He has traded his wings for textbooks, but Josh Carroll, former fulltime USAF Captain and current fulltime first-year student at the Columbus School of Law, has lost none of his zeal for helping others through creative and innovative ideas.
Carroll remains deeply immersed as co-founder and chairman of Team Flying Scarfs, a non-profit business he began in 2011 with three fellow captains deployed in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The unusual and altruistic business model was highlighted in an Aug. 15 report by ABC News.
In a nutshell, the business sells scarves knitted by Afghan war widows to customers in the United States, sending all of the profits and proceeds back to the women. As ABC’s story puts it:
“Widowed women in Afghanistan are socially outcast, making it harder for them to earn money. Flying Scarfs’ goal is to promote micro-economic development to provide comprehensive networks of stability and, at the same time, help impoverished women and children.”
Carroll, who joined the Air Force in 2005 as an intelligence officer and served eight years of active duty, has expanded Team Flying Scarfs’ reach into Haiti and Kenya, as well as Afghanistan.
He is the recipient of the Presidential Service Award, Air Force Commendation Medal and the Military Volunteer Service Medal for his contributions to microeconomic development in Afghanistan.
Carroll is also a four-time marathoner, triathlete and finisher of the 140.6 mile Ironman. In his spare time, Carroll contributes to the Millennial Veteran Project where he writes about economic development, policy and legal issues as they pertain to National Security and Foreign Affairs.
The very busy Catholic University law school 1L also speaks to business students, Congressional leaders and various service organizations about participatory civic engagement, social entrepreneurship and veteran’s issues. Carroll remains a captain in the Air Force Reserves at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA.