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 Burton Quotes

Roland: Sorry I'm late. I got dinner.
Joan: I already had dinner. It's in the trash can!
Roland: I see.
Joan: Oh baby, whatever that is, it's - it's not welcome here!

Joan: [jokingly] When was the last time you were in a hotel? You cheating on me with someone Roland?
Roland: Couple of weeks ago, with the reporter.

Army Wives Quotes

Give me everything you've got, baby doll, or you're gonna be looking at me from the floor.


Michael Holden: Claudia Joy Holden, after 17 years of marriage my heart still skips a beat every time I look at you.
Claudia Joy Holden: Michael James Holden, after 17 years of marriage I can't believe that tired old line of yours still works.

Army Wives Music

  Song Artist
Tangled up Tangled Up Gareth Dunlop iTunes
Song Pulling on a Line The Great Lake Swimmers iTunes
Bright morning stars Bright Morning Stars Abigail Washburn iTunes