2016 W100K Rider
Master Sergeant Joshua Caron grew up in Atlanta, New York. Upon his high school graduation in 1997, Josh was seeking world travel and a way to fund his college career, so he enrolled in the Air Force and became a critical care medic and aeromedical evacuation medic. In 1998, he reported to his first duty assignment, the 374th Medical Group in Japan, where he worked as a medical technician in the Aeromedical Staging Flight and Emergency Department.
Years later, Josh deployed to Iraq in 2007 during the height of the troop surge and served in the Intensive Care Unit, caring for the most critically injured patients. In addition to treating U.S. troops, Josh treated injured coalition forces, local civilians, Iraqi police, and enemy prisoners of war.
Upon returning home, Josh realized that seeing the results of intense violence and causalities daily while in Iraq had a profound impact on him. He struggled with daily tasks, experienced severe short-term memory loss, had trouble concentrating, drank heavily, and his marriage was nearing the brink of divorce. He didn’t seek help until 2009 and he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
After successfully undergoing treatment, Josh deployed again in 2011 to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa. Committed to wellness, Josh has continued to seek treatment for PTSD and resumed his hobby, mountain biking as a form of therapy. He cites mountain biking as instrumental in his recovery and rides as often as he can today.
Josh retired from the Air Force in 2014 and recently graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism with an emphasis in Adventure and Outdoor Programing. He will attend Syracuse University Law School in the fall of 2016. He and his wife have three children.