Major Sparling received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May, 2007, graduated The Basic School in 2008, and earned his Wings of Gold in October 2009. He went on to fly the AH-1W, executing follow-on orders to HMLA-467 at MCAS Cherry Point in 2010.
During his time at HMLA-467 from May 2010 to August 2012, Maj Sparling deployed with HMM-265(REIN) as the 31st MEU ACE from May 2011 to December 2011.
In June 2012, Maj Sparling executed orders to 3d Battalion, 6th Marines (3/6) as the Battalion Air Officer and Future Operations Officer. Maj Sparling earned the designations of Joint Fires Observer Evaluator (JFO-E), Joint Tactical Air Controller Evaluator (JTAC-E), and TACP-Instructor (TACP-I). He then deployed with 3/6 from January 2013 to August 2013, participating in extreme cold weather bilateral exercise Forest Light with the Japanese Self-Defense Force in Hokkaido, Japan, Guamanian Shield in Guam, bilateral exercise Balikatan with the Marine Corps of the Philippines.
Maj Sparling returned to HMLA-467 in September 2013, deploying with HMLA-467(FWD) supporting Operation Enduring Freedom 14.1-14.2 as the squadron S-4 OIC. Maj Sparling went on to work as the HMLA-467 Current Operations Officer and AH-1W Pilot Training Officer (PTO) until January 2016, when he was attached to HMH-464(REIN) as the ACE Future Operations Officer, AH-1W PTO, and 2MEB Air Officer during EXERCISE COLD RESPONSE 16 in Norway. After returning from Norway, he detached back to HMLA-467, serving as the COPSO and PTO until the squadron deactivated in June 2016.
Maj Sparling graduated from resident Expeditionary Warfare School in May 2017, with follow on orders to 1st Aviation Regiment (1AVN), 16 Brigade of the Australian Army as a part of the Personnel Exchange Program. While at 1AVN, Maj Sparling served as the Regimental S-33 Current Operations Officer, Regimental Gunnery Officer, and senior ARH Tiger AMC and instructor pilot.
Maj Sparling executed orders to HMLA-269 in July 2020, where he served as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer (AAMO), Aircraft Maintenance Officer (AMO), and currently serves as the squadron Executive Officer.
Maj Sparling is a two time graduate from WTI (Air Officer Department and AH-1 Division), and his personal awards include Air Medal Strike/Flight (x2), Navy and Marine Corps Commodation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.