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With our troops being withdrawn from combat zones, Operation Helmet’s Board has decided to close our doors and dedicate any residual funds to other charities serving the military community.
To all hands who have helped us on our mission for the past 17 years, we give a snappy salute and heart-felt thanks.
The US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory has tested the same shock-absorbing military pad systems for the ability to decrease non-ballistic impact forces in parachutists’ helmets. The OA pads reduced impact loading by over 28%. See: USAARL report 2005-05 of March, 2005. AND the latest report: PASGT/ACH comparison
The new ECH (Enhanced Combat Helmet) is being issued to deploying Marines. Here’s what an experienced Company Commander has to say about the helmet/pad system: “We demand our guys to be in their gear for days at a time and although the DOD has been good about upgrading helmets the pad system is vital and the current pads are subpar at best. I’ve seen how much longer these kits last, how much more effective it makes Marines, and how it reduces injury upon impact (there are a number of gentleman still around because of this system that may not be if they had other gear). Again, thank you for your time and any help is extremely appreciated.”
Unfortunately, all Services are still (May, 2015) using the GI helmet pads the Company Commander above refers when he describes their poor function. Protective helmet pads simply MUST be wearable for head armor to work.
Here’s a report from NATICK Army test lab on how shock-absorbing pads add to both ballistic (bullet) and non-ballistic (blast) protection of helmets now issued to all Special Forces troops, including Marine Recon, SEALS, Rangers, Green Berets, etc. Shouldn’t front-line ‘grunts’ have the same degree of protection?
“The MICH suspension pads are composed partly of comfort foam where the pads touch the head and mostly of “slow-memory” impact foam with the resilience of a wrestling mat. The foam is like a wrestling mat. The foam is like a shock absorber against a striking bullet.
A black CoolMax cloth covering wicks moisture away and helps the user stay cooler. Lining the inside is a glued-on strip of Velcro fastener. Users can unhook and adjust the pads to create a custom fit.”
Click here to see the whole report from Natick Soldier Systems Center. Note: This report refers to the Oregon Aero shock-absorbing pads.
Write to the senior leaders of the military http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/pis/dod_addresses.html