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Erik Prince (born June 6, 1969 in Holland, Michigan) is the founder and owner of the military support contractor Blackwater USA. A millionaire and former US Navy SEAL, after high school he briefly attended the United States Naval Academy before attending and graduating from Hillsdale College. After college, he earned a commission in the United States Navy after joining in 1992, and served as a Navy SEAL officer on deployments to Haiti, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, including Bosnia. When his father Edgar Prince unexpectedly died in 1995, he ended his Navy service prematurely. After Erik's mother, Elsa Prince, sold the family's automobile parts company, Prince Corporation, for $1.3 billion to Johnson Controls, Inc., Erik moved to Virginia Beach and personally financed the formation of Blackwater USA at the age of 27. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Holland is a city in the western region of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... A private military company (PMC) is a for-profit enterprise, sometimes a corporation or a limited liability partnership, which provides specialised services and expertise related to military and similar activities. ... Blackwater USA is a private military company and security firm founded in 1997 by Erik Prince and Al Clark. ... “Navy SEALs” redirects here. ... The United States Naval Academy (USNA) is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and is in Annapolis, Maryland . ... Hillsdale College is an independent, co-educational, nonsectarian, liberal arts college located on the north side of the city of Hillsdale in central-southern Michigan, United States. ... In law a commission is a patent which allows a person to take possession of a state office and carry out official acts and duties. ... USN redirects here. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... The Mediterranean Sea is an intercontinental sea positioned between Europe to the north, Africa to the south and Asia to the east, covering an approximate area of 2. ... This article is about the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... “Car” and “Cars” redirect here. ... Johnson Controls, Inc. ... Location in the Commonwealth o Virginia. ... Blackwater USA is a private military company and security firm founded in 1997 by Erik Prince and Al Clark. ...


Prince is the brother of Betsy DeVos, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Michigan and wife of former Alticor (Amway) president and Gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos. Elisabeth (Betsy) DeVos is the former chairman of the Republican Party in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The Michigan Republican Party is the state affiliate of the national Republican Party. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Largest metro area Metro Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... Alticor is a privately-held corporation, owned by members of the DeVos and Van Andel families. ... Headquarters in Ada, Michigan Amway is a multi-level marketing, or network marketing, company founded in 1959 by Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos. ... Dick DeVos Dick DeVos (born Richard DeVos, Jr. ...


Prince's first wife, Joan Nicole Prince, died of cancer in 2003, and he has since remarried and has six children. He now runs Prince Group, Blackwater's parent company, from an office in McLean, Virginia and also serves as a board member of Christian Freedom International, a nonprofit group with a mission of helping "Christians who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ". Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Boundaries of the McLean CDP as of 2003. ... Christian Freedom International (CFI) is an American human rights organization based in Front Royal, Virginia, whose stated mission is to help those who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


References

  • Christian Freedom International website
  • Newsobserver article concerning Blackwater plane crash
  • Hampton Roads interview of Erik Prince
  • Hampton Roads "Blackwater Top Brass"

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