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.

… pads are miserable to the wearer…

Kits: 40. Hometown: Merritt island fl. Heard about us: Battle buddy. Duties: Demolition, vertical construction, combat operations. Current pads: Gray, hard Velcro. Comments: The current pads are very hard especially in cold weather environments. They wear out quickly and squeeze your head after long hours of use, even after adjusting pads to your head. Sergeant,…

Blast wave TBI at least partially prevented by helmet pads

Here is the most recent study on blast wave injury to the brain: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK299229/ This is why we got involved originally in 2004 when the Marines kept insisting their warriors didn’t need helmet pads, just the nylon strap suspensions. We testified to the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Air and and Forces about the difference…

How in the HELL can anyone read this and do NOTHING?

12/6/2019: Duties: Infantry and Convoy Operations. Current pads: Pad, Helmet Advanced Combat GENTEX CORPORATION. Size 3/4”. M67854-17-D-1221. NSN: 8470-01-546-9356 9U425 LOT TW1558-3. Comments: For our upcoming combat deployment to the Middle East our battalion has been very lucky to have received some of the latest and greatest gear from the Marine Corps. However as most…

Harsh environment, piss-poor pads = potential disaster

11/21/2019: We will be operating in an extremely cold weather environment.  With the cold weather,  the current pads are very hard, when it gets cold it is almost impossible to get the helmet to fit correctly. My Marines are taking pads out to get the helmet to seat properly on their head.  This greatly degrades…

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…