Joan BurtonPlayed by: Wendy Davis
Raised on the tough streets of Chicago’s South Side, Joan Burton overcame a troubled youth by becoming a Citadel cadet.
Through grit and determination, Joan Burton defied stereotypes and expectations, rising through the ranks of the U.S. Army.
She became Fort Marshall’s first African-American female lieutenant colonel — presently commanding more than 400 men.
But it's come at a price.
She's taken on deployments worldwide, including a difficult tour of duty in Afghanistan that caused her to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Placing the military before marriage has caused also Joan problems with her husband, Dr. Roland Burton. The two must deal with his cheating - and her pregnancy - as they’ve recently separated.
Joan: Excuse me?
Latasha: The Colonel Joan I knew understood the pressures military families are under. She would never make a mother feel small because her boy got into a little trouble.
Joan: A little trouble?
Latasha: I don't make light of what our boys did, and they deserved to be punished and they are being punished. But they're boys and they're not going to act right all the time.