IWP is pleased to announce that David Fuhriman and Kerri Gray (’21) have received IWP Alumni Scholarships.
The IWP Alumni Scholarship was created by IWP alumni in 2020 and has been supporting students since 2021. Previous recipients include Aubrey Hodges (awarded in 2023), Taylor Weinsz and an anonymous student (awarded in 2022), and Sean Honesty (awarded in 2021).
Born and raised in Moses Lake, Washington, David Fuhriman developed an interest in international affairs at a young age as his family watched the nightly television news. David also developed a love for foreign languages and began studying German in the ninth grade. He studied German for one more year at Moses Lake High School.
At age 19, David volunteered for a two-year mission for the LDS Church in Geneva, Switzerland. He learned French for two months at a foreign language center before arriving in Geneva. After completing his mission, David attended Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah and majored in International Relations. He began learning Russian while a student at BYU.
David joined the Utah Army National Guard and attended the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, California where he learned Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian dialect. After graduating from DLI, he returned to BYU and finished his B.A. degree. David’s love for travel continued, and he joined the Regular Army and became a Pharmacy Technician. After completing his pharmacy training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, he was off for his first active-duty assignment at the U.S. Army 34th General Hospital in Augsburg, Germany. He spent 32 months there and enjoyed every minute of his assignment in Augsburg.
David left the Army and returned to BYU to get a master’s degree in Geography. His thesis was in the economic geography field and centered on the demographic and economic changes in Utah County, Utah from 1970-1995. After completing his M.S. degree in Geography, David decided to return to the Regular Army. This time, he decided to go into administration. He spent nearly a year at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. He became a Sergeant and then applied to the Defense Attaché System (DAS). He was accepted into the program and attended the Attaché Staff Officer Course (ASOC) at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.
His first assignment was at the Defense Attaché Office (DAO), U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria. He spent two great years in Damascus where he was thoroughly introduced to the intelligence world. After his assignment in Damascus, he was assigned to the DAO in Kyiv, Ukraine. While in Kyiv, he completed a short TDY at the DAO in Minsk, Belarus. He spent nearly one year in Kyiv before he decided to become a Warrant Officer. He left Kyiv and attended the Warrant Officer Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He then attended the Warrant Officer Basic Intelligence Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
David’s next assignment was as the Operations Coordinator at the DAO, U.S. Embassy in Rangoon, Burma. After two years in Burma, David went to DAO Kuwait, U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City, Kuwait. He spent two years in Kuwait and then decided to finish his Army years at DAO Baku, Azerbaijan and DAO Riga, Latvia.
After ending his Army career, David returned to college and attended the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. He obtained two M.A. degrees while there: 1) Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies and 2) International Policy Studies. His language of study was Russian, and his area of study was Russia. He also earned a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate.
David continued his overseas travels as an English Teacher in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, and Saudi Arabia for a total of over five years. He was able to use and develop his Russian and Arabic skills while living overseas. In all, David has lived overseas for nearly 20 years and loved it very much!
Now, David is embarking on another educational pursuit as a Doctoral candidate at IWP. He is grateful for this opportunity to study more in the national security field so that he can make a positive impact on the world stage.
A graduate of IWP’s M.A. program, Kerri Gray is currently enrolled in the DSNS program at IWP focusing on Strategy, Plans & Policy in the Middle East, with a focus on cultural and supply chain networks. She works for the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) as a Strategist and Policy Developer, creating and implementing new strategies to counter adversaries in different phases of competition.
Prior to OSD, Kerri was the Lead Intelligence Planner on the Joint Staff during the withdrawal from Afghanistan. In this role, she was selected for President-directed delegations to brief and advise U.S. and NATO General Officers and Flag Officers with the goal of improving military relationships and security. Kerri is an analyst by trade and deployed to Afghanistan with the NATO Special Operations Component Command/Special Operations Joint Task Force (NSOCC/SOJTF-A).
She is also an alumna of the National Security Fellows Program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). Through FDD, Kerri was included on a delegation to Israel which included tactical-level staff rides of key regions across the country, including visits to Gaza, the Lebanese and Syrian borders, and an unprecedented training day with the Israeli Defense Force.
Kerri is happily married, has wonderful friends and family, including two plump dogs: a German Shepherd and a Hound.