Porterville sailor embarks on naval journey aboard USS John L. Canley

Petty Officer 3rd Class Francisco Valles draws on hometown values for success as he boards the Navy’s newest ship

SAN DIEGO — Serving aboard the USS John L. Canley, Petty Officer 3rd Class Francisco Valles, from Porterville, Calif., brings his small-town values to the forefront of naval operations. A 2009 Monache High School graduate, Valles has been in the Navy for two years, currently excelling as an aviation support equipment technician.

Valles attributes his adaptability and pursuit of excellence to his upbringing in Porterville, emphasizing the importance of embracing change and stepping out of comfort zones for personal and professional growth. This philosophy resonates with his naval service, where continuous self-improvement and adaptability are key to success.

Joining the Navy for its life-changing experiences and the opportunity to contribute to something larger than himself, Valles is committed to making a meaningful impact. His service aboard the USS John L. Canley, named after Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley for his valor during the Battle of Hué City in 1968, is a source of pride.

The USS John L. Canley plays a vital role in military operations as an expeditionary sea base ship, offering unparalleled flexibility and support in various missions. This capability underscores the Navy’s critical role in global commerce and security, safeguarding the undersea infrastructure essential for the world’s prosperity.

Adm. Lisa Franchetti, Chief of Naval Operations, emphasizes the Navy’s dedication to earning the American public’s trust by recruiting and retaining talent from across the nation’s diverse landscape, ensuring the delivery of the naval force the country requires.

For Valles, his naval career is marked by notable achievements, including outperforming in physical challenges and excelling in training and job proficiency. These accomplishments reflect his commitment to excellence and continuous growth.

Valles’s service is a testament to his dedication to making a difference, inspired by the support of his family, including his wife, Isabella, his mother, Rubdilia Estrada, and his siblings. Their encouragement has been instrumental in his journey, underscoring the collective effort behind individual success in the Navy.

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