When visitors think of San Diego, they think beaches, palm trees and a world-renowned zoo.
For locals, though, we think of San Diego as a military town too. Active service members are our next-door neighbors, their kids are buddies with ours, and our skies are laced with jet streams and the silhouettes of Marine helicopters.
This past week, the Marines performed maneuvers on a beach near Oceanside. Local TV stations and Sign On San Diego covered the exercises, which gave us all a look into the mysterious booms and blasts we so often hear but can’t see.