U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Susan Ortiz (middle), administrative specialist with I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), plays with her nieces, Katelynn and Madilynn, Feb. 27, 2012, as approximately 150 Marines and sailors prepare to deploy to Afghanistan. Family members and friends gathered to say goodbye to the Marines and sailors who would be forward deployed for approximately one year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jennifer Pirante/Released)