2014 Marine Requests

10 Jul 2014: Kits: 8. Duties: Financial Management. Current Pads: They are grey, not sure of the kind. Comments: I am not sure. Cpl, USMC.

2 Jul 2014: Kits: 25. Heard about us: Other websites. Duties: Basic stuff, supporting the MEU, Infantry things, sensor things. Current Pads: They are gray pads, really firm not comfortable. Comments: The pads we receive are very firm and are not comfortable when worn for long period of time. Other Marines have purchased different helmet pads and you can instantly feel the difference. Our platoon supports many units here in the PACOM area.. SSGT, USMC.

28 June 2014: Kits: 25. Hometown: Easton Pa. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: SPM1C1-09-D-F006 3/4 INCH; Glued. Comments: Our Marines currently have old helmet pads that are losing the adhesiveness and some Marines do not have any at all from them ripping. This would be very beneficial for our Marines who encounter many threats but do not have serviceable pads to protect their heads. Sgt, USMC.

24 Jun 2014: Kits: 7. Hometown: Detroit, MI. Heard about us: EOD friend on teh 11th MEU. Duties: Crisis Response. Current Pads: Wendy. Velco. Comments: I run a team of 6 Force Protection Marines who will be deploying within the next 5 weeks and I would like to outfit them with pads that won’t do damage. I was on recent field op and a buddy informed me that the pads I was wearing actually don’t absorb but transfer the any vibrations to the brain. My entire team is SNCO’s and most of us have been through our fair share of IED explosions. I want to protect my people the best way I can. I would be willing to donate to your project as well. Thanks for your support and hopefully we will be in touch. CWO2, USMC

15 Jun 2014: Kits: 15. Hometown: Leesville, Ohio. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Personal Security Detail for RC(SW) Commanding General. Current Pads: Grey in color. No writing left, glued seams.. Comments: We have three ACH helmets and twelve light weight helmets on the team. Due to the retrograde we are unable to get any new replacements in and all the current ones are well beyond worn out. Thank you for all your help! GySgt, USMC.

12 Jun 2014: Kits: 4. Hometown: Milwaukee. Heard about us: Military Stars and Stripes. Duties: Engineer. Current Pads: Sweat band. Comments: My team wears helmets all day long, as being a Marines we got issued a sweat band with no padding. The sweat band is starting to become a problem and a hindrance to the mission due to the fact that it provides no cushioning and makes it wearing a helmet uncomfortable. Cpl, USMC.

30 May 2014: I wanted to reach out as we just returned from our deployment to Afghanistan and say thank you again for your support. The helmet pads were worn daily and especially on one occasion I believe it saved a Marine from further injury. XXXXXX stepped on an IED, losing both his legs. He was the Marine who originally put me in contact with you last year. He requested I reach out to you and your organization to say thank you. He is currently at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Sorry I didn’t keep in touch throughout the deployment, but I just wanted to say thank you again now that we’re back. 1st Lt, USMC.

21 May 2014: Kits: 1. Heard about us: friend. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: Grey issued. Comments: The ones I currently use are very stiff abrasive and uncomfortable. SSGT, USMC.

15 May 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Falkville, AL. Heard about us: From other Marines at my Unit.. Duties: QRF/Squad Leader. Current Pads: It is just the old style basket that is screwed in by the screws in the kevlar helmet. Comments: This is the first time I have ever used this programs and it sounds great and I am extremely grateful. I am doing this first order and a t&e for my other Marines and once I have received the pads I am going to pass on the instructions on how to order these pads before we go down range. So that all my Marines will have the proper equipment during the mobilization and the deployment. Thank you very much. CPL, USMC.

15 May 2014: Kits: 2. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: original. Comments: head aches. Cpl, USMC.

14 May 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: Thurmont, MD. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Scout Sniper. Current Pads: NONE. Comments: Myself and many other Marines in my platoon got issued the MICH helmets today and none of them had any pads in them. I don’t want to order all of the pads to my house but we as a platoon will need about 15-20 kits in total. Thank you so much for your help and service to us in the military. It is greatly appreciated and never goes unnoticed. Cpl, USMC

12 May 2014: Kits: 30. Hometown: NOEL MO. Heard about us: CHARLIE 1/9 IN AFGHAN. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: grey sewn seam. Comments: causes headaches and my helmet doesnt fit my head right. LCpl, USMC

12 May 2014: Kits: 15. Hometown: Camp Pendleton CA. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Security / Force Protection. Current Pads: Issued. Comments: The issued pads are less than ideal. They make it feel like your head is in a vice and it inflicts undue pressure… after several hours this always leads to extreme headaches. My team and I thank you for your support. GySgt, USMC

15 Apr 2014: Kits: 20. Hometown: New Berlin, WI. Duties: Training indigenous individuals and assesssing their operations in combat zones. Current Pads: Blue-ish grey pads and the suspension system without pads. Comments: All Marines on the team have different types of inserts and complain of headaches and/or poor fitting. Unfortunately, I gave my last set of these pads to another deployer, but was EXTREMELY impressed with the pads I used for my last deployment. SSgt, USMC.

6 Apr 2014: Kits: 1. Duties: Military Police. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: I’ve gotten headaches from wearing my kevlar. It’s seriously uncomfortable. Cpl, USMC.

29 Mar 2014: Kits: 9. Hometown: Saint Louis. Heard About us: Previous unit. Duties: EOD. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The current pads do not allow for the helmets to properly fit the heads of any of my Marines. They are extremely hard and are more of a hinderance than help. SSgt, USMC.


10 Mar 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: Fredericksburg. Heard About us: weblink. Duties: EOD tech. Current Pads: advanced combat NSN 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: They feel fine at first but soon become uncomfortable pressing into the head tightly, too stiff. SGT, USMC.

9 Mar 2014: Kits: 10. Hometown: Portsmouth Rhode Island. Heard About us: Another Marine in my plt. Duties: Security for Marines advising Afghan National Army. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: They are stiff and are not comfortable at all, they have lost all flexibility so the kevlar doesnt sit right on my head. CPL, USMC.

27 Feb 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: CA. Heard About us: internet seach. Duties: Medic. Current Pads: NSN8470-01-546-9415. Comments: pads take up too much space inside helmet. considering getting one size bigger helmet to compensate for the pads however i am considering the extra bulk as a “con”. HM2, USN (FMF)

3 Feb 2014: Kits: 35. Hometown: Ft Worth, TX. Heard About us: Friend at CACI. Duties: JTAC, Route Clearance Convoys. Current Pads: Mix of Team Wendy pads. Comments: We’ve noticed that our pads harden significantly in colder weather as well as issues with our headsets under the pads themselves. Capt, USMC.

2 Feb 2014: Kits: 2. Hometown: quakertown pa. Heard About us: other marine. Duties: Infantry operations. Current Pads: gray hardened pads thin lip around bottom. Comments: they harden in winter they are old and have mildew on them and even new they were very rough and uncomfortable. Also can you send helmet straps the ones we have are like leather very irritable on the chin and face and arent very adjustable. Ive seen black ones which are more cotton like or other material im not sure that are much more adjustable and comfortable. LCpl, USMC

22 Jan 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: west bloomfield. Heard About us: google. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: standard issue pads. nsn 8470-01-646-9415. Comments: still have the same pads that I got issued 3 years ago, pads are hard and misshapen causing my kevlar to fit oddly and painfully after wearing it for a matter of hours. Cpl, USMC.

21 Jan 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Butler, PA. Heard About us: Friend. Duties: Infantry-Machine Gunner. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: GI pads are too hard and cause too much pressure on your head creating headaches. The poor texture of the pads also cause the helmet to fall down while using NVGs. LCpl, USMC.

21 Jan 2014: Kits: 85. Heard About us: Google Search. Duties: Convoy operations in the AOR. Current Pads: NSN: 8470-01-545-9356. Comments: Constant operations which require long term use of the kevlar in extreme temperature change environments. 1stLt, USMC.

19 Jan 2014: Kits: 10. Heard About us: Google Search. Duties: Convoy Operations. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: The pads we have are hard even in light cold temps. They are painful to wear as well. Sgt, USMC.

16 Jan 2014: Kits: 1. Hometown: Philadelphia. Heard About us: Justin Meaders. Duties: Combat engineer. Current Pads: None. Comments: No padding in my current helmet. Sgt, USMC.