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Who We Are

HJF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing military medicine. We serve military, medical, academic and government clients by administering, managing and supporting preeminent scientific programs that benefit members of the armed forces and civilians alike.

Since its founding in 1983, HJF has served as a vital link between the military medical community and its federal and private partners. HJF's support and administrative capabilities allow military medical researchers and clinicians to maintain their scientific focus and accomplish their research goals.


Our Mission

HJF partners to advance military medicine for our nation’s warfighters.


Our Vision

HJF advances military medicine for the mutual benefit of military and civilian health.


Our Values

  • Honesty and Integrity: We conduct business irreproachably.

  • Dignity and Respect: We honor each other’s dignity through mutual respect.

  • Work-Life Balance: We understand that a positive work-life balance is essential to the well-being of our employees and success of our mission.

  • Excellence and Accountability: We strive for excellence and hold ourselves accountable.

  • Innovation and Initiative: We embrace individual initiatives that drive successful innovations

  • Teamwork: We recognize that the best innovations come from effective teamwork.


HJF Leadership

Joseph Caravalho, Jr., M.D., MG, U.S. Army, Ret.

HJF is led by President and Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Caravalho, Jr. Dr. Caravalho is responsible for the guidance and leadership of HJF. He sets the strategic goals and guides HJF in advancing military and civilian medicine. There are ten vice presidents overseeing each of HJF's departments and a Council of Directors oversees HJF's financial and strategic goals. 

Ribbon cutting at a HJF site

In May 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law establishing the Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. 

Five months later the name of the late Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson was added to the name of the organization. Senator Jackson was the sponsor of the legislation that authorized the creation of our organization.  

The original legislation laid out the following core functions: 

  • Supporting research and education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and throughout the military medical community 

  • Serving as a link between military researchers and the private medical sector 

  • Encouraging the participation of the medical, dental, nursing, veterinary and other biomedical sciences for the mutual benefit of military and civilian medicine 

HJF started out administering only two federally sponsored research programs. Throughout the decades, HJF has grown to a global organization supporting national and international initiatives in a broad spectrum of research areas from traumatic brain injury to HIV and other infectious diseases. Today, HJF manages more than 700 research grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.  

Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson

Henry Martin “Scoop” Jackson was a U.S. congressman and senator from the state of Washington from 1941 until his death in 1983.

For more than 30 years, Jackson was deeply involved in the major issues of American political life, from the drama of the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954 to the liberation of Soviet Jews in the 1970s. He became an acknowledged authority on national security, energy and environmental issues. Jackson sponsored the legislation that established the Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, which was named in his honor after his death.