Commander Sowles is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Middle Tennessee State University and graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Maintenance Management. Immediately following graduation CDR Sowles attended the University of Tennessee and received a Master of Science in Aviation Systems. He was commissioned as an Ensign through Officer Candidate School May 2000.
In September 2000, he reported to VT-6 at NAS Whiting Field for Primary flight training. After selecting Maritime CDR Sowles reported to VT-31 for advanced flight training and earned Naval Aviator wings of gold September 2001.
In October 2001, CDR Sowles reported to VP-30 Fleet Replacement Squadron for initial P-3C training. After completion of FRS training he reported to VP-5 "Mad Foxes" based in Jacksonville, FL. During his time in VP-5, CDR Sowles qualified as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot. He served as the Power plants Branch Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and Pilot Training Officer. He completed two deployments where he flew missions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and multiple counter-narcotics missions.
In August 2005, CDR Sowles reported to VT-6 "Shooters" to qualify as a T-34C Primary Flight Instructor. He served as Schedules Officer, Flight Leader, and Contact Standardization Officer.
In October 2008, CDR Sowles reported to VT-27 "Boomers" at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas for his department head tour. He served as Reserve Department Head, Training Officer, and T-34C NATOPS Program Manager. After completion of his department head tour, CDR Sowles was selected to be a member of the Training Air Wing FOUR T-6B transition team.
In July 2012, he reported to Chief of Naval Air Training as the T-6B Pipeline Training Officer where he was the chief standardization pilot for all T-6B matters.
CDR Sowles served as the Commanding Officer of Navy Operational Support Center, Wilmington NC from October 2014 to October 2016.
In October 2016, CDR Sowles reported back to Chief of Naval Air Training as the Reserve Operational Support Officer.
He has accumulated over 4,000 hours in multiple aircraft. His personal awards include Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal, and numerous service and campaign ribbons.