A native of Onamia, Minnesota, Rear Adm. Mark E. Bipes graduated from St. Olaf College in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and East Asian Studies. He joined active Navy service after receiving a Master of Industrial Safety and Industrial Hygiene from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1982.
He served on active duty as an industrial hygiene officer with assignments at Naval Hospital Patuxent River, Navy and Preventive Medicine Unit 5, Pacific Board of Inspection and Survey and USS Acadia (AD-42).
His Navy Reserve tours included officer-in-charge of 4th Medical Battalion Headquarters and Services Detachments in Alameda and Riverside, California; executive officer and commanding officer of the Operational Health Support Unit Camp Pendleton; U.S. 3rd Fleet Reserve Fleet surgeon; deputy chief of staff, Total Force Integration for Navy Medicine West; and N9 assistant chief of staff for the Commander Naval Forces Korea Headquarters.
In 1990 he participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as the Safety and Environmental Protection officer aboard Acadia in operations in and around the Persian Gulf. In 2003 he was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with assignment to Kuwait and Iraq as officer-in-charge of the 1st Force Service Support Group Preventive Medicine Unit. In 2008 he was mobilized in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom and led the Navy Expeditionary Medical Unit which supported medical operations at the U.S. Army Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany.
Bipes is the recipient of the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal (three awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal (three awards).