If you are a troop at drills, you can hear "Forward, march!" If you were a rookie here on this forum, you could come forward by telling who you are, where you are from, what are your likes and dislikes. If your watch is back by five minutes, put it the same time forward in order it gives the right time. If you can't walk easily, don't rush forward; you could fall forward. I forward you all this sentences in order you catch what forward can mean. French people don't use the word forward in their own language, they only use it when speaking English.
avancer, progresser, en avant!
In administrative and email conversations environments, I think we use too "faire suivre" with the exact meaning as in English "forward a message"