Major General Michael James Holden is a fictional character from the Lifetime television series Army Wives, portrayed by Brian McNamara.

Michael Holden

First Appearances "A Tribe is Born" (episode 1.01)
Created by Katherine Fugate
Portrayed by Brian McNamara
Character Information
Full name Michael James Holden
Gender Male
Occupation Division commander
Former: Position at NATO in Brussels (few months)
Title Lt. General
Spouse(s) Claudia Joy Holden (deceased, wife; 2 children)
Children Amanda Holden (daughter; with Claudia Joy; deceased)
Emmalin Holden (daughter; with Claudia Joy)
Relatives Sara Elizabeth Burton (goddaughter, via Roland and Joan)
Molly Victoria Sherwood (goddaughter, via Frank and Denise)
Residence Fort Marshall, South Carolina

Fictional biographyEdit

200px-Brian McNamara as Army Wife character Michael Holden

Brian McNamara as Maj. Gen. Michael Holden

Michael has been married to Claudia Joy Holden for 20 years. They met while Claudia Joy was studying at Harvard University and after Michael had graduated from United States Military Academy, West Point.

Michael and Claudia Joy have two teenage daughters, Amanda Joy and Emmalin Jane . Amanda was killed in a bombing that took place during the first season's finale.

Claudia Joy and Michael are the god parents of Joan and Roland Burton's daughter, Sara Elizabeth, and Frank and Denise Sherwood's daughter Molly Victoria.


Michael currently holds the rank of Major General and is post commander of Fort Marshall. Despite being initially passed over due to false allegations of racism, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General after General Baker retired following an aneurysm. After one year of being Brigadier General, Michael was offered a job at NATO in Brussels. He accepted, but shortly returned to Fort Marshall for family and was offered an even better job. He received his second star at the end of Season 3.

He is a highly decorated soldier holding various awards:

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