Honoring the Heroes of Military Medicine

United States

Since 2011, The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) has honored exceptional contributors to military medicine with the Heroes of Military Medicine (HMM) Awards Dinner. This event recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions in advancing medicine for our nation’s warfighters, veterans and civilians. The Chairman Sponsor for the 2020 Heroes of Military Medicine dinner is Health Net Federal Services.  

Unfortunately, because of the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, HJF made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 HMM Awards Dinner.  

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HJF thanks the generous sponsors of the 2020 event for their support of HJF’s mission to advance military medicine. This support also enables HJF to enhance the efforts of our DoD research partners in a variety of ways, including fighting the COVID-19 pandemic by improving diagnostics, developing vaccines, identifying life-saving therapeutics and leading clinical trials. 

Each year, three of the five awards are presented to military medical professionals from the Army, Navy and Air Force, with recommendations for the three awards coming from each branch. Additionally, one honoree receives the Military Medicine Ambassador Award and another receives the Senior Leader Award. 

While we cannot recognize these individuals in person this year, we proudly honor the following 2020 Heroes of Military Medicine Award Honorees:

The Hero of Military Medicine Ambassador Award is presented to the Joint Trauma System, Defense Health Agency, whose mission is to improve trauma readiness and outcomes through evidence-driven performance improvement.

The Hero of Military Medicine Senior Leader Honoree is General Steve R. Lyons, Commander, United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, one of eleven Combatant Commands under the Department of Defense.

The Heroes of Military Medicine Honorees are: 

“The pandemic currently impacting the country highlights the valuable contributions military medicine makes to our nation’s warfighters and civilians alike,” said HJF President and CEO Joseph Caravalho, M.D. “While we are unable to honor this year’s honorees in person, HJF still wishes to acknowledge their incredible contributions to military medicine. From research that benefits warfighters to supporting the loved ones of deployed service members, these exceptional men and women represent the very best of those committed to serve our Nation’s defenders of freedom.” 

More information about each of this year’s award recipients can be found at  


About HJF 

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is a global nonprofit organization with the mission to advance military medicine. HJF’s scientific, administrative and program operations services empower investigators, clinicians, and medical researchers around the world to make discoveries in all areas of medicine. With more than 35 years of experience, HJF serves as a trusted and responsive link between the military medical community, federal and private partners, and the millions of warfighters, veterans, and civilians who benefit from military medicine. For more information, visit