CDR Sowers, a native of Santa Cruz, CA., reported to Recruit Training Command, San Diego, CA., in 1989. Upon graduating from Aviation Electronics “A” School and Advance First Term Avionics, he completed operational tours attached to VR-24 in Sigonella, Sicily and VAQ-33 in Key West, FL. After completing Naval Aircrewman Candidate School and Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School in Pensacola, FL., he reported to the Search and Rescue Detachment, NAS Oceana, VA., from 1994 to 1997. From 1997 to 1999, he was assigned to HC-2 as a Rescue Swimmer and Crew Chief onboard the UH-3H Sea King. In 1999, he was accepted into the Enlisted Commissioning Program.