Rear Adm. Epps is a 1990 graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was the recipient of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Award for Excellence. He is a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and completed the Executive Program in Strategy and Organization at Stanford University.
His operational assignments include tours on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
His shore assignments include instructor and educational counselor, Navy Supply Corps School; aide and flag lieutenant to the Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and Chief of Supply Corps; readiness analyst and POM development assistant, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (N80); action officer, Defense Logistics Agency (J-33); director, Materiel Budgets, Naval Inventory Control Point, Philadelphia; assistant commander for Financial Management and Comptroller, Naval Supply Systems Command; chief, Strategy and Readiness Division, Joint Staff (J4); commanding officer, Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor; assistant commander for Operations and Warfare Engagement, Naval Supply Systems Command; and assistant professor, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.
His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and various campaign and unit awards.
He is a Joint Qualified Officer and member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.