Brigadier General Carl W. Tipton was born in Manilla, Arkansas on February 22, 1935 and received a Master's Degree in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1979.
After serving with the Materiel Development and Readiness Command from 1979 to 1982, he commanded the 13th Support Command, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas. In 1985, he was assigned as Director for Maintenance, Tank-Automotive Command, and in 1986 became the Deputy Commanding General for Procurement and Readiness.
His final assignment was as Commanding General, 200th Theater Army Materiel Management Center in Europe from 1989 to 1991. There, he facilitated logistical stability during the turbulent period following Germany's reunification and the collapse of the Warsaw Pact. He developed the transportation plan for the retrograde of tanks, armored personnel carriers, and howitzers, and realigned the theater reserve stocks to ensure the continued combat readiness of residual U.S. forces.
During the deployment of forces to Southwest Asia, he provided $960 million of equipment and spare parts to deploying units from theater logistical reserves, acquired $5 million of transport equipment to support the deployment, and moved more than 200,000 short tons of ammunition to the theater of operations within 90 days. General Tipton retired in 1991 and died in 1993.