HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett is asking Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to keep C-130 transport planes at an air base in a Pittsburgh suburb as the Air Force looks to move its operations and the Department of Defense is on the hook to cut spending.

The Defense Department this year told the Air Force to postpone a decision on the Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, which is home to the 911th Airlift Wing. The unit includes eight C-130 refueling planes, some of which are deployed, and about 2,000 contract personnel, federal civilian employees, traditional reservists, and active-duty military personnel.

Corbett said at a news conference Friday at the base that his administration was prepared to the make the strongest possible case to keep the base's operations intact.

An Air Force spokeswoman said Friday she could not immediately comment on its plans for the 911th. - AP