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.

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…

Focus on the mission, not the distracting head pain

5/28/2019:Duties: Mortar fires supporting infantry. Current pads: Terrible blue pads. Comments: The blue pads are just terrible and don’t fit my Marines heads right. With these, which I’ve tried, they are not only better fit, they are comfortable (which as you guys know, keeps kevlars on Marines heads longer). I believe in what you do…

Spiffy new helmet, same crappy Team Wendy pads

 A military forum suggested I contact you when I asked for options for aftermarket helmet pads. Duties: Infantry Patrols, PLT FO. Current pads: The Basic Gray Issue Pads. Comments: The current pads are extremely stiff, and especially when wearing Peltors most all of us end up removing components of the system due to head pain.…

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…

Current GI pads are too solid

Current GI pads are too solidKits: 15. Hometown: Guyton. 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-mobility training my soldiers were complaining about the pads and how…