, difficult, and often disapproved. I am simply amazed at the generosity you and your organization have shown, to say nothing of the generosity of Mr. Zxxx. God bless for your support of Soldiers. V/R, xxx 1LT, US Army".

9 Dec 2010: Duties: Cav Scout. Current Pads: They are airfilled gray pads. Comments: The helmet does not fit right. Due to the pads the helmet will not form correctly to my head. It makes it difficult to fire my weapon while wearing it.  SGT, US Army.

6 Dec 2010: Duties: can't really tell you just know I will be outside of the wire on a daily basis. i heard a bout this operation from my medic. Current Pads: issued with the helmet. Comments: when its cold they are hard, and do not be come flexible until they have been on your head for 30 min. They really do not provied any comfort for haveing your helmet on for long periods of time including all day. SGT, US Army.

6 Dec 2010: Heard About us: another medic Duties: Combat medic for the troops during patrols Current Pads: gentex corportation Comments: I'm having trouble with stabilization its hard to find the right combination with the 7 pads i have to get it to fit right. PFC, US Army.

6 Dec 2010: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: gray with black velcro and three different shapes one circular for the top and four rectangular for the sides and two large squares for front and back. Comments: well with the current pads I have it causes pressure on my temple giving me a headache and with night vision on it weighs down the front and causes my eyepro to dig into my face. SPC, US Army.

4 Dec 2010: Duties: Providing medical training to ANA [Afghan National Army]. Current Pads: Standard issue green/grey pads. Comments: As a medic, we're trained that the newest form of injury to worry about more and more is TBI. The issue pads provided only the minimum protection and almost zero comfort after an hour or two of consistent wear. We can't protect our soldiers brains from forces unseen and more and more often neurological injuries take a soldier out of the fight. PFC, US Army.

3 Dec 2010: I barely wore my helmet outside of the wire, the second we rolled outside the gate my helmet was coming off because it put me to sleep and hurt so bad.  The only time I ever found relief was when I was gunning, and had the mike set on.  These pads were poorly designed, and the Army needs to look into new ways of improving them. SPC, US Army.

3 Dec 2010: Duties: Medic. Current Pads: gray pads issued from basic training over 1 year ago. Comments: Deploying in 3 weeks, pads are worn out and doesnt offer much comfort. PFC, US Army.

2 Dec 2010: I have a scout platoon of twenty (20) guys, all of whom want the new pads. My crew complains constantly (of headaches)...We got a chance to look at them from the PSYOP guys we work with on a daily basis, and as soon as they felt the difference everyone has been bugging me to get me the info for the site. My guys will go for 40+ hours sometimes, with their helmets on, and it's bad enough that we've sustained a couple TBIs, worse when the helmet compounds their headaches even more. 1LT, US Army.

2 Dec 2010: Duties: Senior Medic. Current Pads: ACE Color, Sewn Seems, cotton like texture. Comments: Pads go flat in a relatively short amount of time after daily wear and no longer provide as much comfort or support. Seems tend to rip after extended daily wear.  SGT, US Army.

2 Dec 2010: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: UNK. Comments: Pads extremely worn. Second deployment for pads and suspension system.  SFC, US Army.

1 Dec 2010: Duties: convoy. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: after a couple hours the pads leave a bruise on my head, making it painful to wear headgear. PFC, US Army.

23 Nov 2010: Duties: Civil Affairs Current Pads: light green pads Comments: over time, the pads loss there cushion. while more comfortable then pervious pads, they still cause headaches for me.

29 Nov 2010: Duties: AO SECURITY. Current Pads: MSA FOLIAGE GREEN. Comments: CAUSES HEADACHES FROM PRESSURE, HARDEN IN COLD.  1LT, US Army.

22 Nov 2010: Duties: Troop Executive Officer. Current Pads: Gray, cloth covered plastic with gel inside. Comments: They seem to be filled with air around the gel filling, causing the pads to fit too tightly. Puncturing the outer layer helped a bit, but a pad that is more foam in nature would produce a better and more comfortable fit. 1LT, US Army.

20 Nov 2010: There are a few problems I have with the current pads. My main problem is a pressure point on top of my head. I had to remove the crown pad and reconfigure the others so it's not painful. They also have a hard time compressing in cold weather and make the helmet hard to fit on your head. In hot weather they retain a lot of sweat and you end up with sweat dripping into your eyes. Lastly, they do not secure the helmet to your head in a way that would provide the protection required. It doesn't matter how tight or loose you have your chin strap adjusted, the helmet never stays straight. It might stay straight for short periods of time or while doing minimal movement, but when you're moving up a mountain, taking contact, bounding, performing Individual Movement Techniques (IMT) it's surely to cant to a side, making you constantly having to adjust it just to see, or mount your weapon to your cheek. It's not a very good system for the worlds best military.  SGT, US Army.

19 Nov 2010: Duties: Rifle Platoon Leader. Current Pads: NSN, ACU color.  Comments: The current pads cause irritation and itching once I start to sweat. They just are not comfortable.  2LT, US Army.

19 Nov 2010: Duties: Infantry Sniper. Current Pads: MSA pads. Comments: The pads are not very comforitable, they never compress they way you want. They irritate my forehead. They retain sweat and smells. They also do not stable the helmet, I can't tell you how many times I see a crooked helmet. It's embarrasing. SGT, US Army.

18 Nov 2010: Duties: I am on the PSD team (personal security detail) constant convoys. Current Pads: color Grey army issue pads. Comments: can not order pads through supply as well as chin straps and the pads continue to cause headaches for all of us im a gunner and being in the turret you are less likely to be able to remove your helmet for a brief period.  SPC, US Army.

16 Nov 2010: Duties: maintence support. Current Pads: color light green soft texture sewn seam. Comments: current pads are uncomfortable and hard to clean and the fabric tears when removed form ach.  SPC, US Army. [OpHelm replied that  we send to troops outside the wire and harm's way.  His response]:  i'm on the recovery team i do go out side the wire everyday ive been blown up 2 times in the last month and been shot at numerous times since ive been here if thats not good enough for some new pads then i dnt know what is thanks [we sent pads same day]  SPC, US Army.

16 Nov 2010: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: black and gray, glued seam, felt texture. Comments: they wear down too fast, are not comfortable for extended ACH usage (+24 HRS), are practically unable to be cleaned with out ruining them so it is just as easy to keep buying the same crappy pads.  SPC, US Army.

15 Nov 2010: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: the color is gray its very hard padding and annoying. Comments:  sometimes the padding starts to tear - really hard to break in. PV2, US Army.

14 Nov 2010: Duties: Cavalry Scout.  Current Pads: the words are worn, they are foliage green and rip very easy.  Comments: Mine and some of my guy's pads are falling apart. The backs rip out.  SGT, US Army.

13 Nov 2010: Duties: RTAC [Regional Training Access Center]. Current Pads: basic issue green pads. Comments: no matter how many pads i add my helmet never fits right for more than 5 minutes. the pads are always falling off, and after about 2 hours of wearing my ACH, it begins to make my head start to pound. wearing NVGs [night vision goggles] makes it even worse.  SPC, US Army.

12 Nov 2010: Duties: Theater Strength Manager. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415; 01-546-9407; 01-546-9356. Comments: Hard and uncomfortable...some pads are too large and would fit better if smaller in size. I plan on purchasing different pads.  LTC, US Army.

11 Nov 2010: Duties: PSYOP. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Poor fit causing problems, pads detiorating and tearing apart. PV2, US Army.

10 Nov 2010: Duties: First Sergeant - I go where the Soldiers go on the Battlefield, My Fighting platoon is currently the PSD [personal security detachment] for the BDE [brigade] Commander and CSM [Command Sergeant Major]. They are constantly moving across 159,000 square Kilometers of battlespace. Infantry!  Current Pads: Size 6 MSA pads standard issue.  Comments: I gave a set of pads to one of my Soldiers and so far he loves the way they feel and the fact that the pads do not stiffen up after hours on the trails and roads in Northern Afghanistan.  1SG, US Army.

10 Nov 2010: Duties: Transportation/Security Foot/convoy Current Pads: various / standard/ green black Comments: stiff cause headaches.  SFC, US Army.

10 Nov 2010: Sorry for the delay, our internet went down again for a few days, as per usual. Mostly, the problems we have is that soldiers dont want to wear their helmets. So they will either unclip them or take them off altogether, any chance they get. It gets real bad when we are out in the sun all day. The draining sun plus the headache the helmets give us makes for a deadly combination. We all thank you so much for what you are doing for us guys over here. Your help is greatly appreciated.

6 Nov 2010: Duties: Infantry.  Current Pads: Team Wendy size 8 (1in Pads).  Comments: My hat size is 7 1/4 which allows me to wear either the medium ACH with 3/4 inch pads or the Large with one inch pads. I tried the medium with 3/4 pads and it is way too tight. I currently have a large helmet with 1" pads that fits perfectly. The problem is the pads are falling apart. I tried to DX [order] my pads but CIF [central issue facility] does not carry and due to the budget situation in the Army our supply system can not order the pads.  SFC, US Army.

5 Nov 2010: Duties: Cavalry. Current Pads: green, nsn 9470016469415. Comments: stiff, uncomfortable.  1LT, US Army.

5 Nov 2010: Duties: driving in vip convoys 3 or 4 times a week. Current Pads: black round pad. Comments: current issued pads hurt top of head after hours of driving. i drive down lots of unsafe roads and need pads that will help protect my head.  SPC, US Army.

5 Nov 2010: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: green and black. Comments: Thanks.  MAJ, US Army.

5 Nov 2010: Duties: Infantry, over 200 combat patrols complete in only 3 months.  Current Pads: Army issue pads that include 1 large round pad, 2 medium square pads, and 4 small square pads.  Comments: Our current pads are covered in dirt, grim, and sweat making them gross to wear. These pads are comfortable but they don't clean well. Thanks for your support of our troops.  1LT, US Army.

4 Nov 2010: Duties: MEDIVAC. Current Pads: Green Hard.  Comments: They are hard and feel like lumps. SGT, US Army.

4 Nov 2010: I wanted to let you know we got our kits and LOVE THEM!!!  They arrived the day before we started a 10 day mission so they got quite a workout.  Our non-scientific analysis is that we can wear them about 30% longer before any "helmet fatigue."  Even then, it is more noticing that you have a helmet on rather than wishing you had it off.  The first day I used them in the field I went all day without "needing" to take off my helmet because I just couldn’t take it anymore.  So it takes longer before you are uncomfortable at all and it never gets to the "oh god get this thing off me" point. A couple of observations: Discovered that they have a liquid interior when we had a hard freeze and my helmet was in the truck overnight.  Quickly solved by putting it over the heating vent for a few minutes but it was a surprise.  On the other hand, once heated up they hold heat nicely!  It was like putting a hot towel on my head.  Nice on a cold day.  I imagine putting them on the AC would let them hold some cold on hot days. My XO discovered that they are not nearly as comfortable if you install them upside down!  Doah! I am able to have my helmet tighter on my head with less discomfort than with the old pads.  Tighter is better. I have knocked my head on the side of the truck a few times (occupational hazard) and it seems like less force was transferred to my head.  Also good! Thank you again from the entire Kabul Team.  We really appreciate everything you are doing. MAJ, US Army

31 Oct 2010: Duties: I am the Team Leader for a Validation Team in Afghanistan that assesses the training and combat readiness of Afghan Military units. We travel throughout our region as we assess different units every couple of weeks.  Current Pads: MSA green/black pads.  Comments: The current pads that our team has are extremely uncomfortable. They are hard and provide no cushion. Most of team gets headaches after 20-30 minutes of wear and want to take their helmets off. It makes extended operations difficult when the team is battling headaches. MAJ, US Army.

31 Oct 2010: Duties: Infantry. Brigade Commander PSD. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-548-9415 GENTEX CORPORATION. Comments: Just overall discomfort and pain. Occasional headaches, especially when out for a long time. PFC, US Army.

26 Oct 2010: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415 9U425 LOT 0848-3 3/4".  Comments: My personal difficulties is that they dont hold their form, and that they are uncomfortable.  SPC, US Army.

15 Oct 2010: Duties: combat engineers, COP building. Current Pads: skydex. Comments: worn out peeling outer covers and sweat.  SSG, US Army.

14 Oct 2010: Duties: Maneuver. Current Pads: ACH Pads NSN: 8470-01-546-9415 Gentex Corporation. Comments: The ACH pads dig into the side of my head on both sides causing severe headaches. SPC, US Army.

11 Oct 2010: Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: Basic pads. Comments: The pads are uncomfortable and feel like cardboard. We wear these all day long and need more custom fit padding. Thanks. SGT, US Army.

11 Oct 2010: Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: MSA.  Comments: Several soldiers have had some of their pads come apart when removing the pads for cleaning.  SPC, US Army.

10 Oct 2010: Duties: Cavalry Scout Current Pads: Dark Green, thin. Comments: My current pads are simply uncomfortable and gives me headachs.  SPC, US Army.

9 Oct 2010: Duties: Combat advisors and mentors to the Afghan National Army. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Become stiff with sweat. Also front pad tends to make fore head numb after 20 minutes or so.  CW2, US Army.

9 Oct 2010: Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: OREGON AERO. Comments: THE PADS MAKE ME SWEAT MORE THAN USUAL COMPARED TO OTHERS THAT WEAR THE SAME HELMET. I WONDER IF THEY BE MADE SORTA LIKE HONEYCOMB WITH AIR HOLES OR SOMETHING.  SFC, US Army.

9 Oct 2010: Duties: Assessments of the ANA. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The current pads are very uncomfortable when wearing the helmet for long periods. In addition you bounce around a lot in the MRAP's. Anything that provides more cushioning is welcome.  MSG, US Army.

8 Oct 2010: Duties: light infantry/medic. Current Pads: 5 year old original issue ach pads no writing black smell bad and stiff as a board. Comments: i think that the current pads absorb too much sweat mine have been through iraq and afghanistan and they smell like a dead goat. when its cold and we sweat they freeze when we take them off so its like wearing ice blocks on your head and the chin strap sucks too! thank you for everything your orgization does to help grunts like me.  SPC, US Army.

8 Oct 2010: Duties: Validation Transition Team, we travel around and validate Afghan Units on their capability to accomplish their mission without assistance from US/NATO Forces. Current Pads: GENTEX (gray). Comments: Headache mostly, the current pads are effective but do not conform with all the different head shapes etc... MSG, US Army.

8 Oct 2010: Duties: I am the team chief for a team that validates the training received by Afghan National Army Soldiers. We ensure that the Afghan Soldiers leaving their initial training are able to survive during their initial deployment. My team includes one Civilian, and 4 ANA Officers. Every other week we are out with a different unit. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Most of us cant stand having our helmets on for more than a few hours before our scalps get sore. Taking off your helmet can be unhealthy but I admit we do it a lot. I would love to be safe and comfortable!  MAJ, US Army.

6 Oct 2010: Duties: Security. Current Pads: nsn 8479016469358. Comments: doesnt allow helmet to sit properly on your head.  SSG, US Army.

4 Oct 2010: Duties: CONVOY. Current Pads: NSN 3470-01-506-6626. Comments: HEADACHES, CHIN STRAP IS UNCORFORTABLE WHEN WORN FOR HOURS.  PFC, US Army.

1 Oct 2010: Duties: I am the [opsec] and have to always be ready to put on my body armor. I work missions that require my helmet and the old pads that are issued make my head feel like its in a vice. PLEASE HELP.  Current Pads: hard black pads that were issued in kuwait. Comments: I am going to write to help the cause, change out the pads.  1LT, US Army.

1 Oct 2010: Duties: Route Clearence Current Pads: MSA Comments: Cause discomfort and headaches with the soldiers of the Platoon.  PFC, US Army.

30 Sep 2010: Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The current pads we have are hard and uncomfortable. When trying to pull them out to clean, they often rip/tear.  SSG, US Army.

29 Sep 2010: Convoy Security.  Comments: I just want to start by saying that the pads you sent me are great. The previous pads that I had were original issuse when I came in the army. Let me just say they were not comfortable. When we wear our helmets as much as we do these new pads are great cause its important to have a comfortable helmet. Thanks and you are doing a great thing.  SGT, US Army.

28 Sep 2010: Duties: I am a Secfor Medic. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: While out just doing training i find myself constintly adjusting my ACH because of the pressure headaches it gives me. SPC, US Army.

27 Sep 2010: Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: N/A. SPC, US Army.

26 Sep 2010: Duties: Full Spectrum. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: Current Pads are very hard in extreme cold and in extreme heat become deformed after extended wear as in current operations  SSG, US Army.

25  Sept 2010: Doc...thanks for the quick response and thank you for sending the helmet pads. We have the same problems as everyone else...the pads get painful and it distracts us from what we're doing.  I personally find myself fidgeting with my helmet after about 30 minutes and then taking it off and rubbing my head every 10-15 minutes after that.  My team rotates as top gunners and I always dread being up there because I'm distracted.  Asking around, that pretty well sums it up for my guys also.
MAJ, US Army

24 Sep 2010: Duties: I have a six man team that is responsible for assessing the effectivness of Afghan Army units on combat operations. We will frequently travel throughout [the area]. Current Pads: Standard issue MSA. Comments: These pads are terribly uncomfortable after about an hour because they are so hard.  MAJ, US Army.

14 Sep 2010: Duties: MP [military police]. Current Pads: Grey Pads.  Comments: Forehead pains & headaches. PFC, US Army.

11 Sep 2010: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA Pad. Comments: When I was over the first time they were very uncomfortable, many complaints among the soldiers. SPC, US Army.

10 Sep 2010: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Gray on gray.. It seems like they where glued together. Comments: They are falling apart. Every time I take them out to wash them they get a new tear in the pads. I've had them for only 2 weeks after replacing them at CIF.  SGT, US Army.

7 Sep 2010: Duties: [our unit] will replace the [opsec], conducting counter-insurgency operations alongside Afghan National Security Forces. Current Pads: ZAP MGF by Team Wendy. Comments: I just got back from Iraq I was stationed in camp Taji we did Convoy Security, we wore our ACH's throughout the mission hours at a time. The pads that was given to me are rock hard they are not form fitting. They are cheaply made the edges that was sewn are really course and would really irritate my forehead. After getting head aches I would remove some pads and then my ACH would slip down on the bridge of my nose and cut it. I am about to deploy to Afgan in April and would love to not have these problems in a much more hostile environment.  SPC, US Army.

5 Sep 2010: Duties: Traditional CAV scout mission mixed with current COIN ops. Current Pads: they are the CIF issued pads, green greyish color. Comments: Constant headache approx 30-45 min after i wear my helmet. also the pads get worn down pretty quickly and do not return to form.  1LT, US Army

5 Sep 2010: Duties: combat engineer. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-506-6626. Comments: pads come apart easily when worn for long time.  SGT, US Army.

4 Sep 2010: Duties: PLATOON LDR- TRUCK COMPANY. Current Pads: NSN, Green, I get Headaches a lot from wearing all day. Comments: We are truck drivers and they are not comfortable at all many Soldiers complain of Head Aches and lack of support.  1LT, US Army.

30 Aug 2010: Duties: Intel Sergeant. Current Pads: MSA Black. Comments: sweat at lot.  SGT, US Army.

30 Aug 2010: Duties: Recon. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: The pads are very stiff and after a full day at the range wearing the ACH with the NSN pads I get headaches . Very uncomfertable to wear and move around in, also pulls my hair on sudden movements. PV2, US Army.

29 Aug 2010: Duties: Cavalry Scout. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: I've been using to same pads and chin strap i was issued in basic training because i was never issued any when i arrived to my unit. I also heard from my friend from basic how good these pad are so why not find out. PFC, US Army.

28 Aug 2010: Duties: Recon. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time.  SPC, US Army.

28 Aug 2010: Duties: forward reconnaissance. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: After being in the field or on deployments with the MSA pads, the kevlar bounces around on my head and isn't very secure, especially during night time ops with the extra weight of nods [night vision device]. PFC, US Army

27 Aug 2010: Duties: engineer. Current Pads: nsn green. Comments: padding wears out too fast. PFC, US Army.

26 Aug 2010: Duties: Infantry Medic. Current Pads: basic pad set that comes with the ACH they are the army acu color. Comments: i get a pressure headache on my front of the head and it hurts my head within a half hour of having it on. i have seen really nice front pads u can get.  SPC, US Army.

26 Aug 2010: Duties: Combat Engineer, Route clearance, patrols. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The pads are stiff and will not clean easily. SGT, US Army.

23 Aug 2010: Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: all ACU colored for the ACH. Comments: It's just so uncomfortable.  SSG, US Army.

21 Aug 2010: Duties: Engineer. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The helmet pads that we have right now are to stiff and cause headaches.  SSG, US Army.

20 Aug 2010: Duties: Medic. Current Pads: 8470-01-506-6851. Comments: the current pads become hard/stiff and brittle after just a few months in theater. they are not very durable as well.  SSG, US Army.

17 Aug 2010: Duties: Convoy security. Current Pads: .  Comments: The pads are seperating from the backing, and no longer sticking to the helmet. I am asking enough for my entire platoon. 1LT, US Army.

9 Aug 2010:  Army Scout working with Civil Affairs units in Afghanistan. Current Pads: MSA.  Comments: Our greatest concern is that the ACH's tend to fall in front of our eyes when we are in the prone. In addition if you have head lamps they would be greatly appricated.  SPC, US Army.

6 Aug 2010: Duties: Route Clearance.  Current Pads: NSN - foliage green.  Comments: Hard. Now that they've broke in it's rubbing the hair off the front of my head. Also doesn't stay in place and I've been hit in the head a few times with the metal NVG mount. SGT, US Army.

2 Aug 2010: Duties: Convoy security. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: The pads are uncomfortable for any extended periods (which is all the time) causing headaches and fatigue. The kit also came with a chin strap that cuts into the face (rubs it raw).  SPC, US Army.

1 Aug 2010: Duties: mechanic. Current Pads: not exactly sure. its for my husband that is deployed. he lthat is left one here that is green on one side and black on the other. fuzzy material and a tag with either a 6 or 9 on it. hope that helps. Comments: he is always complaining the they are uncomfortable and hot.  SSG, US Army.

1 Aug 2010: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: My helmet [is not available right now], they are very uncomfortable though.  Comments: They are uncomfortable, they rub my head raw, they make my helmet slide forward, they are just horrible pads. My battle buddy and i have head aches from wearing them all day today on a qrf mission.  PV2, US Army

27 Jul 2010: Duties: Fire Support/Joint Fires Observer.  Current Pads: standard issue gray ones. Comments: the gray ones are not forming right and giving some of us headaches, and some of us have our hair getting pulled in weird ways. kind of lumpy to which after a while sucks. SPC, US Army

27 Jul 2010: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: army standard issue from army CIF [central issue facility].  Comments: They lose their shape quickly, aren't comfortable or fitting on the head and they cause headaches.  1LT, US Army.

25 Jul 2010: Duties: MP. Current Pads: MSA Pad, Circ Crown 3/4". Comments: The current pads cause very sore hot spots on certain areas of my head.  MSG, US Army

24 Jul 2010: Duties: 11b - Infantry. Current Pads: CIF issued. Comments: the pads that are issued via CIF are not only uncomfortable but too bulky, and are not very durable.  PFC, US Army.

24 Jul 2010: Duties: MOUNTED/DISMOUNTED PATROLS. Current Pads: MSA 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: THEY ARE WORE OUT AND THEY ARE HARD AND FEEL LIKE WEARING A BRICK AGAINST YOUR HEAD.  SSG, US Army

24 Jul 2010: I am active duty and was issued the pads with the helmet at Fort Carson. The pads were in the helmet so it may have been that a soldier purchased them to clear easier (new vs. old). However many of my Soldiers from Fort Hood came with Skydex pads. Thank you. SFC, US Army

23 Jul 2010: Duties: Infantry, Scout, Recon. Current Pads: MSA, Green and black, Sewn seam. Comments: I have to move the pads around to make room for my radio headset, when I am on mounted patrol. However the pads have torn from unvelcroing over time. It seems the velcro is stronger than the sewing on the seams. Also, the padding compresses over time and does not allow much cushion.  SSG, US Army. 

23 Jul 2010:  Duties: logistics. Current Pads: MSA 8470-01-546-9415.  Comments: the pads fall apart, they get hard spots in them and create sore spots on the forehead!  SSG, US Army

22 Jul 2010: Military Police.  i have a small head and wear a small helmet but the pads do not seat my head properly in the helmet.  SPC, US Army.

21 Jul 2010: Ammunition Specialist. Comments: Current pads are poorly made and split at the seams.  SPC, US Army.

18 Jul 2010: Cavalry - refueling. Comments: you have to remove 1-3 to get them to fit right. some of us have misshapen heads! lol  SGT, US Army.

18 Jul 2010: Sniper Comments: I am requesting 3 kits. One for me, and the other two are for the two other people on the sniper team with me. Since we've been in country we've all had problems with our issue helmet pads. They don't seem to hold up with the extreme temperatures. The issue pads dry out and feel like bricks when you first put the helmet on for the day. Then, after we get to our overwatch points, the pads start soaking up all that sweat. Then, when we get back,m we have noticed that the pads start to fall apart. In conclusion, the issue pads are complete garbage. My team and I would very much appreciate the upgrade. Just something that little would brighten these three infantry soldier's days. Thank you...  SPC, US Army.

18 Jul 2010: Infantry Comments: The issue pads are too stiff and uncomfortable. They give you a headache. Friends who have these pads can't stop raving about how comfortable they are!  SGT, US Army.

17 Jul 2010: Infantry. Comments: Current pads are either too thick (causing me to use fewer of them; making the whole system not as stable) or sit right at my temples causing me to have headaches within the first hour of wearing the helmet.  SPC, US Army.

17 Jul 2010: SNIPER. Comments: THEY LOSE THIER PADDING AND BECOME STIFF AND HARD.  SSG, US Army.

16 Jul 2010: Convoy, Patrol, Air Support. Comments: The pads that I recieved from the origional issue began to swell and I had to start removing and rearanging the pads so that my helmet would still fit me. They all created hot spots on my head and created a very uncomfortable and itchy feeling. The second set of pads that I was issued shortly after we deployed did not last long. This set of pads wore very thin and started to harden making the wear of the helmet very uncomfortable. The rest of the unit is experiencing similar issues.  SSG, US Army.

16 Jul 2010: Route Clearance. Comments: My helmet never sits right and needs to be adjusted all the time. My whole SQD has the same problem with theres too. If you can please help us out we work anywhere from 8-14 hours a night. Thank you and God Bless.  SGT, US Army.

15 Jul 2010: Military Police. Comments: Forehead pain. SFC, US Army

12 Jul 2010: convoy security, patrols. Comments: I have requested 20 units for my squad, but Am wondering if I could try to receive enough for all deploying soldiers in my company, 141 is the number we have for troops on the ground, but any amount that can be freed up is more then helpful, I have requested these units through my chain of command and luck....I would love to do what I can to allow my soldiers to do their job out there instead of dealing with headaches, and pains.  SGT, US Army.

12 Jul 2010: Convoys, Guard Duty, Mechanic, Escort Missions. Comments: I have been deployed 4 times and I am about to make my fifth trip. I have yet came across any padding or liners that fit comfortably, support or vents. Currently I have a gentex TPL Flight liner, and I have an ACH. I have tried the originally issued pads, the skydex system, I have tried using less pads, more small pads than large pads. The original pads hold heat, they harden in the winter making it extremely uncomfortable. All I can say is please help.  Sgt, US Army.

11 Jul 2010: Hello first off I like to say thank you for your support, head protection is vital in over seas operations. My pads are manufactured by MSA, they are standard issue. These pads are stiff and uncomfortable. These pads often build up pressure against the soldiers head which causes discomfort and headaches. This leads to a lot of soldiers to take their ACHs off which is dangerous.  PFC, US Army.

10 Jul 2010:  Duties: Conducting EOD support and Partnership Operations with the Iraqis Comments: Thank you very much for your patriotism in service to the fine men and women of the United States Military!  SSG, US Army.

9 Jul 2010: Duties: convoy security. Comments: unit will not purchase them for us, and Ive ask my soldiers about it and they can not afford them, I am unable to purchase for everyone in my section, but have heard they work great.  SGT, US Army.

7 Jul 2010: Duties: INFANTRY. Comments: I am requesting 35 kits for my Scout platoon. Your services are much appreciated.  CPT, US Army.

6 Jul 2010: Duties: infantry in afghanistan Comments: i dont know the brand but the new pads that are fielded leave sore spots especially with buzz cut hair and sweat makes it worse i believe i had the oregons in iraq and i notice an incredible difference between those and the new pad being issued. SPC, US Army

6 Jul 2010: Duties: Infantry Platoon Leader Comments: current pads uncomfortable, best liner I have worn was a friends and its a one piece that fits over the entire top portion of the head. I am requesting enough for my platoon, but I will gladly take whatever you are willing to supply. thank you. 1LT, US Army.

23 June 2010: I just received 20 helmet pad kits for my Soldiers and distributed them before what turned into a 15 hour route clearance mission. There is absolutely no comparison between the issued pads and your pads. 15 hours in the issued pads would have created hotspots and blinding headaches. I could not blame my Soldiers for removing their helmets, but unfortunately, I cannot allow them to remove them. No such problems with these new pads. To a man, everyone praised these wonderful pads. Thank you for sending to me. I am currently on the PEO website and I cannot find a survey or feedback page for the pads. There is a link for it, but it leads to an empty page.

6 Jun 2010:  ENGINEER, ROAD CONSTRUCTION.  MY UNIT SUPPLY DOESN'T HAVE ACCESS TO EXTRA PADS AND MY OLD PADS ARE PRETTY BEAT UP AND TORN AND THEY ARE VERY UNCOMFORTABLE AND GIVES ME A HEADACHE.  SPC, US Army.

6 Jun 2010:  Vehicle Commander.  Lack of Unit Supply.. old Mitch (helmet) pads Smoked and Ripped. very uncomfortable.. SPC, US Army.

4 Jun 2010: Cavalry Scout.  The old helmet pads wear out and tear up very easily. They also become very hard after a couple weeks of use.  SPC, US Army.

4 Jun 2010: Forward Observer - Standard issue pads just don't cut it. Had to reduce the number of pads in the helmet to alleviate the problem, and the front-most pad has been crushed to the point where it barely cushions at all. Additionally, in the event that I suffer a head wound, my family won't receive SGLI benefits due to the lower number of pads in my helmet, and because they aren't covering the screws from my chinstrap. PFC, US Army.

27 May 2010: Force protection and mil to mil with host nations in Africa Comments: Hi Doc Bob. This is xxx again. The new pads are working great and are sooooo much more comfortable. The battalion will be in country shortly and you asked me to write back and let you know how many pad kits we could use. Thank you and your donors. Sgt, US Army. [requested 250 kits]

26 May 2010: Infantry.  Skydex pads loose their elasticity and are rock solid in cold weather. SFC, US Army

23 May 2010: combat medic Comments: old pads are hard to get a good fit, dig into head causing headaches during periods of extended use.  PFC, US Army.

19 May 2010: Military Police. I am requesting 5 sets of pads for myself and the other guys in my team. Other teams have recieved the pads and they are above and beyond what are issued. Thank you so much for the support!!!!!

19 May 2010: Combat Medics.  I thank you in advance. We are heading over soon (sorry, cant be specific) and can not get anything issued. We are out there saving lives and humping right along with the rest of the troops. My unit will be safer due to this assistance.  Sgt, US Army.

2 May 2010: Infantry First Sergeant.  Pads used with internal helmet headsets for the radio cause extreme pain and discomfort. 1SG, US Army.

2 May 2010: Infantry.  The current issued pads are unsatisfactory. They in no way fit to your head. Slipage is constantly a problem, which affects how we see and communicate on the battlefield.  SSGT, US Army

1 May 2010: my issued pads are way to stiff and thick, we have to use gentex chin straps as part of the SOP here and it rubs against my ears and is uncomfortable, potentially dangerous. i need softer thinner pads that are still authorized. thanks u guys are doing a good service. SPC, US Army.

1 May 2010: I NEED NEW PADS BECAUSE THE ONE I HAVE NOW ARE WORE OUT AND HURTING MY HEAD AND GIVING ME HEADACHES.  SSGT, US Army.

23 Apr 2010: I have the Kydex bricks for pads, and due to funds, our supply is unable to order new ones, citing that they are currently on the restricted buy list. Not to mention that they are like strapping pieces of cardboard together and calling it "good" Please send a set of good pads so I don't have to deal with the constant headaches and numbness that I deal with everyday.  SGT, US Army.

31 March 2010: Sir: as we are getting ready to conduct route clearance (go out and find IEDs) we are preparing our Soldiers for the inevitable blasts that we will encounter.  The problem with the current pads is that they are grossly uncomfortable so Soldiers: 1) Constantly remove their helmets to get relief for their heads.  Thus exposing their heads; this may happen right before a blast which would cause catastrophic damage as they are thrown around a vehicle. 2) Soldiers buy commercial off the shelf items that do not meet basic force protection requirements.  These products are very comfortable.  However, the expose the night vision device mount so it can strike the head if shaken.  They expose screws and the inner surface of the ACH which could potentially strike the head. In conclusion, the current Army provided pads push Soldiers to remove their ACH's constantly and/or modify their ACH's to a unauthorized configuration  Thank-you so much for your incredible support CPT, EN 

23 Mar 2010: Doc Bob,Thank you for such a quick response. Our EOD techs support a variety of missions. The two main missions are Route Clearance Operations (RCPs) and fly-away missions (hopping on an aircraft and being flown to whatever location to respond to an IED).

During RCPs, they travel from point A to point B checking the routes for IEDs, and oftentimes, these RCPs will take 8+ hours a day. The Soldiers wear their ACHs for the duration of the ride and will often come back with bruising on various points of their heads. I have personally seen the bruises as well as places where skin was rubbed raw on the forehead which is just unacceptable. Some will loosen the straps on the ACH, but this decreases the performance of the ACH in the event of an emergency, such as a rollover. The ACH then becomes more of a risk than a help. Sometimes the Soldiers get headaches if they do keep the straps tight, which hinders their ability to focus on extremely important tasks or decisions regarding deadly IEDs. Since we have been here, the weather has remained cool thus far, but it is starting to heat up which will reduce the durability of the pads once heads start to sweat. With the moisture and day to day wear, the pads start to compress and are in need of being replaced.

During fly-away missions, our techs go out with infantry Soldiers and can walk long distances and be more susceptible to small arms fire and indirect fire. Walking in the heat with packs full of necessary EOD equipment can take a toll on the body and having an ACH that cause great discomfort does not help. Again, Soldiers loosen the straps, and if they were to receive small arms fire or indirect fire, the ACH would be a potential risk as Soldiers are more likely to use jerkier movements when under stress and are required to react immediately. We're looking to try anything new that might help the Soldiers even a little bit.

15 Mar 2010 - Infantry, Dismounted Operations.  Comments: After many weeks of hard work and sweat (plus no showers) building our JSS, my men's pads are hard as rocks and falling apart from dirt and moisture buildup. Unfortunately it is just our platoon out here and our cries for even sub-standard GI pads are unheard. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! If you have any info on chinstraps as well that would be gravy! Thank you in advance!!!  SSG, US Army.

12 Mar 2010 - Duties: Dismounted operations - Cavalry Scout Team Leader. Comments: The issue pads are hard, uncomfortable, and seem flimsy. I tried some pads from my friend's ACH who has oregon aero and they seemed way better. [friend] and I wanted to use these instead. SGT, US Army.

11 Mar 2010 - Route Clearance patrols;  I am platoon leader for an Engineer Route Clearance Platoon. My men are on the road six days a week for eight plus hours a day. I went to buy a new set of pads for my helmet and saw a $95 price tag on them. Way too expensive for a set of pads that do not take sweat well and give you a headache no matter how they are inserted into the helmet. My men have complained to me many times about the pads issued to them from CIF. We greatly appreciate your support.  LT, US Army.

7 Mar 2010 - Heard About us: Medics/Platoon Sergeant;  The standard issue pads I am using with my ACH cause headaches after a short amount of time wearing the helmet. My Platoon Sergeant has the green and black pads and said they have helped out tremendously. My current pads are NSN: 8470-01-476-5643.  LT, US Army [OH note: this are govt issued pads that, statistically, are made by Team Wendy]

5 Mar 2010 - I ordered a set for myself in the past.  Duties:  Engineers.  Comments: Hello, my Platoon is in the process of mobilizing and we will be leaving in early April and I was wondering if you would b able to get them [46 kits] to us before we leave?  SFC, US Army.

3 Mar 2010: Thanks again for sending the kits out so quickly, my Soldiers will greatly appreciate it.  To answer your question I asked around to my guys and they said when they washed the current ones (just by hand in a sink) the texture and the durability goes down considerably.  They become harder and lose elasticity and therefore are much less comfortable, especially for wearing for extended periods of time day in and day out.

2 Mar 2010 - I will be doing retrans in Afghanistan and going to fix Commo equipment in the vehicles.  I would really like some comfort in my ACH, the pads Ihave now hurt my head and cause me head aches!!! PFC, US Army

28 Feb 2010: We have been wearing the Oregon Aero helmet pad set your organization provided us for two weeks... WE ARE UNANIMOUS - these pads are by far better, no the best we have ever tryed. I had two Soldiers take a good bump on the head during a breeching operation and we have an average of 10 hours a day in our helmets and we are in love with the pads!!! we would highly suggest your products to everyone we meet. I have passed on to some fellow leaders on this FOB your contact info/website. Thank you Sir for all you are doing for us Dr. we appreciate it and i think--no i know we are now safer for your efforts.

27 Feb 2010: ...they feel like you are super gluing large rocks to the inside of your head and they are just too thick which makes the helmet fit too tight on your head giving you a headache within 5 min. i would rather not even wear one than have to put up with that.seems like once they get saturated with sweat and dirt and dry they turn even harder too. all in all, if you couldnt tell already, i dont like them too much. 

23 Feb 2010: I was hoping to get 2 kits. 1 for me and 1 for my gunner. Thanks for everything you guys do. The issue pads we have are hard as rocks and generally suck all over. My SSG told me about this bc he used your site to get good pads. SGT, US Army.

23 Feb 2010:  Engineer Route Clearance Platoon, Requesting Pads for my entire Platoon. We clear on average 200 km 5-6 times a week.  If you cannot send 31 kits, please send as many as you can, my Soldiers would really appreciate it. LT, US Army.

20 Feb 2010: I have had the green and black pad set (Oregon AERO kit #95080 phone # 1-800-888-6910) I loved them they were comfortable and nice to wear, now I have been issued a solid gray set (NSN 8470-01-546-9356) that are hard as rocks and are terrible to wear, I would also like to have a pad that is about 6 inches in length that goes in the front along your forehead, so that the sweat wont run down your face.  SSG, US Army.

11 Feb 2010: The pads I have in my ACH are hard and cause headaches. I have brought this up with my supply section, and was told to get my own if I dont like the ones they have, because that's all that is available. Since then I have tried to cut them down, but that just made it fit worse. I am deploying in March and would appreciate it if you sent me a kit.  SGT, US Army.

9 Feb 2010: : I HAVE HAD THE SAME PADS SINCE 2007 RIGHT BEFORE MY FIRST DEPLOYMENT AND OF ALL THE UNCOMFORTABLE THINGS I HAVE LEARNED TO DEAL WITH MY HELMET PADS ARE BY FAR THE WORST.

8 Feb 2010: Thank You so much for sending my fire team helmet pads. I am no longer getting the question about, "can we take off our k-pots my head hurts." My Fireteam and I would like to thank all the people that made this possible.

1 Feb 2010: Thank you, I appreciate it so much, was recently out on a patrol and had to wear my ACH with the standard issue pads and i constantly would get a pounding sensation at the top of my forward, causing me to want to move the ACH to the right or left.  Doing so kept me from being able to scan my sector, which was definantly not safe considering the use of NVG's.      

31 Jan 2010: When we deploy, we will be "out and about", meeting with and interacting with the local civilian population, to gain intell, but mainly to coordinate with NGOs and the U.S. Army what needs to be done within the local communities to help the people, and to improve their standard of living. Examples are; to either fix or build schools for the local children (particularly girls), sanitation etc, and as a "Special Operations" designated C.A. Bn, we also  will train local police and military, and set up local elections, typical Civil Affairs missions, in Afghanistan.   I thank you for all you do. Altho I/we are not currently deployed, we will be deploying soon, and these pads in the ACH suck. A friend told me about your organization, and since we will have to buy our own Body Armor, not having to buy these pads will be a great savings to me/us. I am requesting sets for myself, as well as my Civil Affairs Team (CAT-4). Command still does not look favorably on this, as they think the issued kind are "fine", but since they probably all have the good pads in their helmets already, sitting in the A/C & heated TOC, back in the FOB/COB they don't have to wear the things all day, every day, and have the headaches etc. I know the Army is trying-they have made huge improvements in equipment just since the 90's, but why pay $500.00 for a hammer, when they wont invest in good pads, and Body armor for "us" I will never understand. Thank you all for what you are doing:) SFC, US Army.

31 Jan 2010: Would very much appreciate the free helmet pads for my team. We are conducting frequent and tiring operations every day and I have more than once heard my soldiers complain of chronic pain and irritability due to current helmet pads. Thank you! SGT, US Army.

28 Jan 2010: I'm on my second deployment with the same pads, my pads gone they are just pieces of cloth and velcro with the broken supply system we have I can't get replacement pads.  SGT, US Army.

13 Jan 2010: Thank you so much for the helmet pads.  They are 200% nicer than the ones originally issued to us.  Everyone in my platoon is very, very thankful.  The pads, are a lot softer and have a more ability to shape to the wearers head.  I wore them on our last mission and for once I didn't get a headache.  I can not thank you enough for this gift of comfort. 

10 Jan 2010: Thanks once again, This donation was nothing short of amazing. Every soldier in our platoon that conducts missions received a set. Everyone was extremely thankful and some even asked how did I know that they needed them. The comfort level was instantly noticed, for some of our missions call for helmet usage twenty two hours plus. When I informed my fellow soldiers about the no drip factor they were intrigued that it wasn't already taken into consideration and impressed in the new set. 

9 Jan 2010: I apologize for the late reply. I have been out of office for quite some time distributing supplies to my soldiers across the area and that includes the helmet pads. After some time for use, the soldiers Loved them. We had just enough to give out to everyone. We would all like to thank you all for bits of heaven to put into our helmets.

3 Jan 2010: I currently have some sort of grey pad, not vary specific I know but there is no name on them.  The current pads are very hard and most of them have no backing and do not actually stick to the Velcro in the helmet.  Therefore on mission I am forced to, in the turret of my RG, take off my helmet to fix the pads that have moved around.  I really wish the pads were softer and were a lot more durable.  Thanks, you guys are doing a great thing. (Army Sapper-route clearance, Afghanistan)

2 Jan 2010: We no longer dread about wearing our helmets during long missions. They are now very comfortable and our helmets don't fall in front of our eyes while shooting. Thank you for the support we really appreciate it.

29 Dec 2009: We came to Iraq with the old pads, most soldiers complained of headaches and other problems from our issued pads.  They were hard, uncomfortable, and fell apart fast after being cleaned a couple times.  I contacted operation helmet and received enough oregon aero pads for everyone in the platoon.   The difference was instant, people were amazed at the noticable differnce in comfort.  Comfort means a lot when your on the road for up to 12 hours at a time.   Even people who looked at both pads were (not) convinced they would feel a difference, but they were surprized and happy once they switched over to the oregon aero pads.   Thank you so much for your support and the gift of our new pads, it means a lot to us and made a difference in our everyday lives here in Iraq.

27 Dec 2009: Aviation Maintenance and Downed Aircraft Recovery Operations Sorry it took so long to do this survey.  The New pads are great, and all my soldiers agree.  Much better than the pads that are issued to us with the ACH.  Much more comfortable fit than the hard pads we had before.  Thank you so much for your support.

16 Dec 2009 - we are airborne infantry, conducting various combat patrols in our AO. the pads are stiff, and do not cushion very well. SPC, US Army.

2 Dec 09 - Hello! I am requesting pads and hopefully a 4 point chin or strap system, I am not really having problems with my pads because I do not have any...I we were not really properly equipped due to lack of funds...Upon our return home from Iraq on our first deployment we were supposed to be properly supplied but due to some Bureaucratic Red Tape we never really received the proper gear, we actually went through half of our original deployment without ballistic plates or uparmored Humvees. I thank you in advance for your assistance with this matter. SPC, US Army

26 Nov 2009 - Need new pads with more support then the issued ones. [found out from my] Brother who is in the Marines and told me about this operation when I told him about our helmets and how the pads suck.  the comfort on our issued ones are horrible and after a month or two they are rock hard. SPC, Army

2 Nov 2009 - Month three and pad velcro came off. Thanks for your support. SPC, Army

28 Oct 2009 - Combat Engineer, I am deploying in the next 3 months, I need a kit because my kit is all beat up. plus the issue kits gave me a rash on my head.  SPC, US Army

27 Oct 2009- PERSONALLY MY ISSUED PADS GIVE ME HEADACHES, AND I KNOW THIS SOUNDS CRAZY BUT IT MAKES MY HEAD GO NUMB AT THE POINTS OF CONTACT. THEY ARE SO HARD AND NONFORMING I HAVE TO TAKE MY ACH OFF ALL THE TIME. I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING THAT I CAN THINK OF, AND I AM ALWAYS REARANGING THE WAY THE PADS SIT INSIDE THE HELMET, BUT NOTHING SEEMS TO WORK. I WOULD BE VERY GREATFUL IF YOU GUYS COULD HELP OUT.

24 Oct 2009 - route clearence/eod - my unit is already deployed - our pads suck hells bells.  SPC, Army

 24 Oct 2009 - The pads issued are uncomfortable if helmet is worn for long periods of time.  The pads seem to have pressure spots on them that push into the side of my head.  SFC, Army.

24 Oct 2009 - WILL BE ON PATROL / ESCORTING DIFFERENT PEOPLE AROUND IRAQ ON A REGULAR BASIS AND THE  KITS GET WORN DOWN AND WE REALLY DON'T GET A CHANCE TO CHANGE THEM OUT OR GET NEW ONES BECAUSE OF THE AREA WE ARE [IN] AT THIS TIME.  1SG, Army

22 Oct 2009 - I am having current problems with my pads. they are falling apart very badly and my 1 soldier's pads are to. thank you for all the support .  SSG, US Army

18 Oct 2009 - WE ARE A SMALL SECTION OF INFANTRYMEN WHO GO OUTSIDE THE WIRE ALMOST EVERYDAY. DUE TO BEING A PERSONAL SECURTY DETACHMENT FOR AN O-6, WE ALWAYS HAVE TO STAY IN OUR FULL KIT WHILE OUT ON MISSION. I FOUND THIS WEBSITE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO BUY A NEW SOFTER SET OF ACH HELMET PADS.  PERSONALLY MY ISSUED PADS GIVE ME HEADACHES, AND I KNOW THIS SOUNDS CRAZY BUT IT MAKES MY HEAD GO NUMB AT THE POINTS OF CONTACT. THEY ARE SO HARD AND NONFORMING I HAVE TO TAKE MY ACH OFF ALL THE TIME. I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING THAT I CAN THINK OF, AND I AM ALWAYS REARANGING THE WAY THE PADS SIT INSIDE THE HELMET, BUT NOTHING SEEMS TO WORK. I WOULD BE VERY GREATFUL IF YOU GUYS COULD HELPOUT.  SPC, US Army

12 Oct 2009: My head starts hurting soon after I put it on. I was fited at Camp Atterbury. The pads feel like their to thick. Its better than the old kevlars. But not as big an improvement as I thought it would be. I'v heard your kits make a big differance.

11 Oct 2009: Can't thank your organization enough, the soldiers in my squad noticed a major difference in comfort. Where before all they could think about during AARs was when or if they could remove their ACHs, I had to remind them to unhelmet from time to time. No headaches during long high tempo training either. With long missions just over the horizon I can already measure the benefits of the OA pads.

26 Sep 09:  Gunner, infantry: Getting bad headaches.  The pads are very hard and don't conform to my head.  Manufacturer: MSA

18 Sep 2009 - Personally, have had raw patches on my forehead from all day wear on my last rotation. Have had my soldiers complain of headaches and I know exactly what they mean. WO1, Army

16 Sep 2009 - The pads I have make certain spots on my head numb, and I get headaches, because they are absolutely too firm, expecially when I'm using my NODS. My unit is scheduled to leave for Afghanistan mid-November to early-December.  Was searching for a more comfortable pad system/alternative liner for my ACH on google, and came across this site.  PFC, Army

18 Aug 2009 - Mostly the main problem is comfort. After wearing our helmets for longer than an hour the pads feel like they're digging into our skulls. I have completed one tour prior and have had problems with my pads rubbing my forehead raw. There are also problems with the helmets moving around too much over our heads. If you can save some of my guys and my self the hassles that I went through on my last tour, I would be greatly appreciative.  SPC, Army

18 Aug 2009 - Current pads are made by MSA. The main problem we are seeing is that the padding wears out or looses its shock absorbing/weight bearing properties quickly. As EOD techs, we need to be more concerned with addressing the IED threat outside the wire, not how our helmet padding is bothering us or affecting the fit of our helmet. 1LT, Army

15 Aug 2009 -Our Troop conducts recon patrols and long and short term OPs. We will be deploying late fall (not sure if I can spread exact date yet or not) and are headed for Iraq. Not all of us have problems with our pads, just most of our dismounts.  PFC, Army

11 Aug 2009 - They just hurt. I've moved them all over the place to try to make them comfortable and my head aches after every mission.

30 Jul 2009 - I have several sailors and soldiers that comp of chronic headaches and pain. 1LT, Army

24 Jul 2009 - i'm in artillery and my ach still has the same kit i got in basic training its worn and falls out all the time and leaves my skin irritated and itchy. PFC, Army

10 Jul 2009 - I have requested the helmet pads before, for my plt, now I am the company operations NCO and I am hoping to get pads for the rest of my company and Counter IED Team, here at FOB [opsec deleted], in Afghanistan.  SFC, Army

26 Jun 2009 - Military Transition Team/Combat Advisor, small team working by/ with and through Iraqi counterparts to improve the Iraqi security forces.  Using issued MSA pads and currently getting tension headaches 45min-1hr after wearing helmet. The corners of the "Pad Rect" focus pressure on one location and do not form to the head. The only relief is finishing the mission and taking the helmet off.  MAJ, Army

22 Jun 2009 - xxxth Eng CO is already deployed and active in Afghanistan. I am asking for the pads because this platoon has already had 3 hits, the last being pretty severe. SSG xxx and 3 other men are dealing with a possible TBI, I was researching TBI and found this website.  SSG, Army

8 Jun 2009 - The pads are hard and I can't get them positioned right so my helmet is either too loose or too tight. I already get migraines it just makes it worse. Most personnel have various problems with their helmets all causing headaches. It doesn't have the manufacturer on the pad, just says "Unit Pad, Crown Size 6, W911QY-05-D-0001, NSN 8470-01-548-9415, 9U425, LOT 2127-2.  SPC, Army

4 Jun 2009 - we are operating outside the wire pulling EOD response for a great area, most of us only have the basic issue and they are either already broken or falling apart .  PFC, Army

1 Jun 2009 - I have had the same pads since my first deployment in 2005, we spent 13 months in iraq and then we came back and did our stateside training and deployed again to Afghanistan for 15 months and now we are prepping to go to iraq again. I will be a medic.  SGT, Army

26 May 2009 - I'm not sure who made my current pads but when I wash them they come apart at the seam, I have to glue them back together, I try to clean them every few weeks, I hate having dirty pads.  SFC, Army

16 May 2009 - Most of my guys have been deployed before and have not recieved replacement pads from the last deployment and are hard as heck. You guys are awesome and I hope to get new and improved pads for my guys ASAP. I have a few guys that could have been better served with them already. Thank you so much.  SGT, Army

11 May 2009 - My platoon runs resupply missions to 4 different JSS in support of our line companies. We are on the road a minimum of four hours at a time and that's our short mission. I am in the front gun truck and the issued pads give me a tension headache from hell.  The only thing on the back of our pads is Unit Pad with NSN # and Lot #. They are extremely stiff and have no give. About an hour and a half in or so I start getting a tension headache from hell. We also run our missions at night so we have NODs mounted and that doesn't help. I feel like my head is surrounded by bricks.  CPL, Army

8 May 2009 - My soldiers and I are grateful for everything that you are doing for us and the rest of our brothers and sisters in arms. I'm not requesting pads for myself or the guys that don't go out the wire much, but I am ordering them for the soldiers that are out everyday and are having problems with their current kits. We conduct route clearance operations and they spend hours and days on end out looking for IEDs and people that are putting them in. Luckily, we have only sustained minor injuries to include a few concussions, so we understand the value of adequate equipment. We have placed several orders to get them replaced, but are continuously denied for one reason or another. If there is anything that you can do to assist my Sappers, I would be eternally grateful...In any case, keep doing what you are doing. We appreciate your efforts as I'm sure every soldier, sailor, airman, and marine do as well. God bless you and all that you do. CPT, Army

7 May 2009 - Sapper company with 4 platoons conducting route clearance; we've conducted nearly 650 missions in 12 months. The pads you provide are of better quality, last longer and are softer.  CPT, Army

28 Apr 2009 - We are a combat advisor team working directly with Iraqi units on a daily basis, so we are basically in our full battle rattle all the time. We also conduct mounted and dismounted combat patrols everyday.  We were issued the Wendy pads which cause considerable pain, headaches and discomfort after wearing them. I'm interested in emailing PEO Soldier with my teams comments so they hear our feedback and make some changes to get us the best gear possible that is both functional and comfortable. I think these pads will reduce the number of complaints I receive from team members who have difficulty with their helmet pads. Appreciate everyone who is supporting this program!  CPT, Army

Below is a certificate that was recommended by a Soldier in Iraq whose medical unit Operation Helmet has equipped with top-of-the-line helmet pads. We appreciate their way of saying 'thanks' to all who pitch in and help us help our troops.

Operation Helmet Executive Summary of Meeting with PEO Soldier and Mr. Tolleson of the House Armed Services Committee Staff, 9 December 2008 at the House Armed Services Committee’s hearing room, Washington, DC.

Points discussed, answered, comments

  1. What are the top concerns of Operation Helmet related to the current GI pads?
    Blunt force protection,
    Stability
    Comfort
    Flammability
    Blast wave protection
     
  2. Reminder: Operation Helmet has no financial relationship with Oregon Aero other than purchasing what we consider the top-of-the-line helmet pads from them.
  3. The emails we receive were presented without identifying information at the request of senders. Spontaneous emails from Soldiers represent the best User Evaluation data available, coming directly from participants using helmet pads under real-life combat environments for months at a time.. Combat use will reveal flaws undetected in limited evaluations. Helmets only work when worn.
    a.  Ans: PEO Soldier has not received ONE complaint about the helmet ‘system’ from a single soldier in the field or during post-deployment debriefings.
    b.  Comment: Hard to reconcile that with the emails that stream into us spontaneously. The question as to why the difference rightly belongs to PEO Soldier’s division monitoring system comments/debriefing.
     
  4. Drop testing should be done within reasonable temperature parameters, not the artificial hot and cold temperatures as presently done. This ignores heat transfer between the head and helmet liner pads. Specifications for future pad testing and acquisitions should include wearability (comfort) standards as well as protection at temperatures representing ‘real life’ wear. We presented independent lab studies showing the helmet pads’ temperature migrate rapidly towards skin temperature rather than staying at artificially low/high temperatures. Thus, the current standard tests at 14 and 130 degrees F are meaningless. I asked for clarification of just when the tests are to be done and if that data will be used to change the non-ballistic impact test temperatures.
    a.  Ans: No changes to test temperature testing requirements, ‘there have to be SOME standards set’. Studies to verify OpHelm’s position on realistic temperatures ‘are planned’ sometime in the future.
    b.  Comment: By whom and why were those artificial temperatures chosen? Why weren’t those studies on realistic temperature test requirements done before the independent lab testing? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results each time is the definition of insanity. No Answer. Independent laboratory testing showing helmet/pad systems quickly assume temperatures near body level even in extreme temperatures were presented; the Army claims never to have seen them although they were presented to them in 2007.
     
  5. The USAARL testing done in 2006 was not done as mandated by DOD and Congress. Independent lab testing by outside sources should be done.
    a.  Ans: Three civilian labs (Southern Impact Research Center, InterTek, and Dynamic Research Institute) are undertaking the impact tests on helmet pads from 5 vendors (Team Wendy, MSA, Skydex, Oregon Aero, Riddell, and Pacific Safety Products((a Canadian company)) and should be reported by early 2009. These tests will use a higher g-force level of impact (14.1 and 17.3 fps) and require that the pads meet the 150g protection level. Results will be released after Army analysis.
    b.  Comment: If the tests simply replicate the unrealistic temperature parameters of the current test, the information will not reflect combat use for the troops. See #2. above. Why not release the raw data to interested parties for independent analysis instead of only the Army’s interpretation/analysis.
     
  6. USAARL tests demonstrate wide ‘outliers’ in test results, well beyond that expected in such a series of tests. Those improbable results skew data at random and should be discarded. Also, testing on Oregon Aero pads done over three years ago were presented as if done contemporaneously with other vendors.
    a.   Ans: Agree; civilian lab results will be examined at length.
    b.  Comment: Given the original tests were faulty, why was this data used for procurement decisions by both the Army and the Marines. No answer.
     
  7. Erratic results may reflect deficiencies in the head-forms used by USAARL that have no biosimilar chin/nape strap attachment points nor do they simulate the human skin covering the skull. This has the potential to allow slippage of the helmet and result in imprecise impact points during testing with erratic results.
    a.  Ans: Agree.
    b.  Comment: If the civilian labs also have no biosimilar head-forms, the erratic results will continue unless carefully monitored by the testing scientist. ‘Outlying’ test results from slippage should be discarded according to PEO Soldier’s own scientists, but were included in USAARL’s report of testing done in 2006, skewing results.
     
  8. A lack of uniformity in the thickness of pads tested by USAARL was noted on pages 50-53 of the test report. The Team Wendy pads when dissected turned out to be over one inch thick while all others were ¾” in thickness.
    a.  Ans: This was not noticed by Army reviewers.
    b.  Comment: All pads tested should have representative sectioning and measurements to assure valid comparison of equal thickness. Pads should be carefully identified as to vendor and source of acquisition for testing and retained in a chain of custody following tests.
     
  9. G-forces higher than 10 fps in pad tests should be required from all vendors.
    a.  Ans: Testing at 14.1, 17.3 and higher fps is now incorporated in the independent lab tests to be reported in 2009. The five vendor-supplied pads for the testing are required to meet the higher impact forces. (later data shows NONE of the pads passed the more stringent tests).
    b.  Comment: If the same extremes of temperature are used as in the earlier tests, the same worthless data will be forthcoming
     
  10. Transfer of ‘blast wave’ forces directly to the skull via too-firm pads should be evaluated.
    a.  Ans: The blast ‘wave’ is still an unknown entity in the causation of TBI, but shock-tube studies are anticipated in 2009.
    b.  Comment: Our communications with Aris Makris and the recent study from Lawrence Livermore national research lab headed by Dr. Mott were presented. Researchers feel that too-firm helmet pads may be harmful rather than protective.
     
  11. Flammability specs for helmet pads should meet that of the Kevlar shell; ideally should at least meet specs for NASCAR helmet linings.
    a.  Ans: In the 700 burn cases reviewed by the Army Surgical Research team at BAMC, none of the burns could be related to the possibility of causation by burning helmet pads.
    b.  Comment: In later discussions, they backed off this statement somewhat. They stick to the “no conclusive evidence exists”. It is difficult to determine the exact source of a burn. Our position: if the pads are highly flammable, require the vendor to render them self-extinguishing. Use flammability standards similar to that required of the ACH helmet shell (Kevlar) itself. If all else fails, use the same standards set for NASCAR racing driver helmets.
     
  12. At present, only Team Wendy and MSA pads are the vendors from whom pads are purchased by the Army. Why?
    a.  Ans: NIB is tasked to ‘produce’ pads that meet Army specifications. NIB in turn negotiates with vendors who produce pads with a certain amount of the work to be done by the blind. Only MSA and Team Wendy pads meet Army specifications and are ‘approved’ by NIB as co-vendors.
    b.  Comment: The Army used Oregon Aero (OA) pads for the first 500,000 MICH/ACH helmets and the OA pads met those same specifications according to Natick Soldiers Lab. The USAARL report indicates that ALL pads tested, including Oregon Aero, met Army specifications for 10 fps impact g-forces. None met the 150-g limit on impact tests done at 14.14 fps.
          i.  According to Oregon Aero, they have attempted to work with NIB but have been rebuffed at every turn. In late 2007, the Northwest NIB office completed site surveys and made a determination of which parts of the pads could be produced by the blind. The NIB National offices turned this effort off with no explanation.
     
  13. Does the Army have a list of ‘approved vendors’ for helmet pads?
    a.   Ans: No such list exists. However, PEO-S states Oregon Aero did not submit pads for ‘new testing’ so is not included in the current vendor list vetted by NIB for co-production of pad sets. A list of approved vendors will be developed following the 3-lab independent testing at higher g-forces next year. Once that is done, the Army will issue a ‘seal of approval’ that vendors can use.
    b.   Comment: If there is no list, where does NIB get the ‘non-existent’ list to open discussion with ONLY Team Wendy and MSA to co-produce helmet pads? This makes no sense. See #10 above; Oregon Aero pads in fact meet all current specifications as do MSA and Team Wendy, so should be included in competitive negotiations. Something else is at work here! The claim that Oregon Aero did not submit pads for testing is puzzling, given that Oregon Aero was the only supplier for the first 500,000 ACH helmets fielded by the Army.
     
  14. Where was the Army Limited User Evaluation (LUE) conducted?
    a.   Ans. Ft Benning GA sometime between Aug-Oct 2008.
    b.   Comment: No results were provided. Combat User Evaluations (as reflected in spontaneous emails to Operation Helmet) are far superior to short-term Stateside Limited User Evaluation was reemphasized.
     
  15. How many sets of pads does each soldier draw for their helmet?
    a.   Ans: Each helmet comes with one set of pads preinstalled by the helmet manufacturer and soldiers are given a second set of pads purchased by the Army.
    b.   Comment: The emails we get indicate the Team Wendy/MSA pads fall apart quickly and the helmet becomes unstable, while Oregon Aero pads last a full deployment.
         i.   There is no saving when the unit price is lower for TW/MSA but double or triple the number of pads must be purchased to sustain a soldier for their tour of duty. No answer given
     
  16. Are Soldiers permitted to use the Oregon Aero pads that Operation Helmet sends in response to their requests?
    a.   Ans: Yes.
    b.   Comment: Still seems strange we get so many complaints from warriors about their GI (TW/MSA) pads, requesting Oregon Aero pads.
    PEO Soldier claims NO complaints have been received from troops in the field or in post-deployment briefing. We simply do not think this is so.
     
  17. When did NIB get selected to provide the pads?
    a.   Ans: July 2005 NIB was selected as a “directed source”
    b.   Follow up questions: Is the pad system a piece of combat equipment? No real answer – it is part of the helmet which is a combat system. Are there other combat systems made by NIB? Yes: some (?)
     
  18. Once the latest civilian lab independent testing is done, what will the certification do? (Following the three-lab independent civilian lab tests, the Army will ‘certify’ which pads they will accept doing business with/through NIB for future procurement. These tests are complete but results are being withheld pending ‘analysis’)
    a.   Ans: Each approved manufacturer will be listed on the certification list and receive the Army certified seal. 5% of a certain amount of profits will go to MWR.

    NIB = National Industries for the Blind (JAWOD law)
    TW = Team Wendy, helmet pad manufacturer
    MSA = Mine Safety Appliances, helmet and helmet pad manufacturer
    OA = Oregon Aero, helmet pad manufacturer among other military items.
    NRL = Naval Research Laboratory
    MWR = Morale, Welfare & Recreation


The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different outcome each time. PEO Soldier should insist that meaningful temperature tests be made the norm rather than the baked/frozen helmet system/headform standards used in past and future planned tests.


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 most Marines get headaches. ( they just don't compress enough) Sgt, USMC

4/3/09: Sir, I am happy to tell you that I did a little.. 'Which one would you like to wear'. Almost a type of blind taste test. In every case they all said that they would want to wear your pads vs the ones issued to us. As a matter of fact I was talking to a Sgt who said that she had to take a knife and stab the issued pads to get them softer and more comfortable. Thank you again! (Combat Medic, Afghanistan). SPC, USArmy, Medic.  OpHelmet Note: DON'T DO THIS!  It destroys the pad integrity including the waterproof plastic bag that surrounds the pad.

4/2/09:
My unit is using the Skydex pads that are currently in issue and they have been literally nothing but a headache.  I was told by a friend that your organization was giving the better, more comfortable Oregon Aero pads to Soldiers who are deployed.  If there is any way that you could help us out, I would very genuinely appreciate it; the hot months are coming and the headaches that come in those months are terrible.
Thank you for your consideration and patriotism. SPC, USArmy, Combat Medic

2 April 2009: I'm currently using Oregon Aero pads I received from the Army in 2005.  I love them and think that they're the best type of pads for the ACH/MICH; especially with the coming summer heat.  The other 11 guys on my team have the newer MSA pads.  My guys are constantly complaining about hot spots and a few of the pads have failed due to the material separating from the pad and ripping.  We're in a very isolated area along the Iranian border and our water usage is extremely limited.  Without the ability to take care of ourselves and our equipment some things don't get cleaned like they should. I've got a couple of guys that have helmet pads that smell very, very bad. I don't know what exactly caused this but I've been using my OA pads for closed to 4 years and have had no such problems.  I've been on a quest to get my guys set up with the Oregon Aero pads for a couple of weeks now but due to OP tempo haven't had internet access.  We appreciate what you and your organization are doing for us.  The tasks we face we do for our nation and the support people like you provide can make a man's allergies act up. Thanks for all that you do. SFC, USArmy, BTT

28 March 2009: I currently have the Oregon Aero BLSS kit and have been using it for 4 years. I love this kit and would like to get a replacement Oregon Aero kit since this one is on its last legs and every vendor I've tried says there is a 3-4 week backorder. If you have any of these available I would be very appreciative. Thank you. !Lt USA.

21 March 2009: I received them yesterday in the mail and the Marines had a 20k hike last night and put them in before they left.  They said it was awesome not to have their heads hurting after the hike.  We greatly appreciate all that you guys are doing for the Marine. Semper fi.

19 March 2009 Convoys, Security.. The current pads are hard and can lead to headaches with prolonged wear

14 March 2009: I just tried on a helmet with the pads you sent to another unit I'm attached to, what a difference, I have never used those pads. Thanks for taking care of the troops in the sand box.

29 February 2009:  THE SYSTEM THEY GAVE US IS HORRIBLE

23 Feb 2009: We are part of a crt (combat repair team) and we are constantly wearing our ach's and many of us continue to get headaches... We just arrived in Iraq and I would like the rest of my team to be comfortable and less irritable at times when we are on recovery

20 Feb 2009: Hey, Everyone at Operation Helmet, God, I can’t begin to explain to you how much better my head feels in the pads you so graciously gave me and members of my squad here in Afghanistan. We wear these things 6-8 hours a day and when in vehicles I have to put a radio headset in my webbing and at night NVG’s on top. Usually I would get major head pains and headaches from the cheap, old, worn out pads. My squad loves them too. I know I’ve been sending email correspondence back and forth but I haven’t seen the internet for months & so I’ll get back to those soon. I hate to ask, but I know a bunch of the members of my platoon have seen our pads and heard how we felt in them and would like some. (Actually someone I gave pads to just came off-post and was praising how much better they are).  I don’t know what you can do and I don’t want to impose, but those of us who have them love them and frankly others are jealous. I really can’t express how much I am gracious for the gift; definitely better than any care package. Thank you all and keep up the good work. I will be praising your organization and spreading the word so you get the recognition you deserve. Sincerely, LCPL xxxxxxxxx, (Afghanistan Marine)

NOTE: We may worry about the economy here Stateside, but that seems awfully petty compared to what these young warriors face every day. Please, please help me keep on helping them by donating some hard-earned and scarce cash TODAY. I'm sending these Marines more pads in spite of our bank account being so slim that if it turned sideways it'd disappear.

12 Jan 09:  Doc, I gotta tell you, these new pads are the best thing since sliced bread!  My Soldiers are now finding it comfortable and bearable, compared to the pads we were issued.  No more headaches, no more sweaty smell, gotta love it.  Finally, these really make the ACH feel more stable and a more natural feeling on your head, the best you can get while wearing a helmet.  Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to Soldiers and their well being.  Bottom line, these are definately a 10 out of 10!

09 Jan 09: Being a Paratrooper, I have seen my share of concussions with the pads that come with the ACH helmet.  A few guys I know have jumped from an airplane and landed hard enough to knock themselves out cause the pads are so hard and stiff.  Now that we are back in Iraq, I am more worried about TBI from IED strikes while inside the new MRAP vehicles. Thanks for what you are doing.  I think what you are doing is very relevant but I believe the word needs to get out to more soldiers.  I  have been here in Iraq three times and this is the first I have heard of your program. Thanks again!!

31 Dec 08Doc,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 pads still needed are about 45. 1st and 2nd Platoon guys are really whining about not getting any....thanks for all you are doing!!!!

21 Dec 08: I can tell you from first hand experience, the pads you guys send us are so much better than the regular pads.  Even though they are now giving pads out with the helmets, the pads are literally like rocks.  I know our contracts for equipment are given out to the lowest bidder the majority of the time, and this is where money should not be skimped. 

15 Dec 08: I'm in a security element for a XXXX unit deploying to southern Afghanistan in January, we were issued the old LWH kevlars without pads or any type of head support.  I am trying to get them for my squad in order to give us that extra comfort and protection that our older model kevlars do not offer...  I appreciate what you are doing for us, and my hats off to you...

13 Dec 08: Sir, Our ten hour patrol today helped refresh my memory on why my team is asking for replacement pads. The hard pads press relentlessly on your head, particular the forehead area, creating pain ranging from annoying discomfort, to more severe headaches in different individuals. The major complaint we have with the pads is how fragile the fabric is holding the stiff foam blocks. When you attempt to pull the pads out to clean or reposition them, they tear very easily requiring you to get new replacement pads that are need to be broken in again. Having worn the old Kevlar for many years prior to the ACH, I readily admit that the new ACH system is light years beyond what we had in the 90s. I couldn't imagine wearing a Kevlar all day, everyday here in Iraq.

15 Nov 08: I am a Cavalry Scout, conducting Reconnaissance and Dismounted Urban Operations.  I am currently in Iraq, and am scheduled to return back to the states in late 2009.  My platoon was issued the older pads that collapse after wearing them for about a month.

6 Nov 08:  Doc, Have been out of the loop for the past "couple" days on mission, a very long mission.  Got back and received the helmet pads.  Passed them all out and had to save one for myself.  They have all been used and there is only one word to describe them:  AWESOME!  I have asked everyone about the pads and they are all in love with them.  I am a .50 cal gunner in the turret and spend ALOT of time standing there all geared up watching and waiting.  Normally I have to duck into the vehicle every once in a while to wipe sweat and take the ACH off just to let me head get a break.  That is NOT necessary any more.  I can keep my ACH on without a problem.  I can also tell you that the pads also keep you warm as well as cool.  Here in Mosul it gets cold and I wear nothing under my ACH now. Again thank you so much for your support!!!  Be safe and take care!!!


19 Nov 06 - I spoke to my son-in-law in Iraq. he says he is very satisfied with the Oregon Aero insert. he says it fits well, is soft and comfortable and is not too hot. the "Team Wendy" one always gave him a headache because it pressed against his temples. hope this helps. SPC JV

18 Nov 06 - They fit good and work well but the front pad is somewhat uncomfortable. SPC SC


4 Sep 06 - I was serving in Iraq as a civilian bomb disposal contractor. On May 3rd, 2006 my convoy was hit by an IED. The bomb went off next to my truck injuring myself and one of my security team members and unfortunately killing our driver. I sustained injuries to my face requiring facial reconstruction, multiple shrapnel wounds, and tendon loss in my right arm. My doctors were extremely surprised that I had not sustained any brain damage. I was wearing a helmet outfitted with this [OH] kit. I just wanted to write a quick note saying 'thank you'. On behalf of myself, my family, and my friends: Thank You!!! Please keep up the good work.  V/R, Eric S.


2 Sep 06 - I thank you guys for the ways you support us out here. This ain't political for us on ground. We are doing our jobs and simply want to make it back home to our loved ones. We do get these ACH before we hit theater but there are times when they are lost and when other soldiers take them. That's when you get stuck wearing the old helmet. The pads are great but when you are missing a pad from the ACH, we do have to pay more than 100 dollars to replace them. Thank you for your support. SGT Melendez


18 Jul 2006 - Dr Bob, A quick note from a soldier here.  I am impressed and pleased at the work you are doing.  Helmets of the old kevelar and chin strap style sucked - I'd get a headache and just take mine off.  Recently, my unit issued us all (from their own budget - amazing) the new type which you provide to troops who need them i.e. the Oregon Aero type.  They are a markedly more comfortable fit.  Of course it took me 30+ mins to put it together but I am really pleased.  I like the way it fits the occipital scull area snugly, you can not knock it off easily, its secure.  I heard your grandson was wounded.  May he have a speedy recovery.  He has my best wishes.  Keep up the good work. Spc. H. 640th ASB

Jul 14, 2006 - I'm a soldier that been to Iraq two times and i've seen what the new helmet can do to save lives. I wish I could do more to help support your cause but I can't right now. wish I could. All I can do is tell you that your group is making a difference in ways that you may never see but will be life long.  Sgt Gilberto P.


Jul 12, 2006 - It was exactly one week ago today that I ordered an upgrade for my Kevlar. I want to thank you for the fast service. I am currently deployed in support of OEF. The upgrade sure makes the Kevlar a lot lighter and more comfortable. Again thank you for the fats service and for providing this kind of service.  SGT R, K-9, Afghanistan  


Great news from Chief of Staff's office: The Army has completed its research on the safety and added impact protection of the ACH (advanced combat helmet) and is proceeding to purchase and ship over 800,000 of them rapidly emphasizing getting them to the troops in Iraq ASAP.

The less great news is that Reserve units seem to be low down on the 'food chain' and last to get the equipment, so we'll keep working with them to provide as much added protection as we can by providing BLSS kits when funds allow. When the Regular troops are equipped, most of them 'leave behind' their ACH for Reserve units replacing them. Great teamwork, Army!

As a soldier who served in Afgahnistan with the ACH helmet (which has the pads installed at the factory)I can say it is one of the best ideas ever, and very comfortable. I think what you guys are doing is great. It is always nice to see someone pulling for and supporting the little guys on the ground who actually do the fighting! Thanks for looking out for my Brothers in Arms!


I just wanted to say thank you to Cher; finally a Hollywood celebrity who is speaking up for us. I am an female army soldier who served in Iraq in 2004/2005. I don't believe in the war itself, but I believe in the soldiers, and if asked, I would go again. That's my job: I'm a soldier for my country. I can have no outward opinion.

I had no padding in my helmet except for a little foam-rubber disc I bought at the PX that was designed to make it more comfortable. We were hit with numerous IED's. I may have blast injury, but don't know for sure. My memory and balance are effected, but that could be from post traumatic stress disorder as well.

I just saw the feature on CNN and wanted to say thank you to Cher for coming to our defense. We were unprepared over there, and it was a horrible experience for us. We were truck drivers and did tons of convoy missions hauling fuel. I lost friends. One in particular burned to death and I couldn't get her out of the humvee she was in. I'll never forget that place, and I would like it if you, CHER, keep this issue alive. Americans can just turn the channel, but soldiers can't.  Thanks again, SSG Leslie R


ACH procurement details; poke this link. Also: Questions from a Congressman, answered by the Army:

What is the Army's acquisition objective (AAO)?  In other words, how many helmets do they want to procure?
Ø       AAO is 1,100,000

 What percent of the AAO has been met?  How many helmets?
 
Ø       992,950 contract or 90%

 Will the AAO be completed in FY06?
 
Ø       AAO will be procured by FY06 and Fielded by FY07.

 How much has been spent on the program to date?
 
Ø       $304,673,000 has been spent on ACH to date

 For clarification, how many have been fielded? 
 
Ø       To date, 370,000 have been fielded to the Army through the RFI program.

SO, For most Army troops, it appears they will be issued their new ACH either prior to deployment or on arrival in Kuwait or other staging points.
 

"I want to commend you on a great product you send,  the BLSS Kit Helmet Liner. I 'inherited' one from a soldier exiting the military and it has been wonderful to wear. Though it is very well used, it is still far better than the one I was issued. I no longer dread putting on my Kevlar as it is no longer painful. I swear you put helium in the pads because it feels as if my helmet got lighter. My Battalion Commander recently saw me wearing the BLSS Kit and asked me what it was. After I explained it, he wanted to wear it and see how it felt. Needless to say, I was not willing to give up my helmet without a fight! Luckily, my helmet was a different size but he still was intrigued enough to task me with coming up with two sets for himself and his S4 to evaluate before we purchase them for the rest of the Battalion... Thank you for making such a high quality piece of equipment and God bless us all!"   Sgt. J.S., U. S. Army  

"I have fallen in love with the comfort and fitting of the BLSS Kit. I can't forget the smiles on men and women's faces once they donned their helmet with the BLSS Kit and no longer had to live with the constant knots and pain throughout the day in Iraq. Your attention to soldiers and their comfort has made our job a lot easier. I can't thank you enough for your product."    D. S., Combat Engineer 

For a very hard, fair and sometimes profane look at the general problem with armor for the troops, visit Combat Reform. Written by troops on the ground who know what they're talking about and tell it loud and clear. (Not for small children who may learn how adults talk)   

 Email exchange 8/7/2005: First email:

I am currently mobilizing soldiers in support of Operation Iraqi  Freedom. I am wondering if you could donate a BLSS kit (upgrade) for the PASGT Helmet and instructions for proper fitting and wear. The reason That I am asking is to inform deploying soldiers that they have the option to order one of the kits free of charge with  no out of pocket cost. By having a BLSS kit fitted to my current PASGT I can demonstrate the proper fit and wear and explain the  importance of having a proper fitting helmet. It is nice to know that others are looking out for the safety of our soldiers as much  as I am. If you can donate the upgrade please send it to the address listed below. Thank you in advance. Troy Gxxx, 1/340th Regiment.

Reply from OpHelm
Troy: I was under the impression that the new ACH (advanced combat  helmet) was available to all Army personnel. That helmet comes complete with the Oregon Aero pads as contained in the BLSS kit we  provide troops still afflicted with the PASGT. Please advise if you have the ACH, and if not, stomp on some toes until you get it!
Bob Meaders, MD, CAPT, MC, USN-Ret. Operation Helmet, Inc. 74 Greenview St, Montgomery, TX 77356

Response from Troy: B
ob, I am in a TDA unit not in an MTOE unit so I don't see any new equipment until the rest of the Army has it. All the troops I deploy out of Fort McCoy are mostly National Guard and Reserve soldiers and some Airman. These soldiers are still using first generation PASGT. None of these soldiers are issued Advanced Combat Helmets. It is my understanding that these soldiers will not receive this upgrade in theater either. Plus I don't think the army has enough ACH's to go around. If they did...these soldiers and I would have the security of having this upgrade or the ACH by now.

TROY A. G,  SFC, USA 1/340TH REGIMENT (TSBN) WEAPONS TRAINING TEAM "PRESS THE ATTACK"

OK, Army guys. Let's all pitch in to help these guys. .they need and deserve our support, having to leave their 'peacetime' jobs and buy most of their own equipment to go over the help whup up on the 'surges.

Bullet stopper

MICH helmet brings new level of user comfort and protection
A new helmet providing improved protection, utility and comfort will be issued to the Special Operations Forces next year.

The Modular Integrated Communications Helmet (MICH) began development in 1997 as part of the Special Operations Forces Personal Equipment Advanced Requirements program at the U.S. Special Operations Command. The MICH provides the Special Operations Forces the flexibility to tailor the communications capability of the helmet to the mission using one modular system.

“Preliminary users across the range have been more than happy with the helmet,” said Richard Elder, equipment specialist with the Special Operations Forces Special Projects Team at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (Natick).

The MICH helmet (left) trims away the edge for improved visibility, unobstructed hearing and reduced weight when compared to the current PASGT helmet.

Although molded like the current, standard-issue Personnel Armor System, Ground Troops (PASGT) helmet in use since the early 1980s, the MICH trims away the edge for improved visibility, unobstructed hearing, reduced weight (less than 3 pounds without communication equipment) and easier integration with body armor.

“The fact that the edge of the helmet rides higher allows it not to impede with the combat mission. You can use it with all types of body armor without feeling clumsy by bumping into it,” Elder said. “You can shoot much easier in the prone position without the helmet slumping and blocking your vision. We can take away the soldier’s attention from equipment concerns so he can focus on the mission.”

He showed a MICH that had been shot several times during ballistics testing. Besides a half-inch indent, the helmet showed little damage.

Until now, there’s never been a helmet designed to stop bullets, said Elder. The MICH uses a different version of Kevlar combined with different bonding techniques to form a shell capable of halting a submachine gun’s 9 mm round in addition to protecting against fragmentation.

The current Kevlar helmet only protects against fragmentation and at most can deflect bullets.

“A direct shot to the head is a dead man,” Elder said. “That’s not the case with the MICH. The soldier could probably get back into the fight.”

What would allow the wearer to stay conscious is the innovative seven-pad suspension system. The current helmet uses a bolted-on nylon suspension with a leather headband that is fastened onto the inside headband. Many users would buy a circular pad to ease the weight stress on top of their heads.

Suspension pads consist of a comfort foam and “slow memory” foam to absorb shock. The cloth covering wicks away moisture to keep users cooler.

The MICH suspension pads are composed partly of comfort foam where the pads touch the head and mostly of “slow-memory” impact foam with the resilience of a wrestling mat.  The foam is like a shock absorber against a striking bullet.

(NOTE: In ballistic testing, while the helmets will stop a 9mm round, the impact indents the helmet approximately 1.5. inches. If the helmet were against the skull when the bullet strikes, that indentation is transferred to the skull with resultant injury and/or fracture. Holding the helmet permanently off the skull with shock-absorbing pads reduces or eliminates that scenario. Edit by OpHelm)

A black CoolMax cloth covering wicks moisture away and helps the user stay cooler. Lining the inside is a glued-on strip of Velcro fastener. Users can unhook and adjust the pads to create a custom fit.

An improved strap attaches at four points on the helmet while retaining the chin pocket for a more secure fit.

Also remarkably different from the current helmet is the four-point instead of two-point chinstrap. The two-strap “pocket” at the chin remains the same, but instead of anchoring to the helmet over the ear, one strap in front and behind the ear on each side securely clamp down the MICH.

“You lose less helmets while jumping, and it’s more stable for everything we put on it, such as night vision goggles,” Elder said. “In all of the testing, no helmets have fallen off.”

Airborne operations are easier because the MICH requires no shock pad to prevent whiplash while descending or retention strap.

The MICH helmet on the left proves its ability to stop 9 mm rounds. A seven-pad suspension system allows the user to adjust the cushions for the best fit.

Two features of the MICH reduce logistics. It’s made in medium and large with different sized pads used to account for the vast majority of sizes in between, and the helmet cover is reversible for woodland and desert camouflage. The PASGT helmet uses separate covers and is issued in five sizes.

A communications subsystem designed to be included with the helmet is in the final stages of testing, and because of its modularity, the MICH can be configured to each specific group with or without the added equipment.

The subsystem is intended to provide aural protection and dual-channel communications capability. It offers features such as a low-profile microphone, microphone adapter for mask microphone, multiple radio and intercom adapters, and push-to-talk access. The headset may be worn alone or with the helmet.

“We’re representing the Special Operation Forces, but who knows where it could go from here,” Elder said.

The Marine Corps and FBI have ordered helmets for operational use and evaluation, and the MICH is being considered as the helmet platform for Land Warrior, the Army’s effort to create a revolutionary weapons system for the 21st century soldier.