Two Marines from Santa Barbara return home from Afghanistan

POSTED: 01:47 PM PST Feb 10, 2013    UPDATED: 01:31 PM PST Feb 11, 2013 
Jose Garcia and David Botello
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Two Marines from Santa Barbara are back home after serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The men arrived at the Santa Barbara Airport on Saturday night. Family and friends were waiting for Lance Corporals David Botello and Jose Garcia.

Botello graduated from Dos Pueblos High School in 2007. Garcia graduated from Lompoc High School in 2010.

Both men served as tankers in dangerous operations in Afghanistan.  In one instance, Garcia was caught in a mortar attack.

Both men say the time spent overseas was a life changing experience.