Kansas Adjutant General's Department
PAO Staff



Steve LarsonSteve Larson photo
Deputy Director

Steve Larson is a graduate of Washburn University with a BA in English. Stints as an advertising copywriter and in a professional photography studio helped to develop his writing and photography skills. His journalism training was further honed over the course of 10 years with the Topeka Metro News in Topeka, Kan., first as a reporter, and later in desktop publishing.

He has worked in the Public Affairs Office since September 1998. His responsibilities include writing news releases and features, taking still pictures, video recording, developing graphics, maintaining sections of the Adjutant General's website, doing layout for the Plains Guardian and the Annual Report, writing speeches and developing a variety of other materials for the Public Affairs Office.

Jane Welch
Public Information Writer

Jane Welch is a publications writer for the Public Affairs Office of the Adjutant General’s Department where she has worked for more than 15 years. Prior to working for the Adjutant General’s Department she worked for the Kansas Securities Commissioner’s Office, the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. She has more than 30 years experience.


Capt. Matthew Lucht

Capt. Matthew Lucht joined the Adjutant General’s Public Affairs staff in December 2009. Currently he is assigned to the 184th Intelligence Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, as the Public Affairs Officer. Prior he had been a member of the Civil Engineering Squadron at the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard.

Lucht spent nearly 10 years in the broadcast industry working for several network affiliates across the country. Before coming to Kansas in 2005, Lucht worked for the CBS affiliate WINK-TV, Fort Myers, Fla., covering news events, including Hurricane Charlie that devastated Southwest Florida. Before joining the Adjutant General’s Department public affairs staff, Lucht worked at the ABC affiliate KTKA-TV in Topeka, Kan., as their chief photographer.

Lucht earned his Masters of Liberal Studies at Washburn University and his Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications from Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minn.

Sgt. Zach Sheely
Public Affairs Specialist

Sgt. Zach Sheely joined the Adjutant General’s Public Affairs staff in July 2014. Currently, he is assigned to the 105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Topeka, as a print journalist.

Sheely has spent the entirety of his enlistment in public affairs positions. He has more than seven years of military service including the last two years in the Kansas National Guard. Prior to his current position, he served in the Colorado National Guard as a print journalist in the 104th Public Affairs Detachment, Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora.

Sheely is currently attending Washburn University, Topeka, working toward his Bachelor of Communications in the Mass Media program.

Master Sgt. Jeremy Byers
Command Historian

Master Sgt. Jeremy Byers joined the Adjutant General’s Public Affairs Staff in January 2015. Currently, he is assigned to the 2nd Combind Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment as the battalion communications chief. Prior to this, he served in the 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery and the 1st Battalion, 127th Field Artillery.

Byers has taught college-level U.S. and military history in Kansas and Missouri for the past 12 years. He has 23 years of military service, including the last 12 years in the Kansas Army National Guard, and has served five tours of duty overseas. Most recently, Byers worked as an ROTC instructor in military science and military history at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

Byers earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and a Master of Liberal Arts degree in military history at the University of Kansas.


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