17 Dec 2013: Kits: 50. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: UNCOMFORTABLE FIT AND POOR QUALITY. 1st Lt, USMC.
13 Dec 2013: Kits: 50. Heard About us: other platoons. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Team Wendy (grey. Comments: Current pads create uncomfortable pressure points. Marines tend to remove pads and take their helmets off more often. SSgt, USMC.
26 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Dallas. Heard About us: another marine. Duties: infantryman. Current Pads: nsn–issued. Comments: current pads are not comfortable over extended periods of wear. LtCol, USMC.
23 Nov 2013: Kits: 25. Hometown: St. Louis. Heard About us: Prior use. Duties: EOD Technicians. Current Pads: I use Oregon Aero pads. Most of the Marines in my platoon use MSA pads. Comments: I am trying to get pad upgrades for my platoon of EOD technicians before we deploy in support of OEF. We are deploying in 2014 so we have a few months to go. I am ordering these to my address because we have had issues with shipments of equipment arriving at our shop. Most of my 29 Marines are using standard MSA pads right now. I have used the pads supplied from this wonderful organiztion and see a real benefit with supplying them to my Marines. I have heard many complaints about the standard pads including headaches, discomfort, and excess difficulty concentrating while wearing standard “foam bricks”. The last worries me the most due to the fact that they are going to be handling explosives during operations. SSgt, USMC.
23 Nov 2013: Kits: 32. Hometown: Frostburg, Maryland. Heard About us: My previous unit has used your pads in the past. Duties: INFANTRY,EOD,CONVOY, SOME MEDICS. Current Pads: I currently have a set of your pads everyone else in my team has the issued pads not sure of nsn or maker. Comments: The current issued pads are as hard as a rock and very uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time on patrol. Also when current issued pads get soaked with sweat and dust and then dry when you take off your helmet they become even harder. Also current pads do not conform to the shape of your head. Sgt, USMC.
22 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: a fellow Marine. Duties: Intelligence Officer. Current Pads: Pad, Helmet Advanced Combat NSN 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: They are hard and give me a head-ache after a few hours. Maj, USMC.
22 Nov 2013: Kits: 60. Hometown: CORBIN KY. Heard About us: A MARINE I WORK WITH. Duties: INFANTRY AFGHANISTAN. Current Pads: ISSUED, TEAM WENDY. Comments: THEY GIVE US HEADACHES AND PUSH ON PRESSURE POINTS. SSgt, USMC.
22 Nov 2013: Kits: 60. Heard About us: Used this site before previous deployments. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Issue grey Team Wendy. Comments: Marines are removing their uncomfortable pads to relieve pressure points, degrading their effectiveness. Sgt, USMC.
8 Nov 2013: Kits: 10. Hometown: LEESBURG, VA. Heard About us: MILITARY FRIEND. Duties: BASE SECURITY. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: THE PAD ARE HARD AND ARE GIVING MARINES HEADACHES. Cpl, USMC.
15 Oct 2013: Kits: 9. Hometown: Fontana CA. Heard About us: Our Chief Warrant Officer highly recommend your helmet pads. Duties: EOD operations. Current Pads: CIF issue ZAP Action Pad. Comments: Uncomfortable, improper fit, they wear out fast, they come out of the helmet after some wear and tear, and after some use they get hard as rocks then disintegrate. Sgt, USMC.
14 Oct 2013: I am writing this today with regard to the amazing work done for our Armed Service members by OperationHelmet.org. As an active duty Marine, my primary duties as an NCO is to ensure my Marines are trained for combat and my unit’s mission success followed closely by ensuring everyone under my charge makes it home safely to their loved ones and family. With the ever increasing amount of gear and technology needed to complete our mission in the austere environments that we are required to operate in, something as simple as a comfortable kevlar pad is almost always overlooked when it comes to personal protection equiment. However, a tool is only effective when properly utilized and with the “standard” G.I. pads given to troops, kevlars are seen more as a headache to Marines and soldiers than a tool–both figuratively and literally. The issued pads are uncomfortable, ill-fitting, and get hard after being exposed to sweat and dirt causing headaches after only a short period of time. This leads to people taking some of the pads out to loosen the fit, loosening the straps holding them on and generally making them less effective but temporarily bearable to wear, or taking their kevlars off completely rendering them useless. Responsible for the well-being of someone’s son, brother, father or husband, this was unacceptable to me. Thankfully, my brother, also a former Marine, recommended I get in contact with OperationHelmet.org and they would be able to remedy our “headache”. Within only a week’s time, I had new Oregon Aero pads and the response was immediate. My Marines didn’t mind wearing their kevlars, they fit properly and they no longer got headaches for wearing them. Without the work of this great organization, I can safely assume their would be many more members of our armed services who would not be home with their loved ones today, all because of a seemingly insignificant pad. Thank you OperationHelmet.org for all you do. Semper Fidelis, Corporal of Marines, Afghanistan. (Sent 160 helmet pad kits for the entire Company)
17 Sep 2013: Kits: 55. Hometown: MILWAUKEE WI. Heard About us: A LT FROM MY LAST UNIT. Duties: INFANTRY, FIRE SUPPORT. Current Pads: BASIC CIF ISSUE. Comments: THE CURRENT PADS MY UNIT HAS DO NOT FIT COMFORTABLY IN THE HELMETS, THIS UNIT HAS A HIGH OP TEMPO AND NEW PADS WILL BE USED ON A CONSTANT BASIS. Sgt, USMC.
21 Aug 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: UT. Current Pads: GREY HARD PADS. Comments: THE PADS ARE HARD AND GIVES ME A HEADACHE. GySgt, USMC.
13 August 2013: Sir,I just wanted to drop you an email and thank you so much for your generosity and support out here. We got the box of helmet pads for the entire platoon today and let me tell you the boys couldn’t have been happier with them. Marines love getting packages but love it even more when its something that will make the mission easier. Comfort can be a killer for morale and i can happily say that now there should be no complaints about how there helmet pads suck. Again thank you and when I return to a base with more accessible mail options be looking for something in the mail from us. SSgt, USMC
12 Aug 2013: Kits: 45. Hometown: Dover, NJ. Heard About us: ordered previously but learned from my brother who was also a Marine. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: I have the Oregon Aero only because I had some from the previous order I had from you. The rest of my platoon has the old grey/black pads (if they even have them at all). They are stiff and not very comfortable. Comments: They are uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time, and several of my Marines don’t even have the complete set of pads for their kevlars. I told them I would take care of it. We are set to leave stateside in approximately a month to Afghanistan. I was hoping to have this squared away prior to departing. Thank you for all that you do. Cpl, USMC.
31 Jul 2013: Kits: 2. Duties: artillery. Current Pads: zap. Comments: the pads arent comfortable at all, push down on my head and give no relief, in the heat they are extremely uncomfortable. SSgt, USMC.
16 Jul 2013: Kits: 30. Heard About us: Web Search. Duties: Infantry Unit. Current Pads: Varies – MSA, NSN and Unknown. Comments: For infantry units deployed forward in support of OEF, wearing your kevlar for extended periods (days) is the norm. We take EVERY opportunity that we can to remove our helmets because the pads issued with our helmets are hard and extremely uncomfortable. The cause headaches for the Marines which tend to draw from our focus when we are constantly adjusting. Thanks! SSgt, USMC.
9 Jul 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: human intelligence and counter intelligence. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: The current helmet and pads I am currently issued are better than the netting we had on my first deployment and was happy to have pads for my last two. During the work up for this deployment a comrade showed me the pads he got from your organization and it was exponentially more comfortable than the issued ones. SSgt, USMC.
2 Jul 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Evansville IN. Heard About us: Though another Marine. Duties: Engineer. Current Pads: MSA Pads/Team Windy, they are hard and tend to smell. Comments: It can become painful to wear for extended periods of time. 1st Lt, USMC.
27 Jun 2013: Kits: 45. Hometown: New York, NY. Heard About us: Squad Leader. Duties: Infantry, OEF deployment pushed up and we are leaving 6 weeks prior to original ship date. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Current pads are hard and Marine complain that they are uncomfortable which is leading to them taking them off when mounted in vehicles. 2nd Lt, USMC.
26 Jun 2013: Kits: 3. Hometown: Jefferson Township, NJ. Heard About us: Fellow Marine. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: SkyDex. Comments: Have SkyDex pads but they are an improper size, 2 of my Marines are complaining about helmet pads asking if they can cut them to let out air. We all know thats bad juju figured I would try to get them these to solve the issue safely. Sgt, USMC.
26 Jun 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: Co-Workers. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Grey issued pads. Comments: Current pads are hard, uncomfortable and falling part from use. 1st Lt, USMC.
18 Jun 2013: Kits: 47. Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania. Heard About us: Last Deployment. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: The old pad are causing headaches for my Marines especially when used for long duration which is expected in an operational environment. The Pads Also Stiffen in Certain climates which makes wearing the LWH difficult for certain Marines. Sgt, USMC.
17 Jun 2013: Kits: 44. Hometown: Jonesboro, Ga. Heard About us: Fellow Marine. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Grey. Feels like they are lined with plastic. Comments: Bad fit. Discomfort. Pads do not recover there form after being worn for awhile and the helmet isnt secured to the head. SSgt, USMC.
14 Jun 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Six Mile, sc. Heard About us: squad leader. Duties: MP. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: headaches mainly. LCpl, USMC.
18 May 2013: Kits: 4. Hometown: ERIE. Heard About us: FRIEND. Duties: OVERWATCH, CONVOY SECURITY. Current Pads: THEY COME IN 5 PARTS, THEY KIND OF LOOK LIKE THAT PICK OUT FOAM THAT YOU GET IN PELICAN CASES. THEY FEEL LIKE PACKING STYROFOAM. Comments: THEY DONT ACTUALLY PROTECT FROM IMPACTS AND 9 TIMES OUT OF 10 I HAVE TO TAKE THEM OUT BECAUSE THE PADS HAVE NO CUSHION TO THEM. ON IMPACT THEY DONT ACTUALLY HELP AT ALL. AND I KNOW A LOT OF MY FELLOW MARINES THAT HIT IEDS IN AFGHANISTAN AND HAD SOME SERIOUS CONCUSSIONS BECAUSE THE PADS DIDNT REALLY PROTECT THEM AT ALL. AND I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE PADS BEFORE WE DEPLOY IN JULY SO THAT I CAN GO TO AFGHANISTAN WITH THEM. AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MY WHOLE CREW WITH THEM. LCpl, USMC.
10 May 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Davidson, NC. Heard About us: Google Search. Duties: Communications. Current Pads: basic PASGT generic brand unknown name. Comments: currently unassigned, being proactive. SSgt, USMC.
29 Apr 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: NEW YORK. Heard About us: wikipedia. Duties: Utilities Chief. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Headache. GySgt, USMC.
11 Apr 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Erie, PA. Heard About us: Friend in unit. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: Extremely uncomfortable, I have had them in the helmet for almost two years now and they have hardened and give me a headache after minimal wear time. LCpl, USMC.
6 Apr 2013: Kits: 40. Heard About us: PRIOR DEPLOYED MARINES. Duties: ROUT CLEARING, DEMOLITIONS. Current Pads: PAD,HELMET,ADVANCED COMBAT. Comments: THE ISSUED PADS HAVE NO PADDING CAUSING MY MARINES TO HAVE A HEADACHE AFTER WEARING FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. CPL, USMC.
21 Mar 2013: Kits: 50. Hometown: San Bernardino, CA. Heard About us: Master Sergeant from an adjoining platoon. Duties: Currently we are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. Our mission requires us to be outside the wire for weeks at a time in order to provide engineer support. Due to the heat and the inability to to remove our personal protective equipment, our Marines routinely suffer headaches and discomfort which cause them to lose focus on our mission. I was impressed with the outcome our adjoined platoon had when they received these pads and I would like to supply my junior Marines, many whom are deploying for the first time, with this product so we may better carry out our task in country. Thank you for any support that you may provide for us. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9356. Comments: The pads issued to us are hard and are a one size fits all which causes discomfort and headaches to my Marines. I personally have experienced the effect of these pads in Afghanistan in the extreme heat that causes us to take our mind of our mission. I would personally like my Marines to be as fitted as possible so they may focus on our mission and come home safely. Once again any help you may provide will be greatly appreciated. Cpl, USMC.
17 Mar 2013: Kits: 50. Hometown: Lodi. Heard About us: from a friend and used pads on deployment. Duties: security. Current Pads: standard issue usmc grey. Comments: uncomfortable, headaches, hard to clean. Cpl, USMC.
12 March 2013: Kits: 129. Hometown: BROOKSVILLE, FL. Heard About us: FROM MY OLD PLATOON COMMANDER. Duties: ENGINEER PROJECTS. Current Pads: OREGON AERO PADS. Comments: BEFORE MY LAST DEPLOYMENT WE HAD THE CIF ISSUE PADS AND THEY GAVE MY ENTIRE PLATOON HEAD ACHES. SO MY PLATOON COMMANDER DID SOME WORK AND GOT A BOX FOR MY PLATOON AND THAT WAS THE GREATEST GIFT HE COULD HAVE GIVEN US. NO MORE HEAD ACHES AND MORE CONCENTRATION ON THE ENEMY. NOW I WANT TO OUTFIT MY COMPANY WITH THEM SO WE CAN HAVE THE SAME COMFORT IN ORDER TO HAVE MARINES FOCUS ON THE ENEMY AND NOT A HEAD ACHE. THANKS YOU AGAIN FOR MAKING SUCH A GREAT PRODUCT. MSgt, USMC.
8 Mar 2013: Kits: 43. Hometown: CANTON OHIO. Heard About us: CIF. Duties: CONVOYS, PATROLS. Current Pads: WE ALL HAVE THE REGULAR NETTING ON THE TOP OF OUR KEVLARS. Comments: ME AND MY MARINES DRIVE OVER HUNDREDS OF MILES A WEEK WITH A TEMPO THAT WE HAVE AT A TECOM BASE. Sgt, USMC.
4 Mar 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Huntington Beach. Heard About us: From a friend. Duties: Radio Operator. Current Pads: Grey pads, very hard. I beleive they are the standard pads. Comments: My Cpl has these [from OpHelmet] pads and they are amazing. They actually make you want to wear your helmet, not kick it down a hill. When i go to afghanistan in may i will be going on mulitple patrols a day and would love to have these pads so i dont get migranes from the helmet that i have to live in. LCpl, USMC.
3 March 2013My Cpl has these pads and they are amazing. They actually make you want to wear your helmet, not kick it down a hill. When i go to afghanistan in may i will be going on mulitple patrols a day and would love to have these pads so i dont get migranes from the helmet that i have to live in. LCpl, USMC.
24 Feb 2013: Kits: 5. Duties: Scout Sniper. Current Pads: Grey pads, cloth, plastic underneath cloth. standard issued for mich helmet. very hard when cold. the Ops-core helmet has hard stirafoam on the inside, with about a quarter inch of soft cloth foam on the ouside. Comments: The current pads issued to my unit are not comfortable during long missions and almost create a vise on your head because they do not give very much. Being with scout snipers, we are required to wear our kevlars and ops-core helmets for up to 96 hours straight, even when sleeping, so having comfortable padding inside the helmet is a must. Comfortability is survivability is a saying that goes around our platoon, meaning if your aren’t comfortable, you will not be able to perform the mission to the best of your ability. LCpl, USMC.
20 Feb 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Flemington, NJ. Heard About us: Google search for “ACH Helmet Pads”. Duties: designated marksman. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: After 3 hours of wearing my kevlar, it feels like its trying to crush the top of my skull. I find myself wiggling my head around and moving my helmet just to relieve some of the pressure. Cpl, USMC.
16 Feb 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Flemington, NJ. Heard About us: Google search for “ACH Helmet Pads”. Duties: designated marksman. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: After 3 hours of wearing my kevlar, it feels like its trying to crush the top of my skull. I find myself wiggling my head around and moving my helmet just to relieve some of the pressure. Cpl, USMC.
14 Feb 2013: Kits: 10. Hometown: st louis mo. Heard About us: friend. Duties: Heading to afghan to support using convoy operations helping eod. Current Pads: blue and grey. Comments: The Current pads are way to stiff and uncomfortable. SSgt, USMC.
12 Feb 2013: Kits: 20. Hometown: sonora, ca. Heard About us: other Marine units. Duties: Infantry operations. Current Pads: nsn. Comments: too stiff, especially in cold temperatures. Sgt, USMC.
25 Jan 2013: Kits: 4. Hometown: ROCKY MOUNT, NC. Duties: TEAM LEADER-INFANTRY. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: CAUSING MUCH HEADACHES FROM BEING TOO STIFF. WHEN COLD THEY BECOME SO HARD THAT I FEEL I HAVE BRICKS INSTEAD OF PADS. Cpl, USMC.
17 Dec 2013: Kits: 75. Hometown: Destin Fl. Heard About us: A Friend. Duties: Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Current Pads: Issued Comments: Poor Fit, Hot Spots, and not enough sizeing options. Sgt, USMC.