Brigadier General Karsten Stoye is the Commander of the NATO E-3A Component in Geilenkirchen, Germany.
He leads an international military and civilian staff, representing 16 NATO nations which provide an airborne early warning, command and control and battle management capability in support of NATO commanders.
Prior to this assignment, he was Deputy Commander at the Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC) in Poggio Renatico, Italy.
During his career, he has served in various operational and staff positions. As a senior operations officer and command pilot in the Tactical Reconnaissance Wing 51 ‘Immelmann’, he contributed from 1995 to 1996 to the UNPF and IFOR operations during the Former Yugoslavia conflict. In the same year, he attended the Command and General Staff Officer Course at the Federal Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Hamburg, from which he graduated in 1998.
Until 2000, General Stoye served at the NATO Combined Air Operations Center 4 in Messstetten, Germany. As a Branch Chief, he was responsible for Training and Exercises of the CAOC. In 2000, he became Commander of the Flying Group of Fighter Bomber Wing 31 "Boelke” in Nörvenich. He led the group until the end of 2003.
The following year, he was assigned to the German Ministry of Defense. As Assistant Branch Chief at the MOD Air Staff, he was responsible for Concepts and Requirements for Air Force Operations. After a follow-on assignment at the Air Force Command from 2005 to 2006, he served at the Ministry of Defense as Military Assistant to the Parliamentary State Secretary.
At the end of 2007, he assumed command of the Tactical Reconnaissance Wing 51 "Immelmann” in Schleswig, Northern Germany. He led the wing through ISAF operations from 2008 to 2009.
As Base Commander and command pilot, he was responsible for all flying operations of the Reconnaissance Tornados, the Transall C-160 transport aircraft and the CH-53 helicopters as well as for the entire force protection and combat support operations at Mazar-e Sharif Air Base, Afghanistan.
His Afghanistan deployment was followed by two reassignments to the Ministry of Defense, first as Branch Chief responsible for Concepts and Requirements for Air Force Operations (2010), and then as Branch Chief, Department of Defence Plans & Policy (2012), where he was responsible for the capability management of information, surveillance and reconnaissance affairs of the DEU Armed Forces.
General Stoye has flown more than 2500 hours, including more than 70 combat missions.