General Joins HJF Council of Directors

Retired Marine Corps General Joins HJF Council of Directors

Bethesda, Maryland (Sept. 28, 2017)—Marine Corps General John “Jay” Paxton Jr. (Ret) has joined the Council of Directors of The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF).

He served as the 33rd Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps before retiring in 2016. As the second-highest ranking officer in the Marine Corps, he played a critical role in ensuring the health and wellbeing of Marines. With deployments to locations worldwide, he emphasized, advocated and recommended priorities for the Marine Corps.

“General Paxton is an incredibly accomplished individual with a genuine commitment to the health and readiness of America’s fighting force,” said Philip Odeen, chairman of HJF’s Council of Directors. “We are very fortunate in bringing his expertise and experience to our board. He is a most welcome addition.”

General Paxton received the Hero of Military Medicine Senior Leader Award from HJF in 2016 for his commitment to delivering world-class medical care to Marines and for his extraordinary contribution to improving the lives of U.S. service members, veterans and their families. General Paxton’s wife, Debbie Paxton, R.N., M.S.N., F.N.P., was honored with a Hero of Military Medicine Civilian Award in 2015 for her work as mental health advisor to the U.S. Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment, where she engaged the military and civilian medical communities in the treatment of traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress. The Hero of Military Medicine Awards are presented each May by HJF and its Center for Public-Private Partnerships.

The Foundation, a private, not-for-profit organization, serves its mission of advancing research and education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and throughout the military medical community.

It offers services that allow military researchers and clinicians to maintain their scientific focus and accomplish their research goals. HJF recruits staff, establishes and manages laboratories and research programs, administers clinical trials, and facilitates the transfer of technology to the private sector.

HJF supports hundreds of research projects, ranging from small bench-top projects to complex, multi-site programs. Its extensive research portfolio includes cancer, combat casualty care, infectious disease and precision medicine. One of its most important roles is facilitating clinical trials of vaccines for diseases that can affect our service members, including HIV, malaria and Ebola.



About HJF

HJF is one of the largest private, not-for-profit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. It was established in 1983 and authorized by the U.S. Congress to support medical research and education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and throughout the military community. The Foundation is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, but operates across the U.S. and internationally.


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