by Michael Stafford
MIDLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - You could say it was shear coincidence their homecoming was on this the 5th Anniversary of the Iraq war, but it didn't matter to two Army soldiers who are just thankful to be home with their family and friends.
It doesn't matter that it's just for a few weeks.
Dozens of family and friends gathered at Midland International Airport Wednesday morning.
They held signs that read, ''Home of the free, because of the Brave."
The first soldier to arrive was Specialist Samuel Thomas the Second of Odessa.
He's a 2005 Richard Milburn Academy Graduate.
He has been in Iraq for ten months, and has to return there soon.
Thomas is very happy that he'll be getting some much deserved rest and relaxation.
The second soldier to get a big welcome on Wednesday was U.S. Army Soldier, Chris Cobos.
Chris also grew up in Odessa, and has been in Iraq for five months.
He'll spend the next two weeks with loves ones before returning to Iraq in two weeks.
Meantime, Specialist Thomas tells NewsWest Nine, he'll spend some time with the local Lions Club, and thank them personally for sending him a care package while he was in Iraq.