Thirty-five U.S. paratroopers from the 82 nd Airborne Divisions quick reaction force — cheeks, foreheads and necks slathered in green-brown camouflage paint — jumped into Poland Tuesday in a tightly day sequence that lasted merely 22 seconds.

They were in the lead airliner of six C-1 7s that fell more than 400 Americans in a simultaneous operation with Polish and British paratroopers to indicate the friends could deter an assertive Russia after President Vladimir Putins seizure of Crimea and intervention in Ukraine. Its being run in combination with a major Polish land exert called Exercise Anakonda.

Paratroopers from the 82 nd Airborne Divisions “Global Response Force” en route to Poland .
Photographer: Tony Capaccio/ Bloomberg