On a rain-soaked flight line Thursday, Army Chief Warrant Officer Curtis S. Reagan came home. Reagan, 43, died March 29 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from a non-combat-related illness, the military reported.

He leaves behind a widow, Tanna Renee Groce Reagan, one daughter and one son.

Reagan graduated from Summerville High School and played football for the school.

He had just been accepted to University of South Carolina School of Law, where he would have been attending this fall.

He had been living in Rincon, Ga.

In Afghanistan, Reagan, who carried the nickname “Skinny,” was part of the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, out of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield.

The family gave the media permission to be on hand at Charleston Air Force Base for the flight back. Reagan is the third fallen soldier from the Charleston area to have his return covered by press cameras since the Pentagon reversed its no-media restrictions in 2009.