Lieutenant General Thorsten Poschwatta started his military career in 1981. He completed officer education and training at the Air Force Officer School in Fürstenfeldbruck and entered pre-flight training immediately afterwards. After completing training as a weapons system officer, he held a variety of positions, gaining extensive flight and leadership experience in Fighter Bomber Wing 31 'Boelcke' at Nörvenich (1984-1994 and 1998-2000).
Lieutenant General Poschwatta attended the 39th General Staff Officer Course at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg (1994-1996) and subsequently gained first international experience within the scope of an assignment to the HQ AFCENT in Brunssum as well as on a deployment as Director Joint Operations Centre HQ in Sarajevo (1996-1998).
Following assignments in the German Federal Ministry of Defence and the 1st Air Division (2000-2004), he assumed the responsibilities of Commander of Reconnaissance Wing 51 'Immelmann’ (2004-2007). In 2007, in the course of this assignment, he and his wing deployed to Afghanistan for the first time.
In the further course of his career, he never lost sight of operational deployment affairs and gained extensive ministerial experience, most recently as Branch Chief in the Directorate-General for Strategy and Operations at the Federal Ministry of Defence in Berlin (2012) and as Deputy Chief of Staff ‘Operations’ at the German Air Force Headquarters in Gatow, Berlin (2013-2014). During this period, he also deployed to Afghanistan as Base Commander / Senior Airfield Authority Camp Marmal in Mazar-e Sharif (2013-2014).
Prior to his assignment as 7th Chief of Staff of the Resolute Support Mission Headquarters in Kabul, he was the Deputy Commander of the Bundeswehr Joint Forces Operations Command (2014-2020).
Lieutenant General Poschwatta is married and has two adult children.