By Mike Bruno
Updated May 05, 2009 at 08:18 PM EDT

Lifetime series Army Wives will return for an 18-episode third season on June 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The show follows a group of women –- and one man –- living with their spouses and families on an active army post in Charleston, S.C.. It stars Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Brigid Brannagh, Brian McNamara, Sterling K. Brown, Wendy Davis, Drew Fuller, Terry Serpico, Katelyn Pippy, and Catherine Bell. It is the most popular series Lifetime has ever had.

Lifetime released the following description of the upcoming third season:

Season Three opens with the Army wives banding together to support Claudia Joy (Kim Delaney) after her daughter, Emmalin (Katelyn Pippy), disappears on the eve of the family’s imminent overseas transfer.  As Claudia Joy prepares to uproot her entire life for her husband’s new job (Brian McNamara), she struggles to remain strong for all of those around her.  Roxy (Sally Pressman), fighting to hold onto her bar, is forced to reevaluate the business and the emotional toll it’s taking on her.  Pamela (Brigid Brannagh), whose husband is often away on assignment, must be both mother and father to her children.  New father Roland (Sterling K. Brown) wrestles with the news of Joan’s (Wendy Davis) deployment, and Denise (Catherine Bell) faces devastating consequences when her affair becomes the talk of the post.  As all of these events unfold, Claudia Joy, Roxy, Pamela, Roland and Denise navigate their friendship while continuing to face the unique challenges of being Army wives.