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Golden Knights' History:

The STRAC or Strategic Army Corps Sport Parachute Team, which was originally conceptualized by Brigadier General Joseph Stilwell. The original STRAC team consisted of 13 military parachutists. This unofficial unit competed successfully in parachute competitions, provided assistance to the military in the development of modern parachuting techniques and equipment, and provided support for Army public relations and recruiting. The team participated in international parachuting competitions to thwart the Soviets in their quest for dominance of the world parachuting arena. In 1959, the team was formally organized and later re-designated as the Army's official aerial demonstration unit on June 1, 1961.

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