The future of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve station has been "up in the air" for sometime. Some 800+ jobs are at stake. After an invitation from Rep. Kathy Hocul, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta agreed to visit the Airbase this Thursday, according to WIVB TV.

Niagara Military Affairs Council Vice-Chair John Cooper said, "The men and women and the professionalism that they show and the job they do here in the 107th and the 914th I think is a great thing that he's coming here and seeing it for himself."

The details of his visit have not yet been released.