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11
MON

Remembering Claudia Joy

Posted By kim_messina 4:11pm GMT

[SPOILER ALERT] They never imagined losing the one that held them together... On last night's Season 7 premiere, we tragically said goodbye to Claudia Joy Holden, who passed away from heart failure while in Germany on a mission with the First Lady. In what may have been the saddest episode to date, we watched her husband Michael, daughter Emmalin, best friend Denise and rest of Fort Marshall mourn the loss of their wife, mother and friend.

Watch a video tribute to Claudia Joy:

View Claudia Joy's best moments in photos:

What's your favorite memory of the character Claudia Joy? Comment below!

10
SUN

Countdown to Season 7: Spotlight on Denise

Posted By kim_messina 10:00am GMT

Denise Sherwood (Catherine Bell) has devoted her life to the care of others. A registered nurse, Denise put her career on hold when she married Frank more than 20 years ago so she could raise their family, including their son Jeremy and daughter Molly. In the first season, Jeremy was physically abusing his own mother and joined the Army out of guilt.

In Season 2, Denise started working as an RN at the post hospital, causing tension between her and Frank. Denise had an affair with a patient, Mac, and grew close to Dr. Chris Ferlinghetti (Getti) while Frank was in Iraq. Frank eventually found out about the affair and the pair filed for divorce. They later abandoned their divorce and are still married.

Many of Denise's trying times had to do with being a mother. In Season 4, right after Roxy's miscarriage, Denise found out she was pregnant. She gave birth to Molly in the season finale. In Season 5, Jeremy was killed in combat. Devastated, Denise wasn't sure how to move on, but she found a letter that Jeremy wrote her and Frank that kept her going.

Most recently in Season 6, Denise donated one of her kidneys to Claudia Joy. While the two were recovering on the beach, a crazy man held them hostage. Denise ended up shooting him to death to save them.

View Denise's best moments in photos:
-Season 6, Episode 21: Handicap
-Season 6, Episode 15: Tough Love
-Season 6, Episode 14: Fatal Reaction
-Season 6, Episode 7: System Failure
-Season 6 First Look
-Season 5, Episode 4: On Behalf of a Grateful Nation
-Season 5, Episode 1: Line of Departure
-Catherine Bell Through the Years

Want even more Claudia Joy and the Wives? Watch full episodes now!

09
SAT

Countdown to Season 7: Fans' Most Memorable Moments

Posted By kim_messina 10:00am GMT

For the past two weeks, we've been asking you, the loyal "Army Wives" fans, to vote for your most memorable moment from the first six season. Not surprisingly, all but one of the top 5 were also featured in the happiest and saddest moments blogs.

5. The Birth of the LeBlanc Twins: In the 100th episode, Roxy gave birth to twins Wyatt and Drew. Wyatt came out with no problem, but Drew's umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and the doctors had to perform an emergency c-section. Luckily after a few days at the hospital, he was able to join his family at home.

4. Pamela and Chase's Second Wedding: After contemplating having a quickie ceremony at a courthouse, Pamela and Chase said "I do" for the second time during a ceremony at the Hump Bar in Season 5, Episode 7. The most romantic part? Chase's line, "All that matters to me is I get to wake up next to you for the rest of my life," which he said to Pamela right before the wedding.

3. Claudia Joy and Denise's Hostage Situation: After Claudia Joy's kidney transplant, Frank and Michael booked a surprise trip to the beach for the ladies. A man who they met on the beach took them hostage. Denise convinced the guy to let Claudia Joy out of handcuffs so she could take her insulin, but then she stabbed him with the needle instead. Denise then git a hold of his gun and shot him dead.

2. The Hump Bar Bombing/Amanda's Death: In the Season 1 finale, Marilyn's husband walked into the bar with a bomb strapped to himself. Amanda was inside.

1. Jeremy's Death: Denise and Frank's son Jeremy had a troubled past, but straightened his life by Season 5. Sadly, his life was tragically cut short when he was killed in combat in Afghanistan. His funeral in Season 5, Episode 4 is one of the most gut-wrenching moments in "Army Wives" history.

View the most memorable moments in photos:
-Season 6, Episode 15: Onward
-Season 6, Episode 14: Fatal Reaction
-Season 6, Episode 14 First Look: Fatal Reaction
-First Look Season 5, Episode 9: Countermeasures
-Season 5, Episode 7: Strategic Alliances
-Season 5, Episode 4: On Behalf of a Grateful Nation
-Season 5, Episode 2: Command Presence
-Season 4, Episode 17: Murder in Charelston

Didn't see your most memorable moment featured? Vote in the poll now!

Want even more "Army Wives"? Watch full episodes now!

08
FRI

Countdown to Season 7: Spotlight on New Faces

Posted By kim_messina 10:00am GMT

Meet the new kids on the block...well, base!

Katherine "Kat" Young (Brooke Shields): Air Force Colonel Katherine "Kat" Young is the brash and brilliant new Wing Commander of Joint Base Marshal Bring. A crack C-17 pilot who can hold her own in the boys club atmosphere of the military, she’s hardly touched down in her new assignment before she clashes with Army General Michael Holden. Never one to step down from a fight, Kat is a fierce advocate for the Air Force as she and Holden jockey for their respective branches at the highest levels of power on base. Only after their initial skirmishes does Holden learn of Kat’s tragic past, discovering they have more in common than he thought.

Maggie Hall (Torrey DeVitto): Maggie Hall doesn’t exactly fit the mold of a traditional housewife. A former airborne soldier with three deployments in Iraq under her belt, Maggie is more comfortable fixing army trucks or riding her motorcycle than she is making meatloaf or decorating her living room. But now Maggie is hanging up her dog tags and focusing on her new mission: marriage and motherhood. Staff Sergeant Eddie Hall is her second husband, and together they are working on blending their family—her son, Tanner, 10, and his daughter, Caroline, 14—under one roof. Hailing from the wrong side of the tracks in Saginaw, Michigan, Maggie has always considered herself "one of the guys" more than "one of the girls" but as the pressures of Army life mount, she’s going to need the strength and support of the Army wives sisterhood more than ever.

Eddie Hall (Burgess Jenkins): Staff Sergeant Eddie Hall, an ex-Ranger with a difficult divorce and a loss of rank in his rearview mirror, is looking forward to a fresh start at Joint Base Marshall Bring with his second wife, Maggie, a former soldier herself. It was the strength of their friendship—and eventual love— that helped him weather his divorce and get his career back on track. Eddie has sole custody of his 14-year-old daughter, Caroline, but getting her to blend with Maggie and her 11-year-old son from a prior marriage is proving a challenge.

Latasha Montclair (Ashanti): Latasha Montclair is a force of nature, an indomitable woman to whom "Southern Hospitality" isn’t just a concept, it’s a way of life. Latasha finds joy in navigating the daily chaos of singlehandedly wrangling her three children—Quincy Jr. aka "Deuce," 11, Nyah, 8, and Gabe, 6—while her husband, Quincy, is deployed. Family always comes first, but she knows the value of a fun night out with her girlfriends and how a little "me time" goes a long way. Latasha is no stranger to struggle and heartache, but when life hands you lemons, she’ll show you how to make lemonade with a splash of sweet tea.

Qunicy Montclair (Joshua Henry): Corporal Quincy Montclair, "the old man" of his platoon, is respected and well-liked by his fellow soldiers. A loving husband to his wife Latasha, and devoted father to their three children, Quincy was a successful chef in Atlanta before joining the Army. A desire to serve his country, coupled with a need to provide for his growing family, prompted Quincy to trade his chef’s hat for a Kevlar helmet. His easy manner and quiet wisdom makes him a natural leader in the field.

Holly Truman (Elle McLemore): Holly Truman is a long way from Effingham, IL, where her family’s farm has been the only home she’s ever known. Holly is head over heels in love with Tim, her high school sweetheart, and the two married just after graduation before Tim headed to boot camp. Now that Tim is deployed and Holly is on her own for the first time ever, she keeps herself busy by baking her award winning pies, taking care of their pet rabbit, and learning the ropes of being an Army wife from her new friends. It’s a brave new world and, with a little encouragement, Holly Truman is ready to take it on.

Tim Truman (Jesse McCartney): Private Tim Truman, a fresh-faced recruit from southern Illinois, is a cheerful overachiever eager to prove himself. Married to the love of his life, Holly, he's kidded as a Romeo for writing to her every day. Considered something of a platoon mascot, Tim yearns to be seen as a fully-fledged member of the team.

Meet the new Army Wives:


View photos of the new faces:
-Season 7 Sneak Peek Photos
-Brooke Shields Through the Years
-Ashanti Through the Years
-Jesse McCartney Through the Years

Want even more "Army Wives"? Watch full episodes now!

07
THU

Countdown to Season 7: Spotlight on Saddest Moments

Posted By kim_messina 10:00am GMT

Doing a 180 from yesterday's happiest moments, today is about the saddest times on Fort Marshall:

Jeremy's Death: Denise and Frank's son Jeremy had a troubled past, but straightened his life by Season 5. Sadly, his life was tragically cut short when he was killed in combat in Afghanistan. His funeral in Season 5, Episode 4 is one of the most gut-wrenching moments in "Army Wives" history.

The Hump Bar Bombing/Amanda's Death: In the Season 1 finale, Marilyn's husband walked into the bar with a bomb strapped to himself. Amanda was inside.

Claudia Joy and Denise's Hostage Situation: After Claudia Joy's kidney transplant, Frank and Michael booked a surprise trip to the beach for the ladies. A man who they met on the beach took them hostage. Denise convinced the guy to let Claudia Joy out of handcuffs so she could take her insulin, but then she stabbed him with the needle instead. Denise then git a hold of his gun and shot him dead.

View the saddest moments in photos:
-Season 6, Episode 15: Onward
-Season 6, Episode 14: Fatal Reaction
-Season 6, Episode 14 First Look: Fatal Reaction
-Season 5, Episode 4: On Behalf of a Grateful Nation
-Season 4, Episode 17: Murder in Charelston

Want even more "Army Wives"? Watch full episodes now!

06
WED

Countdown to Season 7: Spotlight on Happiest Moments

Posted By kim_messina 10:00am GMT

Over the past six seasons, there has been a lot to smile about. Here are our top 3 in no particular order:

Michael's Promotion to 3rd Star General: In Season 6, Episode 13, Michael is notified that he will be promoted to Corps Commander and is given his third star. The entire Holden household is ecstatic...that is until Claudia Joy's old friend Audrey Whittaker tells her that she and her husband are responsible for Michael's promotion and would like to be compensated by career favors.

Claudia Joy Recovers from Kidney Transplant: Also in Season 6, Episode 13, Claudia Joy goes into cardiac arrest on the operating table at the end of her kidney transplant. Audiences were convinced that she'd be gone forever. But in Season 6, Episode 14, she was brought back to life making it one of the most memorable moments in "Army Wives" history.

Pamela and Chase's Second Wedding: After contemplating having a quickie ceremony at a courthouse, Pamela and Chase said "I do" for the second time during a ceremony at the Hump Bar in Season 5, Episode 7. The most romantic part? Chase's line, "All that matters to me is I get to wake up next to you for the rest of my life," which he said to Pamela right before the wedding.

View the happiest moments in photos:
-Season 6, Episode 23: Onward
-Season 6, Episode 14: Fatal Reaction
-Season 6, Episode 14 First Look: Fatal Reaction
-First Look Season 5, Episode 9: Countermeasures
-Season 5, Episode 7: Strategic Alliances
-Coming Home Moments
-Season 5, Episode 2: Command Presence

Want even more "Army Wives"? Watch full episodes now!

05
TUE

Dr. Jill Biden to Deliver Remarks at D.C. "Army Wives" Screening

Posted By kim_messina 1:04pm GMT

Dr. Jill Biden on Army WivesDr. Jill Biden will deliver remarks at an event honoring military caregivers hosted by Caring for Military Families – the Elizabeth Dole Foundation at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on March 6 in Washington, D.C. The event will also include an advance screening of the Season 7 premiere of "Army Wives."

Caring for Military Families – the Elizabeth Dole Foundation's (dolemilitaryfamilies.org) mission is to empower military caregivers by working to better align services for wounded warriors, promote collaboration between the public, private, and nonprofit communities and raise awareness about the critical needs facing military caregivers.

05
TUE

Countdown to Season 7: Spotlight on Best Kisses

Posted By kim_messina 10:00am GMT

Sealed with a kiss! There have been many memorable kisses over the past six season. Here are our top three:

Pamela and Chase's Second Wedding: Fans were always rooting for Pamela and Chase to reconcile and their wish came true when the couple got remarried at The Hump Bar in Season 5, Episode 7.

23rd Comes Home: In Season 5, Episode 9, Roxy and Trevor and Claudia Joy and Michael's reunion kisses go down as one of the most touching moments in "Army Wives" history.

Michael and Claudia Joy's Post-Surgery Reunion: Not a kiss in the traditional sense, but in Season 6, Episode 14 when Michael kisses Claudia Joy's hand after he tells her, "We almost lost you," it'll bring even the toughest person to tears.

View the best kisses in photos:
-Season 6, Episode 18: Baby Steps
-Season 6, Episode1 4: Fatal Reaction
-Season 5, Episode 7: Countermeasures
-First Look Season 5, Episode 9: Strategic Alliances
-Season 5, Episode 9: Strategic Alliances
-Coming Home Moments
-Season 4, Episode 13: Army Strong

Want even more "Army Wives"? Watch full episodes now!

04
MON

Countdown to Season 7: Behind the Scenes

Posted By kim_messina 10:00am GMT

Here's an all-access pass to Season 7! From boot camp to the kitchen, only here can you get an exclusive sneak peek at the new season. Above, cast members including Jesse McCartney, Joseph Julian Soria and Joshua Henry get down to basics at boot camp, and Elle McLemore gets a baking lesson for a sweet episode.

Want to see more behind the scenes photos? Head on over to the Straight from the Set gallery and blog.

View photos from Season 7:
-Season 7, Episode 1: Ashes to Ashes

Want even more "Army Wives"? Watch full episodes now!

03
SUN

Countdown to Season 7: Spotlight on Guest Stars

Posted By kim_messina 10:00am GMT

Over the past six season, "Army Wives" has seen its fair share of top-notch guest stars: Ann-Margret, Wynonna Judd, Patti LuPone, Frankie Faison, Paul Wesley, Gabrielle Union, Lawrence Gilliard, Sean Patrick Thomas, M. Emmett Walsh, Barbara Eden, Robert Forester, General George Casey, Jr. and Under Secretary of the Army, Honorable Dr. Joseph W. Westphal. Here are our favorites:

J.R. Martinez: The most recent guest star, the "Dancing with the Stars" champion played a physical therapist who works with wounded veterans. He helped General Clarke take his first steps since his injury.

Susan Lucci: The TV legend played Audrey, the wife of a retired Brigadier General. Claudia Joy felt threatened Denise's friendship with Jackie and confided in her old friend, Audrey.

Jill Biden: Wife of United States Vice President Joe Biden stopped by Fort Marshall (as herself) to kick off the "Fun Run" charity event in Season 4.

Harry Hamlin: Harry played Grant Chandler, a public advocacy lawyer (and Claudia Joy's former law professor turned boss) who tried a case against the Army that pitted Claudia Joy and Michael against each other during a courtroom hearing. Professor Chandler also revealed to Claudia Joy that he has romantic feelings for her in Season 5.

View the husband's best moments in photos:
-Season 6, Episode 23: Onward
-Season 6, Episode 13: General Complications
-Season 6, Episode 4: Learning Curve
-Season 6, Episode 7: Movement to Contact
-Season 6, Episode 5: Command Presence

Want even more "Army Wives"? Watch full episodes now!