Doc Bob’s Blog

The unfiltered postings of a retired Navy Captain and Medical Doctor – fellow with the American Board of Preventative Medicine (Aerospace) and Ophthalmology and is certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Born and raised in Glen Rose, Texas, Meaders received a bachelor of science degree from Southern Methodist University and his medical degree from the University of Texas’ Southwestern Medical School. Vietnam Veteran.

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…

Unsafe Helmet doffing! Gee, I wonder why?

. Duties: Infantry QRF. Current pads: Gray ones that feel like rocks. Comments: The current pads cause headaches and pain. I am constantly telling my guys to put their kevlars back on because they take them off every chance they get to escape the pain. I am looking forward to getting these new pads so…

Distraction = Death

Kits: 1. Hometown: Pennsylvania. Heard about us: Buddy. Duties: OPSEC. Current pads: COF issue. Comments: Issue pads give me headaches. CPT, US Army Follow up note: 7/21/18: Sir, I greatly appreciate your quick response to my inquiry as well as you running this amazing program.  Regarding your statement about how the issue pads affect mission performance and safety;…

Focus on task at hand, not pain in head…ancient proverb

5/1/19:The current pads are hard as a rock and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time, as well as never seeming to break In and the smell they seem to hold on to from sweat. Something as simple as increasing the comfort to your head cuts down on headaches,pressure points and the constant need to…

Pain in the A__: perhaps AIR? Not likely

Thank you for your response.  That request for 140 pads is not for our entire company, but for three of our reinforced platoons which for our current mission-set are transported by MV-22 Ospreys and can be wearing their helmet in the aircraft for 4-5 hours before potentially inserting into a landing zone to begin their…

Wake up, PEO SOLDIER

4/4/18: Hey, thank you for the reply. I don’t see how they receive no complaints. The issues pads are too hard and cause headaches with any mission over an hour. Soldiers have to take pads out just so the Kevlar fits. I represent an advisor team that is detached from our battalion. All of our…

How can we help them if we can’t help ourselves?

3/30/18:  Duties: Training the afghan army to win their war. Current pads: Pad, Helmet, ACH. Comments: When we operate in the cold, we have to build a fire just to warm up the pads so they aren’t painfully pressing against our head. We wear the bare minimum of padding during our operations. One guy almost lost…