CAPT Sipes enlisted in the United States Navy in December 1984. Upon completion of Electronics Technician “A” School, he reported onboard USS Marvin Shields (FF 1066). After completing a Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment, he was selected for the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (B.O.O.S.T.) program in 1987. Subsequently, he graduated in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of San Diego. His next set of orders allowed him to participate in flight training in Pensacola, Florida, where he was designated a naval aviator in March 1994.
Following initial H-46D "Seaknight" fleet replacement pilot training at HC-3, he reported to HC-6 in Norfolk, Virginia for his first operational tour and made two deployments onboard USS Guam (LPH 9). In 1998, he transferred to HC-2 to serve as a fleet replacement instructor pilot and his job assignments included aviation safety officer and NATOPS e valuator.
CAPT Sipes was assigned as the safety officer aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5). After eighteen months and obtaining his officer of the deck (underway) and command duty officer qualification, he returned to HC-2 for his department head tour.
CAPT Sipes served as the training safety administration maintenance officer as well as the officer-in-charge of Detachment ONE in Naples, Italy from September 2002 to October 2005.
CAPT Sipes reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He earned his joint post military education phase I and master's degree in national security and strategic studies. Upon completion of the MH-60S fleet replacement squadron training, CAPT Sipes served as the executive officer of HSC-26 and took command in August 2008.
CAPT Sipes earned his JPME Phase II, after which his subsequent orders allowed him to serve as the Air Boss onboard the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) from April 2010 - Mar 2012 where he deployed in support of Operation Continuing Promise. He served as the director of aviation training at Afloat Training Group in Norfolk, Virginia from April 2012 - April 2015. He was the director of aviation safety programs at the Naval Safety Center.
CAPT Sipes assumed the duties as the deputy commander, Naval Safety Center in May 2017.
CAPT Sipes' awards include the Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with two Gold Stars), the Navy Commendation Medal (with two Gold Stars), the Navy Achievement Medal (with Gold Star) and numerous unit and campaign awards.