WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team dropped in to Fort Myer, Va., Wednesday in anticipation of the Army's birthday celebration.

Before the Golden Knights, there was the Strategic Army Corps Sport Parachute Team (STRAC). The first STRAC team consisted of 19 expert military parachutists. The unofficial unit provided assistance to the military as the development of modern parachuting become more prevalent. In 1959, the unofficial team was formally organized and later recognized as the Army's first official aerial demonstration unit. 

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The U.S. Army Golden Knights consists of demonstration and competition parachutist teams, drawn from all branches of the Army.
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Today's Golden Knights consists of demonstration and competition parachutist teams, drawn from all branches of the Army.

On Friday -- the Army will have been serving the county for 244 years.

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