The Marine Corps has recognized two teams for their creative ideas to improve the service’s helmet retention system. The Retention System Prize Challenge kicked off in late January and remained open until mid-March, according to a recent news release. Marine Corps Systems Command announced it was seeking retention systems that are compatible with the Enhanced Combat Helmet and may provide greater stability, adjustability and comfort. Team Wendy, an Ohio company specializing in the development of protective head-borne systems, took the overall prize of $25,000. The innovation prize of $5,000 went to a team of friends and engineers out of Seattle, including Barret Schlegelmilch, Maxim Khatsenko and Andrew "Kit" Kennedy. Through the prize challenge, officials hoped to find a retention system prototype that could be further developed and later procured for the force. Future prize challenges are planned focusing on ways to improve gear already in use by Marines. Read more at Marines.mil.