Bob Meaders

Dear USMC: Concentration and SA still needed for combat!

01/04/2019: The helmet pads you sent us has really made a positive impact. Immediately, my Marines noticed the difference in comfort. We have conducted a few operations with the new gel pads in. The Marines no longer have headaches and they said they barely noticed that they were even wearing their helmets. We no longer…

Just a minute while I try to adjust my brain bucket…don’t shoot!

12/18/18: Doc, We just received these helmets (and GI helmet pads) on our way out the door to Afghanistan. After the first couple missions, the Marines were complaining of headaches and migraines. Also, while operating, the Marines become OCD about constantly adjusting their Kevlar due to how uncomfortable the pads are. Trying to acquire better…

A small distraction-induced error in calculation costs lives. Come ON, Army.

12/15/18: Heard about us: Battle buddy. Duties: Artillery. Current pads: Currently have standard issue pads, hard and solid…. Comments: The problem with the current GI pads are that they are too solid and squeezes Joe’s heads. During pre-mobe training my soldiers were complaining about the pads and how it gives them headaches, and I can’t afford…

Which is more important, your troops or your ego? MAKE CHANGES!

12/13/18: Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Grey issued pads. Comments: Operation resolute support:  the current pads we have are hard so they tend to give us headaches while we are out the wire. It makes the helmet loose no matter how tight you tighten it which than makes not only makes it unsafe by not staying on…

Rock on the head doesn’t compute, Army!

Kits: 17. Hometown: Austin, TX. Heard about us: BLC. Duties: Downed Aircraft Recovery Team. Current pads: Original green army pads. Comments: I have used these pads before and they are a complete game changer. The original pads are like rocks on your head. I am trying to get these pads in support of our upcoming…

Destructive modification of head armor? FIX THE PROBLEM, MARINES!

10/11/18:. Heard about us: User testimonials via Oregon Aero. Duties: Advising. Current pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9356; the generic grey ones with glued seams. Comments: Our team will be operating in close proximity to our ANA counterparts and local nationals conducting TFSW’s Train, Advise, Assist mission as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission Afghanistan. Due to our…

Who knew that taking helmets off for pain relief MIGHT be dangerous?

10/3/2018: Kits: 30. Hometown: Rural Hall, NC. Heard about us: Aaron Agee, Daniel Kargbo. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Standard issue grey Marine Corps pads. Comments: Many of my Marines experience headaches during continuous operations. As the Platoon Sergeant I understand the importance of wearing full PPE at all times. Unfortunately many of my Marines take…

Absent helmets lead to shattered minds

9/9/18:Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Grey issued bricks. Comments: These are for my JTAC teams who go on the vast majority of patrols and convoys as part of our upcoming deployment. Not only are these helmets so uncomfortable that my guys are taking them off at every opportunity but we are trying to fit headsets under…