Joseph Caravalho

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Joseph Caravalho
Joseph Caravalho, Jr. (4).jpg
Caravalho in 2017
Birth name Joseph Caravalho, Jr.
Born 1957 (age 59–60)
Kaneohe, Hawaiʻi, United States
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1979—present
Rank Army-USA-OF-07.svg Major General
Commands held Southern Regional Medical Command
Brooke Army Medical Center
Medical Research and Materiel Command[1]
Joint Staff Surgeon
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Caravalho presenting the Order of Military Medical Merit to Lt. Col. David Ristedt, January 5, 2009

Major General Joseph Caravalho, Jr., M.D., (born c. 1957) is a physician and career officer in the Medical Corps of the United States Army. He has held specialized staff medical positions, served in operations at hospitals, and commanded major medical installations across the United States as well as operations in actions overseas. In December 2015 he was appointed as the Joint Staff surgeon, the chief medical advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Joseph Caravalho, Jr. was born in 1957 in Hawaii to Agnes and Joseph Caravalho, Sr. and grew up in Kaneohe, Oahu. His family is of Puerto Rican and Chinese descent. He attended St. Louis High School in Honolulu.[3][2] He graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington with a BS in Mathematics in 1979 and was commissioned a second lieutenant through the Army ROTC Program.[3] He then completed his medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine, and was commissioned a captain in the United States Army Medical Corps. He is also a graduate of the Army War College,[3] where he earned a master's degree in strategic studies.

Marriage and family[edit]

He is married to Lorraine Caravalho. They have a son Joseph (Joe) and daughter Amanda.[3]


Caravalho held positions as a staff internist, nuclear medicine physician, and cardiologist. He served as Chief of Cardiology at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, and as Deputy Commander for Clinical Services at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

His operational medical experience includes assignments as Surgeon, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Okinawa, Japan; Physician Augmentee, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg; Surgeon, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, GA; Deputy Chief of Staff, Surgeon, U.S. Army Special Operations Command; Assistant Chief of Staff, Health Affairs, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg. He also commanded the 28th Combat Support Hospital and the 44th Medical Command (Rear) (Provisional), both at Fort Bragg.

He has had two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, most recently serving as the Surgeon for both Multi-National Force-Iraq and Multi-National Corps-Iraq. After his last deployment, he served as the Commanding General for Great Plains Regional Medical Command (RMC). Following USAMEDCOM reorganization, he commanded both Southern RMC and Brooke AMC, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Caravalho served as Commanding General, Northern RMC, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He next served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and Fort Detrick, at Fort Detrick, Maryland. In 2015 he was selected as Deputy Surgeon General and Deputy Commanding General (Support), United States Army Medical Command.[4] In December 2015, it was announced that Caravalho was assigned to the Joint Staff as chief medical advisor ("Joint Staff Surgeon").[5][2]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

ExpertMedBadge.svg Expert Field Medical Badge
ArmyFltSurg.gif Basic Flight Surgeon Badge
SpecialForcesTabMetal.jpg Special Forces Tab
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger tab
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
SFDiver.PNG Special Operations Diver Badge
US Navy Dive Medical Officer.png Navy Diving Medical Officer Insignia
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
US Army 18th Airborne Corps CSIB.png XVIII Airborne Corps Combat Service Identification Badge
U.S. Army Medical Department Regimental Insignia.jpg Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Distinctive Unit Insignia
Thai Parachutist Badge
Philippine Parachutist Badge
ASU overseas service bar.jpg 2 Overseas Service Bars
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Distinguished Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges. Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Silver oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Army Superior Unit Award
Order of Military Medical Merit Medal ribbon.png Order of Military Medical Merit
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Three bronze service stars.png Iraq Campaign Medal with three service stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 5.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 5[4]


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