S.C. soldier dies in Afghanistan from non-combat related illness

nophillips@thestate.comApril 1, 2013 

— A 43-year-old South Carolina soldier has died in Afghanistan.

Chief Warrant Officer Curtis S. Reagan, 43, died Friday from an illness that was not related to combat, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Defense. Reagan was assigned to the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. He was based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga.

Reagan is the 44th member of the military with S.C. ties to die in Afghanistan.

The last S.C. resident to die there was retired Sgt. 1st Class Inez “Renee” Odom-Baker of Cayce. She was killed during an insurgent attack on March 8 while working as an intelligence analyst for a private contractor.

Reach Phillips at (803) 771-8307.

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