Sergeants Charles Harrison and Tim Lee last saw each other as members of the same platoon, deployed to Iraq.
However, an unplanned meeting occurred Monday at J.L. Jones Elementary School when veterans ate with students as part of the school's Veterans Day celebration.
"I saw him when he came in," Lee said of Harrison.
"As soon as I walked in I saw him down the hall," Harrison said. Both sergeants said it was an unexpected but very pleasant reunion.
Lee and Harrison are still serving in the Army, Lee with 13 and a half years and Harrison with 10.
"My grandfather was in for 40 years," Harrison said of what may have influenced him to join the Army, which included talking to his brothers who also served.
"I looked up to them," he said.
"I can't say exactly what it was that made me join. I guess because the Army had a lot of cool stuff, that was loud and started fires," Lee said with a laugh, then also noted he has family ties to the military.
"When I was in about the sixth grade, I thought it was just the coolest thing in the world when my older brother went in," Lee said. "But I'm ready for it to be done. I've got too many years in to quit, so the idea of retirement keeps me going."
Harrison, who was invited to lunch by his stepson, Adam Hilton, said he also plans to continue to serve in the Army until he is eligible for retirement.
"It means something to me, to be invited by him," Harrison said. "It shows that he takes pride in me and in what we do."
Lee was invited by his younger church member, Eli Smithson.
"It's pretty sweet to be invited to the veterans lunch by him," Tim said. "It's an honor."