25 Dec 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Virginia Beach. Heard About us: internet Duties: Director. Current Pads: NSN. Olive green. MFG: 5M888 Lot 1, NSN 5470-01-546-9415. Comments: Uncomfortable for long-term wear. Col, USAF.
24 Dec 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: ask.com. Duties: Maintenance. Current Pads: skydex. Comments: uncomfortable over time. SMSgt, USAF.
9 Dec 2013: Kits: 4. Hometown: Bellevue, NE. Heard About us: www.mymilitarysavings.com. Duties: I’m a C-130 pilot who teaches Afghans how to fly in the Cessna 208. (C-208). Current Pads: PAD, HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT CIRCULAR CROWN SIZE 3/4″ NSN 8470-01-546-9415 SPM1C1-07-C-F103 9U425 LOT 3097-1. Comments: The pads we have now are hand-me-downs from years ago. They’re beat up. 4 of us are here for a year…can you help? Capt, USAF.
4 Nov 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: CSAR. Current Pads: standard ACH Gentex pads. Comments: cause headaches when worn long term. SrA, USAF.
16 Oct 2013: Kits: 4. Heard About us: Web Search. Duties: Metal Working. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415 Pad, Helmet, Advanced Combat. Comments: Uncomfortable. TSgt, USAF.
15 Oct 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Kansas City. Heard About us: Officemate. Duties: Contract management, private security oversight, convoy oversight. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: chin strap slips loose overtime while on missions…pads uncomfortable and cause chafing/irritation on head. Capt, USAF.
18 Sep 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Honolulu, HI. Heard About us: Firearms forum. Duties: Aircrew. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: Very tight and uncomfortable, some hot-spots during long periods of wear. MSgt, USAF.
11 Sep 2013: Kits: 15. Hometown: South Bend, IN. Heard About us: Another NCO in my unit. Duties: Security Force augmentees, base sweeps, and general twelve hour wear. Current Pads: Our Helmets don’t have any pads they still have just webbing and head band. Comments: Our necks are very tired after supporting helmets that don’t even full fit our heads and they shake around when you move. Many people have to wear beanies with their helmets or else have marks on them. Some peoples equipment is so old that there is mold growing on it. SSgt, USAF.
24 August 2013: I am writing this email to request a few helmet pad kits. I attempted to request some online; however, the communications squadron blocked my request. My name is xxxx and I am currently attached to Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Expeditionary Detachment (EDET) [opsec]. The members of my unit and I conduct daily OTW missions here in Kandahar, AFG. We have run into some serious issues with the current pads we were issued, “Team Wendy, NSN 8470-01-546-0415″ they are causing headaches and guys are having trouble focusing while out on objectives, especially while conducting night operations with NVGs. Any chance we get we take our helmets off or loosen the chin straps to relieve some of the pressure, this is obviously a huge safety concern because the areas we are operating in are extremely hostile. Any help you can provide is GREATLY appreciated! Special Agent, USAF.
Followup note from Special Agent: Doc, Thank you again! My team and I went out on an op the night after we received your shipment, and they really do make a difference. The pads are much softer and distribute the pressure evenly around my head, especially when I have my NVGs on. I asked the guys what they thought and they loved them! A lot of people who don’t go OTW don’t understand how the little things like helmet pads make a huge difference! I see some guys who have all this really cool and fancy “tactical” gear, but I’m an advocate of less is more. Carefully chosen equipment is way more important than bulk… Thanks! T.
22 Aug 2013: Kits: 4. Hometown: wichita,ks. Heard About us: Online. Duties: Convoy, Foot patrol, Infantry. Current Pads: Old, Some green military, and some black they are taped in hand me downs. Comments: They give headaches, when helmet is off fine. SSgt, USAF.
1 Aug 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Wind Gap, PA. Heard About us: A friend told me about you. Duties: Military infrastructure advisor. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9415 Green. Comments: They are limited with configuration,hot and very difficult to break in. You don’t do chin straps do you? MSgt, USAF.
1 Aug 2013: Kits: 10. Heard About us: Other OTW Unit. Duties: Security Forces/Infantry OTW. Current Pads: Basic Helmet Pads. Comments: After continuous use of the pads I currently have it makes my team have bad headaches and marks on our heads. SSgt, USAF.
31 Jul 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: Infantry/Security Forces. Current Pads: no writing on pad just black in color. Comments: the current pads that im using dont conform to my head and are very stiff and after awhile i get bad headaches from them and cannot take off my helmet outside the wire to relive the pressure on my head. SSgt, USAF.
21 July 2013: Kits: 10. Hometown: Fuquay-Varina, NC. Heard About us: a friend. Duties: Infantry/Security. Current Pads: Skydex DOM: G-07-07 3/4 inch Comments: The current pads are causing massive headaches within 2 hours after putting the helmet on and the headaches only get worse the longer we are on patrol. We take our helmets off every chance we get, which puts us at risk if the unknown occurs while we are giving our heads a chance to “breath.” We love our job and the difference we are making, but we would love for the pounding headaches to go away without risking our lives. SSgt ‘Reaper’, USAF.
6 Jun 2013: Kits: 3. Duties: Reaper missions. outside the wire. Current Pads: gray, hard standard issued. Comments: after more then half an hour of use i get pain where the pads are. i have to take the helmet off every few minutes to get the proper blood flow it feels like. makes the helmet fit uncomfortable during pre deployment training excercises, and if worn for a long time i get a headache. Amn, USAF.
6 Jun 2013: Kits: 2. Hometown: VACAVILLE, CA. Heard About us: Personal from my Unit. Duties: I am Security Forces conducting outside the wire missions. Current Pads: The ones that come with the helmet;( Comments: The ones the helmet comes with are hard and non-forming to your head causing uncomfortable pain after wearing for an extended time. SSgt, USAF.
31 May 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Shokan NY. Heard About us: Fellow Reapers. Duties: Reaper QRT [quick reaction team]. Current Pads: MSA 3/4 in. Comments: My current ones are stiff and gives me headache with after short useage. SrA, USAF.
23 May 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Poughkeepsie. Heard About us: Squad member. Duties: Security Forces, Reaper. Current Pads: NSN GENTEX. Comments: Too firm, feels like plastic inside and not comfortable at all. SrA, USAF
22 May 2013: Kits: 1. Heard About us: ANOTHER TROOP. Duties: SECURITY FORCES – OUTSIDE THE WIRE. Current Pads: STANDARD ISSUED PADS, ONE IS A SEVERAL BIG SQUARES AND LITTLE SQUARES. Comments: TUFF AROUND THE HEAD CAUSES HEADACHES – HARD TO ADJUST AND SHIFTING. SSgt, USAF.
21 May 2013: Kits: 2. Hometown: BRONX, NEW YORK. Heard About us: INTERNET. Duties: SECURITY FORCES BASE DEFENSE. Current Pads: ACH GENERAL ISSUE. Comments: ACH GENERAL ISSUE PADS ARE VERY UNCOMFORTABLE AND DISTRACTING. CONSTANTLY REMOVING TO EASE THE DISCOMFORT. WILL DEFINITELY RETURN FEEDBACK AFTER RECEIVING NEW PADS. THANK YOU. SSgt, USAF.
8 May 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: MWD [military working dog] Handler. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: The pads are hard and non-form fitting. When on long movements the straps make it even worse. The entire helmet becomes a sponge after about 20 minutes or so. It would be nice to have a tighter fit to prevent movement as well. TSgt, USAF.
28 Mar 2013: Kits: 1. Duties: Security. Current Pads: Mine Safey Appliance Company, Green Very Hard pads. Comments: These pads are too thick and Hard. Not very comfortable with this helmet on. SrA, USAF.
8 Jan 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Anchorage, Ak. Duties: Convoy Comms. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Way too stiif and cause pressure points no matter where I positon the pads. SrA, USAF.