Air Mshl Nohwar was born at Ambala on May 7, 1952. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Air Mshl Nohwar was commissioned into the Fighter stream of the Indian Air Force on Jun 24, 1972. He has 3400 hrs of flying to his credit. During his initial tenures at fighter squadrons, he flew the MiG-21 and later commanded a Mig-27 Squadron. He is a qualified flying instructor, fighter combat leader, and an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College and Air War College (USA).
His command appointments include Commanding Officer of a premiere fighter Squadron, Commandant of Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and Air Officer Commanding of a fighter airbase. His important staff assignments include Chief Operations Officer, Deputy Commandant, College of Air Warfare, Principal Director, Air Staff Inspection and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans). He has also served as Chief of Staff at Andaman & Nicobar Command and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Strategic Forces Command, and as Senior Air Staff Officer at Training Command.