Air Vice Marshal HJ Walia was commissioned in the Transport Stream of the Indian Air Force in Jun 1981. He has more than 5000 hours of varied flying experience in the Eastern and Northern Sectors. The officer is qualified on Caribous, Avros, AN-32 and IL-76 aircrafts.

An alumnus of the National Defence Academy (56-F), Defence Services Staff College, College of Air Warfare and National Defence College, the Officer's educational qualifications include MSc in Defence and Strategic Studies, M Phil in Political Science as also a Master's Diploma in Business Administration. The Air Officer has served in various Command and Staff appointments during his career. Some of his important appointments include AOC, ADV HQ EAC, HOTT (Air) and SI(Air) at DSSC, AOC AFRO, PDPO-3 at Air HQ, DDG AP Dte, Dir NCC Dte Dte MP & CG and President of Air Force Service Selection Board. The Air Officer assumed the charge of Addl Dir Gen (A) at HQDGNCC on 01 Jan 2015.

The officer is married to Mrs Pooja Walia who is a post graduate with specialisation in child psychology. She has vast experience in the field of education. The officer has two sons commissioned into the IAF. The family is fond of outdoor activities.

The officer plays most of the games and enjoys trekking and horse riding. The other interests include reading.