PHIPPS Brigadier General (Ret.) Brian F. Phipps, age 61, of Ansonia, died Thursday, November 2, 2006 at Griffin Hospital. He was the husband of Nicole Vanzanten Phipps. Brigadier General (Ret.) Phipps was born in Derby on August 7, 1945, son of the late Frederick C. and Eleanor Conlon Phipps. He graduated from the Ansonia High School in 1963. In 1968, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Haven.
On April 24, 1968, Brigadier General (Ret.) Phipps joined the United States Army and was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduating from the Infantry Officer Course, Ft. Benning, Ga. on March 8, 1969. His military education included, Combat Operations Specialist Course, Huribert Field, Fla., Infantry Officers Advanced Course, Ft. Benning, Ga. and Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. After completing OCS, Brigadier General (Ret.) Phipps was assigned as the Training Officer, Advanced Infantry Brigade, Ft. Lewis, Wash. His next assignment was as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Co. C 2nd Bn, 5th Cav, 1st Air Cav and later as the Division's Command Information Officer with the 1st Air Cav Div in Vietnam.
Upon release from active duty in 1974, he joined the Connecticut Army National Guard as the XO of CSC, 1-102d IN Bn and in May 1975 became the Commander of this unit. Brigadier General (Ret.) Phipps later served as the S-2 and S-4 of the 1st Bn, 102 d IN and was reassigned to the 43d Bde Hqs in March 1980 where he served as the Brigade Assistant S-4 and later as the Bde Assistant S-3. On February 1, 1983, Brigadier General (Ret.) Phipps returned to the 1st Bn, 102d IN as the S-3 and took command of 1-102 on April 1, 1985. He transferred back to the 43d Bde on November 1, 1989 as the Executive Officer and assumed command of the Brigade on November 4, 1991.
Brigadier General (Ret.) Phipps military decorations and awards include the Bronze Star with "V" device, Combat Infantryman Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Connecticut Long Service Medal and the Connecticut Emergency Service Ribbon.
In civilian life, Brigadier General (Ret.) Phipps was a partner with the firm of Tancreti, Phipps, Hoffman and Biller Public Insurance Adjusters located in Hamden. He also was a police commissioner for the last 16 years in the City of Ansonia. He had coached "Pop Warner" football for the past 30 years. Brigadier General (Ret.) Phipps held a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Haven. His civic affiliations include the National Guard Association of the United States and Connecticut, North Haven/Wallingford Chamber of Commerce, Past Commander of the Comcowich Carver VFW Post 597, Member of the 1st CAV DIV Association, AMVETS and The Connecticut Police Commissioners Association.
Source: Excerpted from Obituatry published by the Connecticut Post on Nov. 4, 2006.
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