Jonathan Idema * Ex-Special Forces * Created alot of headlines around Ft. Bragg awhile back * A piece of his ICS clothing line * RARE ?

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    Jonathan Idema * Ex-Special Forces * Created alot of headlines around Ft. Bragg awhile back * A piece of his ICS clothing line * RARE ?

    Post by MyZone on Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:44 pm

    Jonathan Idema made a bunch of local (Ft. Bragg) and national headlines early in OEF. I ran across this in my stored away gear and uniforms (I forgot I had this one).

    Paramilitary or paintball ? I don't know.....I do now Idema tried hard to sell to the military through Idema Combat Systems (IDS).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Idema

    Either way, I've never seen another one of these suits mentioned anywhere (I've had this maybe 6 years).

    Any input/comments are always welcome.









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    Post by taucco on Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:12 am

    AFAIK idema had both military and paintball products. I have a small photo in a old SOF magazine (3/95) showing a man wearing the classic idema tac vest, a m17 gasmask with a black hood over it and this flighsuit (with the large flap on the right concealing a us flag). the man is armed with a mp5. It is probably an advertising shot.

    Other photos of idema items in use are restricted to idema's "employees" in afghanistan. The only military photo i have seen is a 10th SFG soldier in Bosnia wearing a Idema tac vest over Ranger Armor.

    BTW, looking at mr. Idema's SF qualification diploma i noticed Charlie Beckwith Signature is very different from the one i have in my autographed copy of Beckwith's "Delta force"
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    Post by taucco on Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:09 pm

    very kitsch (the photo was mirrored)

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    Post by MyZone on Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:06 pm

    good stuff man..... cheers
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    Re: Jonathan Idema * Ex-Special Forces * Created alot of headlines around Ft. Bragg awhile back * A piece of his ICS clothing line * RARE ?

    Post by MyZone on Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:16 pm

    An interesting footnote to this thread.

    Mr. J. Idema is now deceased.....made front page of the local newspaper where I live.


    http://news.yahoo.com/nc-man-ran-tortuous-afghan-jail-dies-205654344.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Idema

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    Re: Jonathan Idema * Ex-Special Forces * Created alot of headlines around Ft. Bragg awhile back * A piece of his ICS clothing line * RARE ?

    Post by taucco on Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:10 pm

    some photos of mr.idema, advertising a bulleproof vest he marketed. he's wearing old special forces headset and the extra coveted p83 experimental boots (which should led to believe he was still in special forces by that timeframe...his military record states he was kicked out in 1984)





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    Re: Jonathan Idema * Ex-Special Forces * Created alot of headlines around Ft. Bragg awhile back * A piece of his ICS clothing line * RARE ?

    Post by MyZone on Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:43 pm

    Well here is a very recent find.....one of Idema Combat System vests. Buckles are dated 93'. Probably one of a few left in the wild....

    I picked it up from a third party who stated it came from a guy with previous ties with a unit located at Ft. Bragg.

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    Re: Jonathan Idema * Ex-Special Forces * Created alot of headlines around Ft. Bragg awhile back * A piece of his ICS clothing line * RARE ?

    Post by galvngear on Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:57 am



    Here is one of the vests that I own. Very rugged and still looks like it's new 20 plus years later.

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    Post by galvngear on Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:58 am

    Darn it... That didn't work too well... I need to figure this stuff out... dagnabit...
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    Re: Jonathan Idema * Ex-Special Forces * Created alot of headlines around Ft. Bragg awhile back * A piece of his ICS clothing line * RARE ?

    Post by zvez on Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:31 pm

    according to the obit he only served 3 years in the army 75-78, is that enough time to be established in SF?

    Interesting that his company logo was the silouhette of a rhodesian soldier ca. 78 the "be a man among men" recruiting poster that SOF released.

    As memory serves it was actually originally a one pager in the rhod army magazine and then SOF made a full size poster of it for sale.

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    Re: Jonathan Idema * Ex-Special Forces * Created alot of headlines around Ft. Bragg awhile back * A piece of his ICS clothing line * RARE ?

    Post by Mercenary25 on Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:13 pm

    Galvngear,

    Welcome to the forum. Could you post in the introductions thread? Thanks.


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    Re: Jonathan Idema * Ex-Special Forces * Created alot of headlines around Ft. Bragg awhile back * A piece of his ICS clothing line * RARE ?

    Post by galvngear on Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:59 pm

    Mercenary25, done and done. Thank you sir.

    Zvez, you are correct sir. the ICS logo was a knockoff of the Rhodesian Army recruitment adds.


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    Re: Jonathan Idema * Ex-Special Forces * Created alot of headlines around Ft. Bragg awhile back * A piece of his ICS clothing line * RARE ?

    Post by galvngear on Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:14 am

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