Joe and Brittany Minton of Rutledge celebrate a Valentine reunion.

Joe and Brittany Minton of Rutledge celebrate a Valentine reunion.

While planning the details of their upcoming wedding the news of deployment came too soon for Joe Lester and fiancé Brittany Minton, both of Rutledge. Not knowing which day he would actually head out, a beautiful whirlwind, backyard wedding took place. Two days later Joe left his new wife to serve his country on a tour in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The next 10 months, now the first year of their marriage, was spent through phone calls and Skyping. Finally, set to arrive last Tuesday Joe was coming home. – Enter Ice Storm – Joe’s company was delayed. The wait, which felt longer than the tour itself, was bittersweet. On Friday, February 14. Brittany Lester received the sweetest Valentine’s gift of all – her husband’s safe return. Welcome home Specialist Joseph Lester and thank you for your service! We love you!