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.

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…

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…

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…

Army: Pound sand, not heads!

6/23/2019: The Paratroopers just received the pads, and they immediately felt a significant difference in comfort. Many times we will spend hours wearing these helmets while under physical exertion. Having upgraded helmet pads increases comfort and morale for these Paratroopers. More importantly, these pads allow Paratroopers to remain more mentally alert throughout the duration of…