Bob Meaders

The Emperor’s…er, helmet’s…new clothes

 11/20/19: Comments: I have had numerous complaints from my soldiers about their helmet pads being too hard or just so uncomfortable they don’t even wear their helmets. I have previously contacted this organization and we recieved enough helmet pads for my platoon and everybody loved them. The troops wear them with no issues or complaints…

Doing the same thing repeatedly, hoping for a different outcome????

9/10/2019:Kits: 30. Hometown: . Heard about us: . Duties: Dismounted Infantry Patrolling. Current pads: 3M Ceradyne SPS IHPS (Hard, Rough, Glued). Comments: Issued pads are hard, with little give, and rough. That combination in 100+ degree heat or under NODs is a constant, annoying distractor when Paratroopers need to focus on the ground and possible…

Just don’t hit your head when you land…

8/27/2019: The problem at I run into with the standard issue pads is that I have to take some of them out. When wearing my helmet I get headaches from it squeezing my head. As if my head were in a vice and its slowly getting tighter. I’ve tried washing them multiple times to make…

Soldiers aren’t sissies, but still…PEO Soldier doesn’t care

8/24/2019:Many of my Troopers have had an issue with the front and two rear pads having a hard plastic like material in them that resulted in their foreheads becoming cut by the pad itself. The pads in the rear are made of the same material, and the result usually becomes a headache from the pressure…

Yet again: Fancy new helmet, crappy old pads

8/15/2019:Comments: We are wearing the IHPS helmets, which I do not think are not on the drop down menu. The current helmet pads we have cause major pressure and comfort issues. They are the standard issued pads and are bulky and do not conduct heat well. When we patrol, the soldiers consistently have headaches and…

Hard to hear your troops from an air-conditioned foxhole, EH?

7/19/2019: Right now the CIF issued pads are very uncomfortable for my platoon, we spend most of our time trying to get comfortable. There is never a day we don’t have headaches/migraines on mission. If we get these Oregon Aero pads they would definitely boost morale, comfort and give my guys the 110% focus that…

Why the HELL won’t you listen to actual war fighters?

Doc Bob, Just wanted to give you an update on the packages.  I received both on July 4th and immediately handed them out to my guys.  They were ecstatic to have something that was 100 times more comfy for when they are on Tower Guard for 8 straight hours.  Since then, we have gone on…

Get out of your a/c foxhole and listen to your troops!

7/1/2019: The helmet pads were received and we have all now had ample time to wear them out on mission. Some of my team members have commented that the pads are “like wearing a pillow”, “they don’t give you that feeling of constant pressure against your head”, and “there are no hot spots”.  In terms…